Actors Age 12-19 Wanted! Shakespearean Youth Theatre presents Much Ado About Nothing: An Audio Drama.

Actors Age 12-19 Wanted! Shakespearean Youth Theatre presents Much Ado About Nothing: An Audio Drama. 

SYT is currently accepting new actors for the 2021 Summer Ensemble! Join SYT as we tackle Shakespeare’s infamous love story, Much Ado About Nothing: An Audio Drama. Rehearsing July 26th - August 27th, 2021 and recorded at Shakespearean Youth Theatre August 28th – September 3rd.

What's an Audio Drama? In this podcast-era spin on the radio play, we will rehearse the show through a combination of Zoom and socially-distanced outdoor rehearsals and record an audio drama to be released through major audio platforms and SYT's Dream Project (more on the Dream Project below!). 


February 28th 3pm – 6pm, 20 minute slots

Alternate date:
March 20th: 11am - 4pm, 20 minute slots

WHERE: Zoom! We will send you a link to connect with us when we confirm your audition slot. In case of technical difficulties, our stage manager Gabriel will be available to help you troubleshoot. 

WHAT TO PREPARE: You will be provided with two 1-minute Shakespearean monologues to prepare for your audition.

Sign up to audition here:

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions or to find out more about the Summer Ensemble. We are happy to answer any questions Summer have about COVID-19 safety protocols, the artistic form of the audio drama, or the Fall Ensemble program! Students of all experience levels are encouraged to audition! Ages: 12-19. 


REHEARSALS: July 26thAugust 27th, Monday through Friday, 11am – 3pm. Actors are called to multiple rehearsals each week, but are not called to every rehearsal. A reasonable number of scheduling conflicts can be accommodated.

RECORDING: August 28th – September 3rd.

LOCATION: All recording sessions will take place at: 

Shakespearean Youth Theatre
550 Vandalia St #306
Saint Paul, MN 55114 

Rehearsals will be via Zoom and outdoors at Langord Park in Saint Paul.


Much Ado About Nothing is a story of old and new love. When a group of soldiers returns home from the field, the old "merry war" of wits between iconic duo Beatrice and Benedick is contrasted with the new and troubled love of Hero and Claudio. As each couple navigates their new and changing identities, the play asks us to beware of superficial feeling, interrogate our expectations of love and marriage, and ultimately gives us a tale chock-full of verbal banter, comedic hijinks, and some of the most endearing and beloved Shakespeare characters ever written.


The Summer Ensemble is a tuition-based program. SYT is committed to offering opportunities to all students with an interest in Shakespeare. Financial aid is available to all students on a first-come-first-served basis. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with questions about financial aid, payment plans, or scholarships! Tuition for the Summer Ensemble is $750.


Much Ado About Nothing: An Audio Drama will be released through the Dream Project, an online platform devoted to annotated, interactive editions of the plays and to promoting the voices of SYT's young artists. Through the Dream Project, audiences will have the Ensemble's particular Romeo and Juliet adaptation available for viewing and educational purposes alongside the recorded audio production, as well as supplementary interviews with the cast, textual analysis from Ensemble actors, and ensemble-generated artwork and interviews, thus making youth-artistry available to a global audience. The Dream Project can be found at and currently features recent audio drama productions A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet. Keep your eyes open for Troilus and Cressida, the next Dream Project premiere, coming April 2nd!


Contact information

Shakespearean Youth Theatre
Maria Signorelli
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Monday, March 1
Posted February 17