CASTING FOR FALL 2021 PRODUCTIONS

Dear Actors, 
We will be holding digital auditions for the Fall 2021 MSU Department of Theatre productions. Alisa Hauser (she/her/hers) will be facilitating the auditions, so please reach out to her directly with any questions. hausera5@msu.edu

  1. Fill out this Google Form.
  2. Check out this Google Drive with all the audition information. Please know that this folder is live and new/updated information will be added as we go. **Notices for roles containing stage intimacy will be updated soon.
  3. Record/upload your audition between June 14 – June 20, 2021 using the Flipgrid links below. Flipgrids will not be active until June 14 and will only be open until June 20.
    General Group Link
    ĭmáGen Particle
    Wendy and the Neckbeards, Storefront Penelopiad, A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage © 1959
  4. Read the rest of the information below and let Alisa know if you have questions.

ĭmáGen Particle
by Selda Sahin and Derek Gregor
Pasant Theatre
Director: TBD
Casting: Brad Willcuts & Dave Wendelberger
Performances: September 25 – 26, 2021

Particle, a new musical written in 2020 by Selda Sahin and Derek Gregor, follows Cora–a 16 year-old who gets recruited onto a professional eSports team. Having always been her older brother’s ‘sidekik’–and as the youngest member of the team, she feels in over her head. When her brother gets sick she wants to quit and go home but he convinces her to stay–and make her way to the championship.

Audition Requirements: 
Please sing 32 bars of a contemporary/pop/rock musical piece in the style of Particle, that equally showcases your vocals and acting. Please use a backing track with your audition.

Callbacks:
Callbacks will be announced in the days following the end of the audition window. All potential songs to be used for callbacks will be pulled from materials in this audition folder. Please read the script and listen to demos to become as familiar as possible with the material.

Storefront Theatre: Penelopiad 
by Margaret Atwood
Director: Abbie Cathcart
Performances: October 5 – 9, 2021

The Penelopiad is a feminist retelling of the story of The Odyssey from the perspective of Penelope, Odysseus’ wife. In the beginning of the play, Penelope has passed away and narrates to us from the underworld. In Hades, she can see everything from her life, including the brutal murder of her 12 beloved maids, the suitors who vied for her hand in her husband’s absence, and her cousin Helen’s instigation of the Trojan War. She is haunted by the blood on her hands and implores the audience not to follow in her footsteps. 

Audition Requirements: 
Auditions for this show will use the same monologue materials as Neckbeards and Contemporary Guide. In addition to your monologue, please prepare a song to sing a capella or accompanied by an instrument if you can play one.  

Callbacks:
No Callbacks

A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage © 1959
by Robert Bastrom 
Pasant Theatre
Director: Rob Roznowski
Performances: October 15 – 24, 2021

This show is a satirical comedy about a very patriarchal, very homogenized, very antiquated, very narrow view of what marriage meant in the 1950s. It takes the “expectations” of the time and subverts them. While the play presents a very narrow view of white straight society as part of its satire, the play will be cast with 2021 standards and inclusivity at its core. 

Audition Requirements:
One-minute monologue

Callbacks:
No Callbacks

Wendy and the Neckbeards 
by Kari Bentley-Quinn  
Arena  Theatre
Director: Claire Wilcher
Performances: November 12 – 21, 2021

Wendy and the Neckbeards is a rough and ready, modern dark comedy absolutely gutted by toxic masculinity. It follows the interconnected stories of a body-positive wannabe influencer named Wendy, her internet trolls, and the real people behind the awful comments we all read on Instagram. The Neckbeards are a Greek chorus of bros. This play is current, transparent, and necessary. 

Audition Requirements: 
One-minute monologue. Please note in some roles (Shih and the Neckbeards for example), the gender is specific for the ROLE ONLY (meaning you don’t have to be a cis male to play one).

Callbacks:
As needed

CALLBACKS

Callback list will be sent to you on June 23 and the Flipgrid for Callbacks will be open June 23 – June 25. There will be callbacks as needed for Particle and Wendy and the Neckbeards. There are no callbacks for Penelopiad or A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage © 1959.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Rehearsal schedules are formalized for the year. Please know that rehearsals might adjust within this schedule, but you will rehearse:

Mondays: 6:15-10pm 
Tuesdays: 6:15-10pm
Wednesdays: 6:15-10pm 
Thursdays: 6:15-10pm
Fridays: 6:15-10pm 
Saturdays: NO REHEARSAL (Until Tech and Performances)
Sundays: NO REHEARSAL (Until Tech and Performances)

Please note that future department opportunities will be available soon. 
Second Stage opportunities will be announced soon. 

CONFLICTS

All conflicts MUST be listed on your Audition Form.
No conflicts will be accepted after casting. Please double check your calendar.

QUESTIONS?

All of this information and more is located in Google Drive. Just Click the Google Drive button below! Remember that the Google folder is live and will continue to be updated with new as we progress.

If you have questions at any time, please contact Alisa Hauser (she/her/hers) hausera5@msu.edu