The Theatre Department will hold a General, Open Audition for both Chicago and Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play on Wednesday, November 29th.
About the Plays:
February 15–24, 2018
The longest running American musical in the history of Broadway, Kander and Ebb’s Chicago follows Roxie Hart as she joins the ranks of Velma Kelly and the other “merry murderesses” of the Cook County jail in 1920s Chicago. With the help of lawyer Billy Flynn and prison matron Momma Morton, Roxie and Velma harness the power of celebrity to plead their cases and become stars. Although Chicago originally opened on Broadway in 1975, its tawdry tales of celebrity culture run amok remain extremely pressing today.
Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play
April 12–22, 2018
An apocalyptic event has occurred and the world has lost all electric power. Out of the literal darkness, survivors gather together to tell stories, find loved ones, and create community. In search of a common cultural language, people find solace and sustenance in a certain yellow animated family. Anne Washburn’s brilliant play combines music and text to argue for the enduring power of storytelling and the vital role it plays in telling our history and creating our future.
Those interested in auditioning, please sign up for audition slots on the callboard outside of the Greenroom or email email@example.com for an audition time.
For these auditions please prepare the following:
- Up to a 60 second contemporary monologue. Chose a monologue that allows you the opportunity to make a strong, bold choice. That choice should be evident both physically and vocally. Both pieces involve the active, embodied telling of story…so strive to choose a piece that has a clear beginning, middle, and end.
- Music: Please prepare 16 bars of an uptempo song from a musical in the quintessential style of the 1970s. This includes composers such as John Kander, Stephen Schwartz, Marvin Hamlisch, Charlie Smalls, and many more. Songs by Michael Friedman, the composer of the music for Mr. Burns, are also acceptable. Within the songs, as with the monologues, the directors encourage big and bold choices. Accompanist will be provided. Please bring clearly marked double-sided sheet music to audition.
- Headshot and resume are recommended, please staple the resume to the backside of the headshot.
- Scripts are available in the theatre front office to check out for your perusal.
** All-together, your monologue and song should not exceed 90 seconds
NOTE: There may be dance-only roles in Chicago. To be considered for these roles only, you do not have to prepare a song or a monologue, but you will need to attend the dance call back on Thursday, November 30th starting at 5:30pm. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork. Dancer-only roles will need to prepare the choreography at this link.
(This information is for those who are called back who will be notified via email AND for those auditioning for dancer only roles.)
- Dance callbacks and dance only audition for Chicago will occur on Thursday, November 30th starting at 5:30pm.
Chicago Dance Call: Please prepare the choreography at this link.
- Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play callbacks will be on Thursday, November 30th starting at 6:45pm.
- Acting and music callbacks for Chicago will occur on Friday, December 1st starting at 6pm. Material for these callbacks is located at this link.
Please note theatre majors and dance minors must maintain a 2.0 GPA in order to participate.
Please contact Taylor Dyleski at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Last Updated: November 28, 2017