Something Rotten! – Audition Notice

Something Rotten! – Audition Notice

We are seeking actors for our upcoming production of Something Rotten. Please follow the instructions below and submit your audition tape.

Auditions are via video submission only.

Callbacks will be held in-person by invitation on Nov. 16th, 17th, and 18th.

  1. Pick the role you’re submitting for from the Character Breakdown below.
  2. Record a 32-bar cut of a musical theater song in the style of the show
  3. Record the acting sides for your role, found on dropbox:
  4. If you are submitting for our dance ensemble, also submit the choreography in the dropbox link above (all dancers must do the tap combination and then pick between the male-presenting and female-presenting combination)
  5. Email your video via a VIEWABLE LINK (Unlisted Youtube, Vimeo, etc.) with your headshot, resume, and contact info to with the subject “SR Audition- YOUR NAME/ROLE”  (ex. “SR Audition- Idina Menzel/Bea)
  6. Tape is DUE by Nov. 2nd at 2pm. Email your submission to


Please note, we have 3 Equity contracts and all other roles will be Non-Equity.

Union Status: AEA
Venue: Kavli Theatre- Thousand Oaks, CA
Producer/Theatre Company: 5-Star Theatricals
Director: Richard Israel
Musical Director: Anthony Lucca
Choreographer: Michelle Elkin
Book: John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick
Music: Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick
Lyrics: Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick
Casting Director: Tal Fox
Audition Date(s): 11/02/2021
Callback Date(s): 11/16/2021, 11/17/2021
Rehearsal Date(s): 01/08/2022
Opening Date(s): 02/04/2022
Closing Date(s): 02/13/2022
Rate of Pay: AEA $652/week. Non-Equity $1200 Total.
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA USA


As an Equal Opportunity Employer, 5-Star Theatricals does not discriminate in employment based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to age, marital status, sexual orientation, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or handicap. We are committed to identifying & interrupting instances of racism & all forms of oppression, through the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, & accessibility.?Performers of all gender expressions, all sexual orientations, all body types, all ethnicities, all nationalities, all religions, and performers with disabilities are encouraged to submit!


STORYLINE – Set in 1595, the story follows the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, who struggle to find success in the theatrical world as they compete with the wild popularity of their contemporary William Shakespeare.

MINSTREL – Male-Presenting, mid 20s to 40s. The first voice we hear, the Minstrel introduces us to the world of the show with the opening number. He may also play some of the smaller supporting roles including SHYLOCK (an old Jewish moneylender), and LORD CLAPHAM (an over-the-top theatre producer) (Baritone)

NICK BOTTOM – Male-Presenting, mid 20s to late 30s. A struggling writer desperate to succeed. Nick is insanely jealous of the success of William Shakespeare and will do anything to out-write him. Passionate and wholly committed to achieving fame and glory, he is somehow also charming and lovable. Seeking a great comedic actor who sings and taps. (Baritone)

NIGEL BOTTOM – Male-Presenting, mid 20s to 30s. Nick’s younger brother. A sweetly naive young writer and poet. Nigel is motivated by his love of words, and by his respect for his older brother. Shy and somewhat awkward, he falls in love with Portia and ultimately finds confidence in himself. Seeking a great comedic actor with heart. (High baritone/tenor)

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – Male-Presenting, mid 20s to 30s. A Renaissance rock star. He is Freddie Mercury, Beyonce and Enrique Iglesias rolled into one. Seeking a comedic actor with a killer pop/rock voice, tap dance skills a plus. (Rock tenor)

THOMAS NOSTRADAMUS – Male-Presenting, 40s to 60s. A soothsayer who is overly confident in his ability to predict the future. He LOVES his job, despite the fact that he’s not very good at it, and takes great joy in helping Nick succeed. Seeking a comedic actor who sings and moves very well. (Baritone)

BEA – Female-Presenting, mid 20s to 30’s. Nick’s wife and “Right Hand Man”. She is Nick’s rock, willing to overlook his foibles and his questionable decision making. Even-tempered, long-suffering, but genuinely in love with her husband and willing to do whatever it takes to make their family succeed. Seeking a comedic actress who sings very well. (Belter)

PORTIA – Female-Presenting. 20-30. An adorably quirky young woman smitten by the power of poetry. She finds a soul mate in Nigel, and they quickly fall in love over their mutual love of words. Seeking a great comedic actress who sings very well. (Youthful soprano with a strong mix)

BROTHER JEREMIAH – Male-Presenting, 40s to 50s. Portia’s father. A Puritan with deeply repressed homoerotic tendencies. He despises playwrights, poets and all things ungodly. Seeking a great comedic actor who sings.

SHYLOCK – Male-Presenting, 40s-60s. A Jewish moneylender. This role may double into the Minstrel. A misunderstood investor who is smitten with theatre, and becomes Nick’s biggest fan. Seeking a great comedic actor who sings well.

ENSEMBLE – Seeking traditional dancers and quirky character types who are strong singers and versatile dancers (Must tap). 20-40. Male-Presenting ensemble must be comfortable with Elizabethan language.