Continuing students, new students and students from across campus in all fields of study are encouraged to audition. Our main stage productions provide terrific opportunities to perform and collaborate with others, and to earn course credit.  The Department of Theatre Arts & Dance is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. We encourage all students interested in performing to audition, regardless of cultural background, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

Fall 2017 Season



  1. Download to desktop here: Audition Questionnaire - SSU CPA
  2. Please complete the text portion of the questionnaire, print 3 copies then attach a printed copy of your head shot to each form and bring to the audition.
  3. Click the Audition Sign-up link for your specific audition and select an available audition time slot.
  4. Review all the information (audition format, rehearsals, performance dates) for each production, to ensure your schedule can accommodate all show commitments.


All cast members must register for these courses - you will not be automatically enrolled. 

Cast lists will be sent to the Theatre Arts & Dance office, and a permission number for the correct course (THAR 301, 302, THAR 330, and MUSIC 330) will be provided to all cast members.

All students who are cast in Waiting for the Parade or Bluebird should register for THAR 302 for 3 units in the semester in which the show rehearses and performs.

Dance ensemble members for Fall Dance 2016 concert should register for THAR 301 for 3 units in Fall 2016. Playwrights for Power Lines must enroll in THAR 302, Drama Ensemble Workshop, for Spring 2017. 

Since The Magic Flute rehearses in the fall of 2016 but performs in the spring of 2017, cast members should register for 3 units in both semesters. Students cast in The Magic Flute register for THAR 330 in the fall and spring semester, while Music majors and minors should register for MUSIC 330.


By Eisa Davis
Directed by Harry Waters
Oct. 19-29, 2017
Evert B. Person Theatre

Set in redwood country north of San Francisco in 1955, a multiracial girl grows up in a predominantly white town whose residents pepper their speech with the historical dialect of Boontling. Found floating in a basket on the river as an infant, Bulrusher is an orphan with a gift for clairvoyance that makes her feel like a stranger even amongst the strange: the taciturn schoolteacher who adopted her, the madam who runs her brothel with a fierce discipline, the logger with a zest for horses and women, and the guitar-slinging boy who is after Bulrusher's heart. Just when she thought her world might close in on her, she discovers an entirely new sense of self when a black girl from Alabama comes to town. Passionate, lyrical, and chock full of down-home humor, this play is an unforgettable experience by a new, thrilling voice. - Finalist 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Drama

"[Davis] tickles the ears of her listeners...moving scenes on the banks of the pebble-strewn river...feel utterly true." -The New York Times

"Davis explores her themes in unexpected and evocative ways...The still waters of Bulrusher turn out to run pretty deep." -The San Francisco Chronicle

Note from Director:  “Magic Realism” is defined as what happens when a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something too strange to believe. Let that simmer in your response to BULRUSHER.

Please prepare and memorize two monologues.

  1. A contemporary monologue (not classical or verse) but meaningful - can be comic, dramatic, or original poetry - minimum 1 minute and less then 2 minutes.
  2. A personal story that you create and perform about WATER * wishes or wonder - 1 minute.
  3. Do you play an instrument?  If so, please BRING with you and be prepared to play something
  4. (Optional) Sing a song of your choice a cappella (without accompaniment) - 1 minute.

Do remember a moment when WATER affected you in some meaningful way? A waterfall, frozen icee, slide, shower, rain, slip and slide, ocean surfing, drowning in a pool...include sensory details (smells, sounds, sights, textures. etc)

Or do you remember a wish you had - and why did you wish it? Was there a wish you got and it turned out "well","wrong" or "weird"

Do you remember the time you actually were in a state of WONDER with an event, a person, an experience? What are the sensory details - why does it stick with you?

NOTE:  If you are cast in Bulrusher, you will NOT be able to be considered for the casts of Man Equals Man (Fall) or You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Spring) due to scheduling conflicts.

