AUDITIONS

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Theatre Arts & Dance, Musical Theatre & Opera Season

Continuing students, new students and students from across campus in all fields of study are encouraged to audition, as well as faculty and staff. Auditions are open to the general public and we welcome off-campus actors and community members to audition as well. Our main stage productions provide terrific opportunities to perform and collaborate with others, and to earn course credit.  

FALL 2015 Season

Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party by Aaron Loeb – APRIL AUDITIONS
The Hummingbird Wars by Carter Lewis – APRIL AUDITIONS
7th Annual Super Mega Molten Hot Lava New Play Festival – SEPTEMBER SIGN-UPS
Fall Dance Concert / Student Choreography– AUGUST AUDITIONS

SPRING 2016 Season

Into the Woods, book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim– AUGUST AUDITIONS
Hamlet by William Shakespeare -- OCTOBER AUDITIONS
Spring Dance Concert / Guest & Faculty Choreography– DECEMBER AUDITIONS

Directors for The Hummingbird Wars and Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party will conduct general preliminary auditions separately on the afternoon and evenings of April 20 and 22 6:30-8:30 in Person Theater for those not already enrolled in acting classes.  Those currently enrolled in acting classes will audition in those classes on Tuesday, April 28 (120A, 145B, 220B) and Wednesday, April 29 (Acting Block).  If you audition, you must audition for both The Hummingbird Wars and Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party.

Please note:  If you are cast in Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party (Fall) or The Hummingbird Wars (Fall), you will NOT be able to be considered for the cast of Into the Woods (Spring), due to scheduling conflicts.  If you are cast in Into the Woods (Spring), you will NOT be able to be considered for Hamlet (Spring), due to scheduling conflicts

APRIL AUDITIONS
Monday, April 20 6:30-8:30 (for those not already enrolled in an Acting course in Spring 2015)
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30-8:30 (for those not already enrolled in an Acting course in Spring 2015)
Tuesday, April 28, in THAR 120A, 145B, 220B (for those enrolled in an Acting course in Spring 2015)
Wednesday, April 29, in Acting Block (for those enrolled in an Acting course in Spring 2015)   

AUGUST AUDITIONS
Thursday, August 27, 6-10:30p, Person Theatre            Into the Woods * Acting/Singing Auditions
Friday, August 28, 6-10:30p, Person Theatre                  Into the Woods * Acting/Singing Auditions
Saturday, August 29, 10a-7p, Ives 101,76 & 80              Into the Woods * Callbacks
Tuesday, August 25, 7p, PE1                                             Fall Dance * Preliminary Meeting
Monday, August 31, 7-10p, PE1                                         Fall Dance * Dance Auditions         

NOVEMBER
Monday, Nov. 9, 6:30-10:30p, Ives 119                             Hamlet * Acting Auditions
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 6:30-10:30p, Ives 119                         Hamlet * Callbacks

DECEMBER AUDITIONS
T Dec 8 & W Dec 9, 7-10p, PE1                                          Spring Dance Auditions

STEPS to AUDITION

  1. Download Here: Audition Questionnaire - SSU CPA
  2. Please complete the text portion of the questionnaire, print 5 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.

ACTING AUDITION FORMAT

If you would prefer to be cast in Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party:
Please prepare and memorize two monologues.  

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

If you would prefer to be cast in The Hummingbird Wars:
Please prepare and memorize two monologues.  

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

If you are not a THAR major/minor or do not have a monologue prepared and memorized, please show up anyway!  And the director will give you a monologue to read.

COURSE CREDIT/UNITS

All cast members must register for these courses themselves, 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 340, and MUSIC 340) will be provided to all cast members.

All students who are cast in Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party or The Hummingbird Wars should register for THAR 302 for 3 units in the semester in which the show rehearses and performs.

Dance ensemble members for Fall Dance 2015 concert and Hamlet should register for THAR 301 for 3 units in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, respectively.

Since Into the Woods rehearses in the fall of 2015 but performs in the spring of 2016, cast members should register for 3 units in both semesters. Students cast in Into the Woods register for THAR 340 in the fall and spring semester, while Music majors and minors should register for MUSIC 340.


