BARDS OF BIRMINGHAM IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE AUDITIONS FOR SHAKESPEARE's "THe TEMPEST," A Junior division production, on august 19, 2017, from 2-4 pm. 

Auditions are open to all actors, kindergarten - 8th grade. If insufficient actors are found in this age bracket, high-school aged actors will be utilized selectively to fill out the cast.

When: August 19, 2017, 2-4 pm.

Where: Unity Church of Birmingham, 2803 Highland Avenue, Birmingham.

What should you bring: A memorized monologue, no shorter than 30 seconds, no longer than 2 minutes. A headshot and resume, if available. 

Performance dates will be in early-mid November (before Thanksgiving), most likely the weekend of November 10-12.

No roles have been pre-cast; all roles are available. 


All Bards productions are cast race-blind. Interracial relationships have been regularly and positively represented since the inception of Bards of Birmingham.

Most Bards productions have also been cast gender blind, except where the script called for specific romantic combinations (for example, Bards cast a female Shylock for "The Merchant of Venice," and both Brutus and Antony were female actors in "Julius Caesar," but Portia was cast as a woman and Bassanio cast as a man because they were involved in a romantic relationship).  

Bards of Birmingham has always been, and will continue to be, a safe space for members of the LGBTQ community.

Audition procedure:

Bring the following items with you to auditions:

  • A memorized monologue. This monologue should be no shorter than 30 seconds, no longer than 3 minutes. Shakespeare is preferred but not required.
  • A head shot. This doesn't have to be a professional head shot, but needs to accurately represent what you look like. 
  • A resume. Highlight your acting and/or dancing experience, but please keep in mind that Bards of Birmingham does not require acting experience in order to be cast. A committed novice actor would be preferred over a lackluster experienced actor. 

Actors will be called back one at a time to perform for audition judge(s). If casting decisions can't be concluded with an initial round of auditions, actors may be asked to come back for a callback audition round which will include cold readings from the script.


For every actor under 18, at least one parent must be present for a mandatory parent meeting on Saturday, August 26, at 1:00 pm.


Rehearsals will take place on Tuesday nights and Saturday afternoons from September - October. The play will be performed the weekend of November 10-12.