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Audition Notice





The Player- Aloof, sardonic, paradoxical. The Face in the Mirror being held up to Nature. An understanding of Theatricality- for better and for worse. An entertainer and seeker of Truth. A Lover of the Medium of Deception as the path to said Truth. A soul from a different generation. Good, and they know it. Being ignored, and they sense it.


The Three Tragedians- Performers on that grind. A strong understanding of what entertainment has been in this ever changing and tiring world. Storytellers. Dreamers of Dreams. Any one of them could play the lead at a moment’s notice, depending on what the desired entertainment is this evening. Compelling and compelled. The first glimpse of a face in a developing polaroid picture.


Alfred- A fourth, named Tragedian. The youngest of the group and the most worldly. Sees the forest for the trees. Doesn’t see their way out of #ThisMess. They deserve better.


Hamlet- Prince/ess of Denmark---Bored by the lack of intellectual stimulation they are surrounded by.

Ophelia- Nymph---Wants what is best for others, at the cost of what is best for themselves.


Claudius- the “King”---the crown tells you so.

Gertrude- “The” king---the text tells you so.


Polonius- Strong grasp of Comedy. Tired. Can I go to bed yet? (Spoilers: Yes.) 

Seven Stages Shakespeare Company and Firehouse Center for the Arts seek artists of all age, gender, race, and creed for their upcoming production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead will run March 13-29 at The Firehouse Center for the Arts in downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts. Rehearsals will begin in late February, with exact rehearsal schedule to be determined by the availability of those cast. Stipends for all roles cast.


This production will also be done in conjunction with a ShakesBEERience of Hamlet, time and location TBA and within the timeframe of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Anyone cast in one production will play the same role in the other.


Please prepare a one-minute monologue (classical or contemporary) and be prepared to take adjustments at the audition. If auditioning for a role as a Tragedian please be prepared to sing 16 bars acapella. 


To request an audition slot:

Please email to express your interest. Please include your resume. No headshots are necessary/desired. Should you need a specific audition time, please indicate such. We will do our best to accommodate requests, and also appreciate your flexibility.

Seven Stages is committed to diversity and a commitment to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Seven Stages encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as differently abled performers to attend every audition.

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Auditions will be held from 11:00AM – 3:00PM on Saturday, January 25th with callbacks taking place on Saturday, February 8th (time TBD). Both will take place at the rehearsal space for the Firehouse Center for the Arts: 18 Graf Road, Newburyport, MA.

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