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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 or minor 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.

Read-only scripts and other relevant information for productions will be posted in a shared folder online


AUDITION WORKSHOP

WHEN: Sept. 8, 2-4 p.m.
WHERE: Curtain Theater
DETAILS: FREE, open to all who are considering auditioning for the Department of Theater season in the 2018-2019 school year. Advice on selecting a monologue, best audition practices, etc.; led by UMass Theater faculty members Julie Nelson and Martha Cuomo. This workshop is free to first-time auditioners, but also to those who want to brush up their skills. Participants will have the opportunity to workshop their audition material in a supportive environment ahead of the UMass Theater auditions the following week.


 FALL 2018 AUDITIONS for SNOWFLAKES, OR RARE WHITE PEOPLE and WHAT OF THE NIGHT?

Snowflakes or Rare White People

Auditions: Sept. 10 & 11, 6:30-10:30 p.m. in the Rand Theater, with callbacks Sept. 12 & 13, 6:30-10:30 p.m. in the Rand Theater.

Sign up for an audition slot: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080B4AA5A92AABFE3-snowflakes 

PERFORMANCE DATES: Oct. 25, 26, 27, Nov. 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.
School Matinee Oct. 31 at 10 a.m.

SHOW DESCRIPTION: We start our season funny, with Dustin Chinn's pointed, futuristic comedy Snowflakes, or Rare White People. In Nueva New York in the 23rd Century, a cadre of nearly-extinct white hipsters escape the museum exhibit in which they live, bringing a perilous level of Caucasity to the rest of society. We’re thrilled for a second opportunity to engage with Chinn's sly, hysterical commentary, which we first encountered in last year’s Play Lab.

AUDITION DETAILS: Seeking a racially diverse cast

Please read the ENTIRE script prior to auditioning. It can be accessed in PDF format in our audition folder.

Performers who audition will be asked to read from the script; no monolgue required.

Sides to be read at auditions:

All of pgs. 2 & 3
Characters: Director, Hassan, Fei Fong Torres 

Pgs. 28, 29 & 30
From Benedict's line: "Whoa!" 
To bottom of pg. 30
Characters: Hassan, Megan, Benedict, Riggoberto

Pgs. 43, 44 & 45
From Precious's line: "There, got it!" 
To bottom of scene 4
Characters: Precious, Riggoberto, Megan, Benedict

Pgs. 64, 65 & 66
From Puja's line: "Hi Cousin!" 
To Puja's exit
Characters: Puja, Megan, Benedict, Riggoberto


What of the Night?

Auditions Sept. 10 & 11, 6-10 p.m., in the Curtain Theater, with callbacks Sept. 12 & 13, 6-10 p.m., in the Curtain Theater.

Sign up for an audition slot: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080B4AA5A92AABFE3-what 

PERFORMANCE DATES: Nov. 29 & 30, Dec. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.

SHOW DESCRIPTION: This production is a cycle of four linked short plays by Maria Irene Fornes, one of our greatest and most influential living playwrights. She presents a thrillingly dangerous dystopian vision that spans 60 years, tracking an extended family of desperate characters whose lives are intertwined as they try to eke out a precarious living in the city's violent underground. This Pulitzer Prize-nominated play is Fornes’ incisive exploration of the human hunger for survival by any means.
This event is part of Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés, a year-long effort to raise awareness of Fornés’ legacy and her impact on American theater.

AUDITION DETAILS: Seeking a racially diverse cast. Also seeking a singer and a saxophonist.

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE SCRIPT BEFORE AUDITIONING. It can be accessed in PDF format in our audition folder.

Performers are required to prepare suggested monologues from the script of What of the Night? for the auditions. Actors auditioning for more than one character must perform separate monologues assigned to each character. PDF format of monologues are also available in audition folder. 

MONOLOGUES - for First Round of Auditions 

1] CHARLIE – p. 178 “Try to understand, Birdie. …I can’t stand it if you leave. Birdie.”   &
             p. 221 – 222, “I hope that if he took something…have to leave.”
                   
2] BIRDIE – p. 172, “In the home there…she sees me out of here.”/ p. 174, “Yeah. She’d put our head…I  
                      paid her off.”      &
        p. 231, “Now they’re calm, but… Ray…”

3] PETE/JOSEPH – [Two Characters will be played by same actor]
               p. 177, “Yeah! You stay there…no one can mess with me.”     &
                                p. 217, “What do you say, Ray?... Haven’t I thought you to love yourself?”

4] NADINE -- p. 165 – 166, “I’ve lost the habit of talking…one way or another, Pete?”
    
5] LEAH/REBA – [Two Characters will be played by same actor]
   p. 234 – 235, “She fainted…Would you like a little liqueur?”

6] RAINBOW –   p. 185, “That’s right…And, I told him that.”     &
   p. 180, “I got it … It is a good watch.”

7] GRETA /The Angel – [Two Characters will be played by same actor] 
 p. 189 – 190, “I lash out at you…What else can you talk about?”  &
                           p. 190-191, “My Beloved, … Forever yours, --Rainbow.”
8] RAY -- p. 202 – 203, “Animals are beautiful…unworthy of her own life?”      &
                 p. 227 – 228, “I thought you … Helena…poor Helena.

9] HELENA -- p. 218, “He told me he always wished for a son…I had been a boy.”  &
                  p. 195,    “You are wild… it’s a bitter thing.”

10] Singer – Patsy Cline’s “Leaving on your mind” / “Melancholy baby”

11] Saxophonist – Patsy Cline’s “Leaving on your mind” / “Melancholy baby”

For Callbacks, actors will be invited to improvise assigned scenes from the script in collaboration with fellow actors.      

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

Script and monologue are posted in the audition folder; you will be asked to prepare 2 monologues from the script and there will be scene improv at the callbacks.

You can find the PDF with each character's monologues in the Audition Information folder; simply look for the document with that character's name.

A link to sign up for an audition slot will be posted around the start of the school year; please check back then.


Kick-Off Emcee Audition

Auditions: Monday, September 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 in room 204.

Sign-Up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4aa5a92aabfe3-kick

Audition to be an emcee at our Season Kick-off Celebration! This year Gina Kaufmann will be directing our Kick-off and she is looking for a pair of students with chemistry and contrasting energy to serve as charismatic guides for our audience. 

Prepare a true story to narrate to the group in first person – a story of a time you were incredibly embarrassed or your status was lowered in an extreme way.  It probably wasn’t funny in the moment, but it might be very funny when you tell it today.  Or not.

We’ll also be doing some improvisation.

This does not conflict with any of our other departmental production work. 9/29 Rehearsal 1 - 5 pm, 9/30 Rehearsal 1 - 5 pm, 10/2 Presentation 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Questions?  Email Gina: gina@theater.umass.edu


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!