Spotlight Acting School is proud to offer Shakespeare’s timeless tale of love and loss this winter. This opportunity is open to an intergenerational cast and we will be diving head first into a hands-on understanding of the greatest of bards, William Shakespeare. Stunts will play a great role in this production with ample swordplay. Students and adults alike will be challenged each week with lessons, activities, and games in addition to rehearsing.
All ages are welcome to audition from children to adults. The target age range is 14-18 with preferential casting being shown to students in this range. All students aged 14-18 will be cast appropriately before filling out the cast with other actors. This guarantee of casting does not have any bearing on the size of the role. All roles must be earned by merit. Actors outside of the 14-18 age range may not be cast if we have too many actors to stage the show, but that is highly unlikely due to the need for citizens, guards, the Capulet family, and the Montegue family.
Spotlight Acting School is a tuition-based institution of the performing arts for students aged 4-18. Full tuition is $85 per month. Many discounts are available as well as financial assistance. No student has ever been turned away due to purely financial reasons. Pre-enrollment is not required. Simply show up at the audition.
Adult participants do not enroll or pay tuition. However, all adults participating in a school production must follow school rules, be respectful, participate in class and rehearsal, and assist in helping the director pull the production together as needed. (Costumes, sets, props, etc.) We are here primarily for the students but having adults participate with them is a great experience and benefit for the students.
Everyone auditioning please prepare and memorize one of the monologues below.
If wanting to be considered for the leads please use one of these two.
ROMEO (Written as a 16yo boy)
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou her maid art far more fair than she.
It is my lady, O, it is my love!
O, that she knew she were!
She speaks, yet she says nothing: what of that?
Her eye discourses; I will answer it.
I am too bold, ’tis not to me she speaks:
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,
As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O, that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!
JULIET (Written as a 13yo Girl)
O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name.
Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.
‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy:
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? It is nor hand nor foot
Nor arm nor face nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O be some other name.
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.
For all other roles use one of these monologues:
(Non-gender specific – Pick any option you want)
O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day!
Most lamentable day, most woeful day,
That ever, ever, I did yet behold!
O day! O day! O day! O hateful day!
Never was seen so black a day as this:
O woeful day, O woeful day!
PRINCE (Average difficulty for Shakespeare)
A glooming peace this morning with it brings;
The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head:
Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things;
Some shall be pardon’d, and some punished:
For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.
PARIS (A little more challenging and wordy)
This is that banish’d haughty Montague,
That murder’d my love’s cousin, with which grief,
It is supposed, the fair creature died;
And here is come to do some villanous shame
To the dead bodies: I will apprehend him.
Stop thy unhallow’d toil, vile Montague!
Can vengeance be pursued further than death?
Condemned villain, I do apprehend thee:
Obey, and go with me; for thou must die.
FIRST WATCHMAN (Same difficulty as PARIS)
The ground is bloody; search about the churchyard:
Go, some of you, whoe’er you find attach.
Pitiful sight! here lies the county slain,
And Juliet bleeding, warm, and newly dead,
Who here hath lain these two days buried.
Go, tell the prince: run to the Capulets:
Raise up the Montagues: some others search:
We see the ground whereon these woes do lie;
But the true ground of all these piteous woes
We cannot without circumstance descry.
Saturdays 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
(Dec 17 – Apr 29 except multiple Holidays & Spotlight Spring Break)
Dress week: May 1-4
Performances: May 5-7