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Theatre Auditions

2018-19 General Audition Information for All Shows

  • Auditions are open to everyone including students and members of the community.
  • Those auditioning may perform a prepared monologue, or work from sides (selected scene excerpts) chosen by the director at the auditions. For musicals, audition information pertaining to vocal ranges will be listed under the show.
  • Scripts and sides are available for perusal for periods up to 24 hours from the Fine Arts secretary. Stop by or call 330-244-5151 between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Scripts and sides will also be available in the reserve area of the Stark Campus Library.
  • Audition appointments are recommended, but not required. Stop by or call 330-244-5151 to schedule an audition appointment with the Fine Arts secretary.
  • Technical production opportunities are also available for Kent State Stark students; such as stage and assistant stage managers, assistants to lighting, scenic, sound, multi-media and costume designers, and crew.
  • Roles available and any additional audition requirements will be listed under each show.

Unnecessary FarceUNNECESSARY FARCE
by Paul Slade Smith

November 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m.
November 11 & 18 at 2 p.m. 

Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant. While in the room next door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But, there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps removing her clothes.

Audition Dates
August 28 & 29 at 7 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre

Requirements

  • A short comedic monologue is welcome but reading sides from the script is also available.
  • Those cast will have an initial meeting on Friday, Aug. 31.
  • Rehearsals will begin on October 9 and will occur five evenings a week until opening

Roles
Age range of actors is flexible (no children). Three women and four men are needed.

  • Eric Sheridan: Male, 30s. A police officer. A bookish, even-keeled guy who finds himself completely out of his element when called upon to express his feelings for a woman, lie to his boss, disguise himself as someone else, and stand up to an armed mobster – while not wearing any pants.
  • Billie Dwyer: Female, 20s to 30s. A police officer, Eric’s partner. Excitable and entirely unthreatening. She seemingly lacks every skill necessary for police work, but is eager to succeed as she seems destined to fail. 
  • Karen Brown: Female, 30s. An accountant, who has always taken pride in her accountant-like, professional demeanor – until this morning, when she finds herself filled with a sexual hunger, and unable to keep things in control. 
  • Mayor Meekly: Male, 50s to 70s. An innocent, with a capital i. An affable, gentle fellow. Not too quick on the pick-up, but a sweet, sweet soul.
  • Agent Frank: Male, 20s to 50s. The head of Security at Town Hall, and, frankly, the wrong man for the job. Though he presents the confident, gruff exterior of a secret service agent (or film noir detective, even), he is frequently (and, at moments of crisis, invariably) a man frightened by his own shadow. 
  • Todd: Male, 20s to 50s. Speaks with a pronounced Scottish accent. A professional hit-man. Cool, quiet, and perceptive when at his best, but more frequently an angry Scotsman – and the angrier he becomes, the thicker his accent gets, until he is entirely indecipherable. 
  • Mary Meekly: Female, 50s to 70s. The Mayor’s wife. Small in stature and unfailingly sweet, she seems, in every way, the perfect match for her husband. 
     

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeTHE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin & Rebecca Feldman

March 1, 2, 8 & 9 at 7:30 p.m.
March 3 & 10 at 2 p.m. 

An eclectic group of six tweens vies for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the students spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

Audition Dates
November 14 & 15 at 7 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre

Requirements

  • A short comedic monologue is welcome but reading sides from the script will also be available. 
  • Please sing a piece in the style of the show OR sing a piece from the show itself.
  • You will be asked to vocalize for range at the audition.
  • Rehearsals will begin on January 14 and will occur five evenings a week until opening.

Roles
Age range of actors is flexible (no children). Four women and five men are needed.

