Open Auditions Aug. 17 for Fall Theatre Productions

20140417_Hairspray_Season_Brochure_0009-FINAL RGBCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 4, 2014 – Open auditions for Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance fall productions will be held Aug. 17.

Auditions for principal and ensemble roles for the musical, “Hairspray,” as well as Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” Christopher Durang’s absurd comedy “Durang, Durang” and the Fault-Line Film Festival will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.

Those auditioning for all three productions must prepare one song (16 bars; R&B, gospel, rock-n-roll, ballad, or up-tempo) and one 60-second Shakespearean monologue. Actors who wish to be considered for the plays only must present two 60-second monologues (one Shakespearean and one contemporary comedy). Those wishing to be considered for the musical only must present one prepared song (16 bars; R&B, gospel, rock-n-roll, ballad, or up-tempo).

Callbacks for theatre auditions will be immediately following the initial audition. Those auditioning should bring appropriate changes of clothing for callbacks. “Hairspray” rehearsals will begin on Monday, Aug. 18, with the show opening Wednesday, Oct. 8. “Macbeth” and “Durang, Durang” rehearsals will begin later in the semester.

Auditions are open to all, and the general public is particularly encouraged to audition for Hairspray. All current and prospective Bachelor of Fine Arts performance majors and all freshman and transfer student prospective Bachelor of Fine Arts majors are required to audition for mainstage productions. All performance-based Bachelor of Arts majors are highly encouraged to audition. Everyone auditioning should dress appropriately and bring sheet music (if singing).

For more information, call (573) 651-2149 or email Dr. Kenneth Stilson, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, at kstilson@semo.edu.