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SIU Theater Season Auditions


SIU Theater season auditions are typically held in the McLeod Theater from 7–10 p.m. on the Wednesday and Thursday (sometimes Friday) of the first week of the fall and spring semester unless otherwise noted. Auditions are open to all theater majors, non-theater majors and members of the community. Actors from all cultures are encouraged to audition. Generally two short, contrasting monologues, one comic, one dramatic are required. The total combined time for the audition is 90 seconds. Callbacks are scheduled for each production separately. Actors may sign in at the location 30 minutes prior to the start of the auditions.


SIU Department of Theater 2017-18 Season

For More information call the SIU Department of Theater 618-453-5741

Boy Gets Girl

By Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Kelly Jordan (in partial fulfillment of the M.F.A. in Theater)
A chilling modern tale of how quickly a woman’s life accomplishment is unraveled by a disturbed admirer.
Performance Dates: Oct. 26-29

Audition Date:   Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Audition Location: C.H. Moe Lab Theater, Communications Building, SIU Campus
Audition Time: 6:30pm – Actor Sign-in; 7:00-10:00 pm – Individual Auditions
Actors should prepare a one to two minute contemporary dramatic monologue. Those without a prepared piece will be asked to do a cold reading from the script.

Spring Awakening

Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater ♦ Music by Duncan Sheik
Directed and Choreographed by J. Thomas Kidd
This groundbreaking musical explores the poignant journey form adolescence to adulthood with an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll.
Performance Dates: Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2017 – McLeod Theater

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The Boys From Syracuse

Music By Richard Rodgers ♦ Lyrics by Lorenz Hart ♦ Book by George Abbott
Directed by Timothy J. Fink ♦ Choreographed by Darryl Clark
The fun and tune filled, rollicking musical version of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. 
Performance Dates: Feb. 22-25, 2018

Audition Date:  Friday, August 25, 2017
Audition Location: Room 116 Altgeld Hall, SIU Campus
Audition Time: 6:00pm – Actor Sign-in; 6:30 pm – Dance Audition (required); 7:00-10:00 pm – Individual Auditions
Actors will be seen in groups of 10 in order of sign-in

Prepare 2 contrasting songs:
Song 1 - From a pop-rock, post-2001 musical such as Spring Awakening OR an actual pop/rock song similar in style to that of of Duncan Sheik (Paramour, Fall Out Boys, Panic at the Disco, etc.)
Song 2 - From a “Golden Age” American musical (1935-1965, sample composers are Rodgers & Hart; Rodgers & Hammerstein; Bock and Harnick, Lerner and Lowe, Cole Porter, etc.)
Each song should be about 1 minute or 32 bars in length in the original show keys. The songs should contrast in as many ways as possible, and show your ability to play a variety of roles.  

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Dramatized by Joseph Robinette from the novel by C. S. Lewis
Directed by J. Thomas Kidd
The heroic tale of love, faith, courage and the epic triumph of good over evil in the magical land of Narnia.
Performance Dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2017

Audition Date:  Saturday, August 26, 2017
Audition Location: McLeod Theater, Communications Building, SIU Campus
Audition Time: 9:00am – Actor Sign-in; 9:30am – Audition Begin
Actors should be prepared to read from the script

McLeod Summer Playhouse Auditions


Auditions for the McLeod Summer Playhouse are generally held locally in Carbondale, IL on the Saturday of the first week in February, in Altgeld Hall, Room 116 (Opera/Music Theater Rehearsal Room) SIU Carbondale campus. Registration is at 9 am. (But sometimes earlier.) Everyone auditioning must attend the dance audition at 9:30 am. Individual auditions will begin at 10:30 am. Performers will have 90 seconds (timed) to sing a musical theater selection (a selection from one of the shows is permitted) and perform a comic monologue. Dance wear is needed for the dance audition; something that reveals the body line. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music with piano accompaniment. Music should be presented with start, finish, and cuts clearly marked. No CD accompaniment. Bring a picture and resume if possible.

Children's audition are usually scheduled separately if the seaon has roles for children.

Auditions for McLeod Summer Playhouse are sometimes held at other regional theater auditions and conferences such as the Illinois Theater Association, (End of January/ Start Feb.), Mid West Theater Auditions (mid-February), Chicago Equity Office Rehearsal Room, (March) and/or SETC (March).

Check the MSP website for listings: