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Auditions 2021

We still live in interesting times, but once again, we will be presenting three productions for the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival this summer.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will hold auditions online again this year. Please note, however, that we will only be casting actors who are on Oahu (or who can be on Oahu for tech rehearsal and performance).

We‘ll be auditioning folks in small groups (up to six at a time) in 30-minute slots via Zoom.

Please fill out an audition form and then sign up for an audition slot. NOTE: Audition slots are nearly full for our final day of auditions, but we don’t want to turn anyone away. Please contact us if you can’t find an open slot, and we’ll try to squeeze you in.

Audition sides

Sides for Twelfth Night
Sides for Henry IV, Part One
Callback sides for Henry IV, Part One

Free online audition workshop

Nervous about auditioning online? Intimidated by iambic pentameter? Just a little rusty? Jump in on our free, online audition workshop, get some tips and try a practice audition (if you want—no pressure).

Monday, May 3, 7pm
Zoom link

Audition process

This will be our second time holding an online audition, and it went relatively smoothly last time, so here's the process:

  1. Fill out an audition form and sign up for an audition slot.

  2. We‘ll send you a link to a Zoom meeting an hour before your audition time.

  3. We‘'ll take a screenshot, just so we can remember who you are. We won‘t use it for anything else, and we‘ll delete it after the audition process is over. We won‘t do any other recording of the audition.

  4. We’ll kick off the Zoom call with introductions and an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have, then move into a quick warm-up with some theatre games. These are fun tension breakers but also an important part of the audition process. We’re looking to see how well you listen and follow directions, among other things.

  5. The rest of auditions will be “lukewarm” readings from the sides. Pick something and prepare (with partners if appropriate). We’ll call people in the order that they let us know they’re ready.

  6. You can leave any time after you’ve read, or stick around and read again. We’d like everyone to read once before we read anyone twice. If you have to leave early, please let us know before you go, and definitely let us know if you’re not available for callbacks.


Typically, you’re auditioning for all three productions, regardless of what you read, but directors of the one-acts and sonnets may cast directly (without auditioning).

Twelfth Night and the Short Cuts anthology will perform live, in-person but without an audience, to be streamed online. Henry IV, Part One will feature an all-woman cast and perform outdoors at the Hawaiian Missions Houses Museum and will also be streamed online.

Note: if you’re only interested in one play (or a particular part in one play), you can indicate that on your audition form. Rehearsal venue and production schedule may, understandably, factor into your preferences.


Make sure you understand who you are, what you’re saying and why you’re saying it. If you’re not sure, ask (no shame). We’ll immediately have you read again with an adjustment but the first time through is all you. Make a strong choice. Have fun. Need more detailed advice?

Rehearsal schedule

Rehearsals vary by director but plan for 15-20 hours per week once full rehearsals begin, typically evenings from 6pm to 9:30pm but possibly Saturday or Sunday afternoons as well (but probably much less for the short subjects).


Twelfth Night and Short Cuts will be streamed online. Henry IV, Part One will perform outdoors at the Hawaiian Mission Houses Museum and will also be streamed online.

Out of town auditions

All auditions will be online this year, so you mainland folks are in the same boat as everyone else. However, you must be in Hawaii, or planning to be in Hawaii for the summer, for consideration.

Note: all acting positions are unpaid.

For more info, contact Tony Pisculli at 808.256.6657.