Shakespeare Festival St. Louis is launching a brand new edition of its touring show, designed to play for all ages, in all venues, all across the region. This stripped-down, actor-centric production will feature a versatile cast of six, with most tackling multiple roles. Creating a rich, theater of the imagination, they will take the joyous, professional Shakespeare that the Festival is known for to thousands of people who might not otherwise have access to it. Cymbeline will play dozens of performances all across the bi-state area before sitting down for two-encore encore performances in Shakespeare Glen, as the kickoff to the Festival’s milestone 20th Anniversary Season in Forest Park.
- Directed by Tom Ridgely
- Local Auditions/Callbacks: 10/5-10/6
- First Rehearsal: 1/27
- First Performance: 2/24
- Closing: 5/9
- Rate: LOA to TYA ($519 AEA minimum)
- Location: .ZACK (3224 Locust St, Ste 303)
- Sides: Prepare one side for each of the two main characters in the track you want to audition for (two if for Innogen).
We are committed to casting a diverse company. We invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender and non-binary actors to submit for roles they most identify with.
(There will be live music in the show. While not a requirement for any specific track, we are seeking actors who also sing and/or play musical instruments, especially ones interested in Iachimo/Arvigraus, Belarius/Queen, Cymbeline/Cornelius, Pisanio/Guiderius.)
[INNOGEN, as cast] Female, Early 20s. Any ethnicity. Tenacious, resourceful and deeply loyal. Princess of Britain and heiress apparent to the throne. Cymbeline’s daughter from a previous wife, she married Posthumus, who then had to flee Cymbeline’s wrath at the unequal match. To reunite with him she disguises herself as a male page, Fidele, and undertakes a dangerous journey across the country. One of the largest – and hardiest – female Shakespearean roles.
[POSTHUMUS/CLOTEN, as cast] Male, Mid 20s. Any ethnicity. This track offers a delicious challenge for a versatile young actor. Posthumus is Innogen’s husband and, though not royal, a gentleman raised in Cymbeline’s court. Deceived by Iachimo into believing that Innogen has been unfaithful to him, he becomes consumed by a murderous jealousy before realizing he should have chosen forgiveness over revenge. Cloten is the intensely hot-headed and entitled son of the Queen from a previous marriage. He covets Innogen and sees her as his own path to the crown. Her rejection sends him into a vindictive rage, but before he can overtake her he is beheaded in a fight with Guiderius.
[IACHIMO/ARVIRAGUS, as cast] Male, Mid 20s. Any ethnicity. Another role requiring considerable range. Iachimo is one of Shakespeare’s most conniving villains. An Italian gentleman, he bets Posthumus that he can seduce Innogen and, though he fails, manages to convince him she has succumbed. Arviragus is Cymbeline’s son and Innogen’s brother. He was kidnapped as a child along with Guiderius and raised by Belarius as his younger son, Cadwal. His valiant efforts as a soldier help fend off the inavding Roman forces, including Iachimo. In the end he learns his true identity and is restored to his family.
[BELARIUS/QUEEN, as cast] Any gender, 40s-50s. Any ethnicity. A British lord, wrongly banished by Cymbeline twenty years ago, Belarius kidnapped Cymbeline’s sons Guiderius and Arviragus and raised them as his own. All three are instrumental in defending Cymbeline from the Roman invasion and restoring order. The Queen, Cymbeline’s second wife, plots to overthrow him by crafting a poison with Cornelius. Her treacherous son Colten’s plot to kill Posthumus and defile Innogen is foiled by Guiderius, which sends her into a downward spiral, eventually confessing her crimes before dying.
[CYMBELINE/CORNELIUS, as cast] Male, 40s-50s. Any ethnicity. Cymbeline is the King of Britain and Innogen’s father. He rejects her marriage and banishes Posthumus. He is unwilling to pay tribute to Rome and unaware that his second wife wants him dead. Ultimately he is reunited with not only Innogen, but also his long lost sons Guiderius and Arviragus. Cornelius is the court physician who works with the Queen, while also suspecting her of treachery.
[PISANIO/GUIDERIUS, as cast] Any gender, 20-29. Any ethnicity. Pisanio is a servant to Posthumus but loyal to both him and Innogen. Helping Innogen escape Posthumus’ jealous plot, Pisanio is a pivotal innocent in revealing the truth. Guiderius is Cymbeline’s son, Innogen’s brother, who was kidnapped as a child and raised by Belarius. He kills Cloten and his valiant efforts as a soldier help fend off the Roman forces, including Iachimo. He is eventually reunited with his long lost family.