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Hamlet Casting Call-Chicago, IL - Casting ID # 1563729
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location Chicago, IL Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 01-03-18
Audition Date 03-03-18 Submission deadline 03-02-18
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
Prince Hamlet of Denmark is not a happy camper. He has just been hurried back home from University to learn that his father the King (Hamlet Sr.) is dead, and that his mother has already jumped into “incestuous sheets” (I.i) by marrying his father’s brother, Claudius, thus making him the new King of Denmark. In short order, the ghost of Hamlet’s father appears to tell him that Claudius is responsible for his death and to urge him to take revenge. Hamlet is plunged into philosophical paralysis, at first utterly resolved to carry out his dead father’s wishes, and then vacillating continuously between action and inaction. Finally, he has the idea to have a group of traveling players play the scene of his father’s murder before his uncle in theatrical form, thus forcing him to admit his guilt. He does so, and once it becomes certain that Claudius committed the atrocity, Hamlet angrily confronts his mother for mindlessly shacking up with his father’s murderer. In a rage, he accidentally murders Polonius, his girlfriend Ophelia’s father, causing her to go mad and drown herself.

Role # 1 Hamlet
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Prince of Denmark - Devastated by his father's death, he had nevertheless hoped to succeed him, only to see his uncle Claudius both be chosen as king and marry his mother.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 2 Claudius
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King of Denmark - Claudius is Old Hamlet's brother, uncle to Hamlet, and the present King of Denmark.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 3 Ghost
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The Ghost of Hamlet's Father haunts the castle of Elsinore. Having been murdered by his brother, he wanders the night, waiting for a chance to speak with his son.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 4 Gertrude
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Is the widow of Old Hamlet and the present wife of Claudius, Hamlet's mother, and the Queen.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 5 Ophelia
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Polonius's daughter - In love with Hamlet, she is obedient to her father and listens to her brother, though she is spirited enough to accuse him of potential hypocrisy.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 6 Polonius
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Claudius's long-bearded chief counselor - An old and respected man, he is opinionated, never uses one word when ten will do.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 61 to 85

Role # 7 Horatio
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Is a friend of Hamlet's, a fellow student at Wittenberg University. He is well-known enough in Elsinore for Marcellus and Barnardo to go to him for advice about the ghost they have seen.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 8 Voltemand
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Voltemand is a courtier at Claudius's court.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 9 Cornelius
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Cornelius is a courtier at Claudius's court. He is sent with Voltemand to Norway, to inform that country's king of how his nephew Fortinbras is threatening Denmark, and to convince him to restrain the young man.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 10 Rosencrantz
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Is a childhood friend of Hamlet's, inseparable from Guildenstern. He knows more about the theatre than does the latter.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 11 Guildenstern
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Is a childhood friend of Hamlet's, inseparable from Rosencrantz. Quieter than the latter, he adds to his pronouncements, and is honest enough to admit that he and Rosencrantz were sent for.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 12 Osric
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Osric is a young courtier at Claudius's court. Rich and little more, he is affected in his speech and manner, removing his hat in Hamlet's presence without ceasing to flourish it about.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 13 Marcellus
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Is a guard at Elsinore, Barnardo's companion on the midnight round. With him, he witnesses the apparition of the ghost.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 14 Barnardo
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Barnardo is a guard at Elsinore, charged with the midnight round. On two separate nights he has seen the ghost of Old Hamlet while standing guard.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 15 Francisco
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Francisco is a guard at Elsinore. He is slightly depressed, or at least unhappy about having to work cold nights.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 16 Reynaldo
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Reynaldo is a servant and spy of Polonius's able to put up with the latter's absent-minded wanderings.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 17 First Clown
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The First Clown is a gravedigger. He is convinced that Ophelia ought to be considered a suicide.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 18 Second Clown
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The Second Clown is the first gravedigger's straight man.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 19 Fortinbras
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Prince of Norway - A warlike young man with energy to spend.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 20 Norwegian Captain
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A Norwegian Captain in Fortinbras's army has no illusions about the campaign they are engaged in.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 21 First Ambassador
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The First Ambassador from England arrives at Elsinore with the news of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's execution just after everyone dies.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 22 Laertes' Followers
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Laertes's Followers convince the mob to let Ophelia through and enter the room where Claudius and Gertrude are confronting Laertes.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 23 First Sailor
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The First Sailor is one of the pirate crew that captures Hamlet. He brings letters from the prince to Horatio, the King, and the Queen.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 24 Gentleman
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A Gentleman brings the sailors to Horatio.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 25 Lord
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A Lord comes to double-check that Hamlet is still planning to fence with Laertes, and to ask the prince on the Queen's behalf to be nice to Laertes before the bout begins.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 26 Messenger
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A Messenger, possibly a member of Claudius's Swiss guard, bursts in to tell the King to flee from the mob that Laertes has roused and which is breaking in to the palace.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 27 Doctor of Divinity
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A Doctor of Divinity officiates unwillingly at Ophelia's funeral. He performs the shortest ceremony he can, being convinced that she was in fact a suicide.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 28 First Player
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The Player King - The First Player has, with his company, known Hamlet for some time.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 29 Player Queen
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The Player Queen is an adolescent boy who has recently had a growth spurt, but whose voice has not yet broken.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 30 Player Prologue
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The Player Prologue gives the fifteen-word opening to the spoken part of the players' performance.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 31 Player Lucianus
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The Player Lucianus plays the murderer in the play. He overdoes his melodramatic evil grimaces on his entrance.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 32 Ophelias Pallbearer
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Ophelia's Pallbearers bear her coffin to the gravesite. They jump into her grave after Hamlet and Laertes in order to break up the fight.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 33 Laertes
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Is Polonius's son, who prefers life in Paris to Elsinore.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35