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Auditions

We will be holding auditions in September for an in-person slate of fall productions. Check this page regularly for updates.

SAFETY NOTE: All auditions and rehearsals will be masked until further notice, and members of the UMass community are expected to be in compliance with UMass COVID guidelines. 

Performers who are not part of the UMass community are welcome to audition if:

  • They are over 12 years old
  • They are fully masked when inside 
  • They can provide proof of vaccination compliance
  • They abide by all relevant UMass COVID safety protocols

In case of illness or exposure at the time of your audition, you may request the opportunity to audition via Zoom. (All others are requested to audition in-person.)


AUDITIONS

Auditions for Zoom reading of Olvidados

Professors Elisa Gonzales and Priscilla Page are looking for performers to participate in a Zoom reading of Olvidados: A Mexican American Corrido being held in October. They will be holding auditions on Sept. 20 over Zoom.

If you would like to participate, please prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue, and sign up for a five-minute audition slot through SignUpGenius: 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4AA5A92AABFE3-olvidados

A list of roles being cast is below. 
Characters:
La Corridista – The musical narrator. She transcends time and space. Wise, vivacious, opinionated, ubiquitous, poetic. A Chicana for all generations.
Paula – 24 years old and 32 years old, respectively. An immigrant from Santa Maria de Enmedio, Jalisco. She is quiet and holds everything close to her chest. Stubborn, resilient, strong, brave, practical.
Celia – Paula’s daughter. 8 years and 48 years old. At 8-years-old, she is a tomboy. She is rambunctious and has a mind of her own. She loves adventure and makes friends with everyone. (Note – we will only be casting 48-year-old Celia for this reading. Young Celia has been cast)
Elisa – 20s-30s. Celia’s granddaughter and Paula’s great-granddaughter. A Mexican American woman trying to find answers.

Time commitment: Possible tech rehearsal on Tuesday Oct. 5, time TBD, and performance on Wednesday Oct. 6 at 6pm EST, followed by a post-reading discussion facilitated by Priscilla Page.


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!