Join Us for the 2017-2018 Season!

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Preliminary Auditions:

Thursday, August 24 at 7:00 pm

Monday, August 28 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00 pm (if needed)

Black Box Theatre of the Jenna Guest Music Building

Any student, regardless of major, may audition.  Auditions are also open to faculty, staff, and members of the community.

Please come early; bring a pen and your list of known conflicts in order to completely fill out our audition form.  Rehearsals will begin Thursday, August 31.  Most rehearsals are weekday evenings with at least one additional Saturday workday; we will not rehearse Labor Day.  Tech rehearsals will be the weekend of September 22 - 24, allowing for some Family Weekend activities.  Performances are September 28 - October 1 in Baker Chapel.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and improvised scenes.

Roles Available:
Paul is a pastor and the story's protagonist.  For over twenty years, he has served as lead pastor at his current church, which he has seen grow from a store-front plant to a mega church.  He is married to Elizabeth, and they have one daughter.  Pastor Paul has a big heart and wrestles with suffering and the idea of hell.  He often speaks and acts without thinking through the ramifications.  Naively, Paul assumes everyone will be on board with his leadership.

Elizabeth, his wife, teaches a Sunday School class and raises their daughter.  She is an intelligent woman with her own thoughts and opinions.  Elizabeth doesn't mince words and speaks exactly what she thinks.  Her opinions often clash with those of her husband, whom she loves very much.  She will struggle with issues in silence for a long time before making a decision; but once her mind is made up, Elizabeth cannot be swayed.

Joshua, the associate pastor, was mentored by Paul, who served as a sort of "adoptive" and "spiritual" father to him after he was kicked out of his house at a young age.  Joshua came from a non-believing family, but has embraced the Gospel with a passion.  His methods of ministry are sometimes circumspect, as he often uses fear-tactics to preach when doing outreach.  Conversely, he comes across as very straight-forward and honest, full of integrity; Joshua is perceived to be a good listener.  As a result, he often has a better relationship with congregants in the church.  He's a bit of a firebrand, haunted by his mother's death and her refusal to accept Christ.

Jay, a church elder and physician, speaks with measured wisdom.  Representing the board of elders, he has been a long-time friend to Pastor Paul and wants to support the pastor in all his decisions.  Jay is also the voice of reason who is able to bring certain problems to Paul's attention and serves as a peacemaker for the embattled leadership of the church.  He is also focused on the church's finances, worrying about incurring another debt or lawsuit.

Jenny, a congregant who sings in the praise team, is a single mother to a school-aged son Donny; they survive on the charity of the church and food stamps.  She is divorced, and her ex-husband refuses to pay alimony.  Jenny is torn by the new direction the church is going and seeks answers; many of her friends have left the church, and she is judged for staying.  She is currently dating a man she met in the singles group.  Jenny, in a state of pure bewilderment, asks tough questions that demand answers.

General Information

The Department of Theatre Arts holds open auditions and invites all students, regardless of major, to audition.  Faculty, staff, and community members are also welcome to participate.
Directors make casting decisions based upon the following: 

  • The quality of the audition
  • The individual’s suitability for a role
  • Recent roles performed
  • Specific course or degree requirements
  • Availability for and recent participation in workdays and strikes
  • Calendar conflicts
  • Academic standing
  • Specific performance skills required by a role
  • Chemistry with other actors

Auditions are typically comprised of cold readings from the script.  However, they may also include improvisation, movement studies, and dialect readings.  Musical auditions require each individual to prepare at least sixteen bars from a previously produced musical (accompaniment is provided).  Please bring a copy of your sheet music. 

Auditions are announced at least two weeks prior to the audition date via departmental email, ETBU This Week, Tiger Daily, and the website.

If you have questions about the audition process, the time commitment involved, or about a particular production, please do not hesitate to contact the faculty of the Department of Theatre Arts.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I bring to an audition?
Please bring a schedule of conflicts for all rehearsal and performance dates.  We do not need a headshot nor a resume for our university auditions.

What do I wear to an audition?
Please dress as the audition requires.  Professional dress is the default; however, some auditions will require movement and appropriate casual/athletic attire is acceptable for those auditions. 

When do I arrive for the audition?
Please arrive at least 15-30 minutes prior to the schedule time so that you can complete the required paperwork.

What will I do in the audition?
This will depend on the play's specific needs.  Most of the time our auditions involve cold readings from the script through provided sides (short scenes).  Other times you may be asked to sing, dance, or improvise.  Each individual audition announcement will explain the details.

What if I cannot make the scheduled audition time?
Please contact the Department Chair and see if an alternative audition time can be arranged.