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Student Auditions


Any member of the Emory community is welcome to audition for Theater Emory productions. A major or minor in Theater Studies is not required.

Performers of all abilities, gender identities, ages, ethnic and racial histories, and socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

2022-2023 Season

Auditions for 2022-2023 Theater Emory Season

FALL

The Park, September 29 - October 2 

EMOS: Earth Matters On Stage Festival

Production: Transmissions in Advance of the Second Great Dying, October 27 - November 6
Reading: An American Animal, Reading November 5
Reading: Bloom Bloom Pow, Reading November 6 
 
SPRING

Our Town, February 16 - March 2

Britney Approximately, April 6 - 16 

Student Auditions for Fall 2022, August 27 - 28, 2022

Audition details and sign-up will be posted August 1, 2022. 

Student Auditions for Spring 2023, November 19 - 20, 2022

The Park: an expressionist fable

The Park: an expressionist fable

Auditions Aug. 27 - 28

Overview: The Park: an expressionist fable, a site-specific devised work created by faculty member Caitlin Hargraves in collaboration with Emory students. Performances are September 29 – October 2, 2022, outdoors at the Campus Life Pavilion on Emory’s Atlanta campus. The piece is inspired by a Frank Wedekind novella, "Mine HaHa: Or on the Bodily Education of Young Girls," and will incorporate the movement and musical talents of the cast. A dash of pageant wagon in an expressionist nightmare, The Park follows seven young women as they navigate their creative yet restrictive and mysterious education. Directed by Caitlin Hargraves. 

Cast Size: 8 student actors. 

Seeking: Female and non-binary identifying performers of all abilities, ages, ethnic and racial histories, and socio-economic backgrounds. The role of the mother can be any gender identity.

Character Breakdown: 

  • MOTHER: the voice of regulation, never seen only heard 
  • BLANKA/AMALIE: Blanka is the oldest in the house. Assertive, a rule follower, but kind and empathetic. Enjoys her role as house-care-taker for the younger girls. Amalie is prim, proper, the essence of control- but so very interested in watching reckless behavior. 
  • GERTRUDE/BETTY: Gertrude is the second in command. Impulsive and as a result a bit selfish. A talented musician and therefore very self-assured. Betty is confident and looks up to Filissa.  
  • IRENE/VERA: Irene is the kindest, most humble, and talented girl out of the whole group. Envied by all but never out of malice since she is also loved by all. A skilled pacifist. Vera is the darling, reminding all of their beloved Irene. 
  • HIDALLA: Curious to her core, which by the standards of the park makes her a trouble maker. The most intelligent and eager. 
  • SELMA: Simple and precise, appreciates order. Does not see the point in vanity or excess, clashes with Hidalla but adores Lora. 
  • LORA: The opposite of Selma in every way, yet they remain close. Beautiful without trying (and she knows it) the most skilled dancer. Epitome of Grace. 
  • FILISSA: Rambunctious, loves adventure- rough around the edges in that something is always slightly out of place. 

Performance Location: Campus Life Pavilion

First Rehearsal: August 30, 2022

Performances: September 29 - October 2, 2022

EMOS Production: Transmission in Advance of the Second Great Dying

Transmission in Advance of the Second Great Dying by Jessica Huang

Auditions Aug. 27 - 28

Description: Transmission in Advance of the Second Great Dying tells an epic tale of grief and global warming through the intersecting lives of Earth’s human and non-human inhabitants in 2045. Katrina and her unborn baby head north in search of snow; Hugo seeks purpose in a world without resources; and after a series of unnatural events, recently widowed Carla is swept into a cosmic relationship with an ageless being that challenges her understanding of time and extinction. Together with a young lynx and a swarm of locusts, their journeys become transmissions of hope and loss against the backdrop of planetary collapse.  

Cast Size: 6 actors, plus a live percussionist 

4 Pro Parts: ANDREW/SANDY, INEZ/MARIA, CARLA, BEING 

2 Student Parts: HUGO/BOB, KATRINA 

Seeking: Performers of all abilities, gender identities, ages, ethnic and racial histories, socio-economic backgrounds, and bi/multi-lingual folks.