Abraham Lincoln's Big, Gay Dance Party

By Aaron Loeb / Directed by Doyle Ott
October 15-24, 2015
Evert B. Person Theatre

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward disco.”    -Tom Swift

Illinois schoolteacher Harmony Green has told her fourth grade class that Menard County's most beloved homegrown hero, Abraham Lincoln, was gay. When Honest Abe is "outed" in a reimagined Christmas pageant, controversy and chaos engulf the town. As the trial of the century begins, big-city reporters and Congressional candidates descend, and family skeletons are forced out of the closet. Top hats and beards abound in this hilarious, poignant, and timely look at prejudice past and present. "An... ambitious mashup of burlesque anarchy, elaborate narrative intrigue, serious sociopolitical themes, and campy dance interludes... frequently ingenious… hilarious" – Variety   "Abraham Lincoln's Big, Gay Dance Party knocks it out of the park. ...There aren't enough words in this review to describe how much I recommend it." – NYTheatre.com

AUDITION FORMAT
Please prepare and memorize two monologues.  
1.  Dramatic piece
2.  A modern or contemporary humorous piece

NOTE:  Please note: If you are cast in Abraham Lincoln, you will NOT be considered for the casts of Hummingbird Wars or Into the Woods, due to scheduling conflicts.

AUDITION
Monday, April 20 6:30-8:30 (for those not currently enrolled in an Acting course in Spring 2015)
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30-8:30 (for those not currently enrolled in an Acting course in Spring 2015)

4/20 & 4/22 Audition Sign-up

Tuesday, April 28, in THAR 120A, 145B, 220B (for those enrolled in an Acting course in Spring 2015)
Wednesday, April 29, in Acting Block (for those enrolled in an Acting course in Spring 2015)

CALLBACKS
If callbacks are required, scenes from the play will be provided at callbacks.

SHOW COMMITMENTS
Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party

First Rehearsal

T Aug 25, 6:30-10:30p  (READ-THRU, DESIGN PRESENTATIONS)

Rehearsal Call Times

Monday through Thursdays from 6:30-10:30p, and Sundays from 3-7p (TBD).
Weekly schedule will be posted each Saturday for the following week.

Technical Rehearsals

F Oct 1 1:30-10:30p
Sa Oct 2, 10:30a-7:30p
F Oct 9 10:30a-10:30p
Sa Oct 10 10:30a-10:30p

Dress Rehearsals

M Oct 12, T Oct 13, and W Oct 14, 6-11p

Performances

Week One: TH Oct 15, 7:30p (OPENING); F Oct 16, 7:30p; Sa Oct 17, 7:30p; Su Oct 18, 2p (MATINEE) – Post Show Discussion
Week Two:  W Oct 21, 10:00a (K-12 FREE); TH Oct 22, 7:30p (Faculty/Staff night w/ pre-show discussion 6:30-7pm.); F Oct 23, 7:30p; Sa Oct 24, 7:30p (CLOSE & Strike)

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.

Roles Available
Actor 1 : TOM, a White, straight local convervative District Attorney, former Congressman, Jerry’s father.  Same actor also plays WALTER (experienced reporter, a bit of a jerk) and ABE (our 16th President).

Actor 2 : ANTON (any race), identifies as gay, stunningly cool and fabulous, a renowned political columnist from New York.  Also plays JUDGE and ABE (our 16th President).

Actor 3: JERRY (any race), Tom’s gorgeous and sweet young son from the local town, in the closet, with Anton fighting to bring him out.  Also plays SPARKY (very excitable local rookie reporter); THOMAS JEFFERSON (our 3rd President); and ABE (our 16th President).

Actor 4: LLOYD (any race), seasoned political operative from Washington, here to manage Tom’s new campaign for Congress.  Also plays the officious PRINCIPAL of the local school; TIMMY (a tremendously dumb child); and ABE (our 16th President).

Actress 1: ESMERELDA (Afro-Cuban), Anton’s larger than life friend; REGINA (African American), an impressive Republican Senator fighting Tom in the current Congressional election; and ABE (our 16th President).  This role may be split between two actors.

Actress 2: MOM (any race), local, sweet, incredibly manipulative; HARMONY (any race), local schoolteacher who keeps her extremely progressive politics and lifestyle secret in this conservative community; and ABE (our 16th President).

Actress 3: TINA (any race), Regina’s legislative aide, an up-and-coming political operative.  Also plays VIOLET (creepily articulate little girl); GEORGE WASHINGTON (our 1st President); and ABE (our 16th President).

The Hummingbird Wars

By Carter Lewis / Directed by Judy Navas
November 5-15, 2015
Ives Hall, Studio 76

“We have seen the enemy, and he is the cable company!”

