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Theatre Auditions

2017-18 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.
  • Brian Newberg is the director for all of the following shows.

Consider the Oyster theatre iconCONSIDER THE OYSTER
by David MacGregor


November 10, 11, 17 & 18 at 7:30 p.m.
November 12 & 19 (Nov. 19 ASL interpreted) at 2 p.m. 

After watching his favorite team win the Super Bowl, Gene spontaneously proposes to his longtime girlfriend Marisa, and in the midst of his excitement, breaks his leg. The oyster shell the doctor leaves in Gene’s leg to aid in healing sets off a chain reaction of odd feminine changes in Gene’s physicality, hormones and emotions. Just as an oyster changes from male to female over the course of its life, Gene is changing, too. He begins to question his feelings for his new fiancée, and his relationships with friends and family become awkward and strange. Watch as gender identity and humor explode on stage in comical yet thought-provoking ways.

September 6 & 7
6 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre

Rehearsals begin September 11 and will occur five evenings a week until opening.

Age range of actors is flexible (no children).
Two women and two men are needed.

  • Gene: 20s/30s, male or female (character "transforms" from a straight male to a female during the play, not by his choice)
  • Eliot: 20s/30s, male, Gene's best friend and roommate, who is openly gay and sassy
  • Marisa: 20s/30s, Gene's fiancée, sweet and strong
  • Kay: 40s/50s, Marisa's mother, a sharp tongued, high-powered attorney who speaks her mind

Virtual Devotion theatre iconVIRTUAL DEVOTION
by Eric Coble

February 23 & 24 and March 2 & 3 at 7:30 p.m.
February 25 & March 4 (March 4 ASL interpreted) at 2 p.m.

It’s the end of the world as we know it; pollution, terrorism and disease have taken over humanity. Three characters, Pete, Anne and Ruth – all members of a broken family – attempt to sell their faith to nonbelievers in various, and sometimes violent, ways, as a last-ditch effort to save souls, including their own. Through a series of ironic, laughable and most unfortunate events, all of the characters, including the returned Son of God, Jesus Christ, find one another on the Home Shopping Network selling religious artifacts. But now that they are finally together, is it too late to stop the ensuing Armageddon?

November 28 & 29
6 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre

Rehearsals begin December 18-21; followed by a holiday break; then resume on January 3, and will occur five evenings a week until opening.


  • Pete: A televangelist who preaches violence against sinners, until he contracts the plague.
  • Anne: A young telemarketer trying to raise funds to provide the book of Job to children in Sudan.
  • Ruth: A cynical woman, until she sees the face of Ezekiel the prophet in her tapioca pudding.
  • Jesus Christ: The returned Son of the Living God.
  • Lil: A telephone confession operator (actor also plays the roles of Rach, Peg and Joy).
  • Zach: A fabulous reverend for the Happy Halo ministry (actor also plays roles of Mark, Seth, Luke).

Actors also will be asked to play roles of various offstage callers, including TV announcers, etc.

26 Pebble theatre icon26 PEBBLES
by Eric Ulloa


April 13, 14, 20 & 21 at 7:30 p.m.
April 15 & 22 (April 22 ASL interpreted) at 2 p.m.

What happened to the people of Newtown, Conn., after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre after the rest of the world kept spinning and moved on? Months after the attack, Eric Ulloa held intimate interviews with members of the Newtown community and created a play that nods to Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. This docudrama is a weave of verbatim interview excerpts from many people of Newtown as they recount the ripples that were made in the aftermath of unthinkable tragedy and the resulting push forward towards healing in their community.

January 30 & 31
6 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre

Rehearsals begin February 26 and will occur five evenings a week until opening.


  • Age range of actors is flexible (no children).
  • Four women and two men are needed and each actor will play multiple characters.
  • Detailed role descriptions can be found at