Character Breakdown:

  • CARLA: Woman. Mixed-race Filipina Minnesotan. 40 
  • BEING: Man. Monoracial Person of Color Planetary Being. Ageless 
  • ANDREW: Man. Monoracial Caucasian Minnesotan. 50s. (this actor also plays SANDY) 
  • KATRINA: Woman. Mixed-race Eastern European/Black Minnesotan. 20 
  • HUGO: Man. Mixed-race Black or Latino Minnesotan. 25 (this actor also plays BOB) 
  • BOB: Male Lynx. Young. A puppet. (played by actor doing HUGO) 
  • INEZ: Woman. Mixed Race Minnesotan. 40s. (this actor also plays MARIA) 
  • SANDY: Man. Monoracial Scandinavian Minnesotan. 50s (played by actor doing ANDREW) 
  • MARIA: Woman. Mixed Race Minnesotan. Mid-late 20s. (played by actor doing INEZ) 

Performance Location: Mary Gray Munroe Theater

First Rehearsal: September 27, 2022

Performances: October 27 - November 6, 2022

EMOS Reading: An American Animal

An American Animal by Katherine Gwynn 

Auditions Aug. 27 - 28 

Description: Chloe is a black girl who wants to be a wolf biologist when she grows up. Willa is a trans girl who’s trying to learn guitar to pass the time in Wyoming. Paz is a forest ranger, a woman who’s been watching the wolves for decades. The Hunter is a white man who wants to kill a wolf. And Jack is a jackalope who tries not to get shot. All five of them spend a summer in and around Yellowstone, watching the wolves, waiting with bated breath until summer ends—and the wolf hunting season begins. 

A play about loneliness, survival, fear, and connection in America. 

Cast Size: 

2 Pro Parts: PAZ and THE HUNTER 

4+ Student Parts: JACK, CHLOE, WILLA, THE WOLVE(S) 

Seeking:Performers of all abilities, gender identities, ages, ethnic and racial histories, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Character Breakdown:

  • JACK: a jackalope. They/Them. A strong musician. Wears a cowboy hat when it suits them. Any age/ageless.  
  • PAZ: Mexican-American Yellowstone ranger. She/Her. Butch lesbian. 40s-50s. Quiet. Knows the wolves better than her own flesh.  
  • CHLOE: 16 years old, Black girl. She/Her. Gushing, in a cup spilling over way. 
  • WILLA: 16 years old, White trans girl. She/Her. Thrumming, in a preparing to burst way.  
  • THE HUNTER: a hunter. A white man. He/Him. 20s-30s. Is obsessed with Walt Whitman and Teddy Roosevelt.  
  • THE WOLVES: They are maybe people, maybe puppets, maybe sculptures made of wood. They are 3 dimensional. 

Performance Location: Schwartz Lab

First Rehearsal: October 31, 2022

Performance: November 5, 2022

Emos Reading: Bloom Bloom Pow

Bloom Bloom Pow by Genevieve Simon 

Auditions Aug. 27 - 28 

Description: A climate-doom-comedy. 

Mag feels stuck in their small Midwestern hometown, facing an underwhelming queer scene and an overwhelming mother. Beneath the office politics and interpersonal struggles on their daily life, a terrifying ancient being rises from the depth of The Lake to take its rightful place. Featuring a diverse cast of organisms (human, aquatic, dead horse), Bloom Bloom Pow explores what it means to be alive in the face of impending climate doom and asks who will inherit the Earth after we have self-destructed (things are looking good for algae.) 

Cast Size: 

Double/triple-cast with 7-8 actors. The only role that must not be doubled with anyone else is MAG. 

4 Pro Parts: MOM, DAD, OSCAR, FRANCES 

4 Student Parts: MAG, ALICE, FLOYD, KEKE 

Seeking: Performers of all abilities, gender identities, ages, ethnic and racial histories, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Character Breakdown: 

