PLAY AUDITIONS


Join Us for the 2017-2018 Season!


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Preliminary Auditions:

Tuesday, October 10 at 8:30 pm

Callbacks:
Wednesday, October 11 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 12 at 7:00 pm (if needed)

Location:
Black Box Theatre of the Jenna Guest Music Building

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

Details:
Please come early; bring a pen and your list of known conflicts in order to completely fill out our audition form.  Rehearsals will begin Monday, October 16.  Most rehearsals are weekday evenings with at least one additional Saturday workday (October 28).  Tech rehearsals will be the weekend of November 10-12.  Performances are November 16-19 in the Black Box Theatre.

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

Casting Breakdown:
Roles are available for four men and three women.

David Quinn
A man around forty-one years old. He begins the play as a farmer; as result, he is probably strong and slim. A very expressive character, he spends most of the play delivering animated stories from his past over the radio. Orphaned as a child, David has had to figure a lot of things out on his own.  His one desire is to just be with Frankie again.

Davey
David as a young boy around twelve years old. He is very resourceful and bright for his age. After the death of Poppy, he meets Frankie and together they run away, forging a deep friendship rooted in young love.

Frances
A blind school teacher about forty-one years old. Frances is still as confident as she was as a child, and her desire to be with David is still evident. Since being separated from Davey, she has gone to a school for the blind, found a respectful job as a teacher, and continual sends off the romantic advances of the Methodist minister. She’s tough because she has always been her only advocate.

Frankie
Frances as a blind girl around twelve years old. She comes from a rough home in which her mother is dying and her father, an alcoholic, abuses her. She is very confident in herself and is not afraid to express her feelings. She runs away with Davey building a lasting relationship rooted in a desperate need to be loved and feel safe.

Leon Schwab
A radio salesman from Brooklyn who produces his own radio show. He is around fifty years old and has good taste in fashion; he is all about appearances. There is something tender about Leon, but at heart he’s a con-artist. He is in a constant battle with the FCC because he refuses to get a license.

Susie
A fan who is introduced to David by Leon. She is very flirtatious with him, despite being  engaged. She can be played any age ranging from 18-25.

One male will have to play multiple roles, which are as follows.
Poppy
An Irish storyteller and con man about sixty years or older. He is a father figure and mentor to David/Davey, having adopted him after Davey was orphaned. Davey loves Poppy.

Jailor
Introduced at the end of the play, this character can be played any age ranging from 20-50 years old.

James
A very conservative Methodist preacher in his early forties who is jealous and possessive of Frances.

Watermelon Man
A man in his early fifties to sixties. A Civil War vet, he is the reason Frankie and Davey are separated. There is something seedy, scary, and unstable about him.


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.