Department of Theatre

Auditions for Spring Student Production

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During the week of Jan 23, Music-Director Elizabeth Ann Benson and Assistant Music-Director Cara Elle Benson will hold auditions for Elegies: The William Finn Project.  All are welcome to audition!  This concert-style performance in the Theatre Upstairs functions as Cara Elle Benson’s directed studies class project on music-direction. Please sign up on the call board across from the green room in Telfair Peet Theatre (corner of Samford and Duncan).  Those unfamiliar with Peet Theatre may email Production Coordinator Taylor Dyleski tcd0007@auburn.edu to request an audition time. Callbacks will be later in the week and scheduled according to availability. Evening and weekend rehearsals begin March 6, and performances are April 6-9.

Audition requirements

Please bring a substantial 32-bar cut of a contemporary musical theatre song that tells a story.

Recommended composers include William Finn, Jason Robert Brown, Pasek & Paul, Sondheim and many others.  An accompanist will be provided.  Please bring clearly marked, double-sided sheet music secured in a three-ring binder. Casting Breakdown – 3 men (Tenor, Baritenor, Baritone) and 2 women (Soprano, Alto)

All auditionees are encouraged to bring a headshot and résumé if available, and to dress in a professional manner. Please familiarize yourself with the material.  Most of the songs were composed in memory of Finn's friends, several of whom died of AIDS. Three songs deal specifically with the passing of his mother, Barbara Finn. The final set of songs deal with the collapse of the World Trade Center and its emotional aftermath. Described as "Never morbid, Elegies is touching, funny, and ultimately buoyant; floating on the spirits of those who inhabit its songs. Consisting of eighteen diverse musical moments, the styles and tones range throughout the musical from the unabashedly optimistic -- "Life has infinite, infinite joys!" -- to the hilariously irreverent. – http://www.curtainup.com/elegies.html

Please contact Taylor Dyleski, Production Coordinator (tcd0007@auburn.edu) with any audition-related questions. For specific questions regarding the particular productions please contact the directors Elizabeth Ann Benson (ebenson1@auburn.edu) or Cara Elle Benson (czb0043@tigermail.auburn.edu).

Last Updated: January 10, 2017