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The slave Caliban, played by Joe Hansen, excitedly talks to Stephania, played by Mary Chambers, while spilling his drink during "The Tempest" last summer in The Stables at Wyuka Cemetery. Auditions for the 2019 Flatwater Shakespeare Company season are coming up Jan. 13-14.

Auditions for the local Flatwater Shakespeare Company's 2019 season will be held at Turbine Flats, 2124 Y St., on Sunday, Jan. 13, from 3 to 7 p.m., and on Monday Jan. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit flatwatershakespearecompany.org or Flatwater Shakespeare's Facebook page and follow the links to reserve a space in an hour-long time slot.

Actors should prepare a one-minute monologue from one of Shakespeare's comedies. Printed monologues will be available for cold readings. Do not adopt an accent – your own voice can do the job. Actors will also be asked to do some improv exercises in small groups. Arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time to complete audition forms. Bring a current photo and also a theater resume if you have one ready.

All casting types are invited and encouraged. If you are wondering whether you are the right color, shape or size for these productions, the answer is “Yes.” Every person who auditions will be considered. The roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have been cast, but all other roles are available. Callbacks for individual shows will be announced later.

The season begins with “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged” by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. Three actors play dozens of roles in this romp through the Shakespearean canon. The show will be directed by Paul Durban and performed at The Mill Coffee & Bistro at Nebraska Innovation Campus March 14-17 and March 21-24. Rehearsals are planned for February and March.

FSC's summer “Short Shakespeare” production for 2019 is “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” A 75-minute version of Shakespeare's first romantic comedy will be directed by Patsy Koch-Johns. On June 6-9 and June 13-16, the play will be presented at the Swan Theatre in The Stables at Wyuka. June 19-23, the company visits Lincoln parks and other venues for this year's Flatwater free Shakespeare tour. Rehearsals start in late April and go through May into June.

The season concludes with William Shakespeare's “Macbeth,” directed by FSC's founding artistic director, Bob Hall. Performances are Sept. 26-29, Oc. 3-6 and Oct. 10-13 at the Swan Theatre in The Stables at Wyuka. Rehearsals begin in August and go until late September.

All actors appearing in Flatwater Shakespeare Company productions receive compensation.

For questions and further information, visit flatwatershakespearecompany.org. To reserve a time slot directly, visit tinyurl.com/FSCaudition2019.

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