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Radford University Department of Theatre and Cinema Announces Auditions: Mauritius
By Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Jordan Wommack
WHEN: August 27th and 28th at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hawes Studio Theatre, Porterfield Hall
WHAT: Please bring a memorized one, to one and a one-and-a-half minute monologue. Please dress as you would for an audition, neatly, professionally. Please bring a headshot and resume along with your class/work schedule for the fall semester. Be sure to read the play before auditions to better familiarize yourself with the material. Callbacks are after the second night of auditions and will consist of readings from the script.
Jackie: Late 20- early 30s. A damaged woman who knows what she wants.
Dennis: Late 20- early 30s. He is good with people and even better with his words.
Sterling: Early 40s- early 50s. He will not hesitate to do whatever it takes to get what he wants.
Philip: Early - late 30s. A mostly apathetic storeowner. Stamps are his life and he knows this life well.
Mary: Early- late 30s. Mary’s estranged sibling. She is a loud person with strong ideas of entitlement.
THIS PLAY: Whom do you trust when everyone wants something from you? Pressed for money Jackie’s decides to try to sell her late mother’s stamps and encounters several parties who vie for them.
The play is available through online vendors and/or directly from the publisher Samuel French.
Please read the play. Contact me, the director, if you have questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rehearsals will begin Wednesday August 29th
Performances are October 3rd-7th
Radford University Department of Theatre and Cinema Announces Auditions: The Laramie Project
By Moisés Kaufman and Members of the Tectonic Theater Project
Directed by Megan Ward
WHEN: Thursday, August 30th and Friday, August 31st at 7:00 p.m. Callbacks will be on Friday, August 31st at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Pridemore Playhouse, Porterfield Hall
WHAT: Please prepare a 1-2minute monologue in the style of the play OR a 1-2 minute speech on a topic that you are passionate about (e.g. gay rights, women’s rights, religion, etc.). You may be asked to sing part of “Amazing Grace”. Bring your class/work schedule for the Fall semester, including club meetings and other special events. To all (men and women), please come dressed in long pants, whether nice jeans, khakis, or dress pants. The best way to prepare for this audition is to read the play. Callbacks will consist of readings from the script.
CHARACTERS: There are over 60 characters in this play that will be divided among 8 actors (4 men and 4 women). All actors must be willing and able to portray a wide variety of characters across age, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
THIS PLAY: The play explores the viewpoints of the people of Laramie, Wyoming, after the beating and death of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay student at the University of Wyoming. The town struggles with its identity and what part they may have played in Shepard’s death. Throughout the play, the spectrum of callousness to kindness is explored and the rawness of humanity is emphasized. I feel that this play explores the effects that a hate crime can have not only on a community, but on an entire society. Laramie’s legacy has been permanently altered due to this crime, but the community can change how they raise their children, how they teach tolerance and respect, and how they respond to hate crimes in the future. Some of the opinions expressed in this play hit hard even today. We can only wonder if we are truly safe in this world.
WHERE THE PLAY CAN BE FOUND: You can find the play at the McConnell Library, online through the McConnell Library database, and online through Amazon and the Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Please read the play and direct any questions/concerns to the director, Megan Ward at: email@example.com
Rehearsals will begin as soon as casting for the Fall semester is complete. The production runs October 16th-21st, 2018.
The Radford University School of Dance and Theatre Audition Notice: Charlotte's Web
Based on the book written by E.B. White
Adapted by Joseph Robinette
Directed by Christopher Phillips
All students interested are welcome to audition regardless of major/year in school
When: Auditions are September 2nd and 3rd at 7p.m. Performances of this play run from November 30th to December 5th.
Where: Pridemore Playhouse, Porterfield Hall.
Seeking: Highly energetic and responsible actors with a wide range of talents who are willing to work as an ensemble to create anentertaining production that children will enjoy.
Fern, Wilbur’s first friend
Wilbur, a pig
Charlotte, a spider
Templeton, a rat
Arable, Fern’s father
Martha, Fern’s mother
Avery, Fern’s brother
Homer Zuckerman, Fern’s uncle
Edith Zuckerman, Fern’s Aunt
Lurvy, a farmhand in Homer and Edith’s employ
Please come prepared with a memorized thirty-second to one-minute nursery rhyme or children’s monologue. Please bring your headshot/resume with you to the audition as well as your class schedule for the semester. Please come dressed professionally (dresses/skirts for women, button downs/polos with khaki pants/dress slacks for men). Callbacks will follow the auditions of the second night. For callbacks, please come dressed to move. These performances take place in the morning in Pridemore Playhouse for local schools.
Please direct any questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much and I look forward to seeing you at auditions,
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.