AUDITIONS

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Theatre Arts & Dance, Musical Theatre & Opera Season

Continuing students, new students and students from across campus in all fields of study are encouraged to audition, as well as faculty and staff. Auditions are open to the general public and we welcome off-campus actors and community members to audition as well. Our main stage productions provide terrific opportunities to perform and collaborate with others, and to earn course credit.  

FALL 2014 Season

The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek by Naomi Wallace – AUDITIONED SPRING 2014
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde – AUGUST AUDITIONS
6th Annual Super Mega Molten Hot Lava New Play Festival
Fall Dance Concert – AUGUST AUDITIONS

SPRING 2015 Season

Heroines by Jane Hammett – AUGUST AUDITIONS
Orchard Development by Anton Chekhov (ACTING & DANCE) – OCTOBER AUDITIONS

Directors for The Importance of Being Earnest and Heroines will conduct general preliminary auditions separately on the afternoon and evenings of Thursday August 21 through Sunday August 24 in Person Theatre and Ives Hall.  You must audition for The Importance of Being Earnest and Heroines separately.  

Please note:  If you are cast in Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Fall) or The Importance of Being Earnest (Fall), you will NOT be able to be considered for the cast of Heroines (Spring), due to scheduling conflicts.  If you are cast in Heroines (Spring), you will NOT be able to be considered for Orchard Development (Spring), due to scheduling conflicts.

AUGUST AUDITIONS
Thursday, August 21, 6-10:30p, Person Theatre            Heroines * Acting/Singing Auditions
Friday, August 22, 6-10:30p, Person Theatre                  Heroines * Acting/Singing Auditions
Friday, August 22, 10a-4p, Person Theatre                     Earnest * Acting Auditions
Saturday, August 23, 10a-7p, Ives 119                             Earnest * Initial Callbacks
Sunday, August 24, 10a-4p, Ives 119                               Earnest * Callbacks
Saturday, August 23 & 24, 10a-7p, Person Theatre      Heroines * Callbacks
Wednesday, August 20, 7p, PE1                                       Fall Dance * Preliminary Meeting for more info (optional)
Monday, August 25, 7-10p, PE1                                         Fall Dance * Dance Auditions         

OCTOBER AUDITIONS
Monday, October 6, 6:30p-10;30p, Ives 119 & PE1             Orchard * (Acting & Dance) Auditions 
Tuesday, October 7, 6:30-10p, Person Theatre & PE1      Orchard * (Acting & Dance) Initial Callbacks
Wednesday, October 8, 6:30-10p, Person Theatre & PE1 Orchard * (Acting & Dance) Callbacks TBD

STEPS to AUDITION

  1. Complete the Audition Questionnaire.
    Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) or Adobe Acrobat Pro (most current version) required to complete the Audition Questionnaire.
    1. Right click and download the Audition Questionnaire to your desktop. Open the file with Adobe Acrobat. Do NOT attempt to open the Audition Questionnaire in your web browser.
    2. Complete the questionnaire. Print 5 copies and bring to the audition.
    If you have problems downloading, completing and/or printing the form using your own computer, please come to Ives 210 and use the stage manager’s office computer to complete and print your audition copies.
    If you have problems uploading your headshot to the form and are unable to drop by Ives 210, please complete the text portion of the questionnaire, print 5 copies then attach a printed copy of your head shot to each form and bring to the audition.
  2. Click a below and select an available audition time slot:

  1. Read the scripts that interest you.  Scripts are available online at the THAR Audition Moodle.  Heroines scores and librettos can be viewed via Moodle or at the Theatre Arts Office (Ives 206) - check out not available
  2. Review all the information (audition format, rehearsals, performance dates) for each production, to ensure your schedule can accommodate all show commitments..


AUDITION FORMAT

If you would prefer to be cast in The Importance of Being Earnest:
Please prepare and memorize two monologues.  

