Audition Information for Spring 2020!
Please fill out the following form (https://forms.gle/AXkFC5jFAUpmnj1v7). You need to fill out this form before you audition for any of the department productions. In addition, you will need to bring 3 Headshots with your resume stapled to the back of each one. Please sign up for the sign up genius links.
There will be a check-in/information table where you can ask questions and receive updates. Room 10 will also serve as a quiet room. Please plan on showing up at least 5mins before you first audition slot so that you have time to check-in.
(All of this information and more is located in Google Drive – Please know that this folder is live and new/updated information will be added as we go. If you have questions please feel free to email me: Scalesla@msu.edu )
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Audition Schedules (11/18 – 11/20)
Into the Woods -Soda Pop Shop Sitting In (Rm 12)
Quiet Space (Room 10)
Marian Callbacks (Room 12)
Quiet Space (Room 10)
Into the Woods Callbacks (Room 12)
Bonnets Callbacks (Studio)
Quiet Space (Room 10)
February 14-23, 2020
In this Tony Award-winning musical, James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece…and a rare modern classic.
Synopsis: The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.
Please prepare up to 60 seconds of a song by Stephen Sondheim (any show except for Into the Woods).
Bring your sheet music, double-sided, 3-hole punched in a binder. An accompanist will be provided.
Bring 1 photo and resume, stapled together
Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled audition to fill out forms.
March 13-22, 2020
SYNOPSIS: Sort of England 1800s-is, sort of France 1600s-ish, and sort of Salem late-1600s-ish. Valerie helps Claire take a lover. Webster pines for Georgette and is much abused by Mrs. Wolcott. Prudence has accused her lover’s wife of witchcraft. Claire kills Valerie. Webster kills Mrs. Wolcott. Prudence kills Daniel. They all sort of deserve it. Time and space collapse. God guides us through it all.
BONNETS Character Breakdown by playwright w/director additions (11 female-identifying, genderqueer, and/or non-binary actors)
SOME ADDITIONAL NOTES ON CASTING by playwright
The Bonnets: The actors above will all play the Bonnets. The Bonnets exist as an out-of-time prototype, a sort of historical first-hit. They do not have to be a literal manifestation of the main character each actor will play.
On Race: Actors can be any race or ethnicity. The only casting configuration that is not acceptable is one where, in the case of a predominantly white cast, all three murder victims are played by actors of color… or the reverse.
On Gender: This play welcomes female-identifying, genderqueer, and non-binary actors in all roles. The roles of Laurent and Daniel should not be cast with cisgender male actors.
(This would change this play’s conversation about violence in ways that are unintended.)
BONNETS Audition Requirements
A one-minute monologue that features your emotional agility, and the ability to make bold believable choices.
No accents; we won’t use them.
Photo stapled to resume
Completed Audition form; all conflicts listed
April 10-19, 2020
A gender-bending, patriarchy smashing, a hilarious new take on the classic tale. Robin Hood is (and has always been) Maid Marian in disguise, and leads a motley group of Merry Men (few of whom are actually men) against the greedy Prince John. A comedy both black and blue, this is an athletic tale about love and authenticity found and lost in the forest of Sherwood and the ramparts of Nottingham Castle.
STYLE: Marian utilizes slightly-heightened text peppered with modern slang; think Mel Brooks/Monty Python mixed with the fully-embodied earnestness of Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood and/or other films from the golden age of Hollywood.
Please have an approximately one-minute darkly-comedic or serio-comedic monologue, prepared with the style above in mind. Whether contemporary or classical, make big but authentic physical choices.
Note: While the show will include dialects, please do not use a British accent unless you are extremely confident in using it. We will have coaching for the cast and I am confident anyone can get where they need to be by next April.
Bring 1 photo and resume, stapled together, including any movement experience (movement methodologies, acrobatic skills, stage combat, etc) in the “Training” or “Special Skills” section.
Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled audition to fill out forms.
Suggestions for material for auditions (but feel free to stray from this list):
Moliere, Wilde, Tom Stoppard, Noel Coward, Paula Vogel, Sarah Ruhl, Charles Busch, Charles Ludlam, other plays by Adam Szymkowicz and playwrights similar to him (Mac Rogers, Liz Duffy Adams, Bekah Brunstetter, Nat Cassidy, Qui Ngyuen, August Schulenburg).
