Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Medium (11 to 20 performers)
Cast Type: Mainly Men
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Shakespeare

The Bard. Over the top with a huge ego.

Gender: male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2
Nick Bottom

A struggling writer who cannot stand Shakespeare. Nigel’s older brother.

Gender: male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: A2
Nigel Bottom

 Nick’s sweet younger brother. A struggling writer who falls in love with Portia, a Puritan.

Gender: male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: Eb3
Bea

Nick’s wife. She loves Nick despite his past lack of success. She dresses up like a man to prove she can be an actor. 

Gender: female
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: D3
Portia

A Puritan woman who loves poetry, theater, and ultimately Nigel.

Gender: female
Age: 20 to 35
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Nostradamus

A soothsayer

Gender: male
Age: 40 to 50
Brother Jeremiah

Portia's father. A Puritan who thinks Nick and Nigel's plays are sinful.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: G3
Lord Clapham

A posh patron of the theater.

Gender: male
Shylock

An investor to whom Nick and Nigel are in debt.

Gender: male
Minstrel
Gender: male
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C#3
Ensemble

Roles include: Minstrel, Townspeople, Troupe, Lord Clapham, Shylock, Man Servants, Crowd, Chorus, and more