Theatre Auditions

2021-2022 AUDITIONS

 
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH

Text by John Cameron Mitchell
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask

Produced by Kent State University at Stark Theatre Department
Directed by TC Mavis Jennings
Music Directed by Steven Parsons

Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of the “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation. Hedwig is backed up by Yitzhak and the hard-rock band “The Angry Inch.” Hedwig transforms in this rock and roll tale by rising above the abuse, deceit and abandonment they have been carrying for many years. As Hedwig steps forward, courageously into the unknown, Yitzhak takes their rightful place as the shining star of rock and roll on the midnight radio.

2021 PERFORMANCES

Nov. 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 8 p.m.
Nov. 14 & 21 at 2 p.m.


AUDITION DETAILS

  • This is a non-equity, volunteer position
  • To submit for consideration, email the following to tjennin7@kent.edu using wetransfer.com:
    • A video of you performing a 1-minute cut of a rock song. Singing from the show is encouraged
    • A copy of your theatrical resume (previous musical theater experience not required)
    • A headshot (or recent photo) 
  • Include the following in the body of your email (even if it is on your resume):
    • Your name (as you prefer it to be billed) with pronouns
    • Gender expressions you are comfortable portraying on stage
    • Email address and phone number
    • What role you are auditioning for
    • Whether you are age 18 or older
    • If you play a musical instrument
    • A sentence or two about your connection to this musical, queer rock, or any other inspiration or relationship you have to queer performance
    • A list of all conflicts between Sept. 22 and Nov. 21

SUBMISSIONS & CALLBACKS

  • Initial 1-minute submissions must be received by Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021
  • Callbacks will take place on Sept. 17 & 18 - day and evening appointments will be made for Sept. 17 and day appointments will be made for Sept. 18
  • Callbacks will take place at The Mary J. Timken Theatre at Kent State Stark
  • Rehearsals will begin Wednesday, Sept. 22

ROLES

HEDWIG

Hedwig is the lead singer and musical genius of the punk rock band “The Angry Inch”, on a revenge tour across the nation. A ferocious force of nature, Hedwig is equal parts rock goddess, stand-up comedian, and vulnerable human being. Hedwig must be able to transform in and out of many roles throughout the show while remaining grounded in their humor as a storyteller. Hedwig holds a great deal of pain which on occasion erupts sharply; after which they commonly compose themselves and carry on with telling their story.

  • Vocal range: Very strong rock belter (high to B4)
  • Any ethnicity. Any age over 18. Any body type.
  • This role includes:
    • References to sexual abuse, the body, and genital-centered discussions of gender
    • Perform outside the gender binary 
    • Eastern Berlin accent
    • Improvisational skills and the ability and willingness to interact with the audience
    • Must be able to move confidently and be quite active in high heels (no stiletto)
    • Must have the stamina to carry the show from start to finish while rarely leaving the stage
    • Guitar skills are a plus but not required

YITZHAK

Hedwig’s husband and roadie/back-up singer. Yitzhak is bound by the constraints of traditional masculinity but longs to explore a more feminine side. Yitzhak has a killer voice but must always be hidden behind Hedwig. 

  • Vocal range: Wide vocal range a must (high belt to an A5)
  • Any ethnicity. Any gender expression. Any age over 18. Any body type.
  • This role includes:
    • Croatian accent
    • Masculine and feminine presentations

CONTACT

TC Mavis Jennings
Theatre Director & Instructor
Department Coordinator
330-244-3352
tjennin7@kent.edu