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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, Thomas Bergstig at thomas@jeerk.com

ANNOUNCING AUDITIONS FOR MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET!
WHEN:  Saturday, January 7th, 1pm – Auditions for the roles of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, & Carl Perkins.
Sunday January 8th, 1pm – Auditions for the role of Sam Phillips 
Sunday January 8th, 2:30p – Callbacks
WHERE: The Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper Street (Formerly the Memphian Theatre – a favorite stomping ground of Elvis!)
CASTING: Casting Male Actor/Singer/Musicians in their early-mid 20s to portray the roles of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and late 20s/early 30s actor for Sam Phillips (Non-Singing). Preparatory research is easy to find with these men – particularly at Sun Studios right here in Memphis, Tennessee!
WHAT TO PREPARE: Those auditioning for Elvis Presley, please prepare to sing “That’s All Right Mama.”  Those auditioning for Johnny Cash, please prepare to sing “Walk the Line.”  Those auditioning for Carl Perkins, please prepare “Blue Suede Shoes.” Advanced guitar skills are required for those actors auditioning for Carl Perkins. Please bring a guitar to accompany yourself, if you are unable to bring a guitar, one will be provided for you. Those auditioning for Sam Phillips need only prepare for cold-readings.
PLEASE NOTE – The roles of Jerry Lee Lewis and Dyanne have been filled by Associate Company Members Nathan McHenry (Memphis) and Kathryn Kilger (Sisters of Swing).  Other roles *may* be filled by members of our Associate Company.
Million Dollar Quartet is directed by Playhouse’s Associate Producer and Resident Company Member, Michael Detroit, and Music Directed by Thomas Bergstig.  The production begins rehearsals on March 28, 2017 and runs May 5 – 28, 2017 at Playhouse on the Square.
Auditions slots will be held in 5-minute increments.  Walk ups are welcome but in order to best manage your time and maximize your time with the Directors, please set up a time slot with Director of Auditions Courtney Oliver.  Email courtney@playhouseonthesquare.org or call 901-725-0776.
*Auditions in person are preferred, but video submissions will also be accepted for those unable to attend. Please send all video submissions to michael@playhouseonthesquare.org.
ANNOUNCING AUDITIONS FOR PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT!
WHEN:  Sunday, January 22nd, 6pm – Possible Callbacks on Monday January 23rd
WHERE: Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper Street 38104
CASTING:  Disco Diva Males and Disco Diva Females (Ages 18 on up to 50).  All ethnicities are welcomed and encouraged!!
WHAT TO PREPARE: 16-32 bars of an upbeat Disco or 80’s pop song (NOT hard rock)) PLEASE – No a cappella… auditionees must sing with provided piano accompaniment.  Please come prepared to Dance after everyone sings.
PLEASE NOTE – Certain roles may be filled by members of our Associate and Resident Company, though currently all roles are open.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert is directed by Playhouse’s Associate Director and Resident Company Member, Dave Landis and Music Directed by Thomas Bergstig.  The production begins rehearsals on May 9, 2017 and runs June 16 – July 9, 2017 at Playhouse on the Square.
Auditions slots will be held in 5-minute increments.  Walk ups are welcome but in order to best manage your time and maximize your time with the Directors, please set up a time slot with Director of Auditions Courtney Oliver.  Email courtney@playhouseonthesquare.org or call 901-725-0776.
ANNOUNCING AUDITIONS FOR DEARLY DEPARTED!
WHEN:  Sunday, January 29th, 6pm – Possible Callbacks on Monday January 30th
WHERE: Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper Street 38104
CASTING:  4 Males (Ages 20s and up) and 6 Females (Ages 20s and up).
WHAT TO PREPARE: Please be prepared to do cold-readings from the script.  Scripts will be available for checkout at the Playhouse Office two weeks before Auditions.
PLEASE NOTE – Certain roles may be filled by members of our Associate and Resident Company, though currently all roles are open.
Dearly Departed is directed by Playhouse’s Associate Director and Resident Company Member, Dave Landis.  The production begins rehearsals on March 21, 2017 and runs April 21 – May 14, 2017 at Playhouse on the Square.
Auditions will begin all together right at 6pm.  For more information, please contact Director of Auditions Courtney Oliver.  Email courtney@playhouseonthesquare.org or call 901-725-0776.