Preliminary: TH, Feb. 23 from 6 – 9p, Ives 119


Callbacks: FRI, Feb. 24 from 12 - 1:30p and 2 - 3:30p, Ives 119


First Rehearsal

Rehearsal Call Times
Sundays 4-7p
Mondays 6-10p
Tuesdays 6-10p
Thursdays 6-10p
Fridays 10a-2p

Technical Rehearsals
F Oct 13 10:30a-10:30p
S Oct 14, 10:30a-10:30p

Dress Rehearsals
M Oct 16, from 6-11p
T Oct 17 from 6-11p
W Oct 18, from 6-11p

Week One: TH Oct 19, 7:30p (OPENING); F Oct 20, 7:30p; S Oct 21, 7:30p; Su Oct 16, 2p (MATINEE) + Post Show Discussion;
Week Two: W Oct.25, 10am (K12 FREE), TH Oct 26, 7:30p (Fac/Staff night + Pre-show Talk 6:30p); F Oct 27, 7:30p; S Oct 28, 7:30p; Su Oct 29, 2p (MATINEE & CLOSE)

Special Notes
Those who are cast in this production must be available for all rehearsal hours. No night classes. You must be available for all tech rehearsals and performances.

Available Roles
BULRUSHER   Found in a basket of reeds as a child, raised by a male schoolteacher. Has clairvoyant powers if she touches water that others have touched, fiercely independent, coming of age in a big way. African American, Native
SCHOOLCH    Bulrusher’s adoptive father, very silent. White
LOGGER   The man who found Bulrusher in the basket of reeds; may hold a secret to her past. African American
BOY    Mooning, bratty teenager who pines for Bulrusher and won’t take no for an answer, even though she seems way too mature for him. White.
VERA    Logger’s niece, recently arrived from Alabama, fleeing violence and segregation, develops a passionate friendship with Bulrusher. African American
MADAME      Runs the local brothel, a fierce disciplinarian


Fall Dance Concert 2016

Original SSU Student Choreography
Directed by Christine Cali
November 3-6, 2016
Evert B. Person Theatre

Fearless, new and cutting edge, SSU’s talented dance artists perform “Heart” and “Soul,” two explosive shows guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Full of raw energy, movement and emotion, the Fall Dance Concert includes a broad range of dance genres - including hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and ballet pieces.

W Aug 24, 7p, PE1, Preliminary Meeting - for more info (optional)
M Aug 29, 7-10p, PE1, Dance Auditions - OPEN audition for anyone with dance experience

Come in your dance attire and be ready to move
Callbacks - None

Dancers must be available for all rehearsals and performances.

TBA (depending on casting)

F Oct 28, from Noon-9p
S Oct 29, from 10:30a-10:30p

Su Oct 30, from 10:30a-3:30p
T Nov 1, from 6-11p
W Nov 2, from 6-11p

One Week Only:  TH Nov 3, 7:30p (OPENING) (Fac/Staff Night + Post Show Discussion), F Nov 4, 7:30p (Fac/Staff Night. + Post Show Discussion); S Nov 5, 2p (MATINEE) & 6:30p; Su Nov 6, 2p  (MATINEE)  & 6:30p (CLOSE)


The Bluebird

By Maurice Maeterlinck, Adapted by Alison Farina
Directed by Judy Navas
December 1-10, 2016
Evert B. Person Theatre

The Bluebird, a play for children by Maurice Maeterlinck, was published as L’Oiseau bleu in1908. In Alison Farina’s adaptation, The Bluebird is a beautiful and enchanting fairy-tale that tells the story of one child’s Christmas search for The Bluebird of Happiness. Through a journey that spans the Lands of Memory, the Palaces of Night and Luxury, and the Kingdom of the Future, we find excitement, adventure, new friends, old enemies and perhaps the answer to the greatest question of all: what is the secret of true happiness?

Please prepare and memorize two monologues.

