BARD on BOWER 2017


BARD on BOWER returns for its 7th season of Shakespearean Frolic on the shores of beautiful Bower Ponds in Red Deer!  Join our talented ensemble as we produce two plays in repertory.


Anthony & Cleopatra / Two Gentlemen of Verona


Auditions: April 1st & 2nd (Red Deer)

Rehearsals begin:  June 3, 2017 (expect full evenings and weekends)

A&C opens:  July 13, 2017  (8 performances)

Verona opens: July 20, 2017 (8 performances)

BARD closes:  July 30, 2017

Cast size: 12 (All actors are in both productions)


Two Gentlemen of Verona – Director: Eric Pettifor

Antonio thinks that travel will round out his son's character, but Protheus is in love with local girl Julia.  He first exchanges vows with her, then follows his father's directive to Milan.  There he falls in love with the beautiful Silvia, daughter to the Duke.  Trouble is, she's already in love with his best friend Valentine, even though her father wants her to marry Sir Thurio.  And what of poor Julia back in Verona? 

       The Two Gentlemen of Verona is an early work of Shakespeare's in which we see emerging themes he will address repeatedly in his later work; love, betrayal, jealousy, banishment, outlaws,  saucy servants, and, of course, girls dressing like boys and seeking their fortune in the wider world.


"Who is Silvia? What is she,

That all our swains commend her?"

(Act IV, scene ii)


Anthony & Cleopatra – Director: Albertus Koett

Mark Antony, ruler of 1/3 of the Roman Empire, is torn between his love of the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, and his duties back at home. An uprising in Rome has called Antony back, but his heart and soul remain behind with the easily-made-jealous Cleopatra. Betrayal, jealousy, and deceit threaten to take down all they care for.

Set against the backdrop of mob life in 1970’s New York City.


Take but good note, and you shall see in him
The triple pillar of the world transform'd
Into a strumpet's fool”

                                                            (Act I, scene i)




VALENTINE    Male, late teens to late twenties, of similar age to Protheus. Gentleman of Verona.


PROTHEUS     Male, late teens to late twenties, of similar age to Valentine.  Gentleman of Verona.


SPEED             Probably Male, late teens to early fifties. Servant to Valentine.  Quick-witted. Physical comedy skills a plus, but not essential.


JULIA               Female, late teens to mid twenties. Can pass as a boy when dressed as one. From the same social class as the gents.


LUCETTA         female (but could be played by a male), probably older than Julia.  Servant to Julia, but not subservient.  A little more worldly than her mistress.


ANTONIO        probably Male, at least 15 years older than Protheus.  Protheus' father.


PANTHIO        probably Male, probably older.  Antonio's servant.


SILVIA             Female, twenties.  Daughter of the Duke, and a real swain attractor.


LAUNCE          probably Male, late teens to early fifties. Servant to Protheus, and something of a laconic clown.  Physical comedy skills a plus, but not essential.


CRAB               gender, age not relevant.  Launce's dog.  Physical comedy skills a plus, but not essential.


THURIO          male, 20s-40s. Knight of Milan desirous of the hand of Silvia.


DUKE              male, at least 15 years older than Silvia.  Sylvia's father, the Duke of Milan.


OUTLAWS       gender any, ages any.  Might have committed a crime or two, but otherwise decent fellows who have been banished to the woods. Actors cast may also serve as musicians in another scene, so skill on an instrument (Renaissance or renaissance-ish: stringed, recorder, drum, etc.) a plus, but not essential.


HOST              gender any, age any. Nice innkeeper person who takes a kind interest in Sebastian (Julia dressed as a boy).


EGLAMOUR    probably Male, age any. Knight of Milan, helps Silvia escape the interest of Sir Thurio.


Note, non-lead parts may be double cast.



Anthony & Cleopatra – Character List


Mark Antony  - Male, 35-55, once great noble warrior, with shifting priorities in life, 1/3 ruler of the Mafia, married to Fulvia, in love with Cleopatra.


Cleopatra        - Female, 25-35, confident, self-involved, cunning, prone to jealous fits, in love with Mark Antony, leader of a very powerful gang.


Octavius         - Male, 30-40, ambitious, calculating, cunning, deceitful, 1/3 ruler of the Mafia.


Messenger      - any gender, 18-30, energetic, can do attitude, people pleaser, and a messenger by trade.


Enobarbus       - Male, 40-60, loyal great warrior, principled, underboss to Mark Antony.


Charmian        - Female, 18-30, compassionate, loyal to Cleopatra, level headed.


Pompey          - Male, 25-35, underboss with a great deal of drive, but understands the unwritten rules of mob life.


Lepidus           - Male, 30-40, follower, peacemaker, passive, 1/3 ruler of the Mafia.


Menas             - any gender, 18-30, ambitious, impulsive, henchmen of Pompey.


Octavia           - Female, 18-30, demure, quiet, loyal to her brother Octavius.


Eros                 - any gender, 18-30, very loyal, honourable, henchman of Mark Antony.


Agrippa           - any gender, 40-50, quiet assassin, skilled, deadly, underboss to Octavius.






CONTACT: to book an audition time.  BOOK NOW!


APRIL 1, 2017  (10:00 – 3:30pm)

Red Deer College

Room 2305


  • REVIEW the character lists and be prepared to speak about your preferences.
  • Please prepare TWO (2) contrasting classical pieces totalling no more than 4 minutes.
  • Book a 15 minute audition / interview time, and a follow-up 30 minute cold-reading with a group



April 2nd (10:00 – 2:00pm)

Red Deer College

Room 2305


Callbacks will be scheduled in groups of 4-6 for 60 minute time slots.


The Bard on Bower is an artist co-op; the core cast, crew and production team are shareholders in the festival, and payment is based on how much money is made beyond the recovery of a portion of our expenses. 

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