Auditions

There are two upcoming productions. First is the holiday cabaret For Your Wintertainment. Scroll down for The Comedy of Errors.


For Your Wintertainment

SLEIGGHHHH! 

Dust off your jingle bells, Theatre Company of Saugus is thrilled to present our annual, holiday cabaret: For Your Wintertainment!

Have at least 30 seconds of your best holiday act(s) to send us. Use the form on our website to tell us about yourself and your act, and send a video clip attached to an email to TCSaugus@gmail.com.

Show dates will be Saturday 10 December 2022 at 8:00 PM and Sunday 11 December 11 at 2:00 PM. The venue is the American Legion in Saugus.

Performers will be expected to attend two dress rehearsals the week prior to the shows, TBD based on availability. 

All cast members should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Would like to sing, but don’t have sheet music? We can get it to you if it is in the TCS Christmas Music Binder. Send us a message to see if we can get something to you. Click here for the song index.

If you have questions or to request a song, please write to TCSaugus@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you! 


The Comedy of Errors

The Theatre Company of Saugus is holding auditions for William Shakesepeare’s The Comedy of Errors.  Directed by Francine Davis, this is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. The style and setting of this production will be the Mardi Gras.

Performances are March 3-4-5 and 10-11-12, 2023.

Auditions will be held: 

  • Sunday 4 December 2022, starting at 2 PM
  • Thursday 8 December 2022, starting at 7 PM
  • Callback auditions will be on Monday 12 December 2022, starting at 7 PM

Each audition slot will have three people who will read their prepared monologues individually, followed by cold readings with scene partners. Each slot is one-half hour. Friends who wish to read together should sign up for the same audition slot. If you are by yourself, choose a time slot that has one or two people but less than three, rather than choosing an empty slot.

Click here to sign up for your audition slot.

Sign up for a 30-minute audition slot. Prepare one of the six provided monologues. It does not need to be memorized. You will likely be asked to read it more than once. You are encouraged to be familiar with the play. You will also be asked to read a scene with a partner and/or an additional monologue. All roles are open.

Paper copies of the sides will be provided at the auditions.

Click here for the audition sides. Prepare one of the six script selections. See below for role descriptions.

Click here for the Audition Form and conflict calendar.

This is what you need to bring to the audition:

  • Prepare one of the provided script selections. You do not need to memorize it.
  • Fill out the Audition Form and Calendar with all conflicts and potential conflicts listed. If you don’t fill it out in advance, paper copies will be available at the audition.
  • Headshot and resume, if available
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination
  • Mask

Callbacks, if needed, will be held on Monday 12 December 2022, starting at 7 PM. You will be notified if needed; plan to be available. You may still get a role even if you are not called back.

Auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be at the Theatre Company of Saugus home at the American Legion Post 210 / 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, MA 01906. See our Directions page.

All participants will wear masks at all times, except during the performances and the final rehearsals.  Proof of vaccination against Covid-19 is required for all auditioners. The audience will be masked.

If you are unable to attend any of the audition sessions in person, you may submit a video of yourself reading one or more of the script selections. Before submitting a virtual audition, contact us.

To request a virtual audition, or for more information, please email tcsaugus@gmail.com

Rehearsal days and times will be determined based somewhat on cast conflicts. Rehearsals are typically scheduled for Sunday afternoons or evenings, and two or three weekday evenings Monday thru Thursday, running from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM.


Show Description – The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors is a farce about two sets of identical twins who were separated in a shipwreck shortly after birth. Now adults, Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in the town of Ephesus, which happens to be where their long-lost twins, Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus, live. When the Syracusan twins encounter the friends and families of their siblings, a series of mishaps based on mistaken identity result in wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of the Ephesian twins, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession.

Role Descriptions – The Comedy of Errors

We encourage actors to audition for the roles that most interest you, regardless of the character’s age or gender relative to your own. We are more interested in how you act a role than in whether you look a role. The genders and age ranges listed, as well as the pronouns used in the descriptions, are based on the script and are largely informational. We encourage you to be familiar with the play.

Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus (characters as written: male. Age range: 25-45.) Identical twins, separated in a shipwreck when they were infants, are comically confused with each other throughout the play. Antipholus of Ephesus is usually more irascible and domineering, while Antipholus of Syracuse is generally the more even-tempered, although he starts to become unglued as the evidence mounts (in his mind) that the citizens of Ephesus are all sorcerers who are practicing their magic on him, since they all seem to know him, but he doesn’t know any of them. The Antipholuses often play straight men to their servants, the Dromios.

Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus (characters as written: male. Age range: 25-45.) Dromio of Syracuse is servant to Antipholus of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus is servant to Antipholus of Ephesus. The Dromios are identical twins who, as infants, were separated in the same shipwreck as the Antipholus twins. The Dromio twins are confused with each other throughout the play. As comic buffoons, the Dromios receive numerous beatings to which they respond with humorous quips. Lots of physical humor. Both Dromios are physically demanding, high energy roles.

