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    HairCasting Policy

    Casting decisions are made primarily by the production director and by the Department of Theatre Arts Chair when necessary.  The department supports the principle of non-traditional casting.  Non-traditional casting is the use of ethnic minority actors (African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, etc.), female actors, and physically challenged actors in roles where race, ethnicity, gender and/or physical capabilities are not absolutely essential to the character's development.

    Audition Policy

    • Any UWL student enrolled with at least 3 credits are eligible to audition for Department of Theatre Arts productions.
    • It is understood that any theatre major/minor auditioning for a production, including SummerStage, who has not specified that the audition is "for experience only" agrees to accept any role on the cast list awarded by the director.  Failure to accept the role (i.e. turning down the role), except under extenuating circumstances, will forfeit the next casting possibility within the department for that student.
    • The nature of auditioning is competitive and the faculty endeavors to cast from the efforts of a specific audition and not past histories, accomplishments or previous roles.
    • Majors are ineligible to audition with a GPA below 2.0.  (Music Theatre Majors:  Please see the Music Theatre policy.)
    • All Theatre Arts majors are required to audition:
      • Performance/Music Theatre students must audition for each department production.
      • Design/Technical/General Studies/Management students must audition for at least one production each academic year.
    • UWL faculty members may be cast if the qualities demonstrated are deemed necessary for a production.
    • Members of the La Crosse community may audition with prior approval of the Department of Theatre Arts.
    • In production requiring children, the director will establish procedures with the department chair for auditioning child actors.
    • In the rare instance when a role cannot be cast through the audition process, the department will determine procedures for filling the role.

    Role Acceptance Policy

    It is understood that any theatre major/minor auditioning for a production, including SummerStage, who has not specified that the audition is "for experience only" agrees to accept any role awarded by the director on the cast list.  Failure to accept the role (i.e. turning down the role), except under extenuating circumstances, will forfeit the next casting possibility within the department for that student.

    Cast lists will be posted on the theatre call boards (at the end of the theatre hallway).  Auditioners should check the cast list, initial his/her acceptance of the role and pick up a script (as indicated on the cast list or by e-mail via the stage manager).

    Notification for the first rehearsal will be either posted with the cast list or sent out via e-mail by the stage manager.  During the first read-through, cast members will be asked to complete a conflict schedule, brief program biography, and hometown publicity form.  A complete rehearsal schedule will be determined once the conflict sheets are collected.

    Rehearsals usually run Monday through Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Depending on the size of your role, you may not be required to attend every rehearsal.  This will be determined by the director and communicated by the stage manager.  Occasionally, the director may schedule additional rehearsals depending on the production needs.

    All cast and crew members are required to:

    • Come to rehearsal prepared and on time.
    • Maintain a professional attitude with other members of the cast and crew.
    • Attend all scheduled rehearsal and tech week rehearsals.
    • Attend all ACTF critiques.
    • Attend classes and maintain University eligibility requirements.
    • Participate in strike following the final performance of a production.
    • Return musical scripts, with all pencil markings completely erased, to the stage manager by the end of strike.
    • Assist with production publicity (i.e. radio/newspaper/television interviews, informational tables, special performances, high school matinee performances, etc.).
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    All auditions are cold readings (nothing to prepare) unless otherwise indicated.  However, auditioners are strongly urged to read and be familiar with the script.  Scripts are available for review at Murphy Library's Reserve Desk.  Please note that the location of the auditions is subject to change.  Watch for posters on campus for audition information.


    by David Auburn
    Directed by Walter Elder
    Audition Dates
    Wednesday, September 9, 2015
    6:00 p.m.
    Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts     

    Come Back

    by Neil Haven
    Directed by Mary Leonard
    Audition Dates
    Wednesday, September 9, 2015
    6:00 p.m.
    Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall       

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    by Tennessee Williams
    Directed by Beth Cherne
    Audition Dates
    Monday, October 19, 2015
    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 (callbacks)
    6:00 p.m.
    Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts


    Singin' in the Rain

    Screenplay by Bett Comden & Adolf Green
    Songs by Nacio Herb Brown & Arthur Freed
    Directed by Mary Leonard
    Audition Dates
    Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (dancing/singing portion of audition)
    Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (reading scenes from script)
    Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall (lower level)
    Please prepare 32 bars of a Broadway musical number and wear loose comfortable clothing so that you can move during the dance routine that will be taught on-site.

