Auditions

Porthouse Theatre will present a season in the summer of 2022 and will hold in-person auditions on the campus of Kent State University on January 29 and 30, 2022.

Equity and non-Equity actors are invited to audition for our 2022 season which features "Little Shop of Horrors," "Godspell," and "West Side Story."


Audition Dates

Preliminary Auditions

Saturday, January 29
Sunday, January 30, 2022

Preliminary Audition Requirements:

For your preliminary audition you will need 2 contrasting music selections, in the style of the shows for which you are auditioning, not to exceed 2.5 minutes combined.  Please bring sheet music in your key.  A Cappella singing will not be permitted. You may elect to sing selections from this season’s shows.

Location:

Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance
1325 Theatre Drive
Kent, OH 44242

 

Callbacks

Saturday, February 5, 2022
Sunday, February 6, 2022

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Location:

Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance
1325 Theatre Drive
Kent, OH 44242


How To Audition

Porthouse Theatre uses Acceptd to facilitate audition registration. 

Those wishing to audition are expected to provide digital versions of the following at the time of registration:

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Register for Your Porthouse Audition

Preliminary Audition Requirements:

For your preliminary audition you will need 2 contrasting music selections, in the style of the shows for which you are auditioning, not to exceed 2.5 minutes combined.  Please bring sheet music in your key.  A Cappella singing will not be permitted. You may elect to sing selections from this season’s shows.


Character Breakdowns

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination.  Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Character Breakdown

Seymour Krelborn
An insecure, put-upon florist's clerk and eventual hero. He is a genuine, well-meaning man who is taken for granted because of his clumsy ways and poor social skills. Gender: Male, Age: 25 to 35, Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range, bottom: A2.

Audrey
Bleached-blonde, Billie-Dawn-like, secret love of Seymour's life. She has poor self-worth and education, but incredibly good looks and a sweet and vulnerable demeanor. Gender: Female, Age: 25 to 35, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: G#3.

Mr. Mushnik
The seasoned owner of the failing East Side flower shop and Seymour's nosy boss. He is profit-driven, greedy, and manipulative. Gender: Male, Age: 55 to 65. Vocal range top: F4, Vocal range bottom: G2.

Orin Scrivello
An egotistical dentist with a passion for leather and sadistic tendencies. Audrey's abusive boyfriend, who is targeted by Seymour. Gender: Male, Age: 30 to 40. Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: G2.

The Plant (Audrey II) - Puppet
An anthropomorphic cross between a Venus flytrap and an avocado, the plant has an appetite for human flesh that is appeased by Seymour. Puppeteer doubles as other sizes of the plant.

Voice Of The Plant
An actor/vocalist located offstage. The voice is that of a conniving, street-smart 'villain.' A funky Rhythm and Blues voice is best. Gender: Male, Age: 20 to 50, Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: G2.

Crystal, Ronnette and Chiffon
African-American street urchins, acting as the occasional Greek Chorus. Young, hip, and smart, these girls are the only ones who have a grip on reality. Gender: Female, Age: 20 to 35, Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: Ab3

 

GODSPELL - 2012 REVISED VERSION Character Breakdown

Jesus
Must be the most charismatic individual in the cast. High energy, charming, funny, gentle but with strength. He is the sort of person others instinctively follow.

John The Baptist/Judas
He has attributes of both Biblical figures: He is both Jesus' lieutenant and most ardent disciple and the doubter who begins to question and rebel. Like Jesus, he is also charismatic, but in more of an overt revolutionary way. Usually played by someone handsome and masculine, with an undertone of sexuality. He is the most "serious" and intellectual of the group, though as with all the actors, he mus still possess a good sense of physical comedy.

Nick
Very high energy. Impish and playful. In the original, he played several musical instruments, including concertina, recorder and guitar.

Telly
Not the brightest in the bunch, he is a little slow on the uptake. But there is a great sweetness and innocence about him. Because he sings "All Good Gifts" he must be a very good singer.

George
The comedian, the class clown. The guy who can do a hundred voices and imitations.

