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Auditions for the School of Theatre and Dance's main stage and student productions are open to any Kent State student. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, auditions will take place differently for Spring 2021 productions.

Please use the drop down menu below to access information about specific productions. 

If you are on campus, information about audition opportunities will also be available on the Theatre Callboard located outside of the E. Turner Stump Green Room or the Dance Callboard located outside Dance Studio D123. 

Spring 2021 Audition Information

Audition Notice: 35mm: A Musical Exhibition

In an effort to slow the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) by practicing physical distancing, the School of Theatre and Dance will virtually produce 35mm: A Musical Exhibition during the Spring 2021 semester. 

About 35mm: A Musical Exhibition

Music and Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver

Inspired by the photographs of Matthew Murphy

Setting: Anywhere, Everywhere, Here

Time: Contemporary

Brief Synopsis:

A contemporary song-cycle, the idea behind 35mm: A Musical Exhibition is that a picture can not only paint a thousand words, it can conjure up a song. Fifteen photographs are [some version of] projected onto a screen whilst twelve to fifteen cast members belt out tunes intended to illuminate the stories behind the images.

35mm: A Musical Exhibition will be fully remote production that will be prerecorded, edited, and livestreamed on designated days and times. The production will be rehearsed primarily remotely. It is our intention to incorporate elements of design into the production.

How to Audition

In order to audition, students should fill out the audition form, linked below, and submit a self-tape by 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 24, 2021. 

You will also be asked to run an internet speed test, so it would be helpful if you filled out your form while in your living space to get the most accurate data.

Please note, the audition form will collect your self-tape, headshot, and resume. If you would like, please share your pronouns on your audition form. Please title your files in the following manner LAST NAME_FIRST NAME.

35mm Audition Form

What to Prepare for Your Self-Tape Audition

Please prepare and film yourself singing 16-32 bars of a song in the contemporary pop/rock style of 35mm… exhibiting your vocal range and ability to sing in character.

Self-Tape Instructions

(adapted from Docherty Model and Talent)

  • Before you monologue, please SLATE your name by saying “First Name, Last Name, the title and author of the play, preferred pronouns if you would like, Year (frosh, soph, jun, etc.), and Major.”
  • Shoot horizontally and at eye-level.  As much as you can, be aware of your lighting, background and sound. Just do your best. It is OK. You may use your iPhone, iPad, tablet, Android phone, computer or external camera to record your audition. Useful apps for recording self-tapes include Slatable and iMovie. Both are free.
  • Your videos should be either .MP4 or .MOV and it's best if each video is less than (or around) 50 MB.
  • Label your video in this format: FirstName LastName.MP4 (or .MOV)
  • Upload your video here or by clicking the link in the audition form below. 

Character Breakdown

We are looking to form a diverse company of 12-14 strong pop singer/performers that includes BIPOC, LGBTQ+, male, female, and nonbinary identifying actors.

Content Advisory

Please be advised: 35mm contains references and discussion of violence, abuse, sex, strong language, problematic relationships, and mental health.

Callbacks

Callbacks, if needed, will happen on Wednesday, January 27 and will be announced on the evening of Sunday, January 24. They will be held via Zoom.

Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals will be held via Zoom beginning on or after Monday, February 1..  

Opening and Performances

35mm: A Musical Exhibition will perform late Spring semester [May] 2021. The date of the opening will be determined by the technical needs of the show and the conditions on the ground. There will be three total showings of the production. Admission will be free and ticket registration will be available at a later date.


Please Note

In keeping with the freedom of choice of instruction measures instituted by Kent State due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the School of Theatre and Dance Performance Area has made a decision to amend the BFA Musical Theatre Program Requirement #3. This change is in effect for Spring 2021 productions ONLY.

The temporary changes are as follows:

  1. BFA Musical Theatre and MFA Acting for the Returning Professional students may elect NOT to audition for the Spring Mainstage Season. If you choose not to audition, please e-mail afritsch@kent.edu by January 22, 2021.  You are NOT required to let us know why you are making your choice. 
  2. If a BFA Musical Theatre or MFA Acting for the Returning Professional student decides TO Audition for the 2021 Spring Mainstage Season, they must audition for BOTH of the Mainstage productions. 
  3. BFA Musical Theatre Program Requirement #3 (see below) will remain in effect for those students that elect to Audition for the 2021 Spring Mainstage Season. 

“BFA Musical Theatre candidates are required to audition for all theatre division main stage productions and accept roles if cast. Exemptions to the audition requirement may be granted under certain circumstances. Circumstances include but are not limited to: religious beliefs, moral objection, psychological triggers with the play and physical concerns. In order to be exempted from the audition requirement, students must submit a written petition to the performance faculty prior to the beginning of the casting process for the production in question. The performance faculty will make a good faith effort to deliberate and come to a decision on the petition at the first performance area meeting after the receipt of the petition. At no point will a student be asked to disclose sensitive personal information.”

