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Auditions for our Summer 2016 John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre Season

The Marriage of Figaro
by Beaumarchais, adapted by Bernard Sahlins
directed by Susannah Wood
Weekends in John Hinkel Park, July 2nd-17th 2016

Twelfth Night
by Shakespeare
adapted and directed by Michael R. Cohen
Weekends in John Hinkel Park, August 20th-September 5th, 2016

Auditions  Saturday April 2nd and Sunday April 3rd, 2016, 11a.m. - 2 p.m.
at John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre, 
41 Somerset Pl. (at Southampton, off Arlington), Berkeley, CA 94707

Callbacks for Figaro are Saturday August 9th, 10:30 am to 1 p.m.
John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre

Callbacks for Twelfth Night: Thursday, April 14th, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
at Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central St., Richmond, CA 94803

Actors Ensemble begins its fourth consecutive year of fun and well-received productions in the fantastic John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre (original home of California Shakespeare Theatre).  Last year's "Falstaff!" and "King Lear" were so much fun for all involved - don't miss your chance this year!

This year we are producing two classics of the theatre!

Coming up first is Beaumarchais' revolutionary play The Marriage of Figaro, which scandalized France when first performed just 6 years before the French Revolution.  We are performing the adroitly comic adaptation by Bernard Sahlins, co-founder of the Second City improvisational comedy troupe made famous by it's many alumni in theatre and television including Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Candy, and Harold Ramis, and by the associated television comedy/variety show SCTV.  Mr. Sahlins had a highly regarded career in Chicago theatre both before and after Second City, and his sense of comic timing is well put to use in his adaptation of Figaro

Our production will be directed by Susannah Wood, with a long career in East Bay Theatre and numerous Actors Ensemble productions to her credit, including directing "George is Dead" as part of our hit production of Relatively Speaking in 2014.  Longtime Actors Ensemble stalwart Helen Slomowitz will be handling costumes.

Our second production of our Summer 2016 season is Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, perhaps Shakespeare's most perfectly formed comedy.  The machinations of Malvolio, the hijinks of Feste, and the buffoonery of Aguecheeck and Sir Toby Belch enliven the love story of Orsino and Viola, encased around a case of separated twins and mistaken identity.  The production will be enfused with music (as Shakespeare intended), and directed by Michael R. Cohen, who directed our first John Hinkel Park show, Fortinbras, back in 2013.

We will be holding the auditions for both plays simultaneously.  You are welcome to audition for either or both plays.  No monologue required,  just be prepared to read from materials provided.  If you are new to theatre, don't be intimidated - we will guide you through the process!  If for some reason you cannot make the audition dates, do not hesitate to write to us - we may be able to make alternate arrangements.  We are also looking for folks interested in working on sets, props, costumes, etc!

Write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an audition appointment.  We will schedule 2-3 actors in 15 minute blocks, please come 15 minutes or so before your scheduled audition time, and bring 2 copies of your headshot and resume.  Rehearsals for the two productions will commence approximately 6 weeks before the first performance - please bring your schedule/conflicts up through September 5th, 2016.  Non-AEA/no pay.

Don't forget to see our original musical, What Do Women Want? - The Marriage of Sir Gawain, opening March 25th at Live Oak Theatre.  More info at our website www.aeofberkeley.org or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Roles, Figaro:

  • Figaro (male, 20-30's)
  • Susanna (female, 20-30's)
  • Count Almaviva (male, 30-late 40's)
  • Countess Almaviva (female, 25 - 40's)
  • Cherubino (male, teens-late 20's)
  • Antonio (male, 40-70's))
  • Marcellina (female, 40-60's)
  • Bartholo (male, 40-60's)
  • Judge/Ensemble  (any age)
  • Bazilia/Ensemble (female, any age)
  • Fanchette /Ensemble (teens-late 20's)
  • 3-4 Additional Ensemble (Any age, some speaking, singing, dancing)


Roles, Twelfth Night

  • *Viola (female 20-30's)
  • *Orsino (male 20's-40's)
  • *Olivia (female 20's-40's)
  • *Sebastion (male (20's-40's)
  • *Malvolio (male 20's-60's)
  • *Feste (female or male 20's-70's)
  • *Sir Toby Belch (male or female 40's-60's)
  • Maria (female 20's-50's)
  • Sir Andrew Aguecheek (male 20's-50's)
  • Antonio (male 20's-60's)
  • Valentine and Curio (male or female 20's-60's)
  • Fabian (female or male 20's-60's)
  • Captain (male or female 20's-60's)

*These are singing roles and although not required, playing an acoustic and portable instrument would be a plus.   Please be prepared to sing a selection of your choice A Cappella or self-accompanied.   

Upcoming Events
What Do Women Want? - The Marriage of Sir Gawain, by Vicki Siegel and Evan Alparone, directed by Bruce Coughran - Mar. 25-April 16th, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees 2 p.m. on April 2nd and 9th - Live Oak Theatre.

The Marriage of Figaro, by Beumarchaise, and directed by Susannah Wood - July 2nd - July 17th
John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre
, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m., special performance Monday July 4th at 4 p.m. 

Twelfth Night, adapted from Shakespeare and directed by Michael R. Cohen,  Aug. 20th-Sep. 5th
John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre
, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m., special performance Monday September 5th at 4 p.m. 

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Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $8,000.00 awarded in 2017. Also, a thank you to Theatre Bay Area for a grant of $2,500.00.

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