Anna Maria
A bit of a tomboy, but basically open and sweet. Perhaps the youngest of the group. She is the first of the group to commit to following Jesus in the song "Day by Day."

Lindsay
The confident one, the show-off. The first one to volunteer, sometimes she jumps in before she really understands what's going on.

Uzo
The shy one. Sometimes a little slow to get things, but when she does, she commits all the way. Has an "earth mother" kind of warmth to her.

Morgan
Sassy and slightly cynical, the most urban of the group. Also the "sexy" one, but her sexiness contains a large element of put-on, in the manner of Mae West or Madonna (who in fact once played this role.)

Celisse
The female equivalent of the class clown. Goofy and a cut-up. In the 2012 Broadway revival, she played several instruments, including conga, ukulele and guitar.

 

WEST SIDE STORY Character Breakdown

Riff
A spritely, quick-tempered leader. He seeks to eliminate the Sharks and establish his own gang's dominance. Tony's best friend, he is eventually murdered by Bernardo. Gender: Male, Age: 25 to 30, Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: Bb2.

Tony
A romantic young man and former leader of the Jets, he has found a new lifestyle now. Tony finds himself violently torn between his friendships and love. Falls in love to Maria and meets an untimely death. Genuinely sweet and sincere. Gender: Male, Age: 25 to 30, Vocal range top: Bb4, Vocal range bottom: Bb2.

Bernardo
A proud, strong, handsome Puerto Rican man. Bernardo seeks to carve out territory as a sense of identity for he and his friends. Maria's brother and Anita's boyfriend. Leader of the Sharks. Gender: Male, Age: 25 to 35, Vocal range top: Eb4, Vocal range bottom: Bb2.

Maria
A hopeless romantic and innocent young girl. She falls in love with Tony and finds herself at the center of the violent conflict between the two gangs. Bernardo's sister. Puerto Rican. Gender: Female, Age: 18 to 21, Vocal range top: C6, Vocal range bottom: Bb3.

Anita
Feisty and assertive. She dispenses "older sister" advice to Maria and tries to shield her from the dangers of the gangs. Bernardo's girlfriend and Maria's friend. Puerto Rican. Gender: Female, Age: 25 to 30, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: F3.

Chino
An angry and, at times, naive Shark who turns murderous and vengeful. Suitor to Maria and friend of Bernardo's. Gender: Male, Age: 20 to 25.

Anybodys
A spunky tomboy who is desperate to become a member of the Jets. The other Jets mock her for her ambitions, but generally appreciate her company. Full of energy and heart. Gender: Female, Age: 15 to 25.

Doc
The owner of the candy store where the Jets hang out. He tries to guide the Jets youthful angst and provides a safe haven for Tony. Old fashioned and wise in his ways. Gender:Male, Age: 60 to 75.

Schrank
A local police detective frustrated by the ongoing violence between the Jets and Sharks. Blunt, brash, and unapologetic. Gender: Male, Age: 40 to 55.

Krupke
The local beat cop. He has no patience for the gangs conflict and tries to keep tensions from  erupting between them. Regularly mocked by the local gangs. Gender: Male, Age: 30 to 60,

Ensemble
Jets, Sharks, Jets Girls, Sharks Girls


REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Little Shop of Horrors

Rehearsals for Little Shop of Horrors are May 31 – June 16, 2022. 

Performances are June 16 – July 2, 2022.
 

Godspell

Rehearsals for Godspell are June 21 –  July 7, 2022.

Performances are July 7 – 24, 2022.

 

West Side Story

Rehearsals for West Side Story are July 12 – 28, 2022.

Performances are July 28 – August 14, 2022.


Tech Week Information

Tech week begins on June 12, 2022 for Little Shop of Horrors; on July 5, 2022 for Godspell; and on July 26, 2022 for West Side Story. During tech week rehearsals are extended and may be held between 12:00 p.m. (noon) and 12:00 a.m. Rehearsal schedule for tech week will be conferred after rehearsals begin. (All rehearsal schedules are subject to change).


Contact

If you have questions about the Porthouse Theatre audition process, please contact:

Porthouse Theatre
330-672-3884
porthouse@kent.edu