By Adam Szymkowicz
SODA POP SHOP, a 40 minute new musical for neurodiverse audiences will be casting 5 roles for a tour this SS20. Rehearsals will be from 10 AM-12 PM on Fridays prior to spring break, beginning January 31, and you must also be available from 7:30 AM -12:00 PM for the following tour dates: March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, & 24. SODA POP SHOP auditions will be combined with auditions for INTO THE WOODS on November 18th. Please note that there will not be callbacks for SODA POP SHOP. If you wish to audition for SODA POP SHOP, please sign up for an audition slot from 5-7 PM on the 18th. If you are unable to do so, please contact Dionne O’Dell at email@example.com and she will make other arrangements for you.
SODA POP SHOP is a 40-minute musical that was developed specifically for students who are neurodiverse. It will tour to special education classrooms in the greater Lansing area SS20. Casting priority will be given to singers and people who can move well, and performers who have some experience with neurodiverse populations.
POND, a faculty initiative led by Dionne O’Dell, will be auditioning actors at the same time as INTO THE WOODS and SODA POP SHOP. Please fill out a POND information sheet prior to entering auditions if you would like to be considered for the project. POND is a multi-sensory production that works in collaboration with the University of Michigan School of Architecture. POND will have a rehearsal/workshop May 9- 24, 2020, and will go to the Omaha Common Senses Festival August 24-31, 2020. If you are being considered for POND, Dionne will reach out to you to discuss further details and schedule. We primarily need musicians, singers, and actors comfortable with working with neurodiverse audiences. https://arts.umich.edu/news-features/sensory-theater/
Dir: Rob Roznowski
This show will be performed by one actor several times throughout spring at MSU 2/16/20, Williamston Theatre 2/17/20 and at various venues throughout MI in February and March 2020 (not over spring break) as a way to start a conversation within the community for the Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. The show will also be performed at Summer Circle Theatre on 6/12 and 13 as a late-night special program. Those who wish to be considered for this show should read the script before auditions and have a belief in theatre as a tool for social justice.
In The Gun Show, award-winning playwright E. M. Lewis tells the story of America’s relationship with guns through the prism of her own personal experiences. From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York, an actor shares Ms. Lewis’s unique perspective and true stories about America’s most dangerous pastime as if they were his or her own, with brutal honesty and poignant humor. Leaning neither right nor left, The Gun Show jumps into the middle of the gun control debate and asks, “Can we have a conversation about this?” Students are not required to audition or be part of this production.
By E.M. Lewis
Dir: Rob Roznowski
Upper-level actors will be considered for a project that will be created based on the cast and their individual needs. Everything else is unknown other than acting will be the main focus on this project that will challenge actors related to individual goals and subject matter. Who knows what we’ll do, but all I know is that it will be fun and challenging. Rehearsals in March 2020, Performances in April 2020. Students are not required to audition or be part of this production
We will have 2 Days of Callbacks
Each night we will also have a Quiet/Study Room.
Tuesday, Nov 19th –
6:15-10pm: Callbacks Marion – Room 12
Wednesday, Nov 20th –
6:15pm-10pm: Callbacks for Bonnets – Studio 60
6:15-10pm: Callbacks Into the Woods – Room 12
Cast lists will be emailed directly to you on Saturday 11/23 at 6 pm.
Please note that we will email the address you provide on the google form. Double-check to make sure that it is correct.
There is a formalized rehearsal schedule for the year.
Saturday: NO REHEARSAL (Until Tech and Performances)
Sunday: NO REHEARSAL (Until Tech and Performances)
All conflicts MUST be listed on your Audition Form. No conflicts will be accepted after casting. Please double check your calendar.
If you have any questions at any time please feel free to reach out. You can also find me at the audition information table on Monday 11/18.
(All of this information and more is located in Google Drive. Just Click the Link below!)