Hot from the stages of Miami’s Arts Garage, Carter Lewis’s new play captures the outrageous and harrowing extremes of life in the suburbs.  War hero Dad’s home from Afghanistan, suffering from PTSD, and checking the house for strategic vulnerabilities; lawyer Mom’s out trying to save the neighborhood from redevelopment even if it means she loses her job.  The daughter’s trying to survive cyber-bullying from a nasty ex-boyfriend while her current girlfriend is trying to survive her current psychiatric medication; the son keeps mysteriously finding guns and taking them to school.  Can shipping boxes from the cable company save them?  “A withering satire on 21st century malaise that feels ripped from tomorrow’s headlines.” – bocamag.com

AUDITION FORMAT
Please prepare and memorize two monologues.  
1.  Dramatic piece
2.  A modern or contemporary humorous piece

NOTE:  If you are cast in Hummingbird Wars, you will NOT be able to be considered for the casts of Abraham Lincoln (Fall) or Into the Woods (Fall), due to scheduling conflicts.  

AUDITION
Monday, April 20 6:30-8:30 (for those not currently enrolled in an Acting course in Spring 2015)
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30-8:30 (for those not currently enrolled in an Acting course in Spring 2015)

4/20 & 4/22 Audition Sign-up

Tuesday, April 28, in THAR 120A, 145B, 220B (for those enrolled in an Acting course in Spring 2015)
Wednesday, April 29, in Acting Block (for those enrolled in an Acting course in Spring 2015)

CALLBACKS
If callbacks are required, scenes from the play will be provided at callbacks.

SHOW COMMITMENTS
The Hummingbird Wars

First Rehearsal

M Aug 31, 6:30-10:30p  (READ-THRU, DESIGN PRESENTATIONS)

Rehearsal Call Times

Monday through Thursdays from 6:30-10:30p, and Friday from 3-7p.
Weekly schedule will be posted each Saturday for the following week.

Technical Rehearsals
F Oct 30 and Sa Oct 31, 10:30a-10:30p
OR
F Oct 30 and Su Nov 1, 10:30a-10:30p

Dress Rehearsals

M Nov 2, T Nov 3, and W Nov 4, 6-10:30p

Performances

Week One: TH Nov 5, 7:30p (OPENING); F Nov 6, 7:30p; Sa Nov 7, 7:30p; Su Nov 8, 2p (MATINEE) – Post Show Discussion
Week Two:   TH Nov 12, 7:30p  (Faculty/Staff night w/ pre-show discussion 6:30-7pm.); F Nov 13, 7:30p; Sa Nov 14, 7:30p, Su Nov 15, 2p (MATINEE) (CLOSE & Strike). 

Note:  Actors of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds are welcome.
Available Roles
Warren           Dad, 40, homebody war hero
Mel                  Mom, 40, unrelenting law professor
Pete                Son, 15, too smart, keeps bringing home guns from school
Kate                Daughter 18, a poet who is pretty like Mom
Tracey            Kate’s girlfriend, 18, adorable, endearing, likeable

 

7th Annual Super Mega Molten Hot Lava New Play Festival

Written by Sonoma State University Students
Curated by Scott Horstein
November 19-21, 2015
Studio 76, Ives Hall

Come get in on the ground floor with the playwrights of tomorrow, with script-in-hand readings of new short plays and longer works from the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance Playwriting Program.  Last year's Mega Hot featured unsettling ghost stories, long walks on the beach, anti-vampire garlic machines, incompetent bank robbers, and sharks wielding guns.  Who knows what this year's festival will bring?

AUDITIONS
No audition required. Participation is by sign-up later in the semester. Please look for the sign-up notice on the department callboard in mid/late October.

SHOW COMMITMENTS @ Studio 76, Ives Hall
Super Mega Molten HOT Lava New Play Festival

First Rehearsal
W Nov 5, 6-11p 

Rehearsal Call Times
At least one of the following rehearsals, possibly more if you are cast in multiple readings:  M Nov 16; T Nov 17 and/or W Nov 18 from 6-11p.

Performances
TH Nov 19, 7:30p (OPENING); F Nov 20, 7:30p; S Nov 21, 6:30p & 9:00p (CLOSE + Strike)

Available Roles
TBA

 

Fall Dance Concert 2015

Original Student Choreography
Directed by Nichele Van Portfleet
December 3-6, 2015
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.

