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Our auditions are open to everyone, including all members of the greater UMass community, the Five Colleges, and all local performers. You need not be a theater major or minor to be cast in our shows. See our casting policy at the bottom of the page for more details.

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.

Read-only scripts and other relevant information for productions will be posted in shared folders as appropriate. 


AUDITION INFORMATION for 2019-2020 

Auditions

MR. BURNS: A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY

What will endure when the cataclysm arrives—when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we’re faced with the task of rebuilding? 
 
Director Michelle Hendrick is seeking a joyful and eclectic group of storytellers for MR. BURNS, a post-electric play, the final show of the mainstage season.  

AUDITIONS are scheduled for Jan. 27 & 28, 6-10 p.m., in FAC 204, with callbacks Jan. 29 & 30. Click here to sign up.
 
About the play 
Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future. 
 
After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of "The Simpsons" episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. 7 years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created. 
 
A paean to live theater, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another. 
 
About the players
4F/4M* + an ensemble of all genders 

  • MATT (M) (Potential to double as Act II: Homer and Act III: Scratchy)
  • JENNY (F) (Potential to double as Act II: First FBI Agent & Marge and Act III: Bart)
  • MARIA (F) (Potential to double as Act II: Lisa & Second FBI Agent and Act III: Marge)
  • SAM (M) (Potential to double as Act II: Bart and Act III: Itchy)
  • COLLEEN (F) (Potential to double as Act III: Lisa)
  • GIBSON (M) (Potential to double as Act II: Loving Husband & Sideshow Bob and Act III: Homer)
  • QUINCY (F) (Potential to double as Act II: Businesswoman and Act III: Edna Krabappel)
  • MR. BURNS (M) 

*Most characters in this play are written with she/her or he/him pronouns and you will see that in the above descriptions. But however limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. There is also no race/ethnicity written in the text of the play specific to any of the characters, and we are seeking all races and ethnicities. The director is dedicated to casting a non-homogenous group of storytellers representative of this campus and this country for this project. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide.  
 
What you should prepare

  1. The monologue provided. It does not need to be memorized but you should practice it ahead of your audition. Monologue and script are in a read-only format at this link
  2. A song. Any song. Bring 30 seconds to 1 minute of a song of your choice. It can be Happy Birthday. It can be a song from Musical Theatre. It can be a song you like on Spotify. Bring something that you enjoy singing and that shows YOU. You don’t need to be an amazing singer in order to be cast.  

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 theater major student 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. Performers 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

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 check with stage managers or production staff if you have questions about scheduling.
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 and break a leg!