Fall 2019 Cast Lists
First rehearsal: Aug 29, 2019
Performance: Sept 20-22, 2019
Dr. Jo Corsac: AEA ROLE
Lev/Hunter: AEA ROLE
Dr. Fox: Naomi Blansit
Dilon: Kayla Katona
Kaylah: Heather Mahoney
Dr. Gooch: Alex Cousins
Nurse Roslyn: Carly Wilson
Nurse Vee Hickle: Kaitlin Copenhaver
Annabelle: Isabella Stenz
Christopher Michael (*Understudy Lev)
Kevin Mazur (*Understudy Hunter)
Jillian Schupbach (*Understudy Dr. Jo)
Joie Britton Raymond
* Understudies for ImaGen are non-performing / emergency only but will be used in the first week of learning music and work closely with the AEA actors)
First rehearsal: Aug 29, 2019
Opening: Oct 11, 2019
Henry Clerval: Marshall Ross
Victor Frankenstein: Cameron Michael Chase
De Lacey: Cassie Verral
Professor Waldman: Mack Marshall
Creature: Abbie Cathcart
Agatha: Abigail Nash
Elizabeth: Darah Donaher
Professor Krempe: Zack DeBranbander
Mary Walliser: Leah Bauer
Felix: Matthew Kowalcyzk
Grace: Rosie Rufe
Drunken Man, First Gravedigger, Ensemble: Eric Balamucki
Drunken Woman, Second Gravedigger, Ensemble: Michala Peltz
Mother, Kitchen Servant, Ensemble: Samantha Campbell
Earnest, Ensemble: Cole Dzubak
Victor’s Father, Police, Ensemble: Marko Stanojevic
Understudies: Felix: Vaughn Hayes Agatha: Taylor Mueller
First rehearsal: Sept 16, 2019
Opens: Nov 8, 2019
Viola ISA RODRIGUEZ
Andrew NATE DAVIS
Sea Captain CHAZ PRYZMONT
Gentlewoman STEFANNIE SAVOY
Orsino RYAN ADOLPH
Sebastian DYLAN GREEN
Maria SHARON COMBS
Sir Toby KEVIN CRAIG
Feste CLAIRE WILCHER
Antonio ELOY GOMEZ ORFILA
Fabian ELI DRAKE
Malvolio CHASETON CAINE
Olivia JAMIE LIEN
Curio/Officer CHRIS HEEDER
Valentine/Officer JASON DERNAY
Sailor 1/Priest CASE DEKONING
Sailor 2/Officer ALEK DOERR
Sailor 3/Officer BRANDON DRAP
Rehearsals begin week of Dec 30, 2019
Performance: Jan 30-Mar 1, 2020
Darah Donaher as Kelsey
Heather Mahoney as J.
Rehearsals begin week of March 2, 2020
Performance: Mar 26-Apr 26, 2020
Rehearsals begin Jun 15, 2020
Performance: Jul 9-Aug 9, 2020
Gab Mack Blamy as Louanne
Art Lab – Broad Museum
(This is a faculty initiative so students may choose whether or not to participate – this will conflict with Haunted Aud)
First meeting: Week of Sept 26, 2019 Followup meeting: Week of Oct 3, 2019 Tech Week: Oct 24, 2019
Installation and Dress: Oct 28 – Nov 4, 2019 Performance: Nov 11-Dec 4 (4 performances TBD)
A Winter’s Tale
A workshop production, directed by Deric McNish. Location, dates, and specific casting TBD. This is a faculty initiative so students may choose whether or not to participate.
Rehearsal schedules are formalized for the year, with the exception of ImaGen – Dr. Fox and faculty initiatives.
Saturday: No rehearsal (until spacing and performance)
Sunday: No rehearsal (until spacing and performance)
Please note that future department opportunities will be available soon. Second Stage opportunities will be announced in the fall.
Williamston EMC opportunities are provided below for BFA actors and SMsto achieve the AEA EMC status. Please note that you are https://www.actorsequity.org/join/emc/
1st Preview October 3
Opening October 11
Closing November 2
A Christmas Carol: Radio Show
November 21 through December 22
1st Rehearsal October 29
1st Preview November 21 Opening November 29
Closing December 22
900 Miles to International Falls
January 30 through March 1 2020
1st Rehearsal December 30
Tech January 25
1st Preview January 30
Opening Feb 7
Closing March 1
These Mortal Hosts
March 26 through April 27
1st Rehearsal March 3
Tech Day March 21
1st preview March 26
Opening April 3
Closing April 26
May 21-June 21
1st rehearsal April 28
Tech Day May 16
1st Preview May 21
Opening May 29
Closing June 21
Be Here Now
July 9- August 9
1st Rehearsal June 16
1st Preview July 9
Opening Night July 17
Closing August 9