Auditions/Crew Call for spring mainstage TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (the rock musical)

Crossdressing, mistaken identities, and a happy ending?  Must be a Shakespearean comedy! Adapted by the team that created HAIR, directed and choreographed by Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz

The second round of auditions will be Tuesday, November 21 from 5-7p in Sheafer Theater. Sign up for a time slot here!   Come prepared to present both a monologue  and a song of your choice and please bring your sheet music. Shakespearean text preferred, any work considered. (Scroll down for synopsis and list of characters.) 

We are also accepting VIDEO AUDITIONS until November 21.  Email with your monologue and song.  

ALL Duke undergrads are invited to audition or work on the production team for Theater Studies plays.  We need actors, stage managers, board operators, wardrobe assistants and more.  There are many ways to be involved! You can receive course credit for the production (THEATRST 350: ALP, CCI, R) for work both onstage or backstage! If you are interested in working on the show in a design/tech capacity, please email for more information.

The show dates are April 5-15, 2018.  Rehearsals will start when classes begin in January, but the full rehearsal schedule is still TBA.  Cast will have spring break off completely.

Join Theater Studies’ production of Two Gentlemen of Verona for a travelogue through uncharted emotions, and how they pop out, gangly and unexpected, like growing pains.  The characters are just on the cusp of adulthood, experimenting with aspects of love while lust, jealousy, betrayal, rage, devotion and friendship vie for attention. 

As they journey, the physical movement from Verona to Milan through the forest mirrors the movements of desire toward fantasies unknown.  Through their travels, the characters learn things about themselves and what they are willing to do to follow a passion, even when it leads them way off the map. 

The 1970s musical version of Two Gentlemen of Verona imagines the metaphorical Big City itself as “..the megalopolis that forces the kaleidoscope of races and colors and cultures to come in constant friction with one another, to deal with each other, betray each other, love each other, hate each other, in the deepest sense, live with each other and ultimately, hopefully, celebrate each other.” (John Guare, intro to script)

For short samples of the score, please visit the licensing site, Tams Witmark.


Thurio, betrothed to Silvia
Speed, servant/friend to Valentine
Valentine, Gentleman of Verona, lover of Silvia
Proteus, Gentleman of Verona, lover of Julia
Julia (aka Sebastian) lover of Proteus
Lucetta (aka Caesario), servant/friend to Julia
Launce, servant/friend to Proteus
Antonio, father of Proteus
Duke of Milan, father of Silvia
Silvia, daughter of the Duke who’s hand is sought by Proteus & Valentine
Eglamour, lover of Silvia whom the Duke sent to war
Crab, Launce’s dog
Citizens of Verona & Milan