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CSTF Auditions

February 29, 2020 - March 1, 2020
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The Canmore Summer Theatre Festival (CSTF) is a co-production between Canmore’s Pine Tree Players (PTP) and Calgary-based Artists’ Collective Theatre and DIY Theatre. A unique aspect of the CSTF is that volunteers from PTP perform alongside and learn from theatre professionals.

This year, the CSTF team are proud to present William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and The Hobbit by Kim Selody based on the novel by J. R. R. Tolkein. Performances will take place outdoors at the Stan Rogers Stage in Centennial Park, Canmore.

Actors may play more than one role and all roles are volunteer. If you have questions you can contact us at info@pinetreeplayers.com. If you are a theatre professional and are interested in being a mentor please fill out the mentor application form here.

Auditions will take place February 29 and March 1, with call backs on March 7 and 8, 2020 in Canmore, AB.

We encourage auditions from diverse artists of all backgrounds, regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Please register.

The key dates to be aware of are as follows:
Rehearsals – Starting April 5 Sundays from 10am-6pm and Mondays from 6pm to 9pm; selected Thursdays from 6pm to 9pm
Tech Rehearsal – Sunday July 5 all day
Dress Rehearsal – Monday July 6
Performances – July 8-19, with performances of The Hobbit at 1pm and Much Ado About Nothing at 7pm. There will be no performances on July 13 and 14.

Feb 29


Mar 1


Much Ado About Nothing Characters

Beatrice (F, 25 – 35): Leonato’s niece and Hero’s cousin. Beatrice is “a pleasant-spirited lady” with a very sharp tongue. She is generous and loving, but, like Benedick, continually mocks other people with elaborately tooled jokes and puns. She wages a war of wits against Benedick and often wins the battles. At the outset of the play, she appears content never to marry.

Benedick (M, 25-35): An aristocratic soldier who has recently been fighting under Don Pedro, and a friend of Don Pedro and Claudio. Benedick is very witty, always making jokes and puns. He carries on a “merry war” of wits with Beatrice, but at the beginning of the play he swears he will never fall in love or marry.

Claudio (M, 18-35): A young soldier who has won great acclaim fighting under Don Pedro during the recent wars. Claudio falls in love with Hero upon his return to Messina. His unfortunately suspicious nature makes him quick to believe evil rumors and hasty to despair and take revenge.

Hero (F, 18 – 35): The beautiful young daughter of Leonato and the cousin of Beatrice. Hero is lovely, gentle, and kind. She falls in love with Claudio when he falls for her, but when Don John slanders her and Claudio rashly takes revenge, she suffers terribly.

Don Pedro (any gender, 20+): An important nobleman from Aragon, sometimes referred to as “Prince.” Don Pedro is a long- time friend of Leonato, Hero’s father, and is also close to the soldiers who have been fighting under him—the younger Benedick and the very young Claudio. Don Pedro is generous, courteous, intelligent, and loving to his friends, but he is also quick to believe evil of others and hasty to take revenge. He is the most politically and socially powerful character in the play.

Leonato (M, 40+): A respected, well-to-do, elderly noble at whose home, in Messina, Italy, the action is set. Leonato is the father of Hero and the uncle of Beatrice. As governor of Messina, he is second in social power only to Don Pedro.

Don John (any gender, 18+): The illegitimate brother of Don Pedro; sometimes called “the Bastard.” Don John is melancholy and sullen by nature, and he creates a dark scheme to ruin the happiness of Hero and Claudio. He is the villain of the play; his evil actions are motivated by his envy of his brother’s social authority.

Margaret (any gender, 18+): Hero’s serving woman, who unwittingly helps Borachio and Don John deceive Claudio into thinking that Hero is unfaithful. Unlike Ursula, Hero’s other lady-in-waiting, Margaret is lower class. Though she is honest, she does have some dealings with the villainous world of Don John: her lover is the mistrustful and easily bribed Borachio. Also, unlike Ursula, Margaret loves to break decorum, especially with bawdy jokes and teases.

Borachio (any gender, 16+): An associate of Don John. Borachio is the lover of Margaret, Hero’s serving woman. He conspires with Don John to trick Claudio and Don Pedro into thinking that Hero is unfaithful to Claudio. His name means “drunkard” in Italian, which might serve as a subtle direction to the actor playing him.

Conrad (any gender, 16+): One of Don John’s more intimate associates, entirely devoted to Don John. Several recent productions have staged Conrad as Don John’s potential male lover, possibly to intensify Don John’s feelings of being a social outcast and therefore motivate his desire for revenge.

Dogberry (any gender, 18+): The constable in charge of the Watch, or chief policeman, of Messina. Dogberry is very sincere and takes his job seriously, but he has a habit of using exactly the wrong word to convey his meaning. Dogberry is one of the few “middling sort,” or middle-class characters, in the play, though his desire to speak formally and elaborately like the noblemen becomes an occasion for parody. A strong sense of comedic timing is an asset.

Verges (any gender, 16+): The deputy to Dogberry, chief policeman of Messina. A strong sense of comedic timing is an asset.

Antonio (any gender, 40+): Leonato’s elderly brother and Hero’s uncle. He is Beatrice’s father.

Balthasar (any gender, 16+): A waiting man in Leonato’s household and a musician. Balthasar flirts with Margaret at the masked party and helps Leonato, Claudio, and Don Pedro trick Benedick into falling in love with Beatrice. Balthasar sings the song, “Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more” about accepting men’s infidelity as natural.

Ursula (any gender, 16+): One of Hero’s waiting women.

*The posted ages are for artists that look like they can play those age ranges. They do not need to be your actual age.

The Hobbit Characters

Old Took (any gender 15+)

Bilbo (any gender 15+)

Gandalf (any gender 25+, stage fighting)

Elrond (any gender 16+)

Thorin (any gender 16+)

Dwarves (any gender 13+, stage fighting): Bombur, Balin, Kili, Fili

Smaug (any gender 13+)

Master Archer (any gender 16+, stage fighting)

Gollum (any gender 13+)

Trolls (any gender 10+)

Elven King (any gender 16+, stage fighting)

Lord Eagle (any gender 16+, stage fighting)

Ensemble Elves, Eagles, Goblins, Spiders (any gender 8+, stage fighting)

*The posted ages are for artists that look like they can play those age ranges. They do not need to be your actual age.