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Auditions - Fall 2022

Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Auditions take 5 minutes)

Location: New Theater (536 N. 7th Street Terre Haute, IN 47809)

Callbacks: Thursday, August 18, 2022; 6:00 PM to ...; location TBA.

Reserve an audition slot at https://isuauditions.as.me/

Shows

I AND YOU

By Lauren Gunderson | Directed by Julie Dixon

Roles for two actors: 1 male-presenting, 1 female-presenting; each character is of a different race. All genders, races, and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

THE TEMPEST

By William Shakespeare | Directed by Chris Berchild

Roles for 12 actors. All genders, races, and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

What to Prepare

Please memorize and prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue, a one-minute Shakespearean comic monologue, and a song (to be sung a capella).

Feel free to use a monologue previously prepared for class or production.

Other Information

Rehearsals for I and You begin Monday, August 22, 2022. Rehearsals will be held evenings, with specific nights to be determined depending on the schedules of the cast/crew. Performances will be September 29-October 2.

Rehearsals for The Tempest begin on Sunday, September 11, 2022. Rehearsals will be held Sunday-Thursday evenings, from 7-10 PM. Performances will be November 10-13, 2022.

Recipients of the Department’s C&P Scholarship who consider themselves primarily actors are required to audition (if not involved in either production in another capacity).

If you have any questions, please email Julie Dixon at julie.dixon@indstate.edu.

FAQs

When are the auditions?

Auditions for the fall semester productions happen at the beginning of the fall semester, usually during the first week of classes in August. Auditions for the spring semester productions happen in late fall, usually in late November. 

Who can audition for plays and musicals?

Any student at Indiana State can audition for plays and musicals! We welcome both undergraduate and graduate students. As long as you are currently registered for classes, you can audition.

Do I need to be a theater major to audition?

No! Students from any major are welcome to audition. Nonmajors/minors are cast every year!

Are first-year students (freshmen) allowed to audition? 

Yes! We encourage students to audition from their first semester.

Do I have to audition for all plays in a given semester?

Only if you want to. On your audition form, you can indicate which show or shows for which you would like to be considered. 

What happens during the audition?

You will begin your audition by slating. A slate consists of a greeting and stating your name and audition number (if applicable), and then introducing the piece or pieces that you will be performing. For each piece, say the name of the character, the name of the play, and the name of the playwright. The slate lets the directors know who you are and is a chance to show how different you as the actor are from you as the character.

Next, take a brief pause, and then begin your monologue. While you can make eye contact with people in the room, you can also opt to look above their heads or at empty seats. If you are performing more than one piece (e.g., performing two monologues, a monologue and a song, etc.), take a brief pause between each piece. If you run out of time or mess up, do not fret! Take a second, and try again. You do not need to apologize--we only know there is an error if you tell us there is an error by apologizing!

When you are finished, you can say, "Thank you." Finally, the directors may ask you some questions and/or provide you with some additional information. After this point, you can leave. 

Note: If you are auditioning for a musical, you will confer with the accompanist about your sheet music. Be sure to tell them if you will sing first and then do the monologue or vice versa. 

What do I need to prepare?

The requirements for auditions vary depending on the play being produced. Generally, auditions will consist of at least one memorized, one-minute monologue. 

For musicals, auditions will generally consist of a one memorized, one-minute monologue and a memorized song (either 16 bars or the entire song) to be sung with accompaniment (either a recording or live pianist). If you opt for a recording, there is a speaker that you could plug your phone into. For live accompaniment, please bring your printed notated sheet music with you; there will be an accompanist present that you will confer with prior to your audition. There may also be a dance audition where you will be taught choreography and show how you dance; however, this may occur during callbacks. 

Do I need a headshot and/or résumé?

A headshot and/or résumé is not required but can be helpful. If you have these, you can upload them to your information when you schedule your audition slot at https://isuauditions.as.me/.

What should I wear?

We recommend wearing nice clean clothes that you feel good in. Make sure your hair is out of your face, and keep jewelry/accessories to a minimum. We also recommend wearing solid colors.

For musical callbacks, please wear clothes that you can move in and bring your dance shoes if you have them. If you do not have dance shoes, please wear athletic shoes. Avoid wearing flip-flops or heels, unless asked to do so. Make sure your hair is out of your face and keep jewelry/accessories to a minimum. 

Can I earn course credit for acting in a play or musical?

Yes! There is a course, Production Practicum, that you can take to learn more about backstage work and earn college credit for your production assignment. Email the Theater Advisor, Julie Dixon, at julie.dixon@indstate.edu to learn more. 

 

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Design/Tech Positions

If you are interested in a production assignment (design, tech, crew, etc.), please fill out the application below. For more information or to submit an application, please email the Production Manager, David Vogel at david.vogel@indstate.edu.

FAQs

Who can apply for a design/tech production assignment?

Any student at Indiana State can do design/tech production assignments! We welcome both undergraduate and graduate students. As long as you are currently registered for classes, you can participate in productions.

Do I need to be a theater major to apply for a design/tech production assignment?

No! Students from any major are welcome to participate in productions. Nonmajors/minors work on every show we do! As long as you have a passion for theater and a desire to learn, you are welcome!

Are first-year students (freshmen) allowed to have design/tech production assignments? 

Yes! We encourage students to get involved from their first semester. First-year students often have early production assignments on crews (e.g., run crew, wardrobe, board op, sound op, spot op, build crew, paint crew, assistant stage manager, etc.) and work their way to designing and even directing shows!

Can I earn course credit for working on shows?

Yes! There is a course, THTR 102, that you can take to learn more about backstage work and earn college credit for your production assignment.