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Our auditions are open to everyone, including all members of the greater UMass community, the Five Colleges, and all local performers. You need not be a theater major to be cast in our shows. See our casting policy at the bottom of the page for more details.

UMass Theater productions are cast throughout the year; check here for audition information.

Time and place maybe subject to change; updates will be posted as they become available.

Scripts for all productions can be accessed as read-only files at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bza3TBYkOt4yRnZrSE05b3Zab2s


SPRING 2018 AUDITIONS for Infants of the Spring and The Lily's Revenge

Infants of the Spring

Auditions Jan. 23 & 24, 6-10 p.m.  in the Rand Theater, with callbacks Jan. 25, 6-10 p.m. in the Rand Theater.

If you audition:
Two contrasting monologues preferred.
Students without monologues prepared are encouraged to audition. Be prepared to read sides, tell a story, sing a song or participate in an improvisation movement exercise. 

Seeking:
Black, White & Mixed-Race Actors*
Male and Female
for the following roles:

RAYMOND: a dark-skinned, urbane Harlem Renaissance author from the West Coast.
STEPHEN: a visiting graduate student from Denmark.
SAM: a white radical, son of a stockbroker and communist sympathizer.
COUNTESS NIJINSKY: a Jewish girl from the Bronx passing as Russian royalty.
PAUL: a strikingly handsome black, avant-garde painter.
EUSTACE: a pudgy, would-be concert singer, African American.
PELHAM: a slow-witted black youth originally from the deep South. 
BULL: a local Harlem longshoreman and amateur boxer.
JANET:  a pretty brown-skinned Harlem elevator operator.    
ALINE: Janet’s best friend, a very fair-skinned, white-looking Harlem shop girl.
EUPHORIA: Full-figured, landlady, a self-made woman of means, a realtor and policy queen.
LUCILLE: Raymond’s on again-off again girlfriend, a self-assured executive secretary.
BERNHARDT: A mysterious, over-the-hill Negro “actress.”
DR. PARKES: An elder Negro intellectual and race leader. 
ENSEMBLE: Various New York City dwellers, such as CHORUS GIR, CLUB OWNER, CABBIE, POLICEMEN, BOOTLEGGER, WAITERS, REVELERS and WORKERS. 

DANCERS, SINGERS & Non-Theater Majors WELCOME!

INFO/CONTACT: Urgyen Joshi – ujoshi@umass.edu

Scripts for all productions can be accessed as read-only files at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bza3TBYkOt4yRnZrSE05b3Zab2s

Performers are now able to sign up for audition slots via Signupgenius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4aa5a92aabfe3-infants


The Lily's Revenge

Auditions Jan. 30 & 31, 6:30-10:30 p.m.  in the Curtain Theater, with callbacks Feb. 2, 6-10:30 p.m. and Feb. 3, 12:30-4:30 p.m. in the Curtain Theater.

For auditions, please prepare: 
-a one-minute monologue of heightened language
●      Note on heightened language:  This monologue could be from Shakespeare, Moliere, Shaw, Coward, Wilde, Greek drama, or the like, or from contemporary text in which the playwright uses complex words or composes language in ways that are distinguishable from contemporary everyday speech (examples: Tony Kushner, Zell Miller III, Mac Wellman).  Dramatic text or lyrics that tell a story are preferred to poetry because we are looking for your ability to handle complicated language in communicating a narrative.

-a one-minute contemporary monologue
-16 bars of a song, of any genre that best demonstrates your vocal ability
 
For callbacks, we will invite you to share any special talents you may have, from dancing to juggling to puppetry to burlesque.  Do you know a magic trick?  Can you do something extraordinary with an ordinary household object?  We welcome your unique skills.

Our audition and production process will honor a safe and respectful space for all participants, upholding values of consent and communication.

PLEASE READ THE SCRIPT BEFORE AUDITIONING.

Scripts for all productions can be accessed as read-only files at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bza3TBYkOt4yRnZrSE05b3Zab2s

Visit http://umasslilysrevenge.weebly.com/audition-info.html and https://www.umass.edu/theater/auditions for more information

Performers are now able to sign up for audition slots via Signupgenius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4aa5a92aabfe3-thelilys


General Casting Policies

The Department of Theater is committed to racial, cultural and individual diversity.
Casting for all department-sponsored productions is open to any student, staff, or faculty member of the Five College Consortium, any member of the community, or any invited guest artist regardless of race, ethnic origin, abilty, sexual orientation or gender identification.
Equal-opportunity casting is encouraged.

All Theater majors are welcomed and strongly encouraged to audition. The Department chooses plays each year with the intention of using as many majors as possible, but casting of any individual theater major student is not guaranteed.
Most casting will be determined by open auditions.
You are expected to sign up for a given audition appointment, and to arrive at the audition site well ahead of the scheduled time. Performers who arrive after their scheduled time may not be allowed to audition.
After open auditions have been completed, the director will post call back announcements. If you are called back, you are expected to initial next to your name to acknowledge the call back.


Auditioning for multiple shows

Our experience has shown that having cast members in shows with overlapping rehearsal and/or performance schedules is complicated and disruptive to both shows. 
Cast members are still welcome to be in multiple shows whose rehearsal schedules do not overlap; please check with stage managers or production staff if you have questions about scheduling.
Please note: This does NOT mean that actors cannot audition for all the shows -- just that they will have to consider their options and limitations wisely. Casting decisions will result in the production's exclusive service of the actor when rehearsal/performance periods overlap.

Thank you and break a leg!