Annual Shakespeare Festival In Royal Oak Announces Auditions

By |2015-03-12T09:00:00-04:00March 12th, 2015|Entertainment, Theater|

ROYAL OAK — Water Works Theatre Company announces that auditions for its 15th season of Shakespeare Royal Oak in Starr Jaycee Park will take place March 23 and 24. This season, Water Works will present “All’s Well That Ends Well” July 30-Aug. 9 as the festival’s main stage performance. For its popular daylight family show, the theater company will present “As You Like It” Aug. 1-9.
Auditions for “All’s Well That Ends Well” and “”As You Like It” will take place March 23 and 24 at Starr Presbyterian Church at the corner of 13 Mile and Crooks Road in Royal Oak. Interested actors should prepare two contrasting Shakespeare monologues (up to two minutes each with one comedic) and email a preferred date and time to [email protected]. Appointments will be scheduled in five minute intervals from 6 to 10 p.m. Call backs will be scheduled for March 30 & 31.
“All’s Well That Ends Well” will be directed by Water Works veteran Terry Carpenter who returns to Water Works this year after directing “As You Like It” and “Comedy Of Errors” in 2005 and 2006. An award-winning director and stage manager with Meadowbrook Theatre, he will set Shakespeare’s tale of love and intrigue in a time of war in the “Downton Abbey” era. “All’s Well That Ends Well” will appear in Starr Jaycee Park with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sundays from July 30 until Aug. 2.
Travis Reiff returns to Water Works after his exceptional portrayal of Horatio in 2014’s “Hamlet.” Water Works’ first stage manager in 2001 and a founding member of Planet Ant Theatre, Reiff will direct Water Works daylight family show, “As You Like It” in an abridged length fitting for audiences of all ages. “As You Like It” will appear in Starr Jaycee Park Aug. 1-9. Performances will run at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Both shows are open to Actors’ Equity and non-equity performers. All roles are available. Equity members will work under a special appearance contract and non-equity actors will be paid a small stipend. Rehearsals will begin June 29.
Since 2001 Water Works has presented Shakespeare in the Park in Royal Oak and other award-winning productions. Water Works enhances the quality of life in the community by offering Michigan’s only outdoor professional Shakespeare event in Royal Oak’s Starr Jaycee Park. Water Works’ mission is to provide a place to call home for local professional actors, designers, directors, teachers and other artists in a dynamic collaboration with skilled professional volunteers and other community supporters. Learn more at

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