HAMLET...Mostly
by William Shakespeare

Adapted by Jake Anderson and Joshua Cagle

Auditions November 6-7.

Performances January 14-23, 2022

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Auditions

Nov. 6th 5-8pm

Nov. 7th noon-4pm

at the Reif

Hamlet has never been funnier than in this new tragedy-turned-comedy adaptation! Join a misdirected community theatre troupe as they bumble their way through Shakespeare’s greatest play, despite dropped lines, wardrobe malfunctions, and poor set design in this farcical comedy of errors!

Dramatis Personae

KING CLAUDIUS-
King of Denmark, brother of the late King who has usurped the throne and married his sister-in-law, Uncle to Hamlet. The actor portraying Claudius likes to pretend he is a “classically trained Shakespearean actor.”
Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 60

QUEEN GERTRUDE-
Queen of Denmark, Prince Hamlet's mother, the late king’s widow, and King Claudius' wife. The actor portraying Gertrude is a classic diva, and thinks she is the best actor on any given stage. She is prone to upstaging her scene partners.
Gender: female
Age: 35 to 50

PRINCE HAMLET-
The crown prince of Denmark who returns from the university in Wittenberg to find his father dead, his mother married to the king's brother Claudius, and Claudius newly self-crowned King. The actor portraying Hamlet is actually the original Hamlet’s understudy, and is not quite entirely off-script.
Gender: male
Age: 18 to 30


​POLONIUS/a PRIEST-
Polonius is the pompous, self-important Lord Chamberlain, chief counselor to Claudius, father of Laertes and Ophelia. The Priest is a priest. The actor portraying Polonius and the Priest is an unremarkably competent actor, with the exception that he doesn’t really know what to do with his hands while on stage.
Gender: male
Age: 45 to 70

LAERTES/ GHOST of Hamlet’s Father-
Laertes is Polonius' son and Ophelia's brother; rival of Hamlet. The Ghost is the spirit of the late King, father of Hamlet, condemned to walk the earth until his soul is revenged. The actor portraying Laertes and the Ghost is a ham, always playing to the audience, and was not originally
supposed to play the Ghost until the play begins.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35

HORATIO-
A commoner, Horatio went to school with Hamlet and remains his loyal best friend. The actor
portraying Horatio, is a perfectly competent actor just trying to get through the show in one piece.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 35

OPHELIA-
Daughter of Polonius, sister of Laertes, Ophelia is beloved of Hamlet. The actor portraying Ophelia is just trying to get through this show without issue, though she is fed up with how it is
going.
Gender: female
Age: 18 to 30

MARCELLUS/ GRAVEDIGGER/ OSRIC-
Marcellus is a serious officer on guard at the castle of Elsinore. The Gravedigger is a talkative rustic, employed in the graveyard. Osric is a conceited, overly-proper courtier who plays a minor role as the King's secretary. The actor portraying all three is an accomplished character actor, but is unused to portraying multiple characters in a show.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 50

BERNARDO/ ROSENCRANTZ/MOURNER-
Bernardo is an officer on guard at the castle of Elsinore. Rosencrantz is a classmate of Hamlet's that Claudius summons to Elsinore to spy on Prince Hamlet. The Mourner is the bearer of the dead Ophelia to her grave. The actor portraying all three is just trying to get through the show, but is also obviously romantically involved with the actor playing Francisco/Guildenstern.
Gender: male
Age: 20 to 35

FRANCISCO/ GUILDENSTERN/ MOURNER-
Francisco is an officer on guard at the castle of Elsinore. Guildenstern is a classmate of Hamlet's
that Claudius summons to Elsinore to spy on Prince Hamlet. The Mourner is the bearer of the
dead Ophelia to her grave. The actor portraying all three is just trying to get through the show,
but is also obviously romantically involved with the actor playing Bernardo/Rosencrantz.
Gender: female
Age: 20 to 35

STAGE MANAGER/STAGECREW-
Functional stage technicians, responsible for set changes, props, etc. Small speaking parts, mostly from offstage and some non-speaking, onstage visual humor.
Gender: Any
Age: Any

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