Auditions for Wyrd Sisters
“In the middle of this elemental storm a fire gleamed … It illuminated three hunched figures. As the cauldron bubbled an eldritch voice shrieked: When shall we three meet again?
There was a pause. Finally another voice said, in far more ordinary tones: Well, I can do next Tuesday.”
Josh Sazon is directing Wyrd Sisters, adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs from the the Discworld novel of the same title, written by Sir Terry Pratchett.
Auditions will be held at The Iowa City Public Library, Mtg Room D:
Friday June 23, 5-8 pm
Saturday June 24, 2-5 pm
The show will run October 12-15, 2023 at The James Theater in Iowa City. Rehearsals are expected to begin in August. Please bring your calendar.
We will be reading from sides provided by the director at auditions. A script is available for a 2 hour check-out period at ICPL’s 2nd Floor Help Desk.
There may be some double-casting. All ethnicities and identities are welcome, and encouraged to audition for any role.
Synopsis: Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare’s Macbeth and then turns it up ’till the knob comes off. It’s all there – a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, a land in peril. And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three witches.
Esme Weatherwax – the classic witch: intolerant, opinionated, powerful
Nanny Ogg – good-natured witch, mother, grandmother with a wicked sense of humor
Magrat Garlick – the youngest witch in the coven. A lot of what she believes has the word ‘folk’ in it somewhere (folk wisdom, folk dance, folk medicine, folk song). She is, however, more practical than most people believe who see no further than her vague smile.
King Verence – an elderly ghost, late King of Lancre. He was cruel and power-hungry, but in a regal, kingly way.
Leonal Felmet – Duke, then King of Lancre. Cruel and power-hungry, in a mad way. He gets progressively madder and crueler.
Lady Felmet Duchess, then Queen of Lancre – married to Leonal. Calculating, power-hungry, cruel. The brains of the operation. Think Lady Macbeth.
The Fool – a youngish jester, following his father’s footsteps in the respected trade of being a fool, but his heart’s not in it. Underneath all of his miserable foolery, he is intelligent and meant for greater things.
Tomjon Vitoller – a much admired, extremely talented youngish actor, with the gift of language, and the ability to portray anyone or anything to perfection. Vitoller’s son.
Olwyn Vitoller – – the kind actor-manager leader of a travelling group of players, who agrees to raise an abandoned baby as his own.
Hwel – the playwright. He is a genius with words and story, and is a servant
his words. He is kind, loyal to the Vitollers, and keeps a caring eye on Tomjon.
Demon – impatient, cunning, and a stickler for the rules. And, well, demonic.
Assorted SERGEANT AND GUARDS, ROBBERS, PEASANTS, PLAYERS, GUESTS, CHAMBERLAIN – all a little more on the bumbling side than the brilliant one.