1.  Dramatic piece
2.  A modern or contemporary humorous piece

NOTE:  If you are cast in Bluebird, you will NOT be able to be considered for the casts of Waiting for the Parade (Fall) or The Magic Flute (Fall), due to scheduling conflicts.  


Thursday, August 25, 6-10:30p, Person Theatre           
Friday, August 26, 6-10:30p, Person Theatre                 
Saturday, August 27, 10a-7p, Ives 101,76 & 80

The Bluebird

First Rehearsal

Rehearsal Call Times
Monday through Thursdays from 7p-10p, and Friday from 3-7p. Weekly schedule will be posted each Saturday for the following week.

Technical Rehearsals
S Nov 19 10:30a-10:30p; M Nov 21, T Nov 22 6p-11p

Dress Rehearsals
M Nov 28, T Nov 29, and W Nov 30, 6-11p

Week One: TH Dec 1, 10a (K-12 MATINEE & OPENING); F Dec 2, 7:30p; Sa Dec 3, 7:30p; Su Dec 4, 2p (MATINEE + Post Show Discussion
Week Two: W Dec 7, 10a (K-12 MATINEE); TH Dec 8, 7:30p (Fac/Staff night +Pre-show talk 6:30p); F Dec 9, 7:30p; Sa Dec 10, 7:30p (CLOSE) 

Note:  Actors of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds are welcome.

Available Roles
TYLTYL, a boy, our hero
BERYLUNE, the fairy princess searching for the Bluebird of Happiness
TYLO, Tyltyl’s faithful dog
FUTURE CHILD (Mytyl, Tyltyl’s sister)


The Magic Flute

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Direction by Lynne Morrow / Stage Direction Amanda McTigue

Coproduced by the Departments of Music and Theatre Arts & Dance
Feb 23 - Mar 5, 2017
Evert B. Person Theatre


A mythical land between the sun and the moon. Three ladies in the service of the Queen of the Night save Prince Tamino from a serpent. When they leave to tell the queen, the birdcatcher Papageno appears (“I’m Papageno”). He boasts to Tamino that it was he who killed the creature. The ladies return to give Tamino a portrait of the queen’s daughter, Pamina, who they say has been enslaved by the evil Sarastro. Tamino immediately falls in love with the girl’s picture (“This portrait’s beauty”). The queen, appearing in a burst of thunder, tells Tamino about the loss of her daughter and commands him to rescue her (“My fate is grief”). The ladies give a magic flute to Tamino and silver bells to Papageno to ensure their safety on the journey and appoint three spirits to guide them (Quintet: “Hm! hm! hm! hm!”).

Sarastro’s slave Monostatos pursues Pamina but is frightened away by Papageno. The birdcatcher tells Pamina that Tamino loves her and is on his way to save her. Led by the three spirits to the temple of Sarastro, Tamino learns from a high priest that it is the Queen, not Sarastro, who is evil. Hearing that Pamina is safe, Tamino charms the wild animals with his flute, then rushes off to follow the sound of Papageno’s pipes. Monostatos and his men chase Papageno and Pamina but are left helpless when Papageno plays his magic bells. Sarastro enters in great ceremony. He punishes Monostatos and promises Pamina that he will eventually set her free. Pamina catches a glimpse of Tamino, who is led into the temple with Papageno.

Sarastro tells the priests that Tamino will undergo initiation rites (“O Isis and Osiris”). Monostatos tries to kiss the sleeping Pamina (“Men were born to be great lovers”) but is surprised by the appearance of the Queen of the Night. The Queen gives her daughter a dagger and orders her to murder Sarastro (“Here in my heart, Hell’s bitterness”).
Sarastro finds the desperate Pamina and consoles her, explaining that he is not interested in vengeance (“Within our sacred temple”). Tamino and Papageno are told by a priest that they must remain silent and are not allowed to eat, a vow that Papageno immediately breaks when he takes a glass of water from a flirtatious old lady. When he asks her name, the old lady vanishes. The three spirits appear to guide Tamino through the rest of his journey and to tell Papageno to be quiet. Tamino remains silent even when Pamina appears. Misunderstanding his vow for coldness, she is heartbroken (“Now my heart is filled with sadness”).

