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Linda Allegretti, academic department associate
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Auditions

Auditions for Theatre/Dance Department productions are open to everyone - majors, minors, non-majors/minors, community members etc. Typically auditions require a resume, headshot and one or two monologues plus a song for the musicals. Specifics vary from production to production but are included in each audition announcement. The Theatre/Dance Department produces six mainstage productions, two Summeround productions annually. There are also opportunities to audition for the directing class scenes, one-act plays and the Emerging Choreographers Concert. You can find the details about upcoming auditions below.


2018 Summeround Auditions

April 30 from 5-9pm
May 1 from 5-7pm, callbacks from 7pm - 10pm

Audition Sides

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Auditions for both Dear Ruth and Greater Tuna will be held together and audition sides will be read from Dear Ruth (found at the link below). Auditions will be considered for both productions unless noted otherwise. For Fools callbacks, actors are asked to prepare a brief, funny story to tell. Callbacks will also consist of improvisation games. We are looking for big personalities and actors who can perform physical comedy so please come prepared to move.

Dear Ruth by Norman Krasna
A teenage girl has a pen-pal romance with a soldier during World War II, signing her older sister's name to the letters and sending him a picture of the sister, who is forced to play along when the soldier shows up on a two-day leave eager to propose.
NEED: 5 men, 5 women
Performances are June 26 - 29 at 7:30pm, June 30 at 2:00pm
Rehearsals begin May 19 Monday - Friday from 6 - 10pm, Saturdays 10-6pm

Dear Ruth casting breakdown:

WOMEN:

EDITH (Mrs. Edith Wilkins) - Side 1, p. 10 - 11
• Additional Side for Callbacks, p.16-17
DORA - Side 1, p. 44
MIRIAM (Miriam Wilkins) - Side 1, p. 18
• Additional Side for Callbacks, p. 24-25
RUTH (Ruth Wilkins) - Side 1, p. 22 - 23
• Callbacks - Side 1, p. 33-34 and Side 2, p. 64
MARTHA (Martha Seawright) - Side 1, p. 47 - 48

MEN:
HARRY (Judge harry Wilkins) - Side 1, p. 25-26
• Additional Side for Callbacks, p.16-17
BILL (Lt. William Seawright) - Side 1, p. 27-28
• Callbacks - Side 1 and 2
CHUCK (Sgt. Chuck Vincent) - Side 1, p. 52 - 53
ALBERT (Albert Kummer) - Side 1, p. 54-55

WOMEN:
Mrs. Edith Wilkins - The mother - 30's-50's. A little dithery but very, very nice. Empathetic to everyone's plight.
Dora - The maid - A comic part - Any age.
Miriam Wilkins - The little sister, political activist - adorable, saucy teenager (age 15); wise beyond her years.
Ruth Wilkins - The big sister - pretty, romantic - late teens to early 20's. A bored bank teller about to become engaged to Albert.
Martha Seawright - Eccentric sister of William - skilled comic, early to mid 20's. Recently broken off engagement to Chuck.

MEN:
Judge Harry Wilkins - The father - bossy, blustery but with a heart of gold. Loves his girls and loves his country.
Lt. William Seawright - The handsome young bomber pilot- early to mid 20's. Hopelessly in love with Ruth through "her letters". Eager to propose on his leave.
Sgt. Chuck Vincent - Soldier - early to mid 20's - straight shooter best pal of William, Martha's ex-fiance.
Albert Kummer - Stuffed shirt fiancé of Ruth, a bank manager - mid 20's to early 30's.


Greater Tuna by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard
What do Arles Struvie, Thurston Wheelis, Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Phineas Blye, and Rev. Spikes have in common? In this hilarious send-up of small-town morals and mores, they are all among the upstanding citizens of Tuna, Texas' third-smallest town. The long-running Off Broadway hit features two actors creating the entire population of Tuna in a tour de farce of quick change artistry, changing costumes and characterizations faster than a jack rabbit runs from a coyote. Two actors, twenty characters, and a barrel of laughs, y'all
NEED: 2 males or females
The show runs July 18- 21 at 7:30 and July 22 at 2:00pm
Rehearsals Monday - Friday from 6:30 - 10:30pm, Saturdays 8 hour block

Greater Tuna Casting breakdown - typically performed by 2 males or 2 females, the cast can be expanded as needed based on audition pool.

THURSTON WHEELIS, folksy radio host
ELMER WATKINS, head of Klan 249
BERTHA BUMILLER, beleagured housewife
YIPPY, half rat-terrier, half chihuahua
LEONARD CHILDERS, radio station owner and talk-show host
PEARL BURRAS, chicken farmer known for poisoning dogs
R.R. SNAVELY, drunken UFOlogist
REV. SPIKES, cliche spouting preacher
SHERIFF GIVENS, clueless long arm of the law
HANK BUMILLER, Bertha's philandering husband
ARLES STRUVIE, wise cracking radio host
DIDI SNAVELY, owner of Didi's Used Weapons
HAROLD DEAN LATTIMER, the weatherman
PETEY FISK, the one-man Greater Tuna Humane Society
JODY BUMILLER, Bertha's youngest son who collects stray dogs
STANLEY BUMILLER, Bertha's other son, a reform school graduate
CHARLENE BUMILLER, Stanley's twin sister, a cheerleader reject
CHAD HARTFORD, a reporter from Houston
PHINAS BLYE, a near-sighted perennial political candidate
VERA CARP, society matron and vice-president of the Smut Snatchers of the New Order

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