  • MAG: (they/them) any ethnicity, 20s, any ethnicity, trying as hard as possible to just “be fine” The actor must identify as non-binary in the role for this role.  
  • MOM: (she/her) Mag’s mom, any ethnicity  
  • DAD: (he/him) Mag’s dad, any ethnicity 
  • ALICE: (she/her/they/them) 20s-30s, BIPOC, new in town, someone Mag likes 
  • FLOYD: (he/him) 20s, any ethnicity but preferably not white, a townie, son of a farmer, grew up with Mag 
  • OSCAR: (he/him) 20s-40s, any ethnicity, works in Curatorial, knows some weird facts, gets easily worked up 
  • FRANCES: (she/her) 40s, any ethnicity, works in Education, the self-appointed Mother Hen of the workplace 
  • KEKE: (she/her) 20s, any ethnicity, works in Education, never embarrassed, always manages to be correct 
  • CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON: Non-human, carries a warning; elegant and trustworthy, also appears as a GYNECOLOGIST and BARISTA 
  • CYANOBACTERIA , or ALGAE: Non-human, a toddler demon diva: having a GREAT time, absolutely delighted with its strength, wholly unconcerned with humans, on the cusp of something big 
  • DEAD HORSE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE EAST RIVER, CIRCA 1832: Non-human, the audience’s guide: blunt, charming, a know-it-all, very dead  
  • LAKE ERIE: Non-human, has an increasingly bad cough  
  • LAKE MICHIGAN: Non-human, vain and insecure 
  • LAKE HURON: Non-human, likes to take charge 
  • LAKE ONTARIO: Non-human, constantly left out of the group 
  • LAKE SUPERIOR: Non-human, …speaks for itself 

Performance Location: Schwartz Lab 

First Rehearsal: October 31, 2022

Performance: November 6, 2022

Our Town: Buford Hwy 

Our Town –Buford Hwy 

Auditions Nov. 19 - 20 

OUR TOWN -- "…the greatest American play ever written," –Edward Albee. 

Our Town: Buford Highway reimagines the Thorton Wilder classic set in the American Southeast in the 21st century. It is a powerful the story of an Atlanta community of immigrants as we follow two families as they go through life, love and even death. 

Description: A landmark in American drama, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town tells the story of a small town, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in order to tell us the story of every town, the whole world over. Narrated by the “Stage Manager”, we follow the Gibbs and Webb families, residents of Grover’s Corners, through twelve years of life changes -- from the mundane in Act I, “Daily Life,” to the romantic in Act II, “Love and Marriage,” to the devastating in Act III, “Death and Eternity.” Through the young lovers Emily and George, their strong and loving parents, and the many other Grover’s Corners’ locals, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human. “Oh, earth,” Emily Webb exclaims towards the play’s end, “you’re too wonderful for anyone to realize you.” With humor, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling, Our Town offers a unique opportunity for audience members to make precisely that realization. 

Seeking: Performers of all abilities, gender identities, ages, ethnic and racial histories, socio-economic backgrounds, and bi/multi-lingual folks. 

Cast Size: 

14-16 total

We expect 4-5 pro actors to join this company, but will consider students for all roles.

Character Breakdown: 

The cast is actually a company of actors. Smaller parts require good, versatile actors to play multiple characters. Looking for actors with strong focus and ability to mime actions and use of props. Please note that the genders listed below are from the original Wilder script, and are listed as a reference as casting is open to all gender identities.  