Egeon (character as written: male. Age range: 60+.) A sad, elderly, soft-spoken merchant from Syracuse, and the father of the Antipholus twins. Years earlier, Egeon, his infant son, Antipholus of Syracuse, and Antipholus’ servant, Dromio of Syracuse, also an infant, were rescued from a shipwreck. Antipholus and Dromio each had a twin who was lost in the wreck. As adults, Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse leave Egeon to search for their missing siblings. At the start of the play, they have been gone seven years, and Egeon has begun searching for them. He travels to Ephesus, but is arrested because he entered illegally. He will be put to death at the end of the day unless he can find a way to pay a steep fine. However, he is so unhappy that he has lost his entire family that he wants to die.

Abbess (Emilia) (character as written: female. Age: 50’s+.) A highly respected Abbess in Ephesus, former wife to Egeon, and the mother of the Antipholus twins, Emilia was rescued from the shipwreck with the infants Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus, but was separated from them while still at sea. She believes her husband, both of her children, and their servants (the Dromios) to be dead. A commanding presence.

Adriana (character as written: female. Age: 25-50.) The much put-upon, but loving wife, to Antipholus of Ephesus. A woman of strength, she is irritated that women are not as free as men and annoyed that her husband spends so much time in the company of the Courtesan. Foreshadows Kate in Shrew & Beatrice in Much Ado.

Luciana (character as written: female. Age: 18-40.) Younger sister to Adriana. Modest and subservient, Luciana, who is unmarried, believes women owe obedience to their husbands. However, when Antipholus of Syracuse (whom Luciana believes to be her sister’s husband, Antipholus of Ephesus) tries to court Luciana, she chastises him roundly.

Luce (Also called “Nell”) (character as written: female. Age: 18-45.) A “spherical” kitchen maid in Antipholus of Ephesus’ household. Betrothed to Dromio of Ephesus. Pursues Dromio of Syracuse, whom she believes to be her fiancé. A high energy, over-the-top role.

Duke Solinus of Ephesus (character as written: male. Age: 40+.) Ruler of Ephesus. Initially, comes across as rigid and harsh, but develops into a more sympathetic character. Condemns Egeon to death for entering Ephesus illegally, but takes pity on him after Egeon explains his situation, and allows him time to try to raise the ransom money that will free him.

Courtesan (character as written: female. Age: 20’s+.) Smart, flirty, an excellent conversationalist and “professional entertainer,” she mistakenly approaches Antipholus of Syracuse to get the gold necklace she was promised by Antipholus of Ephesus. When Antipholus of Syracuse accuses her of sorcery, she responds with a charge of lunacy, which triggers the pursuit that results in Antipholus of Ephesus’ being treated for insanity at the hands of Dr. Pinch.

Dr. Pinch (character as written: male. Age: 50+.) A “hungry lean faced villain.” Bearded. A schoolteacher and quack exorcist hired by Adriana to return her husband (Antipholus of Ephesus), who is believed to be insane, to his senses.

Angelo (character as written: male. Age: 20’s+.) A goldsmith and friend of Antipholus of Ephesus. He makes the gold necklace that figures in the confusions and misunderstandings that lie at the heart of the play. Wears a lot of gold.

Balthasar (character as written: male. Age: 30+.) A merchant and friend of Antipholus of Ephesus. He prevents Antipholus of Ephesus from breaking down the door to his own house after Antipholus’ wife, Adriana, and servants lock him out because they believe him to be an imposter.  

1st Merchant (character as written: male. Age: 20’s+.) A merchant of Ephesus, he warns Antipholus of Syracuse not to reveal that he’s from Syracuse, lest he be sentenced to death, which is the penalty for anyone from Syracuse who enters Ephesus.

2nd Merchant (character as written: male. Age: 40+.) A stranger to Ephesus who is attempting to collect a debt from Angelo. Angelo tells him he will repay the debt as soon as Antipholus of Ephesus pays him for a gold chain, but the Merchant mistakenly challenges Antipholus of Syracuse to a duel over the debt. Speaks with a foreign accent.

Messenger (character as written: male. Age: any.) Frantically reports the escape of Antipholus of Ephesus from Dr. Pinch and describes Antipholus’ revenge on the quack exorcist.

Officer(s) (character as written: male. Age: 20’s+.) Agent(s) empowered to arrest debtors.

Jailer (character as written male. Age: 20’s+.) Part of Duke Solinus’ entourage, he guards the condemned Egeon. Speaks one line.

Headsman (character as written: male. Age: any) Part of Duke Solinus’ entourage, he is prepared to be Egeon’s executioner. A nonspeaking role.

Ensemble Most actors will be part of the Ensemble of residents, visitors, and vendors in Ephesus.