Theatre Auditions

2019-20 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.

ProofPROOF
by David Auburn

Nov. 15, 16, 22 & 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 17 & 24 at 2 p.m.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, David Auburn’s “Proof”is a passionate, intelligent story about fathers and daughters, the nature of genius and the power of love. The story develops around Catherine, who has inherited her father’s mathematical brilliance, but is haunted by the fear that she might also share his debilitating mental illness. She has spent years caring for her father, and she feels left alone to pick up the pieces of her life until a newfound connection with Hal, one of her father’s former students, brings about “a groundbreaking proof.”

Audition Dates:
August 27 & 28 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Studio Theatre

Rehearsals begin Oct. 1, 2019.

Character Breakdown:

  • Robert: Late 40s-60s: Old enough to be the father of a grown woman. He is Catherine’s father and a mathematical genius who develops a mental illness. Prone to delusions. 
  • Catherine: Early to mid-20s, extremely bright with a sharp and biting wit. She is afraid of developing the same mental illness as her father. 
  • Hal: Mid to late 20s. A former devoted student of Robert who wants to search through his works. 
  • Claire: Late 20s to early 30s: Catherine’s older sister. A very practical and logical woman who lives in New York City. She is blunt and intrusive; making decisions for others. 

The NerdTHE NERD
by Larry Shue

March 6, 7, 13 & 14 at 7:30 p.m.
March 8 & 15 at 2 p.m. 

Set in Terre Haute, Indiana, in late 1979, “The Nerd”  centers around the hilarious dilemma of a young architect, Willum Cubbert, who is visited by Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. Willum is delighted when the ex-GI shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his 34th birthday party. However, Rick’s awkward manner and inappropriate behavior throw the occasion and Willum’s life into shambles. 

Audition Dates:
Dec. 4 & 5 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Studio Theatre

Rehearsals begin Jan. 20, 2020.

Character Breakdown:

  • Willum Cubbert: 20’s-30s: A struggling architect. Very likeable but lacks drive. Is in love with Tansy but won’t tell her.
  • Tansy McGinnis: Late 20’s-30’s: Willum’s neighbor and life fixer. Plans to move away even though she has feelings for Willum. 
  • Axel Hammond: Mid 20’s – 30’s.
  • Warnock Waldgrave: Late 30’s-40’s: A successful businessman who contracted Willum to design a new building. He is married to Clelia and Thor is their son – he treats them like business partners instead of family.
  • Clelia Waldgrave: Mid 30’s-40’s: Warnock’s wife and Thor’s mother. She represses her emotions and this makes her rather quirky. 
  • Thor Waldgrave: 8-12 years old: Son to Warnock and Clelia. Thor is spoiled, headstrong and rotten to the core. His parents bribe him with money and gifts to get him t behave.  
  • Rick Steadman (The Nerd): 20’s-30’s. Rick is rude without realizing it. A very awkward person with a unique personality. Think Forrest Gump meets Pugsly Adams. He saved Willum’s life in Vietnam and invites himself for a visit. 

May 4th VoicesMAY 4TH VOICES: KENT STATE, 1970
by David Hassler

April 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 7:30 p.m.
April 19 & 26 at 2 p.m. 

Tickets available April 6.

“May 4th Voices”  brings together first-person narratives about the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State University. First performed in 2010 in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the shootings, the “May 4th Voices”  play is composed of verbatim excerpts from the Kent State Shootings Oral History Project.

Weaving these voices and stories together, Hassler’s play tells the human story of May 4, 1970, and its aftermath while capturing the tragedy, which had a profound impact on the nation and is credited as a catalyst in changing Americans’ view toward U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

Audition Dates:
Feb. 25 & 26 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Studio Theatre

Rehearsals begin March 9, 2020.

Character Breakdown:

  • A large number of adult actors of all age ranges and types are needed for this production. There is a mixture of scenes and monologues that allow for very flexible casting.