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Auditions

UMass Theater productions are cast throughout the year; check here for audition information.

Time and place maybe subject to change; updates will be posted as they become available.

Sign up sheets for auditions are posted on the Department of Theater Call Board outside Fine Arts Center Room 112 about a week before auditions. Scripts, where available, can be accessed as read-only documents at the links provided below. Call (413) 545-3490 if you have further questions.

Fall Audition Workshop

Sept. 10 from 2-4 p.m. in the Curtain Theater, Fine Arts Center. FREE. With Milan Dragicevich and Glenn Proud.

Participants are encouraged to bring a monologue to the workshop. This monologue need not necessarily be memorized or fully "ready," though any degree of preparation and "performance readiness" would be helpful. Bringing a monologue is highly encouraged (though not mandatory).

Recommended for anyone thinking about auditioning for department shows.

2016-2017 Auditions

THE MISANTHROPE

by Molière, adapted by Constance Congdon ‘82G
directed by Mary Corinne Miller
running Oct. 19 - 29

AUDITIONS
Sept. 12 & 13, 6:30-10:30pm
Rand Theater,
Fine Arts Center
Callbacks Sept. 14 & 15

OPEN
to theater majors & community members of all ages, race, ethnic origin, ability, sexual orientation or gender identification

TO PREPARE
Actors should sign-up for an audition slot and prepare a 2-3 minute monologue. Classical monologue (Molière, Shakespeare, etc.) is preferred but not required. Sign up on the Department of Theater Call Board in the Fine Arts Center or contact 545-3490 if you are off campus.

CAST BREAKDOWN
Ensemble - (6, M & F) The Hollywood TV Studio crew working on the set of the sitcom “The Misanthrope” as it is being filmed before a live studio audience. May also double as other minor characters in the play.
Alceste - (M) The Misanthrope. Unhappy, unforgiving and critical of all around him. Believes in honesty and integrity above all else. In love with Célimène despite his abhorence of her behavior. 
Célimène - (F) A young, beautiful, flirtatious woman who is the object of Alceste’s affections. Sharp-witted and intelligent, if not a bit flighty. Outwardly confident, comfortable with her sexuality, and enjoys the attention of men and women alike. 
Philinte - (M) Alceste’s best friend. Polite, patient, and well-adjusted. Genuinely cares for Alceste and loves Eliante.
Éliante - (F) Célimène’s cousin and the object of Philinte’s affection. Intelligent, observant, restrained, and sensitive. 
Oronte - (M) One of Célimène’s suitors. An Artist-wannabe, insecure, and desperate for approval.
Arsinoé - (F) Célimène’s best frenemy. A bitter, unpleasant older woman. Deeply jealous of  Célimène and wants Alceste for herself. 
Acaste - (M or F) One of Célimène’s suitors. Egotistical, grandiose, and desperate for Célimène’s affections.
Clitandre - (M or F) One of Célimène's suitors. Confident, prideful, and enjoys gossip.  
Du Bois - (M or F) Alceste's jittery and nervous, but well-meaning personal assistant.

PLAY DESCRIPTION
Why put on a comedy written 350 years ago? Because these characters are still funny today — we see them on our TV screens in many contemporary sitcoms. Alceste is the neurotic introvert who simultaneously craves isolation and connection. His object of desire is Célimène, a social butterfly who carefully curates her image in a way any Instagram star would envy. She’s got Alceste and the painfully hip Oronte on the hook, along with countless others, while her best frenemy, Arsinoé, attempts to manipulate the situation so she can win Alceste for herself. Come enjoy a backstage pass to a live studio taping of the sitcom “The Misanthrope” and see how pointedly Molière’s snarky observations about love and friendship translate to relationships played out in the context of our screen-obsessed modern-day world.

ONLINE FOLDER
More information can be found in this google folder.