    1. Dramatic piece
    2. A modern or contemporary humorous piece

If you would prefer to be cast in Heroines:
Please prepare and memorize one monologue & two songs

  1. Dramatic piece (monologue) = 90 seconds
  2. Please prepare two songs; contrasting styles/language = 3 minutes combined
  3. NOTE: Together, the monologue(s) and song(s) should not be more than 5 min!
  4. Be sure to bring legible SHEET MUSIC for pianist/accompanist!


SPECIAL NOTE to DANCERS

There are two productions for dancers this coming year.  Fall Dance 2014, is the student-generated show, directed by Christine Cali, and Orchard Development, an Acting & Dance collaboration in Spring 2015.


COURSE CREDIT/UNITS

All cast members must register for these courses themselves, you will not be automatically enrolled.  Cast lists will be sent to the Theatre Arts & Dance office, and a permission number for the correct course (THAR 301, 302, THAR 340, and MUSIC 340) will be provided to all cast members.

All students who are cast in The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek or The Importance of Being Earnest should register for THAR 302 for 3 units in the semester in which the show rehearses and performs.

Dance ensemble members for Fall Dance 2014 concert and Orchard Development should register for THAR 301 for 3 units in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, respectively.

Since Heroines rehearses in the fall of 2014 but performs in the spring of 2015, cast members should register for 3 units in both semesters. Students cast in Heroines register for THAR 340 in the fall and spring semester, while Music majors and minors should register for MUSIC 340.


The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek

By Naomi Wallace / Directed by Ken Sonkin
October 16-25, 2014
Studio 76, Ives Hall

SYNOPSIS

Dalton Chance, fifteen years old and an open book, once dreamed of going to college. Pace Creagan, seventeen, brimful of adventure, rebellious, fearless and feared. To Dalton, she's irresistible. To Pace, he's a challenge. They seek adventure and escape by racing trains, the sleek black symbol of power and progress that barrel through this small town during the 1930's. Naomi Wallace (One Flea Spare, Lawn Dogs) has written a strikingly poetic Depression-era play. Set in a small town blanketed with despair, the characters struggle to regain their momentum in the face of hard times. A dark, coming-of-age story, with an unsentimental and uncensored gaze into the lives of the working class, the play reaches into the depths of a nation and asks what lies beneath. “Erotic, gender-twisting… TRESTLE wraps its five characters in a metaphorical drama within a romantic and tragic mystery.”
—Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal, Louisville

Winner of Most Original Work —22nd Humana Festival, Actors Theater of Louisville (2000)

AUDITION FORMAT

Auditions for Trestle occurred in Spring 2014

Please note: If you are cast in Trestle, you will NOT be able to be considered for the casts of Earnest & Heroines, due to scheduling conflicts.

TRESTLE SHOW COMMITMENTS

First Rehearsal

TH Aug 28, 6:30-10:30p  (READ-THRU, DESIGN PRESENTATIONS)

Rehearsal Call Times

Monday through Thursdays from 6:30-10:30p, and Sundays from 3-7p (TBD).
Weekly schedule will be posted each Saturday for the following week.

Technical Rehearsals

Sa Oct 11 and Su Oct 12, 10:30a-10:30p

Dress Rehearsals

M Oct 13, T Oct 14, and W Oct 15, 6-10:30p

Performances

Week One: TH Oct 16, 7:30p (OPENING); F Oct 17, 7:30p; Sa Oct 18, 7:30p; Su Oct 19, 2p (MATINEE) – Post Show Discussion

Week Two:  W Oct 22, 7:30p  (Faculty/Staff night w/ pre-show discussion 6-7pm.); TH Oct 23, 7:30p; F Oct 24, 7:30p; Sa Oct 25, 7:30p (CLOSE & Strike)

Special Notes

Those who are cast in this production must be available for all rehearsal hours. No night classes. You must be available for all tech rehearsals and performances.

Cast

Cast:
Lyla Elmassian as Pace Creagan
Ian Webb as Dalton Chance
Cassandra Slagle as Gin Chance
Kyle Ryan as Dray Chance
Connor Pratt as Chas Weaver

Time:             1936
Place:            A town outside a city. Somewhere in the United States.
Note:             Accents of the characters should be as “neutral” as possible, an accent from “somewhere” in the U.S.  Characters touch each other only when indicated in the script.  Mature themes.