AUDITIONS

T Aug 25, 7p, PE1, Preliminary Meeting - for more info (optional)
M Aug 31, 7-10p, PE1, Dance Auditions
OPEN audition for anyone with dance experience

SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS HERE

AUDITION FORMAT

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

SHOW COMMITMENTS

Dancers must be available for all rehearsals and performances.

REHEARSAL CALL TIMES

TBA (depending on casting)

TECHNICAL REHEARSALS

S Nov 21 and Su Nov 22; 10:30a-10:30p

DRESS REHEARSALS

M Nov 23
M Nov 30, T Dec 1 and W Dec 2, 6-11p

PERFORMANCES

Week One Only:  TH Dec 3, 7:30p (OPENING) (Faculty/Staff Night. Post Show Discussion), F Dec 4, 7:30p (Faculty/Staff Night. Post Show Discussion); S Dec 5, 2:00p (MATINEE) & 6:30p; Su Dec 6, 2:00p  (MATINEE)  & 6:30p (CLOSE)

Available roles – As Cast

 

Into the Woods

Coproduced by the Departments of Music and Theatre Arts & Dance
Music Direction by Lynne Morrow / Adaptation & Stage Direction Marty Pistone
February 4-14, 2016
Evert B. Person Theatre

The original!  An ambivalent Cinderella? A lascivious Wolf? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch ... who raps? They're all among the wishful characters in Stephen Sondheim's fractured fairy tale. When a Baker and his Wife learn that they've been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark upon a quest for the special objects required to break the spell. They swindle, lie and steal in order to have the child they wish for.  

Everyone's wish is granted at the end of Act One but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them in Act Two, with disastrous results.  A Lady Giant steps down from the heavens and crushes some beloved characters. A few lives are damaged before the survivors realize that they must work together in order to succeed. What begins as a lively retelling of familiar stories, becomes a moving lesson about what we teach our children.​

AUDITION FORMAT
Please prepare and memorize one monologue, two songs and a movement composition.
1.    Comic monologue = 90 seconds
2.    Please prepare two songs (at least 1 song in English); contrasting styles/other language that  do not exceed 3 minutes combined
3.    NOTE: Together, the monologue(s) and song(s) should not be more than 5 min!
4.    Be sure to bring legible SHEET MUSIC for pianist/accompanist!
5. Choreograph a one minute movement sequence with a beginning, middle and end. Choose either Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel or Cinderella as source material. Focus on given circumstances: who you are, where you are, what's around you, objective, motivation, obstacle. Please try to vary movement qualities and to synthesize abstract and literal movement. Please feel free to use music-no lyrics please.
6.    If you have not prepared any songs for the Into the Woods audition, PLEASE COME ANYWAY - We’d love to see you!

AUDITIONS
THURSDAY, August 27, 6p-10:30p, Person Theater
FRIDAY, August 28, 6p-10:30p, Person Theatre
SATURDAY, August 29, Callbacks, 10a-4p, Ives 80

AUDITION SIGN UP FORM

SHOW COMMITMENTS

First Rehearsal

T Sept 1, 7-10p

Rehearsal Call Times

Fall Semester:  Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-10p and one Saturday per month (dates and times TBA). 
Spring Semester:  T Jan 26 thru TH Jan 28, all weekday evenings from 7-10p; 

Technical Rehearsals

Technical rehearsal weekend S Jan 30 and Su Jan 31 from 10:30a-10:30p

Dress Rehearsals

Monday through Wednesday, Feb 1-3, from 6:30-11p

Performances

Week One:  TH Feb 4, 7:30p (OPENING); F Feb 5, 7:30p; S Feb 6, 7:30p; Su Feb 7, 5:00p (Post-Show Discussion) 
Week Two:  W Feb 10, 10a (K-12 FREE, Piano Only); TH Feb 11 (Fac/Staff night), 7:30p; F Feb 12, 7:30p; S Feb 13, 7:30p; Su Feb 14, 2p (CLOSING MATINEE + Strike)

Available Roles
Note:  All roles are open to all ethnicities and cultural heritages. Some roles are open to male/female cross-casting of characters.
NARRATOR
CINDERELLA
JACK
JACK’S MOTHER
BAKER’S WIFE
CINDERELLA’S STEPMOTHER
FLORINDA
LUCINDA
CINDERELLA’S FATHER
LITTLE RED RIDINGHOOD
WITCH
CINDERELLA’S MOTHER
MYSTERIOUS MAN
WOLF
RAPUNZEL
RAPUNZEL’S PRINCE
CINDERELLA’S PRINCE
STEWARD
GIANT
SNOW WHITE
SLEEPING BEAUTIY