For information on all the BFA MT requirements please go to the following. https://www.kent.edu/theatredance/revised-requirements-bfa-musical-theatre-program

 

Audition Notice: She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms

In an effort to slow the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) by practicing physical distancing, the School of Theatre and Dance will produce a virtual version of She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms by Qui Nguyen

About She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms

Brief Synopsis: She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms is set in Ohio and tells the story of Agnes Evans following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly.  When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge.  In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, evil cheerleader succubi, and pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms will be a fully remote production.  The playwright has rewritten the original play (She Kills Monsters) with the intention of it being performed online using a video conferencing platform.  Rehearsals will take place remotely and the performances will be broadcast live.  As this is a new means in which to create theatre, all actors involved in the production will collaborate with the design team to discover and create innovative and unique ways to tell this story.   

Character Breakdown

Actors of every race, ethnicity, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, ability, body type, and age are encouraged to audition. 

*Please note that some of the characters may be doubled.

Narrator – a mysterious hooded individual, perhaps out of Lord of the Rings.  Maybe even a British accent.  (female-identifying/non-binary, any race/ethnicity)

Tilly Evans/Tillius – The younger sister of Agnes who recently died in an accident.  A fantasy-loving, nerdy, lesbian teenager obsessed with D&D – magic, dragons, and the vanquishing of pure evil.  In the “D&D world” that she has created, Tillius is a twentieth level Paladin.  (female-identifying, any race/ethnicity)

Agnes – a Cheerleader.  Tilly’s older “average” sister.  Throughout the play she embarks on a D&D adventure that was written by Tilly, and on the journey discovers who her sister really was.  (female-identifying, any race/ethnicity)

Chuck Biggs – the D&D Dungeon Master.  An adorable, geekster teen who leads Agnes and her party through the D&D adventure that Tilly created.  (male-identifying, any race/ethnicity)

Vera – a Cheerleader.  “Gothy.”  Agnes’s best friend.  In the “D&D world” she also appears as Vera the Beholder - the third of the bosses Agnes and her party must defeat.  (female-identifying, any race/ethnicity)

Miles – a football player.  Agnes’s boyfriend.  Also appears in the “D&D world” as a gelatinous cube and shape-shifting doppelganger - the second of the bosses Agnes and her party must defeat.  (male-identifying, any race/ethnicity)

Kaliope Darkwalker/Kelly– a Dark Elf.  She is a master tracker and lock-pick, but lacks human “emotional awareness.”  In the “real world” she is Kelly, a teenager with cerebral palsy who was Tilly’s friend and is Ronnie’s Sister.  (female-identifying, any race/ethnicity)

Lilith Morningstar/Lilly – a Demon Queen.  Sports horns and a very large demonic-y battle axe.  The squad’s muscle.  In the “real world” she is Lily, a teenager who was a close friend of Tilly’s, and before Tilly died, she confided in her that she is lesbian.  (female-identifying, any race/ethnicity)

Orcus/Ronnie – a Demon Overlord of the Underworld. More lazy than evil.  In the “real world” his is Ronnie, a teenager who is one of Tilly’s D&D friends and Kelly’s brother.  (male-identifying, any race/ethnicity)

Steve – an Adventurer.  Goes by “the great Mage Steve.”  In the D&D world he can’t seem to catch a break and dies multiple times in humorous ways.  (male-identifying, any race/ethnicity)

Farrah – a Faerie.  The first of the bosses Agnes and her party must defeat.  (female-identifying/non-binary, any race/ethnicity)

Evil Tina/Tina – an Evil Cheerleader Succubus.  In the “real world” she was in Tilly’s class and bullied her.  (female-identifying, any race/ethnicity)

Evil Gabbi/Gabbi – an Evil Cheerleader Succubus.  In the “real world” she was in Tilly’s class and bullied her.  (female-identifying, any race/ethnicity)

**Possible Ensemble/Swing roles - TBA

Content Advisory

This play is a comedy about death.  Please note that the play contains themes and topics including sexuality, gender, bullying, stereotypes, identity, grief, loss, and death.   

You are encouraged to read the script prior to submitting your audition.  A perusal copy can be found at: www.theatreink.net

 (this is for reading purposes only – please do not copy/distribute.)

Please reach out to the director, Paul Hurley, with any questions: phurley1@kent.edu

Per the amended audition requirement for fall 2020, individuals have the right to not audition or petition to be released from the BFA MT and MFA obligation except all roles (see below).

