The Two Gentleman of Verona


When: Monday, April 2nd & Tuesday, April 3rd @7:00pm

Callbacks: Wednesday, April 4th @7:00pm

Callbacks (if needed): Sunday, April 8th @9:00am

Where: Lyric Theatre, 440 East Ave, Rochester

To schedule an audition, please fill out the online audition form below, or contact us at


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WallByrd Theatre Co. and Rochester Community Players have openings for performers and technicians in the Rochester and surrounding areas for our summer production of William Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona.   This production is scheduled to be presented July 6-21 at the Rochester Highland Bowl in Highland Park.  

This will be a non-equity production.


The creative team behind the Highland Bowl's 2016 production of Romeo and Juliet and 2017 Macbeth are at it again with this vibrant and energetic take on a Bollywood inspired Two Gentlemen of Verona.

It's La-La-Land meets Prem Ratan Dhan Payo as our two modern gentlemen (and best of friends) travel abroad to explore the world and spark romance.  A colorful and chaotic comedy about the pitfalls and excitement of falling in love and finding yourself.  Throw in many a grand dance number and WallByrd's signature musical flair for a cinematic spectacle befitting a Shakespeare Highland Bowl summer tradition.


Listed below are the roles with the age and gender assignments traditionally suggested by the text.  

This is a non-equity production. 

Please Note: due to the conceptual direction of this production, roles may be open to either gender and age variations. 

Rehearsals are evenings and weekends beginning the 1st of May, 3-6 days per week, depending on the demands of the role. 



DUKE - [Male, 40’s+] From India. Father to Silvia.

*VALENTINE - [Male, Teen-20’s] Gentleman of Verona, friend of Proteus.  An ambitious idealist, naive but with a proverbial 'heart of gold'; looking forward to discovering the world.

*PROTEUS -  [Male, Teen-20’s] Gentleman of Verona, friend of Valentine.  Bright, playfully childish, and heartbroken.  Tap and jazz dance experience incouraged but not required.

*ANTONIO - [Male, 40’s+] Father of Proteus.

THURIO -  [Male, 20’s] From India. Rival to Valentine, suitor to Silvia.  Introduced as a bit of a 'stuffed-shirt', and a perfectionist in every detail (even in those things he has no experience in).  This role will be expected to dance and sing.

*EGLAMOUR - [Male, unknown]

HOST -  [Male, unknown] From India.  

*OUTLAWS - [Unknown, teens-30's]

*SPEED - [Male, unknown] A clown and "servant" to Valentine.

*LAUNCE - [Male, teen-30's] A clown and "servant" to Proteus.  Simple minded, but open-hearted.  This actor must work with a live animal.

*PANTHINO - [Male, 40's+] Antonio's "servant".

*JULIA -  [Female, teen-20’s] Beloved of Proteus.  Hometown girl.  She's as quirky and awkward as she is passionate and funny.

SILVIA -  [Female, teen-20’s] From India. Beloved of Valentine.  Smart, independent, and very authentic to and with herself and others.

*LUCETTA - [Female, teen-20’s] "waiting-woman" and friend to Julia.  Spicy and playful.

CRAB - [Male] Lance's dog.  (this role is pre-cast)

*Dance Ensemble - Jazz, Hiphop and Bollywood fusion.  Tap a plus (3 men).


*subject to color-blind casting.



This production is a monumental project, and will be done in a monumental space.  It is our team behind the scenes that make a show like this possible.  Listed below are some of our openings and offerings for positions in our technical staff.  We offer this as an opportunity for young theatrical professionals to work and learn hands-on with a collaborative team of industry professionals.  If you have an interest, please contact us at  Some positions will require a resume/portfolio and an interview for consideration.  If you are interested in assisting in a non-listed position, please feel free to contact us as well, and we will put you in touch with the correct party.

Stage Manager

Assistant Director

Assistant Stage Manager

Prop Artisan

Sound Design

Board Operator

Assistant Producer/Box Office Management

Audition Sign-Up


What will happen at auditions?


Auditions will be held on Monday, April 2nd and Tuesday, April 3rd at 7:00pm.  Call backs (if needed) will be held on Wednesday, April 4th at the same time.  Auditions will include some form of warm up and/or improv games, a dance audition, and a prepared monologue of your choice.  As scary as they are, we hope to make auditions as laid back and smooth as possible.  We want to see you at your best, not under the most stress.

What do I need to bring?


In addition to your headshot and resume, auditioners are encouraged to bring a prepared monologue of their choice (contemporary and/or period appropriate).  Be sure to dress comfortably as there will be a movement portion of the audition.  We also ask you to bring a list of all known rehearsal conflicts.  We do our best to work around conflicts, but only if they are identified early.

Do I need to have any experience with Shakespeare or other Jacobean theatre in order to audition?


No.  While this is a very rich text, there is no special training required in order to unlock it.  All you need is an open mind, and a sense of play.

I won't be available during the audition dates- can I still audition?


Yes!  We feel strongly about giving as many artists a chance to participate as possible.  If you are unavailable for the audition dates then we will do our best to work out an alternative time for you.  We will also accept an acting reel or digital video submission,  however we always prefer to see you in person.  Just email us as soon as possible and we will work to find something that works for everyone.

I'm not a dancer- should I still audition?  And if I do, will I have to dance?


For some roles dancing will be a required component of casting, but not for all.