The priests inform Tamino that he has only two more trials to complete his initiation. Papageno, who has given up on entering the brotherhood, longs for a wife instead (“A cuddly wife or sweetheart”). He eventually settles for the old lady. When he promises to be faithful she turns into a beautiful young Papagena but immediately disappears.
Pamina and Tamino are reunited and face the ordeals of water and fire together, protected by the magic flute.
Papageno tries to hang himself on a tree but is saved by the three spirits, who remind him that if he uses his magic bells he will find true happiness. When he plays the bells, Papagena appears and the two start making family plans (Duet: “Pa-pa-pa-pageno!”). The Queen of the Night, her three ladies, and Monostatos attack the temple but are defeated and banished. Sarastro blesses Pamina and Tamino as all join in hailing the triumph of courage, virtue, and wisdom. -

The opera, “The Magic Flute,” opened on September 30th, 1791. Its composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, conducted the orchestra that night. Onstage, singing the role of Papageno, was his librettist and partner in theater, Emanuel Schikaneder. These two innovators created "The Magic Flute" not for the aristocrats of the court, but for audiences that included "ordinary" people. It proved to be a blockbuster, performed one hundred times over the course of its first run alone. Tragically, Mozart did not live to see the end of that run. Only thirty-five years old, he died of unknown causes. "The Magic Flute" was the last opera he composed. Its on-going popularity with both opera- and theater-goers is as magical as the flute it celebrates, beloved for its blend of fantastical storytelling, appealing characters, scope (think Shakespeare), emotional range (from silly to wrenching) and, always, the exquisite beauty of its music.

Prepare and memorize:

1. One monologue, not to exceed 90 seconds
2. Two contrasting songs (at least one in English) not to exceed 3 minutes combined
3. Together, the monologue and song(s) should not be more than 5 min

Be sure to bring legible sheet music for the pianist/accompanist in a 3-ring binder that makes it easy for the pianist to turn pages

If you have not prepared either a monologue or songs, please come anyway. We’d love to see you! We can work out a way to get a feel for your interests, experience and skills.


Thursday, August 25, 6-10:30p, Person Theatre
Friday, August 26, 6-10:30p, Person Theatre

Saturday, August 27, 10a-7p, Ives 101,76 & 80


Participation in the “The Magic Flute” will be credited as a class. Students cast in The Magic Flute register for THAR 330 in the fall and spring semester, while Music majors and minors should register for MUSIC 340. Rehearsal times fall as indicated below on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and on one Saturday per month. For this production, only those rehearsing will be called, but the cast must be available for all the times listed below.

First Rehearsal
T August 30, 7-10p

Rehearsal Call Times: FALL 2016, GMC 1027 & 1028
Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-10p plus the following Saturdays:
S Sept 24 from 10a-5p
S Oct 29, from 10a-5p
S Nov 12, from 10a-5p
S Dec 3 from 10a-5p

Rehearsals resume
T Jan 24 (2017) from 7p-10p

Rehearsal Call Times: SPRING 2017 in Person Theatre
Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7-10pm plus the following Saturdays:
S Jan 28 from 10a-5p
S Feb 4 from 10a- 5p

Technical Rehearsals
TH Feb 16 from 7p-10p (Sitzprobe with Orchestra)
S Feb 18 from 10:30a -10:30p
Su Feb 19 from 10:30a -10:30p

Dress Rehearsals
M-T-W Feb 20-22, from 6:30p -11p

Week One: TH Feb 23, 7:30p (OPENING); F Feb 24, 7:30p; S Feb 25, 7:30p; Su Feb 26, 5p (Post-Show Discussion)
Week Two: W Mar 1, 10a (K-12 MATINEE, Piano Only); TH Mar 2, 7:30p (Fac/Staff night); F Mar 3, 7:30p; S Mar 4, 7:30p; Su Mar 5, 2p (CLOSING MATINEE)

Available Roles
All roles are open to all ethnicities and cultural heritages. Some roles are open to male/female cross-casting of characters. There are opportunities for non-singing choral and puppetry casting as well.

