Calling All Kids! Open Casting for THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD

HVSF welcomes the young actors in our community to join us on stage this summer! On Saturday, February 10 we’ll host an open call for non-Equity child actors to fill two roles in the Festival’s 2018 production of THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD:

Jethro Summers (Lead): Male, 10-15
Playing age 12. Son of a persecuted townsman, taken prisoner by Prince John. A brave young man. Should have some acrobatic skills.

Sarah Summers (Lead): Female, 9-12
Jethro’s younger sister. Musical ability, especially proficiency in one instrument will be given special consideration.

About the Commitment

First Rehearsal: April 9th, 2018 (in New York City)
First Preview: June 8th, 2018
Closing Performance: August 24th, 2018

Please note that the only NYC rehearsals that these child actors will be required to attend would be on some (but not all) Saturdays in April and May, between 10AM and 6PM. Once the HVSF acting company makes the move from NYC to Garrison on May 21st, actors can expect to be called several days or evenings a week in Cold Spring and at Boscobel House and Gardens until the production opens on June 24th.

Because HVSF is a repertory theater, THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD will only play every third night, and the parts of the children will be shared between two actors, so the performance commitment during the summertime would be roughly one evening a week for each child actor.

Please note that children will be double-cast to make it possible for this commitment to fit in with the rest of the lives of the young actors and their families.

About the Audition

Auditions will be held on Saturday, February 10 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at The Old VFW Hall, 34 Kemble Ave, Cold Spring, NY 10516. Personnel in attendance will be HVSF Artistic Director Davis McCallum and the production’s director, Tyne Rafaeli. To schedule an appointment, please contact Sean McNall, Associate Artistic Director:

Actors will read from sides that will be made available when the appointment is confirmed. Please note that British accents will be required. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival believes in diversity in casting and encourages actors of all ethnicities to audition for all roles. Participants are welcome to bring headshots and resumes along with them, though this is not required.

About the Production

By David Farr
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli

To escape her impending marriage to the villainous Prince John, Marion flees to the forest seeking a new life with the rogue hero Robin Hood and his merry band of do-gooding men. Instead, Marion finds a group of common crooks, stealing from the rich and giving to… their own pockets. As the Prince schemes to betray the King and endanger all of England, Marion must find the cunning and courage to take him down, save her people, and inspire the aloof Robin to find his own heart. Commissioned in 2011 by the Royal Shakespeare Company, an iconic folktale over 700 years in the making is completely reimagined in David Farr’s adaptation for audiences of all ages.

Learn more about HVSF’s 2018 summer season here.

About Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Celebrating its 32nd summer season in 2018, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF) is a critically ac-claimed (The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal), professional, non-profit theater company based in Garrison, NY, one-hour north of Manhattan. The Festival has established a reputation for lucid, engaging, and highly inventive productions staged under an iconic, open-air Theater Tent overlooking the Hudson River at historic Boscobel House and Gardens. In recent years, the Festival has also ventured beyond the Tent, touring its work to other venues throughout the Hudson Valley as part of its HVSF On the Road series, transferring productions to other theaters, engaging its community through radically participatory art-making, and reaching over 60,000 students and educators annually through its year-round Education programs.

HVSF’s mission is to engage the widest possible audience in a fresh conversation about what is essential in Shakespeare’s plays. The company’s theater lives in the here and now, at the intersection of the virtuosity of the actor, the imagination of the audience, and the inspiration of the text. For more information, visit



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