At St. Monica Academy, dramatic plays and presentations are a very  important part of the curricular and co-curricular activities.  They complement the classical curriculum on a number of levels—in the development of memorization and rhetorical skills, and in making the historical material and literature the students are studying more real to them.  Grade school students perform several skits and presentations throughout each school year beginning with Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day in early fall, followed by each student choosing a saint to portray on All Saints’ Day, as well as by participating in the Christmas Pageant and in the living Stations of the Cross before Easter break.   In addition to these annual events, students participate in a number of other presentations each year which change depending upon the course of study.

The opportunities for performance during the grade school years prepare students for the annual high school play.  Past plays have included Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Comedy of Errors.  While all of our students study Shakespeare in their high school literature classes, it is only through performance that they assimilate his true genius.




Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice Auditions

Fri. Aug 20, 2-5pm   |   Fri. Aug 27, 2-5pm   |   SMA Room 9

You may audition on either Fri. Aug 20 or Fri. Aug 27. Please sign up on ONE day only. Plan on being present the whole time from 2pm to 5pm.

Sign Up August 20:    or      Sign Up August 27:

Material: please prepare ONE of the following monologues:


Be courteous.
Be on time. Smile at the auditors and thank them at the end for taking the time to hear your audition.
Dress appropriately.
Choose clothes from your wardrobe that evoke your character without being “costumey”. You want to
aid the director’s imagination.
Be prepared.
Lack of preparation indicates a low level of commitment or desire for a role. Conversely, a well-prepared
audition speaks volumes. Good preparation means memorizing the material and crafting it to include a
beginning, apex and ending. Excellent preparation includes reading the play and knowing for which
characters you want to be considered.
Do’s and Don’ts
• Do take a few moments to get into character after your initial conversation with the director.
• Don’t worry about looking nervous. Everyone is nervous in an audition!
• Do look into the camera while auditioning. It helps the directors see your expressions more
clearly. (For a live audition, don’t look right into the auditors’ eyes, but in their direction).