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Auditions

The Waiting Room by Lisa Loomer

When: Monday, Aug. 31 and Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.

Where: Pridemore Playhouse, Porterfield Hall (Sign up in the lobby)

Who: Seeking imaginative, funny, and fearless women and men of all races, shapes and sizes for Radford University's theatre’s first production of the 2015-16 School Year! All students with a GPA above 2.0 are welcome to audition, regardless of experience or major. Especially seeking: actors with versatile vocal/physical skills, Asian and African-American performers, and those ready to tackle adult language and content.

What: If possible, please read the script beforehand. It is available at Dramatist’s Play Service and on Amazon. Wear comfortable shoes to the audition and clothing that makes you look good, but also shows off your personality. Auditions will consist of a monologue reading and scene readings from the script. We will provide all of the readings. Please be prepared to have a personal interview and to stay until 10 p.m. if necessary.

How: Please attend on the first night of auditions if your schedule permits. Casting will occur on both nights, with callbacks tentatively scheduled at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1. The cast list gets posted by noon on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Rehearsals and costume fittings begin immediately on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Rehearsals take place in the evenings, five-six days a week. Performances are Oct. 13, 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 14 at 10 a.m., and Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. Once we set the rehearsal schedule, punctual attendance is required at all times.

Questions about audition procedures? Please contact Addie Pawlick at apawlick@radford.edu
Questions about the play? Please contact Jennifer Juul at jjuul@radford.edu.

Break a leg.

 

The Zoo Story by Edward Albee

Directed by Shieh’Ron Freeman

Attention: Seeking two male actors for this play.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Hawes Studio Theatre, Porterfield Hall

What: Please be prepared to read from the play.  

The Zoo Story is a character-driven piece requiring actors willing to completely immerse themselves in these roles. It is imperative that you read the script beforehand to better familiarize with the characters.

Callbacks will also involve readings from the script and be held after the initial cuts on Monday and Tuesday. Those asked to remain to read the first evening may be asked to return the second night.

Please arrive early so that you can sign in and complete an audition form. Bring a headshot and resume (if you have them) and your semester schedule.

The script is a very well-known American play and available from many different sources.

Rehearsals for this play begin in approximately late September.
 
If you have questions please do not hesitate to ask! You may direct those to Shieh’Ron Freeman (sfreeman15@radford.edu) .

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all at auditions!

Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

Adapted by Katie Mitchell
Based on the book by Dr. Seuss
Directed by Robyn Berg

When: Sunday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. Callbacks will immediately follow Monday night’s initial auditions, at approximately 8 p.m.

Where: Pridemore Playhouse, Porterfield Hall

What: The National Theatre's adaptation of Dr. Seuss's The Cat In The Hat is a lively, engaging "play with sound effects" for performance by adults for young children. Not a word has been touched or added to Dr. Seuss's classic, ensuring anyone who's read the story will find themselves transported into the world they've always imagined.

Please come with a 1-2 minute poem, nursery rhyme, reading from a children’s book, or Theatre for Young Audiences monologue. Be prepared for readings from the script movement work and improv as well. Please bring or wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes – no flip-flops, heels, hats, or big/noisy jewelry. Have your complete class and work schedule for October 19th through December 9th with you as well (there will be time off for Thanksgiving Break).

Seeking: 6-10 very physical performers who might play multiple roles and certainly work collaboratively. An interest/ability in puppetry, voiceover, and improvisation preferred. Performers and crew members will have to miss some classes on December 4, 7, 8, and 9 in order to perform for area school children. The available roles are:

Boy = Sally's brother. Curious and excitable, but responsible and cautious.
Sally = The Boy's sister. She is wide-eyed and very curious.
Cat = A showoff and in wild pursuit of fun. Mischievous and daring.
Fish = The family fish and parental figure of the story. Anxious, uptight, and sapient.
Kitten 1 = One of the Cat's playful assistants.
Kitten 2 = One of the Cat's playful assistants.
Thing 1 = Part of the kite-flying duo that wreaks havoc on Boy and Sally's house.
Thing 2 = Part of the kite-flying duo that wreaks havoc on Boy and Sally's house.
Voiceover = Storyteller.
Mother (also a Voiceover) = Boy and Sally's mother.

Please direct any questions to Robyn Berg at rberg3@radford.edu.

 

GENERAL RU THEATRE AUDITION INFO AND TIPS

  • 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.