TAMINO, Prince (tenor)
PAMINA, Daughter of the Queen of the Night (soprano)
PAPAGENO, Bird-catcher (baritone)
SARASTRO, King (very low bass)
HOLY ONES, One or more singing roles, either female (mezzo-soprano) and/or male (baritone)

QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, A distraught mother (very high soprano)
MONOSTATOS, Servant who’s out for himself (tenor or high baritone)
THE DEVIS, Trio of Goddesses (soprano, mezzo-soprano and alto--or counter tenor)

DIE SPIELER, Trio of Spirits (soprano, mezzo-soprano and alto--or counter tenor)
PAPAGENA, Papageno’s true love (soprano)
DIE ZAUBEREI, Chorus of singers, male and female, multiple roles (all ranges)
THE WOLF GANG, Group of actors for multiple, non-singing, non-speaking roles
THE SERPENT and THE ANIMALS, original puppets created and animated onstage by puppeteers (No auditions; inquire about a related class)


Spring Dance Concert

Original Guest & Faculty Choreography
Directed by Christine Cali
April 21-29, 2017
Evert B. Person Theatre

Join SSU’s Dance faculty member Christine Cali and guest artists TBA as they present new works with SSU dancers.

Monday, Nov. 14, from 6-9p in PE1


Come in your dance attire and be ready to move.

Dancers must be available for all rehearsals and performances.

Rehearsal call times
TBA (depending on casting)

Technical Rehearsals
F Apr 14, from Noon-9p
S Apr 15, from 10:30a -10:30p
 Sunday Easter Off

Dress Rehearsals
M Apr 17, from 6-11p
T Apr 18, from 6-11p
W off
TH Apr 20, from 6-11p

Week One: F April 21, 7:30p (OPENING); S Apr 22, 7:30p, Su Apr 23, 2p (Post Show Discussion)

Week Two:  Th Apr 27, 7:30p (Fac/Staff Night); F Apr 28 7:30p; S Apr 29, 7:30p (CLOSE)


Power Lines

POWER LINES: A New Play Festival with Hard Hats
Written by SSU Students
Festival Director - Scott Horstein
May 4-13, 2017
Performance Space TBD

For the first time ever!  After years of the magmatic Mega Hot new play festival of readings, we couldn’t contain the lava any longer, so this year instead of Mega Hot we’re having POWER LINES.  Come see a new generation of plays, written by students, directed by students, designed by students!


  • Playwright must be an enrolled SSU student during 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Plays may be of any length, number of characters, and/or genre; from short 10-minute plays to one-acts.
  • Plays must be previously unproduced (but may have received a staged reading in the Mega Hot festival, for example).
  • We generally encourage writers to work in depth with a small number of characters in order to focus their writing, but are open to large casts as well. 
  • Full-length plays (that is, with multiple acts and a playing time of an hour or more) will be considered but we generally encourage writers to work in shorter forms, again, in order to help focus their work.  
  • SSU students may submit up to two plays for consideration in the festival. 
  • The deadline for submission is F Sept 30, 2016.

If you have any questions about this please contact Festival Director Scott Horstein at (he’s happy to chat about it with you)

Submit your play(s) via e-mail to with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Major
  • Year in school
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address you actually check regularly
  • Any conflicts you anticipate with the show commitments listed below.
  • An attachment(s) with your play(s) in PDF or Word format (no Pages, Google doc, or any other format, please). Script pages in your play must be numbered.
  • Play (script) selections will be announced F Oct 14, 2016


