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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. Copies of the scripts may be signed out from Room 112 for two hours at any time. Call (413) 545-3490 if you have further questions.

Fall Audition Workshop

Gina Kaufmann. Julie Nelson. You.

The Curtain. 2-4 pm on Saturday, Sept. 7

Free. No sign-up necessary.

Recommended for anyone thinking about auditioning for department shows.

2013-2014 Fall Auditions for THE LIAR and DETROIT

Auditions will be held on September 9 and September 10 for both productions.

Callbacks for THE LIAR will be on September 12.

Callbacks for DETROIT will be on September 11.

Perusal Scripts are available in the Department of Theater Main Office.


adapted by David Ives from the comedy by Pierre Corneille
Directed by Glenn Proud

6-10 in the Rand Theater

Please prepare a Classical Comedic or Tragic Verse monologue not exceeding one minute in length. Selections can be found in the plays of Shakespeare and Moliere for example, as well as material found in the show itself. If using a piece from The Liar, I only ask that you avoid using the Cliton's opening monologue.  

Please note: We are asking those who are cast in The Liar to grow out their hair, and men - that includes facial hair. So, for the men, if you are uncertain whether or not you are able to accomplish this you have the summer to see if its possible (of course any lack of facial hair growth is not a deal breaker).


by Lisa D'Amour
Directed by Jared Culverhouse

6:30-10:30 in the Curtain Theater

Please prepare a contemporary monologue no longer than 90 seconds. Your monologue should be age appropriate, and from a text other than Detroit. Callbacks will be cold readings from the script. Please familiarize yourself with the play prior to auditions.

Street Scene

by Kurt Weill (music), Langston Hughes (lyrics), & Elmer Rice (book)

directed by Gina Kaufmann
musical direction by Mark Swanson

Sept. 22, 1-2 p.m. (children's roles)
Sept. 22, 2-6 p.m. (adult roles)
Sept. 23, 6-10 p.m. (adult roles only)

Callbacks: Sept. 24-26, 6-10 p.m.
Children's callbacks: Sept. 26, 6-7 p.m.

UMass Fine Arts Center Rooms 204 and 206

In 1946, German composer Kurt Weill and playwright Elmer Rice came together with poet Langston Hughes to create Street Scene, a riveting artistic hybrid of musical theater, opera, and spoken-word poetry. The gritty story, based on Rice's Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, focuses on the residents of a run-down tenement in a multi-ethnic, working class area of Manhattan. The action centers around a romance between a Jewish and a gentile teenager and on the consequences of an extramarital affair, but it is the rich undertones of longing and the layered relationships bring the complex world of Street Scene to life. With elements that encompass classical music forms and the jazz esthetic, and a uniquely poetic sensibility, this piece stretches the art of opera in fascinating directions.

The score calls for various styles of singing. We seek a multi-ethnic, multi-racial, & multi-generational cast. We encourage singers from all Five Colleges & the Pioneer Valley community to audition.

In this round of auditions we will cast 14 men, 10 women and 3 children in a variety of roles. There are singing roles and significant speaking roles that don't require singing.

To audition for singing roles please bring 32 bars from a piece of your own choosing. To audition for non-singing roles please bring a 2 minute contemporary monologue instead of a song.

Please consult our website for musical and dialogue excerpts indicated for specific characters. We ask that you prepare these excerpts for your audition. Visit fivecollegeopera.blogspot.com to sign up for an audition slot & download your music and dialogue excerpts. An accompanist will be provided.

A production of Five College Opera and the University of Massachusetts Department of Theater


For the UMass New Play Lab and Peter Pan.

Audition Workshop

MFA Directing student and TA Glenn Proud and Professor of Theater Milan Dragicevich will co-lead an audition workshop, on Thursday afternoon, 4-6pm, on January 23 in the Curtain Theater.
Attendance is encouraged for anyone interested in auditioning for our spring productions.

New Play Lab

Jan. 27 and 28 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. in Fine Arts Center Room 204

Callbacks Jan. 29 from 6:30-10:30 p.m.

The University of Massachusetts, Amherst Department of Theater

is seeking actors for its first annual New Play Lab.

Who: We are looking to form an ensemble of actors with diversity in age and ethnicity.

What: The UMass New Play Lab is developing the work of two playwrights: Liz Duffy Adams and Tira Palmquist. The playwrights will be in residence for two weeks while their plays are workshopped in rehearsal and presented in public staged readings as part of UMass’s Mainstage season.

More about the Plays: Variations of F**ked, by Liz Duffy Adams: Thrift-store clerk Lo and her bartender  sister Mo live small lives working small jobs in a small Massachusetts town. But when the rules of time and space begin to unravel, the women’s identities take on startling new dimensions.

And Then They Fell, by Tira Palmquist: When her mother is arrested on another DUI, 17 year-old Jordan Matthews is left to fend for herself on the streets and in the trailer parks of Phoenix, AZ. As she tries to salvage her slowly unraveling life, an unlikely connection with another outsider offers Jordan a precarious chance for escape.

What to prepare: Sides from both plays will be provided. You’re free to perform a prepared monologue or song, though there will be cold readings from the script regardless.

This audition is open to all students in the Five College area.

The plays will rehearse from March 3rd through March 14th and again from March 24th-April 2nd. Staged readings will take place on the weekends of March 27th-29th and April 3rd-5th.

Peter Pan

Jan. 27 and 28 from 6-10:30 p.m. in the Curtain Theater

Call backs Jan. 29 from 7-11 and Jan. 30 from 6-10:30 p.m.

In 1904, J.M. Barrie's play PETER PAN, OR THE BOY WHO WOULD NOT GROW UP premiered at London's Duke of York Theatre. In 1911, Peter and Wendy's adventures in Never Land were adapted by Barrie into a full-length novel, PETER AND WENDY. Drawing on both the novel and the play (finally published in 1928), our production will go back to the source.
Auditioners are asked to familiarize themselves with both Barrie's play (available online athttp://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks03/0300081h.html) and his novel (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/16/16-h/16-h.htm).
*Please Note: though the stage play involves some song and dance, this production is NOT the musical Peter Pan*
* Please Note: although we welcome community actors, we do NOT plan to cast children in this production*

Pirates! Fairies! Lost Children! Flying!

Auditioners should prepare one monologue, NO MORE THAN 45-60 seconds long, that they feel extremely confident about, and arrive ready to play. They are also strongly encouraged to prepare 16 bars of a lullaby or a sea shanty of their choice that can be sung a capella.

Dancer/Movers should also prepare 30-45 seconds of playful movement.

Though you are asked to be prepared with songs and/or movement, please understand you may not be asked to show them at auditions. They will be asked for as time allows and at the director's discretion.

In our production, the Native American characters of Barrie's Never Land have been re-imagined as Never Land Natives, an ensemble of movers and dancers, drawing from Celtic folklore, that look as though they have sprung directly from the land itself. We are seeking 5-9 dancer/movers to fill these primarily non-verbal roles, including TIGER LILY.
If you are interested ONLY in being considered for the dance ensemble, prepare 45-60 seconds of playful movement and 16 bars of a lullaby or a sea shanty of your choice that can be sung a capella. You do not need to prepare a monologue.

All genders are encouraged to audition for any role.

Contact Director Brianna Sloane for more information: bsloane@theater.umass.edu

A note from our friends

All music/dance folks looking for a chance to participate in an ensemble are invited to audition — check out the Music and Dance website for the scoop:




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