Announcing AUDITIONS for Gamut Theatre Group’s Stage Door Series’ upcoming production of the silly, sexy, protofeminist Elizabethan play Gallathea, by John Lyly, directed by Francesca Amendolia.
Auditions will be held on Sunday, November 5th and Monday, November 6th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All auditions will consist of readings from the script, so there’s no need to prepare a monologue. Please see below for a casting breakdown. Performances will be January 12–14 and 19–21 (Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, and Sundays at 2:30).
Please e-mail email@example.com with any questions and to arrange an audition time. If you can’t make either scheduled audition but would still like to be considered, please e-mail to discuss alternatives.
In Gallathea, a Lincolnshire town must provide Neptune, the god of the sea, with a virgin sacrifice once every five years—and it’s that time again. Two dads (Melebeus and Tyterus) independently decide to hide their daughters (Phillida and Gallathea) rather than let them get eaten by Neptune’s sea monster. They disguise their daughters as boys and send them off into the woods. The girls immediately meet, and despite each suspecting right from the start that the other is in fact a girl, they rapidly fall in love. Also in the woods are Cupid, the “little god” of love and desire, and Diana, the virgin goddess. After being teased by one of Diana’s nymphs, Cupid decides to prove just how big and powerful he is by making all the nymphs fall madly in love with the two disguised girls. Neptune stomps around, cross because the humans are trying to put one over on him. The townsfolk do manage to produce a third girl and tie her to the sacrificial oak, but she is apparently not pretty enough for Neptune and so is off the hook. Venus arrives in time to declare that love is love is love, and (pretty much) everything ends well.
Casting Breakdown (Ages listed are playing ages.)
Gallathea: female presenting, late teens, early twenties. The daughter of Melebus. Her father sends her into the woods to hide lest Neptune’s sea monster devour her. One of the two fairest virgins in the village. Falls deeply in love with Phillida. Must be comfortable kissing a girl.
Phillida: female presenting, late teens, early twenties. The daughter of Tyterus. Like Gallathea, she has been dressed in boys’ clothes by her father in the hopes that this will keep her safe. The other of the two fairest virgins in the village. Falls deeply in love with Gallathea. Must be comfortable kissing a girl.
Tyterus: male presenting, 35–50. Father of Gallathea. Wants to protect his daughter. Patriarchal but perhaps not quite so vehemently as Melebus.
Melebus: male presenting, 35–50. Father of Phillida. Dotes on his daughter, perhaps to excess.Patriarchal.
Hebe: female presenting, possibly played by same actor as plays Venus. The third fairest virgin in the village and thus the unlucky girl chosen to be sacrificed since Gallathea and Phillida have both gone missing. She’s pretty darn aware that she’s only being sacrificed because they can’t find anyone better. Gives the longest and most excellent speech in the play about the iniquity of her lot in life.
Augur: gender unimportant, trending older, possibly played by same actor as plays Neptune. Village elder and arbiter of the sacrifice.
Cupid: gender/age unimportant (would love a GNC or fluid actor). Repeatedly described as a “little god,” Cupid (god of love and desire) is a Puck prototype—mischievous, powerful, not too concerned with mortals. After one of Diana’s nymphs insults them, Cupid takes revenge by having the nymphs all fall in love with Gallathea and Phillida. Son of Venus.
Neptune: male presenting, age unimportant. Beard a bonus. God of the sea. Fairly crotchety and sure of his own importance. The anger that provoked him to demand a five-yearly virgin sacrifice is more of a memory than a current phenomenon. Once was in love with Venus (and vice versa).
Diana: female presenting, 12-25 (actual age not important. She’s more a girl than a woman). Virgin goddess, goddess of the hunt. Profoundly protective of her handmaidens. Fairly quick to anger. Strives to preserve the independence of her nymphs by protecting them from romantic love (and esp. lust).
Venus: female presenting, 25-50 (actual age not important. She’s more a woman than a girl). Goddess of love and beauty. Mother of Cupid. Believes very deeply in the power and transcendence of love. Sees Diana-like chastity as somewhat of a cop out. Recalls Neptune to his better self.
Telusa, Eurota, Ramia, Larissa (and possibly assorted others): female or femme presenting/age unimportant. Diana’s nymphs are sworn virgins, independent and fierce, at first confused when Cupid’s magic makes them fall in love and then equally angry about it. The Stage Door Series offers diverse, exciting, classically themed programming with simpler technical elements than a Gamut mainstage season production, focusing simply on the words and emotional journeys in a piece. All Stage Door productions are volunteer efforts.
Please do not send personal messages concerning acting roles to our staff. Audition questions and scheduling can be directed to our Resident Theatre Manager, Michelle, at 717-238-4111.
General Audition Information
Auditions are held at Gamut Theatre, 15 N. Fourth Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. All auditions must be scheduled in advance, we do not accept walk-ins.
Actors are asked to present a memorized monologue one to two minutes in length and bring a headshot and a resume of their work.
If you are unavailable during our audition times and are still interested in auditioning, we will accept a video link or DVD audition. Please note that DVD auditions will not be returned.
Actors must be available for all of the performance dates for the production they are auditioning for. Please be sure to review performances dates in advance.
Technicians/Designers can set up an interview and will need a resume of theatre-related work experience as well as a sample of work, if applicable (i.e. a lighting design, sample production book, photos of craftwork, etc.)
Volunteers and novices can help with the productions by calling the theatre.
Gamut Theatre Group is a professional non-equity theatre company. Most technical and acting positions are paid, with some internship and apprenticeship opportunities available. Paid positions receive a one-time sum issued at strike after the close of the show. Size of payment varies greatly depending on size of role or duties.
About Gamut's Core Company
Gamut Theatre Group is structured following the actor/manager model. All core company actors hold administrative jobs during office hours in addition to acting. Core company actors take part in children's shows as part of the Popcorn Hat Players and in Shakespearean productions as part of the Harrisburg Shakespeare Company. They are also educators, and teach many of the Theatre School classes offered at Gamut.