  • Any SSU student may apply to be a director for one of the plays in the festival. 
  • Directors will interview with the Festival Director.  
  • Playwrights may not direct their own play.
  • Interested directors should read as many of the scripts selected for the Festival as possible, as you will be asked to discuss your impressions and any staging ideas you may have for as many of the plays as possible in your interview.
  • Applications accepted between TH, Oct 20 and TH, Nov 3, 2016

To apply, directors should send the following information via e-mail to the Festival Director at

  • Name
  • Major
  • Year in school
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address you actually check regularly
  • Directing experience (list classes taken, also performances you’ve directed and where)
  • Any conflicts you anticipate with the show commitments listed below

Play Submission Deadline    9/30/16
Plays Selected                        10/14/16
Dir. submissions        10/20-11/3/16

Dir. Interviews begin                       11/7/16
Designers/SMs Nuts & Bolts Meet 11/7/16
Directors chosen                            11/16/16

Retreat (all attend, all day)           12/3/16
Workshop #1                                   2/3 & 2/4/17

Rewrites Due                                  2/15/17
Workshop #2                                   3/3 & 4/17
Reh. Draft Due                                3/9/17

Please prepare and memorize two monologues, each less than 2 minutes, no more than 4 minutes total.
1.  Dramatic piece
2.  A modern or contemporary humorous piece
If you have not prepared a monologue, please come anyway. We can work out a way to get a feel for your interests, experience and skills. 

Thursday, January 26 6:30-10:30 pmp; Ives 119

Saturday, January 28, 10a-4p; Ives 119 and TBA

Workshop #1                                   2/3 & 2/4/17 (please hold 10-6 pm both days)
Workshop #2                                   3/3 & 3/4/17 (please hold 10-6 pm both days)

First Rehearsal, Monday, March 27 (2017): Location TBA (depending on casting), 6:30-10:30

Rehearsal Call Times TBD March 27 through April 27, Mon-Thurs 6:30-10:30 PM + TBD

Technical Rehearsals
F April 28 10:30a-10:30p
S April 29 10:30a-10:30p

Dress Rehearsals
M May 1, from 6-11p
T May 2, from 6-11p
W May 3, from 6-11p

Week One: TH May 4, 7:30p (OPENING); F May 5, 7:30p; S May 6, 7:30p;
Week Two: TH May 11, 7:30p ($5 night; Pizza night); F May 12, 7:30p; S May 13, 7:30p (CLOSE)

Special Notes
Those who are cast in this production must be available for all rehearsal hours. No night classes. You must be available for all tech rehearsals and performances.

Multiple plays (exact number to be determined) will be selected and announced by Friday, October 14. If play is accepted, playwright must enroll in THAR 302, Drama Ensemble Workshop, for Spring 2017.  Playwright will also agree to participate fully in script development workshop process to develop the script in Spring 2017 and be present throughout the rehearsal process.



All the characters are high school age save MOM and GRAHAM

LANA – the protagonist, trying to save herself and her loved ones from the menace of the Tar
ASHTON – her boyfriend
VIOLET – her close friend, feels things strongly
CARLA – also Lana’s close friend
MOM – Lana’s Mom
GAVIN – a stoner friend
HENRY – another stoner friend, Gavin’s partner in crime
GRAHAM – mid-20s, their English teacher, searching for purpose
VINCENT – Lana’s brother


LORETTA WACZAK – a housewife at the end of her rope, in extraordinary circumstances
RICHARD MOSS – deputy sheriff of an unnamed town
GOVERNMENT MEN – two unexplained government agents


SAM: An eccentric 19 year old girl who graduated high school 2 years ago and still has no job or
plan. She is enthusiastic, observant, and nobody really understands her.
NAOMI: Also a 19 year old girl. Sam’s best friend from elementary school. She is the complete
opposite of Sam. Naomi is composed, and has direction. She has a job and attends the local
community college. Naomi gets easily annoyed by Sam.
ALEX: An attractive boy around the same age as Sam and Naomi. Alex works at a convenience store.
HOMELESS MAN: A crazy homeless man.
LITTLE BOY: A rude little boy