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Auditions

Jack Goes Boating

by Robert Glaudini
Directed by James Bristow

ATTENTION: This play contains mature themes.

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Hawes Studio Theatre, Porterfield Hall

WHAT: Please prepare a one-minute contemporary comedic monologue.

Jack Goes Boating is a character-driven piece requiring actors willing to completely and realistically immerse themselves in these roles. Please read the script beforehand to better familiarize yourself with its characters.

Callbacks will involve readings from the script and be held after auditions on Monday and Tuesday evenings following the presentation of monologues. Those asked to remain to read the first evening may be asked to return the second night.

Please arrive early so that you can sign in and fill out an audition form. Bring a headshot and resume (if you have them) and your semester schedule.

Auditionees are strongly advised to read the script prior to the audition. It is  available from Amazon.com.

Rehearsals begin immediately during the first week of classes. The play runs Sept. 24-27.

If you have questions please do not hesitate to ask! You may direct those to James Bristow at jbristow@radford.edu.

 

Clybourne Park

by Bruce Norris
Directed by Tommy Iafrate

WHEN/WHERE: Auditions will be held on Wednesday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Pridemore Playhouse in Porterfield Hall. Callbacks will be held immediately following auditions on Wednesday, August 27, and from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, August 28. Those who are unable to attend auditions on Wednesday will be allowed to audition at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.

WHAT: Those auditioning should prepare a 30-60 second monologue from a contemporary play. You are encouraged to choose a monologue in which a character is speaking passionately about a sensitive and/or difficult social issue (such as race, gender, sexuality, etc.). It is highly advised that you read the script, which is available in the Radford University library or for purchase online, to get a sense of the textual and theatrical style of this play.

Please arrive at auditions early, and bring a copy of your semester schedule. Theatre majors are also expected to provide a headshot and resume. Rehearsals will begin on Monday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m., and performances will be October 11-18. (Please note that this overlaps with Radford’s Family/Homecoming/Reunion Weekend and with the Fall Dance Fest.)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the director, Tommy Iafrate at tiafrate@radford.edu. Thank you!
 

Babe, the Sheep Pig

By David Wood
Based on the book by Dick King-Smith
Directed by Jennifer Juul

Babe, the Sheep Pig is a new take on the inspiring story of a little pig whose intelligence is only matched by his kindness.

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Pridemore Playhouse, Porterfield Hall

All students are welcome to audition regardless of major, year in school, or level of experience.  Please plan to stay until 9 p.m., although you may finish earlier. If you cannot attend on Friday evening, a second audition will occur on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. Callbacks will follow those auditions later Sunday afternoon. The cast list will be posted on the theatre callboard on Monday, Sept. 1.

WHAT: Auditions will include readings from the script and movement work. The script is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

BRING/WEAR: Dance or workout clothes

A brief joke (bring us the funniest CLEAN joke you’ve got!)

Sturdy tennis shoes or workout shoes – No flip flops, ballet slippers, heels or bare feet

Your complete class and work schedule for Oct. 13-Nov. 20

SEEKING: 14-18 versatile, energetic performers who can play multiple roles and work well as a team. Athletic abilities, ability to perform character voices, improvisational skills, and strong academics are preferred. Performers and crew members will have to miss class from November 17-20 in order to perform for area school children. Rehearsals will begin Oct. 13.

Direct any questions to Jennifer Juul at jjuul@radford.edu.

GENERAL RU THEATRE AUDITION INFO AND TIPS

  • Auditions typically happen in the first two weeks of each semester. Occasionally an exception occurs in which a spring production may audition late in the fall semester.
  • RU Theatre auditions are open, meaning anyone can audition. You don’t have to be a theatre major. Community members may audition also with the understanding that priority in casting will go to RU students.
  • Most of our auditions require prepared material. If you are not a theatre student and don’t know how to prepare and present the requested material, usually something will be supplied to you to read. Theatre majors, however, are required to prepare according to the requirements for a given audition. In the case of plays requiring very specific skills such as singing in a musical, auditionees are highly encouraged to prepare the appropriate material.
  • Performance majors are required to audition for ALL productions. More on this below. 

Other audition “words to the wise”:

  • When it comes to auditions, one of the few things in your control is your level of preparation.  Reading the play is, arguably, the most important thing you can do to prepare. The plays are available from bookstores, online vendors and/or the play publishers. 
  •  It is the expectation that all performance students audition for all shows. Our auditions are designed to provide a variety of audition experiences so take advantage of these experiences right from the start. Every audition is one more step toward becoming comfortable with the process. In addition, it allows the faculty to see your work right away.
  • Take care not to “type” yourself at this point. Prepare, come on out and let the directors decide what you are “right for.” Certainly, if there is a role you are dying to play, or you are “perfect for,” shoot for that, but keep an open mind and don’t allow the attitude of “all these characters are older and I am only 18” stop you from coming to auditions. In university theatre the plays are produced to give you the opportunity to work on them.
  • Auditions are intimidating. Talk to the upperclassmen; use the performance faculty as a resource to answer your questions. However, no matter how much inquiry you make there will be no substitute for doing your personal preparation –reading the scripts, looking up unfamiliar words/references, making choices, being familiar with what the director is looking for (read audition notices carefully), getting rest, planning to dress appropriately, knowing where you are going and arriving early to sign in, warm up, etc.
  • It is smart to attend the first night of auditions if at all possible.
  • Once you are in the audition it is important to listen to instructions, have a positive attitude, be flexible when the unexpected happens, focus on what you are doing, and, of course, that age-old challenge…allow yourself to be at ease so you can do your best work.