The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde / Directed by Judy Navas
October 30 - November 9, 2014
Evert B. Person Theatre

SYNOPSIS

In what may be the most perfectly funny play ever written, Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest dazzles with ironic wit, comic invention, razor-sharp subtlety, and bold servings of humor. Earnest is in love with Gwendolyn, but when it is revealed that both Earnest and his best friend Algernon are not entirely who they appear to be, a madcap comedy of close calls and hilarious revelations ensues. At the same time, Wilde’s genius suggests an odd surface world of the privileged class, oblivious to the world around them. Taking Wilde’s cue, this production moves the action to colonial India, where the British characters carry on their antics in a strange new setting, but one where they are equally oblivious, equally in love, and equally funny.

AUDITION FORMAT

Please prepare and memorize; two monologues.

  1. Dramatic piece
  2. A modern or contemporary humorous piece

NOTE:  If you are cast in Heroines, you will NOT be able to be considered for the casts of Trestle (Fall), Earnest (Fall) or Orchard Development (Spring), due to scheduling conflicts.  

Date
F Aug 22, Person Theatre, 10a-4p

Callback Format

Readings from the script and improvisations. Please read the play in advance. Scripts available online at the THAR Audition Moodle site.

Callbacks

S Aug 23, Ives 119, 10a-7p
Su Aug 24, Ives 119, 10a-4p  
Scenes from the play will be provided at callbacks.

SHOW COMMITMENTS

The Importance of Being Earnest

First Rehearsal

T Sept 2, 7-10p, Ives 119

Rehearsal Call Times

Rehearsals run Mondays through Thursdays from 7-10p, Fridays 3:30-6:30p, Ives 119. Those who are cast in this production must be available for all rehearsals. No conflicting classes or work schedules can be accommodated.

Technical Rehearsals

S Oct 25 and Su Oct 26, 10:30a-10:30p in Person Theatre.

Dress Rehearsals

Monday through Wednesday, Oct 27 - Oct 29, 6:30-11p in Person Theatre.

Performances – Person Theatre

Week One:  TH Oct 30, 7:30p; F OCT 31, 7:30a; S Nov 1, 7:30p; Su Nov 2, 2p (MATINEE + Post-Show Discussion)
Week Two:  T Nov 4, 10a (MATINEE), TH Nov 6, 7:30p (Faculty/Staff night); F Nov 7, 7:30p; S Nov 8, 7:30p; Su Nov 9, 2p (CLOSE + Strike)

Available Roles

~ 4 Women + 5 Men
JOHN WORTHING, J.P.
ALGERNON MONCRIEFF
REV. CANON CHASUBLE, D.D.
MERRIMAN
LANE
LADY BRACKNELL
HON. GWENDOLEN FAIRFAX
CECILY CARDEW
MISS PRISM

 

6th Annual Super Mega Molten Hot Lava New Play Festival

Written by Sonoma State University Students
Curated by Scott Horstein
November 13-15, 2014
Studio 76, Ives Hal
l

Come get in on the ground floor with the playwrights of tomorrow, with script-in-hand readings of new short plays and longer works from the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance Playwriting Program.  Last year's Mega Hot featured unsettling ghost stories, long walks on the beach, anti-vampire garlic machines, incompetent bank robbers, and sharks wielding guns.  Who knows what this year's festival will bring?

AUDITIONS

No audition required. Participation is by sign-up later in the semester. Please look for the sign-up notice on the department callboard in mid/late October.

SHOW COMMITMENTS

Studio 76, Ives Hall
Super Mega Molten HOT Lava New Play Festival

First Rehearsal

W Nov 5, 6-11p 

Rehearsal Call Times

At least one of the following rehearsals, possibly more if you are cast in multiple readings:  M Nov 10; T Nov 11 and/or W Nov 12 from 6-11p.

