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Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Directed by Collins Wilson

Auditions will be held at the Log Cabin at Dover Community Park on March 11th, 13th with callbacks on the 14th. Start times will be 6 pm.

Synopsis:

One of Shakespeare’s overlooked works that was very popular when it premiered. Pericles is the story of an adventurous and kind-hearted prince who through a twist of fate is forced to travel the globe. Along the way, he is joined by a colorful cast of characters who guide him in his adventures. He encounters storms, shipwrecks, pirates, assassins, love, loss, betrayal, and ultimately redemption.

Audition Information:

This show will feature musical sequences. If you are interested in the roles of Pericles, Gower, Thasia, and Marina, please prepare 16 bars of any folk or appropriate song (acapella).

Please be aware that there will be extensive doubling with this show. Many of the characters will be as many as two to three roles. If you audition for a particular role, be aware that you may be asked to fill other parts.

Performances:

All performances will be held at the Dance Hall at Brookside Park in Dover.

Performance dates will be May 10th and 11th at 7pm.

      May 17th at 7 pm,

      May 18th- Matinee at 2 pm, closing performance at 7 pm

  • IF YOU ARE CALLED FOR REHEARSALS, YOU MUST BE THERE. BARRING AN ALREADY MARKED CONFLICT OR A SERIOUS EMERGENCY, IF YOU DO NOT ATTEND WHEN CALLED, YOU WILL BE MARKED UNEXCUSED. REPEATED UNEXCUSED ABSENCES WILL BE GROUNDS FOR REPLACEMENT. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT IF YOU WILL BE RUNNING LATE OR AN EMERGENCY ARISES TO CONTACT THE DIRECTOR. PLEASE CONTACT AT LEAST 10-15 MINUTES PRIOR TO REHEARSAL START TIME.

CHARACTER INFORMATION

Roles may be doubled.

Please note that roles are open to anyone interested. There will be gender blind casting.

PERICLES: A kind-hearted, noble, adventurous prince who rules over his seat of Tyre. Due to a disturbing encounter in the beginning of the play, Pericles is forced to set sail which leads him on a journey of a lifetime.

GOWER: Narrator of the play. Based on the English poet John Gower, a close friend of Geoffrey Chaucer.

HELICANUS: Pericles’ wise and learned advisor. He is noble and close with the prince. He is Pericles most trusted friend.

THASIA: A Princess of Pentapolis. Fate brings her and Pericles together and she becomes his wife. Tragedy soon sees them separated. Intelligent, determined, and a force all in her own right.

MARINA: The daughter of Pericles and Thasia. Much like her parents, she is an intelligent, noble, kind-hearted, and determined young woman. She endures hardships of her own and faces her own path to freedom.

SIMONIDES: King of Pentapolis. Father of Thasia. A good man who wants the best for his daughter.

LYCHORDIA: Marina’s nurse. She is a dedicated woman who cares for Marina in the wake of a major tragedy.

ANTIOCHUS: The king of Antioch. Father to Hesperis. A seemingly revered ruler who is harboring a dark secret.

HESPERIES: Daughter of Antiochus. Princess of Antioch. A renowned beauty who like her Father is harboring a dark secret.

CLEON: Ruler of Tarsus. Husband to Dionyza. A once thriving city that has fallen on hard times, but thanks to a chance encounter with the title character, fortunes seem to take a turn for the better. Until he is faced with a choice that could make or break his reign.

DIONYZA: Wife to Cleon. Like her husband, she yearns for the years when Tarsus was prosperous. However time reveals that she may not be who she appears to be.

LEONINE: An assassin from Tarsus. He is a gruff man of few words who is assigned an unenviable task. His decision sends ripples through the story.

THAILARD: An assassin from the court of Antioch. A man tasked with keeping his King’s dark secret from getting out.

ESCANES: A loyal associate in the court of Tyre. He is often seen in the company of Helicanus.

CERIMON: A wise, kind-hearted, and knowledgeable nobleman in Ephesus. His last minute help prevents a tragic mistake from having long reaching consequences.

PHILEMON: Close advisor to Cerimon. He is supporter of his friend and will assist him in his endeavors.

DIANA: Roman Goddess of the Hunt, Fertility, Moon, and the Animals. She appears to Pericles in a dream and gives him a prophecy that proves critical to his journey.

LYSIMACHUS: Governor of Mytilene. Seemingly a good man at heart, he doesn’t always engage in the best of behavior. But a chance encounter shows him the error of his ways and sets him on a new path.

BAWD: One of the owners of a notorious brothel in Mytilene. She is convinced that the only thing that is important is gold and she does not care how it is acquired.

PANDER: The other owner of the Mytilene brothel. He is practical and focuses on the accounting aspect. He is detached and solely focused in lining his and his partner’s pockets.

BOULT: The “gatekeeper” of the brothel. He is earnest and dedicated to his craft. He struggles with making the right decision when faced with tough moral choices.

FIVE KNIGHTS: One from Antioch, Another from Macedon, and another from Sparta. Five wooers who have arrived in Pentapolis hoping to win the affections of Thasia.

THE TRIO: A group of three men who appear at different points in the story. First they are fisherman then Lords of Simonides court, and finally pirates. Their presence at each point is critical to driving the story forward.

TWO LORDS OF TYRE: Nobles of Tyre who voice concern about Pericles’ absence from the county.

TWO TYRIAN SAILORS: Two sailors who are present during two important points of the story.

TWO GENTLEMEN OF MYTILENE: Two nobleman of Mytilene who decide to make some changes in their lives after hearing a speech that strikes at their cores.

MESSENGER OF ANTIOCH: A servant of Antiochus. It is his message that leads to a fateful decision with long reaching repercussions.  

TWO SERVANTS OF CERIMON: Assistants to Cerimon.

LORD OF TARSUS: A nobleman who brings important news to Cleon.

TWO GENTLEMEN OF EPHESUS: Two nobles who in the process of meeting with Cerimon are witness to an incredible miracle.