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SIU Theater Season Auditions

Typically:

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.

Specific:

FALL 2018 AUDITION INFORMATION
SIU DEPARTMENT OF THEATER SEASON 2018-2019

For more information call the SIU Department of Theater 618-453-5741.
Call back auditions may be scheduled as needed.

PIPPIN

Book by Roger O. Hirson; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Directed by J. Thomas Kidd, choreographed by Darryl Clark

Pippin—youngest son to Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne—has recently graduated from the University and is searching for his purpose.  Encouraged by a group of seductive actors he tries war, sex, politics, revolution, and simple family life, before being lured into a death defying and extraordinary act of final fulfillment.

Auditions are Thursday, Aug. 23 at Altgeld Hall, room 116.

  • Sign-in is at 6:00 p.m.
  • Dance/movement auditions are at 6:30 p.m.
  • Individual auditions are at 7:00 p.m.

Actors should prepare a one to two minute song that demonstrates their vocal range and ability to play a character urgently pursuing an action, while integrating the use of a specific street performance skill such as stilt walking, juggling, tumbling, stage fighting, magic tricks, card tricks, playing a musical instrument, etc. Actors should also be prepared to attend a dance/movement call at the beginning of the audition.

PERFORMANCE DATES: OCT. 4-7, 2018

PUNK ROCK

Written by Simon Stephens
Directed by Kyle Aschbrenner (SIU Theater, Class of 2019)

In this SIU student directed and produced production, a group of outspoken 17 year-olds navigate their way through the pressures of their last year in high school hoping to avoid catastrophe and make it to it to their futures.

Auditions are Sunday, Aug. 26 at Christian H. Moe Laboratory Theater.

  • Sign in is at 5:00 p.m.
  • Group auditions are from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Actors should be prepared to perform cold readings from the script. 

PERFORMANCE DATES: NOV. 9-11, 2018

IN THE SHADOW OF HIS LANGUAGE

By Jacob Juntunen, SIU Theater Resident Playwright
Directed by J. Thomas Kidd

A first generation college student is asked by her mentor to give up everything in order to succeed in the world of academia. Will what she gains be worth what she loses?

Auditions are Saturday, Aug. 25 at Christian H. Moe Laboratory Theater.

  • Sign-in is at 1:30 p.m.
  • Group auditions are from 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Actors should be prepared to cold read selections from the script.

PERFORMANCE DATES: NOV. 29-DEC.2, 2018

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine
Directed by Timothy J. Fink, choreographed by Darryl Clark

Inspired by George Seurat’s famous painting which hangs in the Chicago Art Museum, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”, Sondheim’s most autobiographical musical explores the challenges of creating art by comparing two artists, 100 years apart and both named George, as they struggle to balance a life in art.

Auditions are Friday, Aug. 24 at Altgeld Hall, Room 116.

  • Sign-in is at 6:30 p.m.
  • Individual auditions are at 7:00 p.m.

Actors should be prepared to sing approximately 32-48 bars of a song from “Sunday in the Park”, appropriate to their type. Or, sing another selection in the musical style of the show; usually the final 32 bars is the most appropriate cutting. Appropriate, honest acting is valued equally with voice and musical accuracy.