Performances

TH Nov 13, 7:30p (OPENING); F Nov 14, 7:30p; S Nov 15, 7:30p (CLOSE + Strike)

Available Roles

TBA

 

Fall Dance Concert 2014

Original Student Choreography
Directed by Christine Cali
November 20–23, 2014
Evert B. Person Theatre

The Fall Dance Concert will explore a wide variety of dance styles and/or genres, including but not limited to hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and ballet. Under the direction of Christine Cali, the student generated show will celebrate the creative talent of future dance artists. The show promises to be full of inventive movement, bold and expressive dancing and adventurous choreographic choices.

AUDITIONS

W Aug 20, 7p, PE1, Preliminary Meeting - for more info (optional)
M Aug 25, 7-10p, PE1, Dance Auditions
OPEN audition for anyone with dance experience

AUDITION FORMAT

come in your dance attire and be ready to move

Callbacks - None

SHOW COMMITMENTS

Dancers must be available for all rehearsals and performances.

Rehearsal call times

TBA (depending on casting)

Technical Rehearsals

S Nov 15 and Su Nov 16; 10:30a-7:30p

Dress Rehearsals

M Nov 17, T Nov 18 and W Nov 19, 6-11p

Performances

Week One Only:  TH Nov 20, 7:30p (OPENING), F Nov 21, 7:30p (Faculty/Staff Night);  S Nov 22, 7:30p; Su Nov 23, 2p (MATINEE + CLOSE)

Available roles

– As Cast

 

 

Heroines

A new revue drawing from The Merry WidowThreepenny Opera and the operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan
Coproduced by the Departments of Music and Theatre Arts & Dance
Music Direction by Lynne Morrow / Adaptation & Stage Direction by Jane Hammett
February 5-15, 2015
Evert B. Person Theatre

What’s wrong with this picture? In a strange, otherworldly landscape, a group of women from different times and places find themselves wrestling with their lives. Beholden to old-fashioned ideas of their place in society, how can they break free? This world premiere from SSU instructors Lynne Morrow and Jane Hammett gathers the most soaring, inspiring, and hilarious numbers from the history of operetta, and assembles them together in a dynamic, new revue. Drawing from shows like The Merry Widow, The Threepenny Opera, and the operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan, Heroines focuses on an explosive period in musical history at the turn of the 20th century, when women weren’t just fighting for the vote - they wanted to be bad.

AUDITION FORMAT

Please prepare and memorize one monologue & two songs

  1. Dramatic piece (monologue) = 90 seconds
  2. Please prepare two songs (one in English); contrasting styles/other language that  do not exceed 3 minutes combined
  3. NOTE: Together, the monologue(s) and song(s) should not be more than 5 min!
  4. Be sure to bring legible SHEET MUSIC for pianist/accompanist!
  5. If you have not prepared any songs for the Heroines audition, PLEASE COME ANYWAY - We’d love to see you!

AUDITIONS

Th Aug 21, Person Theatre, 6-10:30p
F Aug 22, Person Theatre, 6-10:30p

Callback Preparation

Scenes and songs from the play will be provided at Callbacks.  Some actors may be asked to attend both Callbacks. 

Callbacks

Sa Aug 23 & Sunday Aug 24, Person Theatre, from 10a-7p

SHOW COMMITMENTS

Heroines

First Rehearsal

T Aug 26, 7-10p

Rehearsal Call Times

Fall Semester:  Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-10p and one Saturday per month (dates and times TBA).
Spring Semester:  T Jan 20 thru TH Jan 29, all weekday evenings from 7-10p; S Jan 24 and S Jan 31, 10a-5p.

Technical Rehearsals

Technical rehearsal weekend S Jan 31 and Su Feb 1 from 10:30a-10:30p

Dress Rehearsals

Monday through Wednesday, Feb 2-4, from 6:30-11p

Performances

Week One:  TH Feb 5, 7:30p (OPENING); F Feb 6, 7:30p; S Feb 7, 7:30p; Su Feb 8, 5:00p (Post-Show Discussion)
Week Two:  W Feb 11, 1p (MATINEE); TH Feb 12, 7:30p; F Feb 13, 7:30p; S Feb 14, 7:30p; Su Feb 15, 2p (CLOSING MATINEE + Strike)

Available Roles

10-15 Women

1-2 Men for solo and ensemble numbers who can act, dance and move.

