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Welcome to audition central where you’ll find the information you need to audition, tips, as well as helpful information once you’re cast in a show!
University Theatre auditions are open to all currently enrolled NC State students regardless of race, ethnicity, identity, or ability. You don’t have to be a theatre major—or even be taking a theatre class—to give it a shot. We’re always looking for enthusiastic new talent for our shows!
Auditions are held in Thompson Hall, unless otherwise noted, and typically held six to eight weeks in advance of a show’s opening. An audition orientation is scheduled the day before auditions are held where you will have the opportunity to have your questions answered as well as get insight into the audition process. If this is your first time auditioning at University Theatre, the information disseminated during this session is invaluable.
We look forward to seeing you at auditions this year. If you have additional questions or require special accommodations to audition, contact us here. Break a leg!
When you arrive for a University Theatre audition, you will sign-in, fill-out an audition card, have your All-Campus card scanned, a photo will be taken and you’ll be assigned an audition number. Bring your current academic/work schedule as the director will need to know all of your conflicts upfront. You’ll then wait for the director or stage manager to call your name. Most likely, you’ll be partnered with others to read a scene and/or given a monologue. You’ll be given the opportunity to read more than once. While it’s not required, you may attend both nights of auditions if you wish.
In general, University Theatre student production auditions utilize sides — short scenes or monologue readings from the script — provided at the audition. The sides are also placed online in advance of the audition to familiarize yourself. Additionally, full perusal scripts are located in the lobby at Thompson Hall.
Musical auditions. In addition to the above, prepare 16-bars of a song of your choosing. Bring the sheet music, marked and notated in the correct key for your voice range. An accompanist will be provided. You will also be taught a song and dance combination from the show.
TheatreFest is our summer repertory season. Auditioners sign-up online for a 10-minute time slot once auditions are announced. Prepare a short monologue and be ready to read from selected sides. See note above when auditioning for a musical. However, every director and play’s audition requirements might be different.
- Accept your role and provide your bio for the playbill here»
- Pick up your script. Your stage manager will contact you soon with rehearsal dates and where to pick up your scripts.
- Visit the Production Resources page for calendars and other pertinent show-related information.
- See “A note about stage makeup” below:
A note about stage makeup
For hygienic reasons, all cast members will need to supply their own basic corrective stage makeup, applicators (including makeup sponges, brushes, brush cleanser) and makeup remover/towelettes. Application of said stage makeup will be guided by the makeup designer and/or the makeup crew. Cast members are expected to provide foundation, highlight/shadow, eyeliner, mascara, and blush and lip color.
If students anticipate participating in University Theatre shows or enrolling in the stage makeup class, we recommend purchasing a “Ben Nye Theatrical Creme Kit” in your color palette. If you need help in sourcing makeup or determining your color palette, please contact Laura Parker for assistance.
In instances where specialty makeup or specialty makeup effects are necessary (including, but not limited to, stage blood, scars, false ears/noses, hair whitening, etc.), University Theatre will supply said specialty makeup and/or prosthetics.
If an actor has visible tattoos that need to be covered, said actor will be responsible for effective and appropriate tattoo cover-up makeup. If the actor needs guidance on what products would be effective, please contact Laura Parker.
Fall 2018 AuditionsAUDITION SIDES
Cabaret Pit Orchestra —
AUDITIONS: Wednesday and Thursday, October 24-25, 6:00-9:00pm, Price Music Center
Show Run Dates: February 20-24, 2019
SIGN UP FOR A 10-MINUTE AUDITION SLOT HERE
Navigate to November 13th to sign up. If there are no slots available or if you are unable to audition during the available time slots, please email Joshua Reaves directly at email@example.com in advance of the audition date.
Auditionees should prepare something rhythmic – in the style of Cabaret Parts Needed: Availability: • Saturday, February 9, 2019 | REHEARSAL | 4-Hours TBD in consultation with players | Thompson Hall Ensure you are able to commit to the above schedule before you sign up for an audition slot. Thank you! Audition Orientation — Wednesday, January 30, 7:00pm AUDITIONS: Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3, TBD Do not: Do not: Do not:
See Pit Audition Prep, Needs and Schedule
• 2 Reed players. (Between the two: Bb Clarinet, Alto sax, Tenor sax, and possibly A clarinet)
This is an all or nothing commitment. In addition to the schedule outlined below, there will be one (1) 3-4 hour rehearsal scheduled in late January/early February with date and time TBD by music director and musicians cast in the pit.
• Thursday, February 14, 2019 | SITZPROBE | 6:00-11:00 pm | Stewart Theatre
• Sunday, February 17, 2019 | TECH | 6:00-11:00pm | Stewart Theatre
• Monday-Saturday, February 18-23, 2019 | DRESS REHEARSALS/PERFORMANCES | 7:00pm through end of show
• Sunday, February 24, 2019 | FINAL MATINEE PERFORMANCE | 1:30 pm through end of show
Spring 2019 Auditions
A Good Little Rain & The Royal Family —
AUDITIONS: Thursday and Friday, January 31-February 1, 7:00pm
“A Good Little Rain” Show Run Dates: March 20-24, 2019
“The Royal Family” Show Run Dates: April 4-7 and 10-14, 2019
TheatreFest 2019 —
See “Additional Resources.”
Auditionees should prepare something rhythmic – in the style of Cabaret
• Saturday, February 9, 2019 | REHEARSAL | 4-Hours TBD in consultation with players | Thompson Hall
Ensure you are able to commit to the above schedule before you sign up for an audition slot. Thank you!
Audition Orientation — Wednesday, January 30, 7:00pm
AUDITIONS: Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3, TBD