The Kids

  • Chip Tolentino: male. The reigning spelling champion of Putnam County, relatively athletic and social, he expects things to come easily to him. 
  • Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere: Female. Younger than most bee participants, she is driven by internal and external pressure – but above all by a desire to win to make her two fathers (from whom she takes her combined last name) proud. She lisps, is a little uncomfortable in her body, has some tics, but still manages to strike a strong presence with her political awareness and keen sense of justice. 
  • Leaf Coneybear: Male. A second alternate, he never expected to compete here today. Home-schooled with his many siblings, everything about this public bee is an adventure for him, from meeting the other kids to showing off his homemade clothing, to each moment of unexpected attention. He may have severe Attention Deficit Disorder but delights in his own wandering focus. He finds everything incredibly amusing. 
  • William Barfee: Male. Has a host of health problems and a lot to prove. Loud and combative as a defensive posture, he is the fat kid who becomes a bully to avoid being picked on (though he often gets picked on anyway, so he gets into a lot of fights). His parents are divorced, his father remarried to a much younger woman; and William doesn’t expect kindness from anyone but his mother. So friendship takes him by surprise. Still, he’s noticed on the spelling circuit for his remarkable technique – spelling words out on the floor with his foot. 
  • Marcy Park: Female. The ultimate over-achiever, Marcy has never been given another option. She comes from a family where excellence is expected and so simply produced. A parochial school student, she assumes God, too, expects perfection. She sees herself as a mass of problems, but she keeps them to herself. Her many talents include piano, dance, martial arts, baton twirling – or whatever special gifts the actor may have. 
  • Olive Ostrovsky: Female. A word lover, Olive has a fairly quiet life. An only child wit often absent parents, Olive spends a lot of her time alone. She fills some of that time reading the dictionary – the words bring her comfort, as does the idea of the vastness of the world the books contain. She starts enormously shy, and shyly blossoms. 

The Adults

  • Rona Lisa Perretti: Female. Putnam’s long-time spelling bee hostess, a local realtor, and 3rd annual Putnam County spelling champion. This is Rona’s day to be queen. From her perspective she keeps the bee running smoothly, upholds protocol, and conveys crucial information to the audience. Her interest in the competition is unflagging and drives it forward. 
  • Vice Principal Douglas Panch: Male. Of Lake Hemmingway Dos Passos Junior High is frustrated with his life. He fell into education, less out of love than a general ability uncoupled to a particular passion. The drive of the young spellers is alien to him. He never found anything that important. Stuck in his current job, endlessly waiting for a promotion that isn’t coming. 
  • Mitch Mahoney: Male. With a bouncer’s physique and demeanor, Mitch appears an odd choice to be the bee’s “comfort counselor,” but it’s part of his community service assignment. The outsider, who in a way gets to inhabit the audience perspective, he wonders about the wisdom of putting the kids through this at all. He has no idea how to comfort. 

Of Mice and MenOF MICE AND MEN
by John Steinbeck

April 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m.
April 14 & 21 at 2 p.m. 

Two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man. When the ranch boss’ wife is found dead, it is obvious that Lennie accidentally killed her. George wrestles with moral questions as he sets off to find Lennie before the ranchers.

Audition Dates
November 14 & 15 at 7 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre

Requirements

  • Auditions will consist of a cold read of selections from the script, which will be provided. Actors may bring a prepared monologue, but it is not required.
  • Rehearsals will begin March 4 and will occur Sunday through Thursday evenings until opening. 

Roles
Age range of all characters is flexible, and nontraditional casting will be considered. Nine men and one woman are needed. 

  • George Milton (20s-40s): An honest and strong-willed man who travels with, works with, and cares for Lenny, and dreams of a better life. 
  • Lenny Small (20s-40s): A sweet man with a mild mental disability who loves animals and people alike, but struggles to understand them. 
  • Curley (20s-40s): The short-tempered, aggressive son of the boss. 
  • Curley’s Wife (20s-40s): A flirtatious, coy woman who seeks companionship and attention. 
  • Slim (20s-40s): A trustworthy, hardworking ranch worker whom most everyone likes. 
  • Candy (50s-60s): The oldest worker, and still a dreamer. An injury on the ranch took one of his hands, and he is oftentimes accompanied by his elderly dog. 
  • Crooks (20s-40s): An African-American ranch-hand, who is reserved but witty and outspoken. 
  • Carlson (20s-40s): A headstrong ranch worker. 
  • Whit (20s-40s): A congenial ranch worker. 
  • The Boss (30s-50s): The strict, well-dressed man who runs the ranch.