Invictus Theatre

Pay: Stipend


Invictus Theatre Company is excited to announce auditions for their upcoming production of Hamlet, directed by Charles Askenaizer. The performances will run from October 25 - November 21 and will take place at 1106 W. Thorndale Avenue.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, August 7th 10am-4pm, Sunday, August 8th 10am-4pm, and Monday August 9 6:30pm-9:30pm. Callbacks will be on Wednesday August 11th from 6:30pm-9:30pm and Thursday August 12th 6:30pm-9:30pm. Both auditions and callbacks will be held at 1106 W. Thorndale Avenue.

Auditions & Callback location is:
Invictus Theatre Company
1106 W. Thorndale Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660

Character Breakdown:
Invictus Theatre Company does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender, ability, nationality, religion, or any other protected status by law. All are encouraged to audition.

The role of Hamlet is pre-cast.

Horatio Open gender. Actor of color. Late 20's- Early 30's Hamlet's best friend and the only person he trusts in Denmark. Trying to support and protect Hamlet at all costs. Loyal, stalwart, noble.

Claudius (PRE-CAST, Seeking Understudy) Male Identifying. White. 40's-50's. Hamlet's uncle and the current king of Denmark. Murdered his brother to achieve the throne and wrestles with the guilt of his act by drinking. A charismatic and brilliant politician. He is also a thief who has stolen the crown and his brother's wife.

Gertrude (PRE-CAST, Seeking Understudy) Female Identifying. White. 40's-50's Hamlet's mother and the queen of Denmark. A wonderful hostess who does not want to deal with the death of her husband.

Polonius Male Identifying. Open ethnicity but actor of color preferred. 50's-60's A noble of the court and Claudius's right hand. An overprotective father who toes the line between doddering fool and slick politician. Sycophantic flatterer at times as well.

Ophelia Female Identifying. Actor of color. Mid 20's-Early 30's. Daughter of Polonius. Subservient to the powerful men in her life, until it ultimately destroys her, and then she isn't. Involved romantically with Hamlet. Sweet, witty, innocent.

Laertes, Player 3 Male Identifying. Actor of color. Late 20's -Mid 30's. Polonius's son and overprotective brother to Ophelia. Loving, fierce, strong. Double cast with Player 3.

Rosencrantz, Gravedigger 1 Open gender/Open ethnicity. Late 20's - Early 30's. A former childhood friend of Hamlet. Sycophantic flatterer, but innocent. Double cast with Gravedigger 1.

Guildenstern, Voltemand Open gender/Open ethnicity. Late 20's - Early 30's. A former childhood friend of Hamlet. Sycophantic flatterer, but innocent. Double cast with ambassador Voltemand.

Ghost, Cameraman (non-speaking), Gravedigger 2 Male identifying. White. 50's-60's. The former warlike king of Denmark returned as a ghost to enlist his son to avenge his murder. Hard, angry, bitter. Double cast with Gravedigger 2 with possibility of triple casting into non speaking role.

Ensemble 1 -Barnardo, Player 2 (Queen), Soldier, Nurse, Lord, Sex Worker Female identifying. Actor of color. 20's-50's Plays multiple roles. This part will require a state of undress to underwear, but no nudity.

Ensemble 2- Francisco, Reynaldo, Player 1 (King), Soldier, Priest Male identifying. Open ethnicity. 20's-50's Plays multiple roles.

Ensemble 3 - Marcellus, Messenger, Soldier, Osric, Captain Male identifying. Open ethnicity. 20's-50's. Plays multiple roles.

Pay: Actor stipend is $300. Understudy stipend $200.

Time Commitment:

Rehearsals begin Saturday September 11
Rehearsals, in general, are Saturdays 10-4pm, Sundays 10-4pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 6-9:30pm Please note, there are some slight variations to these rehearsals dates and times so please look over the schedule provided carefully when you receive your audition slot.
Tech October 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Previews October 21, 22, 23, 24
Show Opens Monday October 25
Runs Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 3pm Show closes Sunday November 21

Material To Prepare:

Sides will be provided.

Contact Info:

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