The Connecticut Renaissance Faire Open Auditions – Actors Wanted for Fall Scenario Show

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is holding open auditions for actors of all types and experiences levels for paid and unpaid roles in its fall 2016 show, to be held weekends throughout October in North Haven, Connecticut.

Auditions will be held by appointment on July 9 and 10, from 10 AM to 5 PM at the company’s offices at Risom Mill in Danielson, CT. Audition slots may be scheduled by contacting CT Hannon at 617-652-0851 or by emailing

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is seeking actors age 16 and older to fill a variety of roles in its fall scenario, a scripted stage show that runs throughout the day. These are non-singing, non-dancing roles, but stage combat may be required of some actors. Stage combat experience is a plus but not required to be considered for the scenario. These roles are expected to be cast for the non-musical “Court” portion of the show. Other roles outside of the court may also be cast:

  • Queen Elizabeth: ruler of England
  • Robert Dudley, Master of the Horse: Elizabeth’s love
  • William Cecil, Lord Burghley: chief advisor
  • Spanish Ambassador, Duke Mendoza: a conniving ambassador
  • Ambassador from Rome: a bumbling envoy
  • Lettice Knollys: Queen Elizabeth’s rival, jealous and scheming
  • Kat Ashley: loyal friend to the Queen
  • 2 Beef Eaters: sturdy guards
  • Don Diego: a Spanish swordsman, proud
  • Bess Throckmorton: a gossipy lady in waiting
  • Anthony Babington: an English plotter


The faire is also still looking for actors for its cast musical, A Midsummer Night’s Musical, as well as to join the ranks of its street cast to help bring the interactive family-friendly event to life. All types and experience levels, including first-time actors, are welcome to audition.


The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is a non-union production.


All actors are asked to prepare a brief (two- to three-minute) comedic or dramatic monologue. Singers are also asked to prepare one short song for a musical audition, and actors may be asked to participate in a brief stage combat and dance auditions. The directors welcome additional audition material to display any special skills.


Actors with professional résumés and headshots are asked to submit both at the time of their audition.


If cast in any role, actors will be required to be available for a total of ten rehearsal days, to be held over the course of five consecutive weekends in September, with two possible additional rehearsals for actors cast in the musical; and a total of 11 performance days over the course of five weekends in October, which includes Columbus Day Monday and three extended days for the faire’s “Halloween Knights” after-hours show.


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All images shot by Eric Tetreault unless otherwise noted.