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Redwood Theatre is holding open auditions for “Illyria”

Redwood Theatre is holding open auditions for the West Coast premiere of
“Illyria” on Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11, 2009. All roles
are open.

“Illyria” – a new musical

book, music, and lyrics by Peter Mills

adapted by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel from Shakespeare’ s “Twelfth Night”

directed by Shawn J West

music directed by Austin Anderson

Character Breakdown/Project Needs

All roles open.

VIOLA: twin sister to Sebastian. Believably boyish, a good “straight man” to
the comics in the show, an active listener. Attractive, but not a classic
beauty. Spunky, rough and tumble, passionate, and quietly internal by turns.

OLIVIA: a noblewoman of Illyria. Stunningly beautiful, elegant, poised, but
willing to cut loose and be sexy and silly as well. The lady of her domain,
in control yet vulnerable.

MARIA: Lady Olivia’s maid and confidante. Sexy, clever, in charge, able to
be “one of the boys”, a sparkplug. Has a long, on-going affair with Sir
Toby, with whom she is in love and shares a real chemistry and penchant for

FESTE (capable of patter): the wise fool, in Olivia’s service. A clown and
trickster, extremely smart and adept with wordplay and sleight of hand, able
to read the subtext of any situation. Endearing. Should have the depth of
having been through the trials of love once.

SEBASTIAN: should be a strong physical match for Viola, but with his own,
very masculine energy. Has a certain innocent, naïve, optimism; extremely
honorable; with emotional depth to his sorrow upon losing Viola.

ORSINO: the ruler of Illyria, in love with Lady Olivia. Handsome, oozes
charisma—a Prince Charming! Deeply passionate, self-indulgent, in love with
love. Ultimately, vulnerable on an emotional level, but capable of
high-status, commanding presence.

SIR TOBY (able to deal with lots of patter singing): Lazy but clever—an
overgrown “frat boy”. Olivia’s uncle, he lives in her household and relies
on her patronage. Toby has a huge ego, and should have a large physique to
match, yet be limber and able to move well. A drunkard, always up for a good
time… he is in love with Maria, should have great chemistry with her—they
are the “dueling wits.”

SIR ANDREW: a suitor to the Lady Olivia and a stooge for Toby and Maria’s
amusement. Should be naturally funny (whatever that means!), and have an air
of the bumbling aristocrat about him. Naïve, lonely, forever
well-intentioned, dopey, desperate to be liked.

MALVOLIO: the steward of Olivia’s household. Full of himself and the
importance of his position, self-righteous and overly-serious about
everything, yet charmingly goofy in his self-delusion.

ANTONIO: the seafarer who rescues Sebastian. May or may not be a legitimate
pirate. A fatherly or “older brother” type, very protective of Sebastian,
with a physically imposing/tough look.

GUARDS/COURTIERS: in the service of Duke Orsino, who see to his every whim
ands protect his dukedom.

LADIES IN WAITING: to Olivia, in her household and under the instruction of


Saturday, January 10, 2009

1:00-4:00 pm

Faith Lutheran Church, Redmond

Sunday, January 11, 2009

6:00-9:00 pm

TPS, Seattle


Monday, January 12, 2009

6:00-9:00 pm

Redmond Senior Center, Redmond

Audition Requirements

Prepare 32 to 64 bars of a Broadway-style song that showcases your
personality as well as vocal skill.


This musical re-telling of Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’ s greatest comedy,
captures both the rollicking energy of the play’s hilarious hijinks and its
deeply felt emotions of loss and unrequited love.

“This high-spirited, utterly engaging musical adaptation of Shakespeare’ s
“Twelfth Night” is an intergenerational winner that deserves an unequivocal
thumbs-up. Peter Mills and Cara Reichel, who adapted the show, have managed
to do the near impossible. They have taken Shakespeare’ s comic masterpiece,
kept its Elizabethan spirit, voice and wit, yet created a new, accessible
work that brashly and, at times, poignantly speaks to contemporary musical

— The New York Times

Performance dates

April 24-May 9, 2009

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm

Sundays at 2:00 pm


Fred W. Meitzer Theatre

within the Redmond Municipal Campus

8703 160th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052


There is one cast and crew benefit night.


For an appointment, email your resume and headshot (if available) to
auditions@redwoodtheatre.org and please specify which day you prefer.

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