Production:   Lysistrata, by Aristophanes 

Director:   Shari Setchell

Audition Dates and times:   Sunday, March 18 and Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30pm – click to sign up for a half hour slot
Callbacks if necessary will begin at 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 21.

Audition Location:  Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street W., Northfield

Audition Requirements:   Please prepare a short one minute comedic monologue and be prepared to read from the script.

Summary of the Show: “Lysistrata” is a bawdy anti-war comedy by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes, first staged in 411 BCE. It is the comic account of one woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War; Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace. Some consider it his greatest work, and it is probably the most anthologized.

Rehearsal information: Rehearsals will begin on May 15th and will run for the next 5 weeks.

Performance dates:   June 22 – 24 and June 28 – 30, 2018

Character descriptions and able-to-play ages: 

Lysistrata (ages 18 – 55) – Lysistrata is an Athenian woman who gathers the women of Sparta and Athens together to put an end to their long standing war. She is strong and intelligent and capable of swaying the men in the play and making them look like fools.

Kalonike (ages 18 – 45) – Kalonike is the next-door neighbor of Lysistrata and is the first to show up at Lysistrata’s meeting of women. She is a little ditzy and enjoys the finer things in life.

Myrrhine (ages 18 – 45) – Myrrhine is Lysistrata’s friend from the country. She is a little more grounded in reality than Kalonike, but still enjoys the finer things in life. She also has a desperately needy husband.

Lampito (ages 18 – 45) – Lampito is representative of Spartan women. Lampito is a strong, well-built woman, who does not take crap from anyone. Lampito brings the Spartan and other non-Athenian women into Lysistrata’s plan.

Ismene (ages 18 – 25) – Ismenia is a silent, lovely, young Boitian girl.

Corinthian Girl (ages 18 – 25) Accompanies Ismenia and Lampito to Lysistrata’s meeting.

Men’s Chorus Leader (ages 35 – 85) – a stubborn and rather grouchy fellow, leads the Chorus of Old Men around Athens.

Chorus of Old Men (ages 35 – 85) – The Chorus of Old Men live up to their title; the chorus is made up men who teeter around Athens attempting to keep the women in line. Although, unsuccessful in their civic duties, the Chorus of Old Men strike up some fantastical misogynistic melodies and add a traditionally comedic element to the play.

Women’s Chorus Leader (ages 35 – 85) – leads a successful seizure of the Akropolis and outwits the men in every possible way.

Chorus of Old Women (ages 35 – 85) – The Chorus of Old Women seizes and then protects the Akropolis from the Chorus of Old Men. The Chorus of Old Women fights to the last with the men and finds victory in the end.

Magistrate(ages 35 – 85) – the head of security and law in Athens, but is completely overwhelmed by the women and ends up being humiliated.

Policemen – These Policemen are bested again and again by the women.

Kinesias (ages 18 – 45) – The needy, desperate clown that Myrrhine calls her husband. Kinesias is the first man to be affected by the sex strike and comes to the Akropolis with high hopes.

Athenian and Spartan Ambassadors (ages 18 – 85) – Sent from their respective contingencies to negotiate for piece.

Peace/Reconiciliation (ages 18 – 25)  Lysistrata’s handmaid. 

The Northfield Arts Guild is committed to building a creative and dynamic theater that celebrates individual differences and diversity and treats everyone with fairness and respect. The Guild encourages all – beginners or established artists – to audition for roles and to volunteer for technical positions.

More information regarding the following auditions will be posted closer to their dates.

Next to Normal:  May 14 and 15, 2018

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