Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

PERFORMANCE DATES: April 12, 13, 14 at 7:30pm at 5th Corner, 211 Willis Rd, Saline
AUDITION DATES*: (Sat.) - January 27th at 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. at The 5th Corner, 211 Willis Rd., Saline
CALLBACKS*: (Sun.) - January 28th - 4:30-6:30 P.M. at The 5th Corner, 211 Willis Rd., Saline

Cast will be informed of call-backs via email or phone. Final cast list will be posted to the Saline Area Players website.

Audition Format: These will be "open" auditions, meaning all auditioning will be able to watch others try out. Those auditioning will be asked to fill out an audition form and conflict calendar and will be given a number and have their picture taken before the session begins. (Please arrive a half hour before the above audition start times to complete this process!) Auditioners will be asked to do cold readings from the script. Those present are free to read for as many roles as they are interested in and should come prepared to do some individual and small group improvisational exercises as requested by the director. The director will be looking for effective use of facial expressions and body language to effectively convey character and mood, the ability to project and articulate, varied vocal inflection, the ability to react and respond to others and, overall, energy and stage presence. Your real age is less important than your ability to convincingly portray the character. British accents are not necessary but are encouraged if you feel comfortable. NOTE: A perusal script will be available at Saline Public Library for in library use only.

Time Commitment: If cast, featured roles will be expected to rehearse 2-3 evenings a week, depending on cast availability and preference. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern will be expected to run lines and practice together outside of rehearsals a number of hours a week. (These two characters are on stage the whole play, so will need a lot of time to run and memorize lines.) Other roles will rehearse 1-2 evenings a week until closer to show week. Rehearsals will typically be held Mondays and Wednesdays or Mondays and Thursdays depending on the week. A very specific schedule will be created (based as much as possible on actor conflicts) that will indicate what days you will be needed. You will be expected to attend all designated rehearsals unless you have indicated your unavailability in advance. Please be sure to bring a calendar or list of all dates and specific time you will be unavailable for rehearsals between now and April 14th.

Plot Synopsis: The play concerns the misadventures and musings of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters from William Shakespeare's Hamlet who are childhood friends of the prince. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is set up to be the inverse of Hamlet - the title characters are the leads, not supporting players, and Hamlet himself has only a minor role. The duo appears on stage here when they are off-stage in Shakespeare's play, with the exception of a few short scenes in which the dramatic events of both of the plays coincide.

Character Descriptions:
(Please note that the director is willing to cast male or female actors in the lead roles, so females should feel free to audition for any of these roles. Director is looking for actors ages 16+.)


Rosencrantz - A gentleman and childhood friend of Hamlet. Along with his companion, Guildenstern, Rosencrantz seeks to uncover the cause of Hamlet's strange behavior but finds himself confused by his role in the action of the play. Rosencrantz has a carefree and artless personality that masks deep dread about his fate.
Guildenstern - A gentleman and childhood friend of Hamlet. Accompanied by Rosencrantz, Guildenstern tries to discover what is plaguing Hamlet as well as his own purpose in the world. Although frequently disconcerted by the world around him, Guildenstern is a meditative man who believes that he can understand his life.
The Player - The leader of the traveling actors known as the Tragedians. The Player is an enigmatic figure. His cunning wit and confident air suggest that he knows more than he is letting on. The impoverished state of his acting troupe makes him eager to please others, but only on his own terms.


Tragedians - A group of traveling male actors. The Tragedians specialize in melodramatic and sensationalistic performances, and they are willing to engage in sexual entertainments if the price is right.
Hamlet - The prince of Denmark and a childhood friend of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Hamlet is thrown into a deep personal crisis when his father dies and his uncle takes the throne and marries Hamlet's mother. Hamlet's strange behavior confuses the other characters, especially Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
Claudius - Hamlet's uncle and the new king of Denmark. Claudius is a sinister character who tries to exploit the friendship between Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern and Hamlet to learn what Hamlet believes about the king's marriage to Gertrude.
Gertrude- Hamlet's mother and the queen of Denmark. Although she has disgraced herself by marrying Claudius so soon after her husband's death, Gertrude does seem to care for Hamlet's well-being and sincerely hopes that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern can help her son.
Polonius- A member of the Danish court and adviser to Claudius. Polonius is a shifty man, willing to interrogate Hamlet and even spy on him to learn what he wants to know.
Ophelia - The daughter of Polonius and Hamlet's former beloved. Ophelia spends the play in a state of shock and anguish as a result of Hamlet's bizarre conduct.
Laertes - The son of Polonius and brother of Ophelia. Laertes does not appear in the action of the play, but his corpse appears in the final scene.

Director: Katherine Downie

Participation fee: $25 per person

SAP Membership: Current membership also required ($15-25 per person)

*If unable to make audition date/callback time due to conflicts please contact the director by email.