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Auditions 2020

We live in interesting times, as the curse has it, but one way or another, we will be presenting three plays for the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival this summer.

Due to the state-wide shutdown through the end of April, we’ll be holding auditions online, keeping the same dates and times we’ve already publicized:

We‘ll be auditioning folks in small groups (up to six at a time) in 30-minute slots via Zoom.

Please fill out an audition form and then sign up for an audition slot.

Audition sides

Free online audition workshop

Thursday, April 16, 6:30pm

First time auditioning for Shakespeare? Or first time auditioning for HSF? Or just want to get a handle on this Zoom thing ahead of auditions? Pick up some tips and tricks and get a practice audition with detailed feedback.

Sign up here. I‘ll email you a link to a Zoom meeting an hour in advance.

Note: limited to 12 for now, but if there's more interest, I‘ll add slots. Feel free to contact me directly if you have trouble signing up, or the workshop is full, and I haven‘t added slots.

Audition process

This will be our first time holding an online audition, so please bear with us if things don‘t go exactly according to plan, but here‘s the intention:

  1. Fill out an audition form and sign up for an audition slot.

  2. We‘ll send you a link to a Zoom meeting an hour before your audition time.

  3. We‘'ll take a screenshot, just so we can remember who you are. We won‘t use it for anything else, and we‘ll delete it after the audition process is over. We won‘t do any other recording of the audition.

  4. We’ll kick off the Zoom call with introductions and an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have, then move into a quick warm-up with some theatre games. These are fun tension breakers but also an important part of the audition process. We’re looking to see how well you listen and follow directions, among other things.

  5. The rest of auditions will be “lukewarm” readings from the sides. Pick something and prepare (with partners if appropriate). We’ll call people in the order that they let us know they’re ready.

  6. You can leave any time after you’ve read, or stick around and read again. We’d like everyone to read once before we read anyone twice. If you have to leave early, please let us know before you go, and definitely let us know if you’re not available for callbacks.


Typically, you’re auditioning for all three plays, regardless of what you read.

This year As You Like It will feature an all-female identifying cast (an HSF tradition since our first season).

Merry Wives of Windsor will be a “virtual first” production. There‘s a real possibility that all our productions will be virtual this year, but Merry Wives will hold virtual performances in addition to live performances. to encourage those new to Shakespeare —of any experience level outside of Shakespeare, from first-timer to seasoned musical theater performer—to encounter the Bard.

Note: if you’re only interested in one play (or a particular part in one play), you can indicate that on your audition form. Rehearsal venue and production schedule may, understandably, factor into your preferences.


Make sure you understand who you are, what you’re saying and why you’re saying it. If you’re not sure, ask (no shame). We’ll immediately have you read again with an adjustment but the first time through is all you. Make a strong choice. Have fun. Need more detailed advice?

Rehearsal schedule

Rehearsals vary by director but plan for 15-20 hours per week once full rehearsals begin, typically evenings from 6pm to 9:30pm but possibly Saturday or Sunday afternoons as well.


As You Like It will perform at The ARTS at Marks Garage—an intimate venue configured for deep thrust with seating for approximately 80.

Love’s Labour’s Lost will perform under the stars at Hawaiian Mission Houses Museum.

Merry Wives of Windsor will perform online and hopefully also at The ARTS at Marks Garage.

Out of town auditions

All auditions will be online this year, so you mainland folks are in the same boat as everyone else. However, you must be in Hawaii, or planning to be in Hawaii for the summer, for consideration for As You Like It or Love‘s Labour‘s Lost. Because Merry Wives will be “virtual first’, you do not need to be in Hawaii, but you will share your role with a Hawaii actor and alternate performances.

Note: all acting positions are unpaid.

For more info, contact Tony Pisculli at 808.256.6657.