 

Orchard Development

A multi-media dance/ theatre mash-up based on The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov  
Directed by Paul Draper / Choreography by Kristen Daley
April 16-25, 2015
Evert B. Person Theatre

One of the greatest plays of the 20th century, this darkly funny masterpiece gets a massive remix in a dance/theater mash-up, exploring text and character through acting, dance, original music, technology and design. “The play tells the story of an aristocratic Russian woman and her family as they return to their family estate (which includes a large and well-known cherry orchard) just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage. While presented with options to save the estate, the family essentially does nothing and the play ends with the sale f the estate to the son of a former serf. The family leaves to the sound of the cherry orchard being cut down. This Chekhov classic presents themes of cultural futility – both the futile attempts of the aristocracy to maintain its status and of the bourgeoisie to find meaning in its newfound materialism. In reflecting the socio-economic forces at work in Russia at the turn of the 20th century, including the rise of the middle class after the abolition of serfdom and the sinking of the aristocracy, the play reflects forces at work around the globe in that period.”        -- Wikipedia

ACTING AUDITION FORMAT

Please prepare and memorize two monologues.  

  1. Dramatic piece
  2. A modern or contemporary humorous piece

One of these two must be choreographed with physical movement or dance.

NOTE:  If you are cast in Heroines, you will NOT be considered for the cast of Trestle (Fall), Earnest (Fall) or Cherry Development (Spring), due to scheduling conflicts.  

DANCE AUDITION FORMAT

Come dressed and ready to move.

AUDITIONS

S Oct 4, Person Theatre, 10a-4p

Callback Prep

Readings from the script and improvisations. Please read the play in advance. Scripts available online at THAR Audition Moodle.

Callbacks

T Oct 7, Person Theatre, 6:30-10:30p
W Oct 8, Person Theatre, 6:30-10:30p (TBD)
Scenes from the play will be provided at callbacks.

SHOW COMMITMENTS

Orchard Development

First Rehearsal

ACTING:  T Jan 13, 6:30-10:30p, Ives 119
DANCE:  W Jan 14, 6-10p, PE1

Rehearsal Call Times

ACTING: Monday through Thursdays from 6:30-10:30p, and Fridays from 1-5p. Weekly schedule will be posted each Saturday for the following week. 
DANCE: Mondays and Wednesdays 6-10pm and Fridays from 1-5pm

Technical Rehearsals

F Apr 10 and Sa Apr 11, 10:30a-11p

Dress Rehearsals

M Apr 13 through TH Apr 16, 6-10:30p

Performances

Week One:  TH Apr 16, 7:30p (OPENING); F Apr 17, 7:30p; S Apr 18, 7:30p; Su Apr 19, 2p (Post-Show Talk)
Week Two:  T Apr 21, 10a (MATINEE); TH Apr 23, 7:30p (Faculty/Staff Night + Pre-Show Talk 6p);
F Apr 24, 7:30p; S Apr 25, 7:30p (CLOSE & Strike)

Special Notes

Those who are cast in this production must be available for all rehearsal hours. No night classes, Friday afternoon classes or work schedules can be accommodated. You must be available for all tech rehearsals and performances.

Available Roles

~ 5-6 Women + 9 Men
MADAME LYUBOV ANDREIEVNA RANEVSKAYA 
PETER TROFIMOV 
BORIS BORISOVICH SIMEONOV-PISHCHIK 
ANYA
VARYA
LEONID ANDREIEVEITCH GAYEV 
YERMOLAI ALEXEIEVITCH LOPAKHIN 
CHARLOTTA IVANOVNA 
YEPIKHODOV
DUNYASHA
FIRS
YASHA
A STRANGER
THE STATIONMASTER AND POSTMASTER
GUESTS, SERVANTS AND OTHERS