 

Hamlet

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Draper
May 3- May 8, 2016
Evert B. Person Theatre

F*CK the POWER.  The world is upside down:  rebellion, revenge, kingdoms rising and falling, ghosts rising from the dead, and children and parents slipping from each other’s grasps.  When young Prince Hamlet’s father the king dies, his mother marries his uncle, his father’s murderer.  Urged on the ghost of his dead father, Hamlet stalks his uncle, seeking revenge, ready to overthrow the reality of the old and install a brand new reality of the young.

ACTING AUDITION FORMAT

TBD

SHOW COMMITMENTS
Hamlet

Rehearsal call times

MW,   4–8pm
TTh 9:30 -11:50am (in block; tentative); 6:30-10:30pm
F 1-5pm

Technical Rehearsals

F Apr 22 and Sa Apr 23, 10:30a-10:30p

Dress Rehearsals

M Apr 25 through W Apr 27, 6-11p

Performances

Week One:  T  May 3, 10a (K-12 Free); W  May 4, 7:30p; TH May 5, 7:30p (Faculty/Staff Night + Pre-Show Talk 6p); 
F May 6, 7:30p; S May 7, 7:30p, Su May8, 2p (Mother’s Day)  (CLOSE & Strike)

Special Notes
Those who are cast in this production must be available for all rehearsal hours. No night classes, Friday afternoon classes or work schedules can be accommodated. You must be available for all tech rehearsals and performances.

Available Roles
Note:  All roles are open to all genders and all ethnicities and cultural heritages.
HAMLET - The Prince of Denmark
CLAUDIUS - The King of Denmark, Hamlet’s uncle.
GERTRUDE - The Queen of Denmark, Hamlet’s mother, recently married to Claudius.
POLONIUS - The Lord Chamberlain of Claudius’s court and Claudius’s right-hand man, father to Laertes and Ophelia.
HORATIO - Hamlet’s close friend, who studied with the prince at the university in Wittenberg.
OPHELIA - Polonius’s daughter, a beautiful young woman with whom Hamlet has been in love.
LAERTES - Polonius’s son and Ophelia’s brother, passionate and quick to action.
FORTINBRAS - The young Prince of Norway, whose father the king was killed by Hamlet’s father. Now Fortinbras wishes to attack Denmark to avenge his father’s honor.
THE GHOST - The specter of Hamlet’s recently deceased father, murdered by Claudius.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern - Two former friends of Hamlet from university, thrust into the middle of court intrigue by Claudius and Gertrude.
OSRIC - A foolish courtier.
VOLTIMAND AND CORNELIUS - Courtiers whom Claudius sends to Norway to persuade the king to prevent Fortinbras from attacking.
MARCELLUS AND BERNARDO - The officers who first see the Ghost walking the ramparts of Elsinore and who summon Horatio to witness it.
FRANCISCO - A soldier and guardsman at Elsinore.
REYNALDO - Polonius’s servant, who is sent by Polonius to check up on and spy on Laertes.

 

Spring Dance

Original Guest & Faculty Choreography
Directed by Kristen Daley & Christine Cali
April 1-7, 2016
Evert B. Person Theatre

Electric and inspiring, join SSU’s Dance faculty members Kristen Daley and Christine Cali as they present new works along with Eric Handman (University of Utah) and other guest artists. This dance spectacular also features amazing choreography from a visiting Korean dance troupe, made possible by a grant from the GMC Academic Integration Fund.

AUDITIONS

T Dec 8 & W Dec 9, 7-10p, PE1, Dance Auditions

AUDITION FORMAT

Come in your dance attire and be ready to move

SHOW COMMITMENTS

Dancers must be available for all rehearsals and performances.

Rehearsal call times

TBA (depending on casting)

Technical Rehearsals

S Mar 12 and Su Mar 13; 10:30a-7:30p

Dress Rehearsals

M Mar 21
M Mar 28, T Mar 29 and W Mar30, 6-11p

Performances

Week One: F April 1, 7:30PM ( Faculty/Staff Night); S Apr 2, 7:30p, Sun Apr 3, 2:00p (Post Show Discussion)
Week Two:  W Apr 6, 7:30p , Th Apr 7, 7:30p