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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

by Paul Zindel
Directed by Sarah Meade

When: Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Wed., Jan. 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hawes Studio Theatre, Porterfield Hall
What: Please prepare a one to two-minute monologue, serious or comedic, that clearly points to the character for which you are auditioning. The characters in this play are complex and display a wide range of emotions, sometimes in big ways, and at other times, in subtle ways.

Sought are actresses able to connect with others emotionally onstage and make bold character choices. Those who display a deep understanding of the characters and can convey their subtext will receive top consideration. Prior knowledge of the play is strongly suggested.

Seeking: Four to Five Women
Beatrice – the mother, sharp-tongued and selfish, clings to her glory days.
Tillie – the younger daughter, painfully shy, excels in science, hopes to make her family proud.
Ruth – Tillie’s older sister, pretty but strange, looks at life with a dark sense of humor.
Nanny* – a decrepit old woman being cared for by Beatrice.
Janice Vickery* – a nerdy little girl, classmate and rival of Tillie.

* It is possible that the same actor cast to play Nanny will also play Janice Vickery.

Please Note: Readings will likely be held after the first night of auditions, with additional callbacks taking place after auditions on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Therefore, it is in your best interest to audition on the first night if possible. It is also a good idea to read the play beforehand; it is available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Dramatists Play Service.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Meade at skmeade@radford.edu.


  • Auditions typically happen in the first two weeks of each semester. Occasionally an exception occurs in which a spring production may audition late in the fall semester.
  • RU Theatre auditions are open, meaning anyone can audition. You don’t have to be a theatre major. Community members may audition also with the understanding that priority in casting will go to RU students.
  • Most of our auditions require prepared material. If you are not a theatre student and don’t know how to prepare and present the requested material, usually something will be supplied to you to read. Theatre majors, however, are required to prepare according to the requirements for a given audition. In the case of plays requiring very specific skills such as singing in a musical, auditionees are highly encouraged to prepare the appropriate material.
  • Performance majors are required to audition for ALL productions. More on this below. 

Other audition “words to the wise”:

  • When it comes to auditions, one of the few things in your control is your level of preparation.  Reading the play is, arguably, the most important thing you can do to prepare. The plays are available from bookstores, online vendors and/or the play publishers. 
  •  It is the expectation that all performance students audition for all shows. Our auditions are designed to provide a variety of audition experiences so take advantage of these experiences right from the start. Every audition is one more step toward becoming comfortable with the process. In addition, it allows the faculty to see your work right away.
  • Take care not to “type” yourself at this point. Prepare, come on out and let the directors decide what you are “right for.” Certainly, if there is a role you are dying to play, or you are “perfect for,” shoot for that, but keep an open mind and don’t allow the attitude of “all these characters are older and I am only 18” stop you from coming to auditions. In university theatre the plays are produced to give you the opportunity to work on them.
  • Auditions are intimidating. Talk to the upperclassmen; use the performance faculty as a resource to answer your questions. However, no matter how much inquiry you make there will be no substitute for doing your personal preparation –reading the scripts, looking up unfamiliar words/references, making choices, being familiar with what the director is looking for (read audition notices carefully), getting rest, planning to dress appropriately, knowing where you are going and arriving early to sign in, warm up, etc.
  • It is smart to attend the first night of auditions if at all possible.
  • Once you are in the audition it is important to listen to instructions, have a positive attitude, be flexible when the unexpected happens, focus on what you are doing, and, of course, that age-old challenge…allow yourself to be at ease so you can do your best work.