  • STAGE MANAGER – age and gender open. Must be a good story-teller, able to command the stage and engage the audience. Loves people, easy going and grounded with a clear wisdom. This character is the all-knowing narrator who may be speaking for the author. The Stage Manger literally sets the stage, describes the action and introduces the actors. Steps in and out of the action as other characters: a minister, a drug store owner, a neighbor lady passing by.  
  • EMILY WEBB – female. Goes from age 16 to 20. In 1901 the age 16 was more sincere and innocent than today. The love story with her and George is the spine of the action of the play. She has the strongest love of life and enthusiasm. Emily’s appears in Act 3 after her death, and she desires to relive everything that was so wonderful, but finally comes to a bittersweet wisdom about the fleeting and ephemeral state of living.  
  • CHARLES WEBB – male age between 30 and 55 or so. He is highly educated and is the editor and owner of the only local newspaper. Has a strong connection with his daughter. 
  • MRS. MYRTLE WEBB – female age between 30 and 55 or so.  
  • WALLY WEBB – young boy age 11 to 13.  
  • GEORGE GIBBS – male. Goes from age 16 to 20, (and is 32 in the final act appearance). It is a 16 of 1901 which is a sincere and naïve age. He is an idealist and a romantic. The love story with him and Emily is the spine of the action of the play. He strongly and sincerely desires to be the best person he can be for the love of his life.  
  • FRANK GIBBS – male age between 30 and 55 or so. He is a doctor and family man. Romantic and in love with his wife. 
  • MRS. JULIA GIBBS – female age between 30 and 55 or so. Mother of George & Rebecca. Strong love for her family. A romantic who dreams of visiting Paris. Strong connection with her son.  
  • REBECCA GIBBS – young girl age 11 to 13. Has a strong sense of energy and wonder about the world. Amazed at the stars and the earth’s place in the galaxy. Has a strong & important short speech about this at the end of Act 1.  
  • JOE CROWELL – male (or female) age 14 or so. Delivers the newspapers and sets up important sense of friendliness among the neighbors of the small town. Actor will also play one or two ensemble roles.  
  • HOWIE NEWSOME – male (or female) age 14 or so. Delivers the milk, leading the horse and wagon. Sets up important sense of friendliness among the neighbors of the small town. Actor will also play one or two ensemble roles. 
  • SIMON STIMSON – adult (usually male, open to female casting) unspecified age. Leader of the church choir, but has deep problems and a clear drinking problem. Attitude is acerbic, he/she is possibly depressed. Stimson’s drinking is the town’s scandalous gossip.  
  • CONSTABLE WARREN – adult male, age unspecified. Actor will also play one or two ensemble roles.  
  • MRS. SOAMES – adult female, age unspecified. Sings in the choir and loves to spread gossip. Actor will also play one or two ensemble roles.  

Doubling/Understudies: 

  • PROFESSOR WII.LARD  
  • WOMAN IN THE BALCONY  
  • MAN IN THE AUDITORIUM  
  • LADY IN TI-IE BOX  
  • CONSTABLE WARREN  
  • SI CROWELL  
  • THREE BASEBALL PIAYERS  
  • SAM CRAIG  
  • JOE STODDARD  
  • FARMER MCCARTY  
  • MAN AMONG THE DEAD  
  • WOMAN AMONG THE DEAD 

Performance location:Schwartz Lab 

First Rehearsal: January 10, 2023 

Performances: February 16 – March 2, 2023

 

Britney Approximately

Britney Approximately, an original play (with music) created by Emory Playwriting Fellow Megan Tabaque. 

Description: Britney Approximately is a Pop-Greek-Tragedy inspired by Euripedes’ Medea and the Spears’ conservatorship controversy in which a young pop star is imprisoned by her TV host father, King Creon, begs begs a paparazzo to help her escape. Does the paparazzi  have the guts to make it happen? What will Creon do to maintain his control? How far will the damsel go to make herself heard? Equal parts music video, fever dream, and hero’s journey, Britney Approximately asks questions about the god-like status and precarity of celebrity, the isolation of both fame and the pandemic, and the trials required of a goddess to reclaim her power.  

Cast Size: 8 student actors. 

Seeking: Performers of all abilities, gender identities, ages, ethnic and racial histories, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Character Breakdown:  8 to 12 actors total.

  • BRIT - an approximation of Britney Spears that is not Britney Spears. She is desperate, melancholic, a damsel, but also terrifying in her fury when it crests. She’s as prisoner of her father, Creon. Wears a blonde wig which we can tell is a wig. Female identifying. Any ethnicity.  
  • JASON THE PHOTOG - a mediocre photographer who was in the right place at the right time, depending on what you consider “right.” Glum but excitable, like Charlie Brown with more anxiety. The parent of two children. Any gender identity. Any ethnicity.  
  • KING CREON - a real unhinged fucking dickhead who loves to talk about himself and howawesome he thinks he is. A King with his own loathsome talk show. Also, Britt’s dad. Male Identifying. Any ethnicity. 
  • NURSE (NANCY) - a real nice baby-sitter for grown adult people. Speaks with a 
  • twang. Any gender identity. Any ethnicity. 
  • ENSEMBLE - a collection of 4 to 8 actors to play the chorus and additional characters that include The Children, Mother, Jia Tolentino, Ronan Farrow, Cher, Fans, Dancers, Whitney Houston’s Ghost, Christina Aguilera, Jaime,  and others. Dancing and singing ability a plus. All gender identities, ethnicities, and ages considered.  

Performance Location: Schwartz Lab 

First Rehearsal: February 27, 2023

Performances: April 6 - 16, 2023