Audition information

All auditions for the Department of Theatre and Dance productions are open to the entire campus community.

Dates and shows are subject to change.

Spring Awakening

Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik. 
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
Auditions are in E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, MainStage Theatre
Show will be held in the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening follows a group of teenage German students as they struggle to understand and obtain agency over their own bodies inside of a repressive, dismissive, ill-informed, and often cruel society. The folk-rock score by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater is equal parts powerful and poetic, acting as a raw reflection of the characters’ inner lives, and a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion. Content warning: nudity, rape, suicide, violence

Rehearsals begin September 6, 2022

Show dates: October 20, 21, 22 at 7:30 p.m. | October 22, 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Basic Rehearsal Schedule:

  • Monday 7:00pm-10:00pm, Tuesday-Thursday 6:00pm-10:00pm
  • Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday OFF (until we reach tech)

Tech/Dress Dates:

  • Tuesday 10/11/22            6:00pm-10:00pm
  • Wednesday 10/12/22     Sitzprobe
  • Thursday 10/13/22          6:00pm-10:00pm
  • Friday 10/14/22                6:00pm-10:00pm
  • Saturday 10/15/22           Possible 10:00am-10:00pm; Dress 1 at end of day
  • Sunday 10/16/22              Possible OFF day if we get a dress run in on 10/15/22, if not tech and Dress 1, hours TBD
  • Monday 10/17/22            OFF
  • Tuesday 10/18/22            Cast called at 5:00pm for Dress 2
  • Wednesday 10/19/22     Cast called at 5:00pm for Dress 3

How to Sign Up:

Initial auditions are in 10-minute slots.  Sign-up information is below.
  • Wednesday 8/31/22       6:00-10:00pm
  • Thursday 9/1/22              6:00-10:00pm
  • Friday 9/2/22                    6:00-10:00pm
 
CALLBACKS: Saturday 9/3/22
12:00-5:00pm (please keep entire block open if possible)
  • 12:00-3:00pm Vocal and Scene Work
  • 3:00-5:00pm Movement/Dance Call

Sign-up Steps:

  • Watch this short video from our director Charlie DelMarcelle.
  • Fill out this Google audition form.
  • Click this link and choose a slot by filling in your name next to the time you would like to audition.  Please fill in earlier open slots first if possible.

What to Prepare:

  • TWO 16-bar cuts (of your choice) from the score of Spring Awakening. Choose any songs you would enjoy singing, and feel free to mix characters.
    • Practice tracks are available online. Score is available here.
  • TWO sides from the choices in this Google folder. Choose any two you are interested in exploring.
  • You may choose any character(s) between the sides and songs. Mix and match if you'd like.

ACCOMPANIST WILL BE PROVIDED.

BRING PRINTED COPIES OF YOUR SHEET MUSIC MARKED APPROPRIATELY.

Questions: Contact student stage manager, Emily Harris at EH948334@wcupa.edu or director, Professor Charlie DelMarcelle at cdelmarcelle@wcupa.edu

Fall Dance Concert | University Dance Company (UDC)

Auditions are in E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, Dance Lab (EOB 017)
Show will be held in the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre

Rehearsals begin September 6, 2022

Show dates: November 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m. | November 12 at 2:00 p.m.

University Dance Company’s annual Fall Dance Concert focuses on work by current WCU dance faculty and professional guest artists with selected student work.

Auditions dates: Tuesday, August 30 | Wednesday, August 31 at 7:00pm

  • Tuesday audition is for new incoming students and any student who has only performed with UDC for 1 semester.
  • Wednesday audition is for all returning students who have performed with UDC for more than 1 semester and a callback for Tuesday’s audition.

Please arrive 20-30 minutes early to sign in, get a number, and warm-up. No need to have anything prepared. Two combinations will be taught in a contemporary/modern/ or jazz dance form to perform in small groups.

Special Guest Choreographer Audition dates: September 2 in EOB 114 (upstairs studio)

  • Friday, September 2, 3:00-4:00pm - TAP audition with William Burden
  • Friday, September 2, 4:00-5:00pm – HIP HOP audition with Samuel Reyes

Please bring appropriate shoes and arrive 15 minutes early to sign in, get a number, and warm-up. 

Questions: Contact dance minor coordinator, Professor Gretchen Studlien-Webb at gstudlien-webb@wcupa.edu

Eurydice

Eurydice
By Sarah Ruhl

Auditions are in E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, J.P. Adler Studio Theatre

Performances are in E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, MainStage Theatre

Eurydice reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love and begins to discover that the cost of living again can sometimes exceed the cost of staying dead. Sarah Ruhl’s play transforms a traditional myth into a contemporary meditation on love worth grieving for through dark humor and wit.

Rehearsals begin September 26, 2022

Show dates: November 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m. | November 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Basic Rehearsal Schedule:

  • Sunday through Thursday 6:00-10:00pm 

Tech/Dress Dates:

  • Sunday November 7 through Wednesday November 16

How to Sign Up:

Initial auditions are in 10-minute slots.  

Sign-up information is below.
  • Tuesday 9/13  6:30-9:30 p.m.

CALLBACKS  

  • Wednesday 9/14 and Thursday 9/15 (please keep entire block open if possible)
    • Wednesday 6:30-9:30 p.m. acting and vocal work
    • Thursday 6:30-9:30 p.m. movement work
    • Please be aware the cast list will not be posted by Thursday night
Sign-up Steps:

What to Prepare:

For Initial Audition

  • Please choose the material for the character you might like to audition for. Please choose only 1 character but know that you may be considered for other characters as well. You can prepare the sides as listed below (there will be a reader provided at the auditions) and prepare the Activity Part as well. Script provided under resources of this document)
    • Eurydice : p. 51 and p. 10-14 and p. 22-25
    • Orpheus: p. 52 and p. 9-14 and p. 56-57
    • Father: p. 15-16 and p. 37-38 and p. 41-42
    • Nasty Man/Lord of the Underworld: p. 22-25 and p. 48-49
    • Stones: p. 26-28 and p. 64-65
  • Prepare and present a short activity. Ideally this would involve creation or transformation. For example, transforming some ordinary object(s) into something that the actor/character needs: What is it like to transform two chairs and a bench into a place of safety and rest? Please keep this simple and thoughtful. Keep the process under 90 seconds (it does not have to be 90 seconds but should not exceed that time limit.) A small table, four chairs and one bench will be available to you – although you are not obligated to use them. Any other materials you may need you must bring yourself. Try to avoid excessive pantomime and remember this is not an improvised activity. Also remember there is no “right” way to do this; I am looking at the process more than the product.

For Callbacks

Additional sides will be added for callbacks as well as the presentation of a song. We are asking for 45-60 seconds of a song; a pop song from the 50’s or 60’s or a song of your own composition that may have the same flavor/attitude.

Resources:
  1. Full Script
  2. Plot Synopsis & Character description
Questions: Contact student stage manager, Giulia Pagano at JP977737@wcupa.edu or director, Professor Len Kelly at lkelly@wcupa.edu. 

 

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