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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:

  • 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 courtney@playhouseonthesquare.org

Typical Rehearsal and Performance schedule for our shows:
Rehearsals:*
TuesdayFriday: 2:00-5:00 and 6:00-10:00
Saturday: 1:00-5:00
Sunday: 6:00-10:00
Dress Rehearsals are from 6:00-11:00 the week leading to opening.
Performances:
ThursdaySaturday at 8 PM
Sunday at 2 PM
*If a performer has more than 3 evening or weekend conflicts with the rehearsal schedule they must make special arrangements with the director and production manager.

*MUSICIANS – If any musician is interested in playing in the band for one of our musical productions, please contact Music Director, Nathan McHenry at kevinnathanmchenry@gmail.com

 


 

ANNOUNCING AUDITIONS FOR SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE:

Based on the songs of the team Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, Smokey Joe’s Café is a musical revue celebrating rock and roll in the 50’s and 60’s. The cast consists of 9 singer/dancers and will include 5 men and 4 women. All cast members will be featured as soloists and be part of duets and group numbers.
-The roles of Pattie, DeLee, and Michael have already been cast by members of our Associate and Resident Company.
-We are looking to cast six BIPOC singer/dancers to fill the remaining roles listed below:
BRENDA– Savvy, sexy, and smart; strong dance ability, sultry/jazzy belt and mix. Vocal styling like Brenda Lee and at times Jayne Mansfield. (Audition Song: Don Juan)
BJ– Huge gospel voice, belts and mixes; vocal styling like Big Mama Thornton or Aretha Franklin. (Audition Song: Fools Fall in Love – Reprise)
THE QUARTET: KEN, ADRIAN, VICTOR, FRED– Smooth, funny, high energy performers; must move well. Vocal styling like The Drifters and The Coasters. (Audition Song: Treat Me Nice)
-Please prepare and record a vocal selection for one of the roles above. If you would like to be considered for both Brenda and BJ please submit both selections.
CLICK HERE FOR AUDITION MATERIALS (Sheet Music, Backing Tracks, and Audition Form) 
-Please video yourself from the waist up in a brightly lit room so we can see you! The easiest ways to share video files are to upload a .mov or .mp4 file to a file-sharing site (Google Drive or Dropbox) or to YouTube as an unlisted video and send us the link. Video resolution must be at least 720p (1080p preferred).
-Please submit video(s) AND completed audition form to Courtney Oliver at courtney@playhouseonthesquare.org by Thursday, October 1st!
-Additional socially distant callbacks for the QUARTET will be held on Sunday, October 4th at 6pm at Playhouse on the Square. Those needed for an in person callback will be notified via email by 5PM on Friday, October 2nd.
* Rehearsals will begin on December 1st.

ANNOUNCING AUDITIONS FOR MAY WE ALL:

PLEASE SUBMIT BY:  Wednesday October 7

CASTING: Featured Ensemble and Ensemble roles for Singer/Actor/Dancers, Ages 18 and Up, All ethnicities are welcomed and encouraged to submit. We are seeking the roles below. To submit, please contact Courtney Oliver at courtney@playhouseonthesquare.org for sides and additional information.

Some Featured Roles are listed below:
DUSTIN: 22, male, any race. Country baritone or bari-tenor, top E, ala Brian Kelley. Jenna’s ex-boyfriend from high school, Joe’s best friend, son of the Mayor. Driven, solid, one of the good guys. Smart and diligent. He stayed in Harmony to run his dad’s hardware store because he thinks the town’s special and he’s now eager to prove that was the right call. Carries a torch for Jenna and doesn’t hide it well.

HARLEY COATES: Mid 40’s – early-50’s, male, any race. Country baritone, top E. Jenna and Kylie’s father and Crystal’s husband, fiscally imprudent and currently unemployed. A boisterously loving husband and father. Legendary embarrasser of daughters and dispenser of dad jokes. Chronically filter-free.

ROSEMARY COATES: 60’s, female, any race. Country mezzo-soprano, ala lighter Dolly Parton. Strong-willed, unsparing in her judgments and impatient with foolishness. She’s tough as nails and as sweet as mustard greens. To those who earn her love she’s devoted; to anyone else she’s a rattlesnake with a venomous deadpan wit. When they were handing out sentimentality she traded hers in for steel wool. Musical mentor to Jenna and the town matriarch.

MAYOR: Late 40’s – early 50’s, male, any race. Dustin’s father. Proud of his son and of this town. Fiercely dedicated to pulling Harmony out of its economic doldrums, but he’s not necessarily the most innovative thinker.

WHAT TO PREPARE: We are currently accepting video submissions only.  Please prepare 32 bars of a vocal selection from the country/folk music genre.  Please film yourself from the waist up in a brightly lit room so we can see you! The easiest ways to share video files are to upload a .mov or .mp4 file to a file-sharing site (Google Drive or Dropbox) or to YouTube as an unlisted video and send us the link. Video resolution must be at least 720p (1080p preferred).

Please submit video(s) AND completed audition form to courtney@playhouseonthesquare.org

May We All is a world premiere country musical produced in tandem with Playhouse on the Square and Lively McCabe Entertainment.    A fledgling country singer from small town America comes home after a rough start in Nashville.  While home, she discovers that her roots may take her a lot further than her dreams ever could.  Directed by Guest Director Shelley Butler and Music Directed by Resident Company Member Nathan McHenry, May We All will begin virtual rehearsals on October 27th and this production will be live streamed November 27 – December 20.  While the status of COVID-19 is being closely followed, actors submitting should be prepared for on-stage rehearsals and performances, with the appropriate safety measures in place.