We are holding auditions for the spring Herakles production on Monday and Tuesday October 22-23 on Columbia’s Morningside campus. We are looking to cast singers, dancers, and actors, but we invite anyone who shares a love of Greek drama to come audition for a role, even if you have little to no experience in performance. Knowledge of Ancient Greek is ideal, but not required, especially for those with significant acting experience comfortable with the commitment of learning the lines. Dancers with formal training and/or experience take note: this year, we invite the possibility of a few experienced dancers who will not be singing in Ancient Greek. Please contact Caleb Simone directly to express your interest.
Major Greek-memorization roles for Euripides’ Herakles include singers in the chorus of Theban elders, Amphitryon, Heracles’ father (~275 lines, with singing), Heracles (~240 lines), Megara, Heracles’ wife (~120 lines), and the Messenger (~100 lines). The Athenian hero Theseus and the Theban usurper Lycus appear in a more limited range of scenes and have around 75 lines each. The immortals Lyssa (Madness) and Iris appear only once, each with around 25 lines. Potential silent roles include guards for Lycus and for younger volunteers, the three children of Heracles and Megara.
Audition appointments are up to seven minutes long for up to three roles: schedule your audition here. Audition slides for your selected role(s) will be provided by Monday, October 15. Please note that Monday is preferred for all chorus auditions, however you may select Tuesday if you are unavailable on Monday, or if Monday is full.
If you are interested in joining the production crew, please reach out to the producer, Cait Morgan and director, Caleb Simone. We especially need volunteers willing to assist in the areas of set, lighting, ticket sales, and more.
We look forward to meeting you soon!