    Horrible Harry in Room 2B

    Based on the books by Suzy Kline
    Adapted by the UWL Creating Children's Theatre Class (Callie Boydston, Erin Gassner, Lauren Gingold, Sophia Goodner, Katie Katschke, Maddie Napolski, Derek Sveen, Bryce Wilson, Sarah Wolf and Lewis Youngren)
    Directed by Beth Cherne
    Audition Dates
    Tuesday, January 26, 2016
    Wednesday, January 27, 2016 (callbacks)
    6:00 p.m.
    Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall

    One Man, Two Gunvors

    by Richard Bean
    Directed by Walter Elder
    Audition Dates
    Tuesday, January 26, 2016
    Wednesday, January 27, 2016 (callbacks)
    6:00 p.m.
    Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts

     Images of 2015-2016 season for auditioons

    CabaretAny student interested in declaring a Music Theatre major must first audition and be accepted into the program. Auditions are held in November, February and March for admission into the program in the subsequent fall semester.

    Music Theatre program auditions consist of:

    • Two contrasting songs of contest quality literature. One music theatre selection and one classical selection: Singers may be asked to sing all or part of each selection.
    • One 1-2-minute prepared monologue from a contemporary play. The prepared monologue can be either comic or serious and should reveal your personality and character type.
    • A short music theatre dance combination taught by the Performance Dance Instructor at the time of the audition. You should wear clothes in which you can move freely. Time to change clothes will be provided.
    • Brief interview with the Music Theatre Committee. Candidates should also provide 2 –3 letters of recommendation from such individuals as a) high school/community theatre director, b) high school/community choir director, c) high school/community dance instructor, d) private voice instructor, e) high school forensics director, f) other.
    • Audition material should demonstrate skill and potential for development with admission based on singing, acting and dancing ability/potential, technical abilities, rhythm, expression, stage presence, confidence, enthusiasm and discipline.
    • An accompanist will be provided for a fee of $15.00, or you may bring your own accompanist. Bring your music in the key you will be singing.
    • To remain in good standing, students' cumulative GPA must be at least 1.60 at the end of the first semester, 1.80 at the end of the second and third semesters, and 2.00 or above each successive semester. Students on academic probation may not participate in production/performance activities in the semester in which they are on academic probation, except as approved by the Music Theatre Committee.

    For more information, please contact Mary Leonard, Music Theatre Coordinator, at 608.785.6704 or   To schedule a campus visit/music theatre audition, please complete a theatre visit form.

    Auditioning for a role can be a nerve-wracking experience. However, with these tips and lots of practice, you can give an outstanding audition and can give you an opportunity to do what you love…perform.


    • Be sure to have a pen/pencil to fill out information sheets, etc.
    • Have at least 2 copies of your headshot and current resume stapled together. You will probably only need one, but sometimes they’ll ask for a second, especially if you’re being seen by a panel.
    • Read the script. At UWL, most auditions are cold readings which means you need nothing prepared. However, the director does expect you to be familiar with the storyline and characters.
    • Have a copy of your schedule so that you can complete the “time conflict” form. This will include your classes, work or special events that may interfere with the rehearsal/production process.


    • Arrive early so that you have ample time to complete paperwork, review sides, etc. Sign in immediately.
    • Be prepared. An actor should always have a number of monologues ready. If you are given the sides in advance, be extremely familiar with them.
    • Dress appropriately. Clothes should be clean and presentable. You should also be able to move freely especially if the audition includes a dance routine.
    • As you enter the audition room, introduce yourself and present your headshots/resume. Make eye contact.
    • Be prepared to talk about yourself on a personal and professional level. Be able to speak on your career aspirations, previous work experience, etc.
    • Immediately following your audition, thank the casting director and leave the room quietly.


    • Be positive and friendly.
    • Listen. Never interrupt the director.
    • Be engaged. Have questions or comments about the material if asked.
    • Be fearless. An audition is not a moment to ask permission. Don’t apologize for yourself or make excuses. If you mess up a line in your monologue, keep going.
    • Be polite. Do not linger after your audition.
    • Watch what you say and who you say it to.
    • Be aware of your posture. Body language reveals a great deal about what we think and feel. Stand up straight, shoulders back and be confident.