General Information

We are often asked about the way we run auditions here at Playhouse on the Square. The following is a general summary, but please keep in mind that:

  • We post all of our open auditions in the Playbook, which can be found in Friday’s Commercial Appeal.
  • At the auditions, you may be asked to read from the script. Sometimes, scripts are available for checkout prior to the auditions. Many times, you will be able to find it at the public library.
  • You may be required to prepare a monologue.
  • You may be asked to sing if auditioning for a musical. In this case, you should have 16 bars of a song prepared. You will also need to bring sheet music. Sheet music can be found at almost any music store or at the public library.
  • There may be minor choreography involved. Please dress comfortably so that you are able to move freely.
  • It is a good idea to bring a headshot and resume if you have one. If not, a recent photo will help us remember your face.
  • You will fill out an audition sheet upon your arrival. We will need basic information about you such as what type of experience or training you have had, and your contact information in case you are called back or chosen for a role.
  • Most of our auditions are open to everyone regardless of their experience.

For more information, contact Courtney Oliver at (901) 725-0776 or

WHEN:  Monday, September 9, 6pm
WHERE: Playhouse on the Square, 66 South Cooper St 38104.  Check in in the Main Lobby
CASTING: Singer/Dancers Ages 18 and Up.  All gender and ethnicities welcome.  This production calls for a strong African-American cast, though there are roles for all ethnicities.  *PLEASE NOTE – The role of Huey Calhoun has been filled by Resident Company Member Nathan McHenry.  Other roles may be filled by members of our Resident or Associate Company.
WHAT TO PREPARE: Please prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song.  Please bring sheet music for an accompaniment.  Please bring a headshot and resume if possible.  Some people may be asked to stay to dance so please bring clothes you will be comfortable moving in.
Memphis Is Directed and Choreographed by Jordan Nichols and Travis Bradley, with Music Direction by Angelo Rapan.  The show begins rehearsals in early December and runs at Playhouse on the Square January 17 – February 8, 2020.  
**To make the auditions run the smoothest and most organized for you, we will be seeing people in 5 minute time slots from 6-8pm.  To sign up for an audition time slot, please email Courtney Oliver at