Thursday, October 10, 2013

Auditions for Gallathea, Poor Shadows of Elysium, Dougherty Arts Center, November 4 and 5, 2013

Gallathea John Lily
(image via Wikipedia)
Poor Shadows announces AUDITIONS for GALLATHEA on November 4th (Monday) and November 5th (Tuesday) from 6-9 pm at the Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd (click for map ).

After a very successful inaugural production of RICHARD II, Poor Shadows of Elysium is happy to announce that they are soon to hold auditions for their next production, GALLATHEA by John Lyly. Gallathea will be directed by Kevin Gates and runs January 3rd-19th at the Trinity Street Players studio theatre.

Auditions will be held Please email to set up an audition. Come prepared to perform an early modern monologue (no longer than two minutes) of your choice.

There are so many amazing roles in this show, and MANY FOR WOMEN! Here is a summary from Wikipedia (Kevin will be posting more specific information about our production soon). You'll see several familiar plot devices here that were later used by Shakespeare.

"A small village somewhere in Lincolnshire is forced by Neptune to sacrifice their most beautiful virgin to him every five years, or he will drown them all. The chosen virgin must be tied to a certain tree to await her fate at the hands of the Agar, a terrible monster. The fathers of the two most beautiful virgins of the village, Gallathea and Phillida, decide to disguise their daughters as boys until after the sacrifice. Both girls are then sent off into the woods. Meanwhile, in an almost completely unrelated subplot, three brothers, Rafe, Robin, and Dick, set off to seek their fortune. At the same time, the god Cupid is wandering through the forest when he happens upon a nymph of Diana. After a rebuff of his amorous advances, he resolves to trick all of the nymphs into falling in love, despite their vows of chastity. Predictably, all three of the nymphs who appear fall in love with either Gallathea or Phillida, whom Diana has forced to assist in her hunt. The rest of the plot revolves around the relationship between Gallathea and Phillida, who, each believing the other to be a boy, fall in love with each other. Cupid's punishment, substitute sacrifices of inferior virgins, brotherly reunions, divine reconciliations, a surprise ending, and the triumph of true love ensue."

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