REFUGEE

a new work by Milan Dragicevich
with music by Tim Eriksen of Cordelia's Dad
guest director Nikita Milivojević
running Nov. 30 – Dec. 10

AUDITIONS
Sept. 12 & 13, 6-10pm
Curtain Theater,
Fine Arts Center
Callbacks Sept. 14 & 15

OPEN
to theater majors, all Pioneer Valley community members, and to anyone who is passionate to take the stage

TO PREPARE
Actors should prepare one expressive contemporary monologue (of no more than 90 seconds in length), along with one song of any style (e.g., folk, pop, rock, indie, soul, etc.), of approximately 90 seconds in length. Songs can be performed a cappella or with actor’s own accompaniment (e.g., guitar, ukulele, etc.) Actors may be asked to move, so please dress comfortably in attire that allows for easy unrestricted movement. Sign up on the Department of Theater Call Board in the Fine Arts Center or contact 545-3490 if you are off campus.

CAST BREAKDOWN
Mara:  elder sister to Sava, spans 16-19 years of age, a rebel, passionate, fragile
Sava:  younger sister to Mara, spans 14-21 years of age, loyal, mystical, a shining spirit
Tata:  father to Mara and Sava; 45-50 years of age; fierce, strong, a survivor
Danica Ritchie:  granddaughter to Sava, 27, a guitar-strumming activist in Appalachia
Clint Ritchie:  grandson to Sava, 17, younger brother to Danica, a heavy metal rocker
Lanzo Prince:  a former charismatic preacher, 44, in Southern Appalachia
Bora “Deejay”:  grandson to Mara, 25, an outrageous street-savvy hustler in Belgrade
Katarina Vasić:  a political activist in Belgrade, 22, with courage to match her model looks
Marko:  a boastful, handsome young man, spans 18-21 years of age

PLAY DESCRIPTION
Two sisters gaze across an endless stretch of barren desert at the El Shatt refugee camp, while a war rages across Europe.  In the hollows of southern Appalachia, an idealistic guitar-strumming activist fights to preserve a way of life. On the streets of embattled Belgrade, a hustler struggles to survive in the underground markets of a desperate people.  What binds them together?  Where is home?  When we cross borders, what do we become?  This new play with music jumps across time and place, with a multigenerational story of displacement, capricious destiny, and the search for identity.

ONLINE FOLDER
More information can be found in this google folder.

ADVISORY: HEDDA GABLER AUDITION DATE CHANGE!

Written by Henrik Ibsen
Director Christina Pellegrini
running Feb. 22 - March 4

AUDITIONS
Oct. 2 & 3, 6-10:30pm
Fine Arts Center 204
Callbacks Oct. 4 & 5

OPEN
to theater majors & community members of all ages, race, ethnic origin, ability, sexual orientation or gender identification

TO PREPARE
Please prepare a short (approximately a minute-long) monologue from any play written between the 1860s-1950s. Those auditioning are also highly encouraged to read the full play (any adaptation or translation).

PLAY DESCRIPTION
Groundbreaking at the time of its premiere, yet condemned for its portrayal of a “vicious, heartless, cowardly, unmoral, mischief-making vixen,” Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler has since come to be regarded as one of the most dimensional character portraits in theatrical history. Set within the 24 hours after Hedda and her husband return from their honeymoon, the play’s desperate, thrilling momentum puts us face-to-face with Hedda the woman: in all her biting wit, ironic humor, violent desperation and simmering rage.

THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST

Written by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Director Jennifer Onopa
running April 5-15

AUDITIONS
Dec. 5 & 6, 6:30-10:30pm
Fine Arts Center 204/206
Callbacks Dec. 12 & 13

OPEN
to theater majors & community members of all ages, race, ethnic origin, ability, sexual orientation or gender identification. We specifically welcome Latinx and Arab-American actors to attend.

TO PREPARE
Please prepare a short contemporary monologue.

PLAY DESCRIPTION
There’s power in traditions, in the songs sung and the food served at gatherings and the way they can bind families and communities together across time and distance. Iraq war veteran Elliott is in Jordan to film a war movie and finds himself connecting with his costar Shar, against the backdrop of the Arab Spring. When he calls home, he speaks to his cousin Yaz, a music professor, who has opened her new home in Philadelphia to feed neighbors in need and struggles against a system that neglects the poor and the sick. Hudes’s play is a complex mixture, balancing epic historical events with intimate life moments, all of them connected through the wonders of modern technology and the richness of Puerto Rican cuatro music.

CASTING BREAKDOWN

ONLINE SCRIPT
The script can be found in read-only format online.

