Camden Civic Theater will hold auditions for William Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” Sunday, Feb. 7 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1.

Auditioners are asked to come prepared with a monologue, approximately one minute in length and preferably Shakespeare. Materials will be available to cold read at auditions if a monologue is not available. Auditions are open to all, experienced thespians and green actors alike.

Fast paced and humorous, “The Merry Wives of Windsor” includes such memorable characters as the merry wives; the insanely jealous Ford; the humor-driven Pistol, Nym and Bardolph; a few thwarted lovers, including a ridiculous French doctor; a Welsh parson; Mistress Quickly; and, of course, the prize of male comedic leads of a certain age, Falstaff.

Falstaff is known by many as the infamous comedic character from Shakespeare’s “Henry IV Part 1 and 2” history plays. The play was supposedly written at a break-neck pace (Shakespeare completed it in just 14 days) at the request of Queen Elizabeth I, who wanted to see Falstaff in love.

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Directed by Rebecca Gross, “The Merry Wives of Windsor” will be performed on April 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at the Camden Opera House.

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