director-actor.jpgAuditions for roles in mainstage University Theatre productions are open to all CMU students regardless of major, minor or year in school. Fall production auditions take place in the first week​ of the semester and requirements and procedures vary from production to production.  Details are provided below, and may also be found on the Call Board outside of the Moore Hall #133 Faculty Office suite.

Crew Opportunities

Students interested in getting involved behind the scenes, working with set, lights, costumes, hair, props, sound, and make-up are asked to complete and return the crew application form available here or on the bulletin board outside the Moore 133 faculty offices.  P​lease take your completed application to the appropriate staff person below, and chat with them briefly about your experience and interests.  No experience is required.  ​

  • ​Costumes, Hair and Make-up
    Contact: Ann Dasen - Costume Coordinator
    Office:  #152 Moore - Email: dasen1a@cmich.eduPhone: 989-774-3262
  • ​Set Construction, Lighting, Properties and Sound​ 
    Contact: Dan Daugherty - Technical Director
    Office: Moore #151 - Email: daugh1dp@cmich.eduPhone: 989-774-6594


2018 - 2019 Season Audition Details

SELF-HELP and THE GREAT KOOSHOG LAKE HOLLIS MCCAULEY FISHING DERBY by Norm Foster, Directed by Steve Berglund and Elaine Daugherty

    • Returning from Summer Theatre 2018 and cast by the summer company
    • Performance Schedule:  Bush Theatre/ September 6-9 
          

    SHAKUNTALA by Kalidasa; Directed by guest director (Fulbright scholar);  Satyabrata Rout, Assistant Directed by Annette Thornton

    • Roles Available: 12 performers
    • Audition Dates:  First week of classes, between August 27th and August 31st (in conjunction with Shrek the Musical auditions)
    • Audition Times and Location: TBA
    • Callback Time and Location:  TBA
    • Audition Process: TBA 
    • Rehearsals Begin: September 4th   (4 ½ weeks)
    • Performance Schedule:  Theatre-on-the-Side/ October 4-7/11-14 (8 performances)
    • Contact: Annette Thornton 
    • Description: This 5th century CE play tells the love story of the woodland maiden Shakuntala and King Dushyanta. Written as visual poetry, the play portrays humans’ responsibility and contribution for building a healthy society. Performers use classical Indian theatre – dance and drama – to tell the story and create a stylized portrait of life through metaphors and symbols. 
       
    SHREK THE MUSICAL Book by Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire; Music by Jeanine Tesori; Directed by Keeley Stanley-Bohn; Musical Direction by TBA; Choreography by Heather Trommer-Beardslee
    • Roles Available: TBD
    • Audition Dates:  First week of classes; between August 27th and 31st (in conjunction with Shakuntala auditions)
    • Audition Times and Location: TBA
    • Callback Time and Location:  TBA
    • Audition Process: TBA 
    • Rehearsals Begin: September 10th   (8 ½ weeks)
    • Performance Schedule:  Bush Theatre / November 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 pm/November 10, 11 at 2:00 pm (5 performances)
    • Contact: Keeley Stanley-Bohn
    • Description: Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.
       

    THE WHIPPING MAN  Written by Matthew Lopez; Directed by Nancy Eddy

    • Roles Available: 3 men
    • Audition Times and Location:  November 12-16 (Times and location TBA)
    • Callback Time and Location:  TBA  
    • Audition Process: TBA 
    • Rehearsals Begin: November 19th   (5 ½ weeks)
    • Performance Schedule:  Bush Theatre/ January 30th – February 3rd (includes a TFYA matinee on Friday, February 1)  (6 performances)
    • Contact: Nancy Eddy
    • Description: It is April, 1865. The Civil War is over and throughout the south, slaves are being freed, soldiers are returning home and in Jewish homes, the annual celebration of Passover is being celebrated. As three men wait for signs of life to return to the city, they wrestle with their shared past, the bitter irony of Jewish slave-owning and the reality of the new world in which they find themselves. Deep-buried secrets from the past refuse to be hidden as the play comes to its shocking climax.
       

    IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY by Sarah Ruhl; Directed by Steve Berglund 

    • Roles Available: 12 performers
    • Audition Times and Location:  Week of January 16th (Times and location TBA)
    • Callback Time and Location:  TBA  
    • Audition Process: TBA 
    • Rehearsals Begin: Tuesday, September 4th   (4 ½ weeks)
    • Performance Schedule:  Theatre-on-the-Side/ October 4-7/11-14 (8 performances)
    • Contact: Annette Thornton by email at thorn1a@cmich.edu
    • Description: This 5th century CE play tells the love story of the woodland maiden Shakuntala and King Dushyanta. Written as visual poetry, the play portrays humans’ responsibility and contribution for building a healthy society. Performers use classical Indian theatre – dance and drama – to tell the story and create a stylized portrait of life through metaphors and symbols. 
       

    UNIVERSITY THEATRE DANCE COMPANY CONCERT  Artistic Direction by Heather Trommer-Beardslee 

    • Audition Times and Location:  January 8-11 (Times and location TBA)
    • Callback Time and Location:  TBA  
    • Audition Process: TBA 
    • Performance Schedule:  Bush Theatre/ April 11-14nd (4 performances)
    • Contact: Heather Trommer-Beardslee
    • Description: Experience an exhilarating and creative dance production.  Genres range from ballet to hip-hop, and modern to theatrical story dance.