Rehearsals 

Rehearsals will be held via Zoom beginning on Monday, February 1, 2021.  The following is a tentative schedule of rehearsals/performances:

Week 1 – Feb. 1

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 6-9:30                                         

Week 2 – Feb. 8

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 6-9:30                             

Week 3 – Feb. 15

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 6-9:30                             

Week 4 – Feb. 22

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 6-9:30                             

Week 5 – March 1

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 6-10                                   

Week 6 – March 8

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 6-10

Week 7 – March 15

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 6-10           

Week 8 – March 22

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 6-10

Saturday from 6-10                                                                

Week 9 – March 29

Monday and Tuesday – Final Tech/Dress 6-10         

Rehearsals will be held via Zoom beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9. It is our hope that all rehearsal and recording of performances will conclude by Oct. 30.  

Opening and Performances

There will be three total showings of the production on the following dates:

Wednesday, March 31 – 7pm Performance

Thursday, April 1 – 7pm Performance

Friday, April 2 – 7pm Performance


How to Audition 

In order to audition, students should fill out the audition form, linked below, and submit a self-tape by 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 24, 2021. 

You will also be asked to run an internet speed test, so it would be helpful if you filled out your form while in your living space to get the most accurate data.

Please note, the audition form will collect your self-tape, headshot, and resume. If you would like, please share your pronouns on your audition form. Please title your files in the following manner LAST NAME_FIRST NAME.

She Kills Monsters Audition Form

What to Prepare

Please prepare and film yourself doing the following two things:

  1. Perform a monologue that you love to do (ideally less than 90 seconds).  If the monologue isn’t memorized, that’s fine, please audition anyway.  If you don’t have a monologue, that’s also fine, please still audition anyway and tell a super funny/poignant/thrilling story (ideally 90 seconds or less). 
  2. In addition to the monologue (or story), please also share something that you are super passionate about.  For example, many of the characters in this play eat, sleep, live and breathe to play the game Dungeons & Dragons.  If you feel comfortable, share what lights you up (in one approximately 1 minute)!

Self-Tape Instructions 

(adapted from Docherty Model and Talent)

  • Please select the song that most that most speaks to you and suits your voice. You may select a song assigned in the script to a gender-identity that is other than your own. The key of the cut should remain the same. 
  • Sheet music and cuts are provided here.
  • Please use the provided track as the accompaniment to a self-taped audition of your selected cut. Accompaniment tracks are provided here.
  • Shoot horizontally and at eye-level.  As much as you can be aware of your lighting, background, and sound.  Just do your best.  It is okay.  You may use your iPhone, iPad, tablet, Android phone, computer or external camera to record your audition. Useful apps for recording self-tapes include Slatable and iMovie. Both are free.
  • Before you begin singing, please SLATE your name by saying “First Name, Last Name, preferred pronouns if you would like, Year (frosh, soph, jun, etc.), and Major.”
  • Your videos should be either .MP4 or .MOV and it's best if each video is less than (or around) 50 MB.
  • Label your video in this format: FirstName LastName.MP4 (or .MOV)
  • Upload your video here or by clicking the link in the audition form below. 

Callbacks

Callbacks, if needed, will happen on Tuesday, January 26, and will be announced on Monday, January 25.  They will be held via Zoom.

PLEASE NOTE

In keeping with the freedom of choice of instruction measures instituted by Kent State due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the School of Theatre and Dance Performance Area has made a decision to amend the BFA Musical Theatre Program Requirement #3. This change is in effect for Spring productions only.

The temporary changes are as follows:

  1. BFA Musical Theatre and MFA Acting for the Returning Professional students may elect NOT to audition for the Spring Mainstage Season. If you choose not to audition, please e-mail afritsch@kent.edu by January 22, 2021. You are NOT required to let us know why you are making your choice. 
  2. If a BFA Musical Theatre or MFA Acting for the Returning Professional student decides TO audition for the 2021 Spring Mainstage Season, they must audition for BOTH of the Mainstage productions. 
  3. BFA Musical Theatre Program Requirement #3 (see below) will remain in effect for those students that elect to audition for the 2021 Spring Mainstage Season. 

“BFA Musical Theatre candidates are required to audition for all theatre division main stage productions and accept roles if cast. Exemptions to the audition requirement may be granted under certain circumstances. Circumstances include but are not limited to: religious beliefs, moral objection, psychological triggers with the play and physical concerns. In order to be exempted from the audition requirement, students must submit a written petition to the performance faculty prior to the beginning of the casting process for the production in question. The performance faculty will make a good-faith effort to deliberate and come to a decision on the petition at the first performance area meeting after the receipt of the petition. At no point will a student be asked to disclose sensitive personal information.”

For information on all the BFA MT requirements please go to the following. https://www.kent.edu/theatredance/revised-requirements-bfa-musical-theatre-program