Spring show auditions

Play Lab
featuring LIFE DEFYING ACTS and I LOVE SEAN
directed by Ifa Bayeza
running March 30 - April 8

AUDITIONS: Jan. 30 & 31, 6:30-10:30pm
Fine Arts Center 204/206
Callbacks Feb. 1 & 2

LIFE DEFYING ACTS by Pam Dickler: A tale of two sisters caught in throes of America’s epidemic wave of juvenile depression and young adult suicide, the toll and atonement, recrimination, recovery.

SANDRA: Strong-willed, devout atheist. In present day Sandra is in a coma, though the actress is moving about.
HELEN: Sandra’s religiously devout older sister.
FATHER MICHAEL: Longtime church leader, appears in memory and imagination.
DOCTOR: Big likable fish in very small pond.
CASSIE: SANDRA as a child, before she lost her way.
NURSE: Earthy and comforting. The keeper of time.

and

I LOVE SEAN by Sarah Einspanier: Who am I outside of a relationship? How do we connect, communicate when words are underwater? An absurdist modern Karaoke satire on the pursuit of love.

RACHEL: In a long-term relationship with Sean. Keeps forgetting she is pregnant. Late 20s/early 30s.
SHELLEY: Desperately looking for love, making it up as she goes along. Late 20s/early 30s.
JADE: NOT the kind of person you would expect to be a contestant on 'The Bachelor'. Late 20s/early 30s.
SEAN (also plays BRAD and ANOTHER MAN): NOT the kind of person you would expect to be 'The Bachelor'.
OTHERS: An ensemble of contemporary voices seeking young love.

Actors should be prepared to read from the scripts. Actors should also be aware that they are auditioning for both shows when they come to Play Lab auditions. LIFE DEFYING ACTS will have a longer rehearsal and performance schedule than I LOVE SEAN; the Play Lab creative team will share details at the audition.

A folder with perusal scripts for Play Lab can be accessed here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bza3TBYkOt4yS3ZLc0dnbVhoSVk

and

Ta’zieh – Between Two Rivers
directed by Nikoo Mamdoohi
running April 27-29

AUDITIONS: Jan. 30 & 31, 6-10pm
Curtain Theater
Callbacks Feb. 1 & 2

A Ta’zieh starts with a procession: live music, costumes, bystanders drawn into the celebration. This Iranian tradition has evolved into a worldwide event that brings people together to work through community struggles and clashes through music, drama and spectacle.

We are looking for an ensemble of actors, singers, dancers and musicians who are willing and ready to collaborate, learn and explore new horizons in our intercultural project. We will be having group auditions in which we perform and then engage in learning groups and interact with other performers.

To start the auditions we would like to see a one-minute contemporary monologue from actors, a short song from singers, a short choreographed dance from dancers and a short performance of their music by musicians. We are specifically looking for musicians playing drums and trumpets.

Please come ready to move.

PLAY LAB and TA'ZIEH are OPEN to theater majors & community members of all ages, race, ethnic origin, ability, sexual orientation or gender identification.

General Casting Policies

The Department of Theater is committed to racial, cultural and individual diversity.
Casting for all department-sponsored productions is open to any student, staff, or faculty member of the Five College Consortium, any member of the community, or any invited guest artist regardless of race, ethnic origin, abilty, sexual orientation or gender identification.
Equal-opportunity casting is encouraged.

All Theater majors are welcomed and strongly encouraged to audition. The
Department chooses plays each year with the intention of using as many majors as possible, but casting of any individual major is not guaranteed.
Most casting will be determined by open auditions.
You are expected to sign up for a given audition appointment, and to arrive at the audition site well ahead of the scheduled time. Students who arrive after their scheduled time may not be allowed to audition.
After open auditions have been completed, the director will post call back announcements. If you are called back, you are expected to initial next to your name to acknowledge the call back.

Auditioning for multiple shows in 2016-2017

Our experience has shown that having cast members in shows with overlapping rehearsal and/or performance schedules is complicated and disruptive to both shows.
Cast Members are still welcome to be in multiple shows whose rehearsal schedules do not overlap.
Please note: This does NOT mean that actors cannot audition for all the shows -- just that they will have to consider their options and limitations wisely. Casting decisions will result in the production's exclusive service of the actor when rehearsal/performance periods overlap.
Thank you for your cooperation!

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