Upcoming Auditions and Information

North Star

POWERFUL COMING OF AGE STORY! A young girl faces life-changing choices in the midst of the Civil Rights era.

Set in North Carolina in the 1960s, North Star is the story of Relia, an African-American girl, searching for her place to shine in both society and her personal life. The joyous innocence of Relia's summer is transformed by the rising tensions of the growing civil rights movement. Relia's parents are hotly divided between letting her participate in the demonstrations and shielding her from the harsh realities of the civil rights struggle and their community's battle for freedom. Relia's memories of magical moments stargazing with her father help guide her as she risks her life to be a part of "Big Freedom."

AUDITION Dates: Sunday Dec. 1, 2019, 5 to 9pm and Monday, Dec. 2, 7 to 10pm, both in the Main Theatre

Callbacks Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7 to 10pm

REHEARSAL Dates: January - February 2020

PERFORMANCE Dates: Feb 28 - March 8, 2020

Special tap dance workshop: Saturdays  10am to 12pm, Nov. 2,9,16,23, Dec 7, 14

For more information contact the director Sam Williams

Cyrano de Bergerac

AUDITION Dates: January 2020

REHEARSAL/PERFORMANCE Dates: February - May 2020

GUMBO

AUDITION Dates: March  2020

REHEARSAL/PERFORMANCE Dates: March 2020

Touring Children's Show

AUDITION Dates: November/December 2019

REHEARSAL PERFORMANCE Dates: January - June 2020

Dancing - Singing

When auditioning for a musical, you will be asked to demonstrate your skill level in these two areas. There are always people in our casts who do not have these skills, so do not let lack of experience keep you from auditioning if you are truly interested in the musical.

Forms - Calendars

Be prepared to write your experience in acting, singing, dancing (or other performing arts) on the audition form provided by the director. If you have a resume, or even a list of past experience, please bring it with you.

If you have a photo of yourself (photocopied is fine), please bring that as well. You should be sure to bring your calendar or schedule so that you may note any conflicts you have with the posted rehearsal schedule.

To be a member of the cast in any of our mainstage shows, students must audition. Auditions are open to students and community members (age 16 and up) and all ethnicities, genders and experience levels are encourage to audition. If cast in a production, you will be required to enroll in 3 units of the TAP (Theatre Arts Performance) course associated with the production.

Each director will have specific requirements for auditions, which are always posted in the Theatre/Music Building hallways, as well as passed out on postcards to anyone enrolled in a Theatre or Film course. Although requirements vary from show to show--

Auditioners may expect one or more of the following at auditions:

Forms - Calendars

Be prepared to write your experience in acting, singing, dancing (or other performing arts) on the audition form provided by the director. If you have a resume, or even a list of past experience, please bring it with you.

If you have a photo of yourself (photocopied is fine), please bring that as well. You should be sure to bring your calendar or schedule so that you may note any conflicts you have with the posted rehearsal schedule.

Cold Reading

Nearly every audition will involve a ‘cold reading’ at either the first audition or at call backs. To prepare you are heavily encouraged to inform yourself about the play. Reading the play is best, and perusal scripts are often available in the

Fine and Applied Arts Office

In addition, read summaries, analysis, or even reviews of the play online to become acquainted with it.

Prepared Piece

Some directors require a ‘prepared piece’ at the first audition. This usually means a 1-2 minute monologue from either a contemporary play or a soliloquy or sonnet by Shakespeare. Posted notices will inform auditioners which to prepare.

PLEASE NOTE: Although our musicals require a singing audition, we rarely require a prepared song (see below).

Improvisation

Some directors utilize improvisation at auditions. The activities selected do not require advance preparation.

Dancing - Singing

When auditioning for a musical, you will be asked to demonstrate your skill level in these two areas. There are always people in our casts who do not have these skills, so do not let lack of experience keep you from auditioning if you are truly interested in the musical.

It is important that you wear comfortable clothing (as well as clothing you can move freely in) to musical theatre auditions.

ALWAYS CONSIDER FOOTWEAR! Bring any dance shoes you own to the audition. If you do not own any, bring shoes that are flexible and will slide/move easily on the floor. The choreographer will teach some movement/dance steps from the show to a group of auditioners and then observe how well you can learn it. Stretching and/or warming up physically is encouraged before this part of the audition.

Regarding singing, the vocal director will offer several songs from the show for you to learn. Once you have selected one, you will be given time to learn it with others who are auditioning. You will then sing the audition piece (sometimes in pairs) for the directors of the show. The best way to prepare for this is to listen to Broadway recordings of the musical for which you are auditioning.

Additional Questions

If you have additional questions, you should contact the director of the show.  Although we occasionally have guest directors, here are the profile page links for the instructors most likely to direct:

Pam Downs

Jason Long

Tracy Martin Shearer

Nancy Silva

Janis Stevens

Sam Williams