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.
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.
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
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:
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.
Any 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:
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.