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Want to be onstage? Lakewood Theatre Company is holding auditions for an upcoming production April 13 and 14. Get an appointment now.

Lakewood Theatre Company will be holding auditions for all roles in the play "Shakespeare in Love" Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. Sign up online to secure an audition appointment at https://tinyurl.com/y2vfj6au or call 503-635-3901 if you need assistance with sign up.

Callbacks will be scheduled as needed.

"Shakespeare in Love," by Lee Hall, is adapted from the screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman. It will be directed by David Sikking.

Auditions will take place at Lakewood Theatre Company at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego.

Sikking is seeking male and female actors from age 18 to 70. Singing, stage combat, and dialect experience are a plus. Actors should prepare a one-minute comic, classical monologue. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition. All roles receive remuneration. For a breakdown of roles, see Lakewood's website at www.lakewood-center.org

Those auditioning may submit resumes and headshot at the same time by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and then bring them to auditions as well.

Actors may be asked to cold read from the script. Conflicts not listed at time of auditions may not be honored.

"Shakespeare in Love" rehearsals will begin mid-September. The tentative schedule with be Monday through Thursday 6:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with no rehearsals on Friday.

"Shakespeare in Love" opens Nov. 1 and continues through Dec. 8. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., some Sundays at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m., plus two Wednesday performances at 7:30 p.m. at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego.

About the play: In the palace of Queen Elizabeth I, a wager of 50 shillings is proposed — a very worthy sum — riding upon the answer to a very worthy question: Can a play show us the very truth and nature of love? Enter struggling and penniless young playwright, Will Shakespeare, about to begin rehearsals for his latest — and as yet unwritten — play, "Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate's Daughter." Unfortunately, Will is suffering writer's block: His words will not come, his mighty quill is broken, his well is dry. Enter Viola de Lesseps, a beautiful young noblewoman whose love of the theatre sparks in her a burning passion to tread the stage — a place forbidden to the women of her era. Not to be denied poetry, adventure and love, Viola disguises herself as a man, and finds herself caught up in the adventure of a lifetime.

"Shakespeare In Love" is a celebration of theatre and its power to transform, of genius as it bumbles towards brilliance, of the individual who courageously struggles against the tide of outside influence to become master of their own life and above all...of love — the very truth and nature of which it might just be possible to be shown in a play.

— For The Review, Tidings


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