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: Sunday, April 15, 6pm
WHERE: The Circuit Playhouse – 51 South Cooper Street, 38104
CASTING:  One woman, who can play age mid 40s–mid 50s, to play “Martha” from WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF.   One man, who can play age 55–60. This person will play either “George” from WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF,  “Willy” from DEATH OF A SALESMAN or the “Stage Manager” from OUR TOWN).  One man, who can play age 30ish, to play “Stanley Kowalski” from A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE.
*PLEASE NOTE – The other three roles in the show have already been filled by Dave Landis, Jonathan Christian, and Kim Sanders.
Please Prepare for cold readings from the script.
Death of a Streetcar Named Desire is directed by Memphis Director Tony Isbell.  Rehearsals begin May 1st, 2018.

WHEN: Sunday April 22, 6pm with Callbacks on Monday April 23 at 6pm
WHERE: Playhouse on the Square, 66 South Cooper Street, 38104
CASTING: Male and Female musical theatre performers with legit/traditional singing and comedic acting ability. Performers with operetta/opera experience are encouraged. Characters range in Age from 20s-60s. All ethnicities welcome and non-traditional casting will be considered. *Please Note – The role of “The D’Ysquith Family” has already been filled by Resident Company Member Michael Gravois. Other roles may possibly be filled by members of the 18-19 Season Associate Company.
PLEASE PREPARE: 16-32 bars of a traditional musical theatre or opera song.
Walk ups are welcome on the night of, but in order to best serve you and your time, we will be happy to sign you up for a specific time slot.  Please email Courtney Oliver at to obtain a specific time slot.  
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is directed by first time New York Guest Artist Adam Cates and is Music Directed by Resident Music Director Nathan McHenry.  Rehearsals begin July 3rd, 2018.
Montague “Monty” Novarro– in his 20s, baritone, great actor with stamina, mother is British, father is Castilian, leading man handsome and charming
Male Ensemble: 5 men ranging in age from 20s-50s, all must sing and move well. Several featured roles come from the ensemble including:
Inspector Pinkney– bass/baritone, age 30s-50s, dry if not sarcastic, sings “That Horrible Woman;”  Magistrate– tenor, age 40s-60s, authoritative yet easily perplexed, sings “That Horrible Woman.”


Miss Shingle – character actress, age 50s-60s, mezzo, quirky and funny

Sibella Hallword– in her 20s, legit mezzo, beautiful and commanding presence. She is seductive, complex, and a loveable narcissist. Must move well.

Phoebe D’Ysquith– in her 20s, high legit soprano, bookish and quirky at first yet grows into a commanding countess, must be a skilled actress.

Female Ensemble: 5 women ranging in age from 20s-60s, all must sing and move well. Several featured roles come from the ensemble including: Miss Evangeline Barley – a 20-something quirky “floradora girl” who is a coloratura soprano, must move and sing extremely well at the same time, sings during “Poison In My Pocket;”  Lady Eugenia D’Ysquith– the Countess of Highhurst, a commanding and comedic actress, age 40s-50s, the wife Lord Adalbert D’ysquith who gives him a run for his money, must move well enough for physical comedy.

WHEN: Monday, May 7th, 6pm
WHERE: Playhouse on the Square, 66 South Cooper Street, 38104
CASTING: 5 Male and 5 Female Actors, Ages 20 and up.  All ethnicities welcome.  We also encourage people of all abilities to audition, including those with special needs.
Please Note* – Some roles may be filled by members of our Associate and Resident Company.
Please Prepare for cold readings from the script.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is directed by Resident Company Member Jordan Nichols.  Rehearsals begin August 21st, 2018.