Academic Auditions & Production Interviews
Spring 2020 Theatre Productions
“Sense and Sensibility”
Feb. 21-March 1, 2020
“The Drowsy Chaperone”
April 17-26, 2020
“The Encounter” Radio Drama
Theatre Arts Academic Requirements
- All declared BA/BS students on the 2018-19 DCP to present are required to complete a production interview, with the option of an audition.
- All declared concentrated BA students on the 2017-18 or earlier DCP who have not passed Sophomore Hearing are required to complete a Production Interview, with the option of an audition. All declared concentrated BA students on the 2017-18 or earlier DCP who have passed Sophomore Hearing are required to complete a Production interview or an Audition based on their accepted track.
- All declared BFA majors are required to complete a production interview and an audition.
- All accepted BFA majors are required to complete an audition, with the option to Interview.
- Theatre minors and INDS in Fine Arts: Theatre cognate students are not required to complete an audition or production interview beyond the requirements of their DCP but are welcome to do so.
Auditions for “The Drowsy Chaperone” and the Writing Project
January 11, 9 a.m.-Noon, Black Box Theatre
A-H | 9 a.m.
I-N | 10 a.m.
O-Z | 11 a.m.
- All BFA and BA Performance majors are required to audition for “The Drowsy Chaperone”
- Auditioning for the Writing Project is optional
- Declared and Accepted BFA Majors are also required to provide an updated headshot and resume (this will be returned to the student upon completion of casting)
“The Drowsy Chaperone”
- A 30 second contemporary comedic monologue
- Choose ONE of these three songs to perform:
#4. Cold Feets, mm27-43, 161-167 (Robert/George)
#8. Adolpho, mm22-34 (Adolpho)
#10. Toledo Surprise, mm11-18 (Gangsters)
#2. Fancy Dress, mm189-204 (Trix)
#6. Show Off, (belt) mm124-145 + 6B. Playoff, m1-12 (Janet)
#12. Brides Lament, M7-22, 90-97 (Janet)
The Writing Project
- Perform an ORIGINAL Monologue that you have written, up to 30 seconds
- One page of sample writing–any genre (poetry, song lyrics, short story, etc.)
Callbacks for “The Drowsy Chaperone”
All callbacks will begin at 3 p.m. on January 11 in the Rehearsal Rooms. Students that get called back to read will be assigned specific sides and roles. Click on the links below for scripts.
Man in Chair – middle-aged man that narrates the show. Has to have comedic timing and wit.
Janet van de Graff – star-power. Has to be a legit triple-threat with great comedic instincts.
Drowsy Chaperone – veteran of the stage, huge voice, sharp comedian.
Robert Martin – commentary on the stock leading man, one-dimensional but charming. Tapper.
George – the best man. Not a good best man. Has to be very serious about his job. Tapper.
Feldzieg – producer who tries to stop the wedding. Needs authority and stage presence.
Kitty – show girl that is impossibly ditzy and wants to be a star. Bold comedian.
Gangsters – two Vaudeville brothers that need expert timing and chemistry.
Mrs. Tottendale – flighty, older hostess. More of a character actor needed for kooky humor.
Underling – reserved straight man amongst clowns. Dry, understated comedian.
Aldolpho – the “King of Romance”… a buffoon, but needs to be a bold comedian with great presence.
Trix – an aviatrix that sings a few upbeat numbers. Positive and confident.
- January 11, 9 a.m.-Noon
- Black Box Green Room
- All Students (THEA Majors & Non-Majors)
“The Encounter” Radio Drama Auditions
Saturday, January 11 from 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Black Box Green Room
All are welcome to audition
The Theatre Department has three radio drama productions in the spring:
- The Goldminer’s Christmas – a 30 minute live radio drama to be premiered at Sonic-Con [must be available March 19-22, during Spring Break]
- The Scholar House – two 20-minute live episodic radio dramas to be premiered at Sonic-Con [must be available March 19-22, during Spring Break]
- The Encounter: Season 7 – ensemble casting will be done for the final season of The Encounter.
Sonic-Con is a new, national audio theatre convention, hosted by the Theatre Department, March 20-22. It does fall over Spring Break, so actors must be available March 19-22 of that week.
The Encounter recordings and table readings will take place in late March and April.
*Rehearsals for all radio drama productions will begin in February.
If you are interested in auditioning for the any of the radio dramas please prepare this Audition Side. Auditions will be conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Fall auditions are usually held on the two nights before classes start in August.
- All fall academic shows are usually auditioned at the same time.
- Spring auditions are usually held in January.
- All spring academic shows are usually auditioned at the same time.
- Monologues/songs may not contain profane language or any type of sexual innuendo.
- An accompanist is provided for musical auditions and callbacks.
- Callbacks, if necessary, are usually an hour after the completion of auditions.
- Cast lists are usually posted by the end of the audition week.
- If cast, you must initial beside your name on the cast sheet to indicate acceptance of a role.
- Students who are cast must enroll in THEA 300.
- Fall interviews are usually held on the two nights before classes start in August.
- All fall production jobs are usually interviewed at the same time.
- Spring interviews are usually held in January.
- All spring production jobs are interviewed at the same time.
- Crew jobs are usually posted by the end of the audition week.
- If selected, you must initial beside your name on the crew sheet to indicate acceptance of a crew position.
- Students who are selected must enroll in THEA 300.