AUDITIONS

Continuing students, new students and students from across campus in all fields of study are encouraged to audition. Our main stage productions provide terrific opportunities to perform and collaborate with others, and to earn course credit.  The Department of Theatre Arts & Dance is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. We encourage all students interested in performing to audition, regardless of cultural background, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

2018 - 2019 Season

FALL
Woyzeck by Georg Büchner
Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn
Fall Dance ’18 SSU Student Created Works

SPRING
Sweeney Todd Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Power Lines: A New Play Festival with Hard Hats
Spring Dance’19 Faculty & Guest Artist Choreography

To request script access email wilsonja@sonoma.edu from your @sonoma.edu address. 

SPRING DANCE ’19 AUDITIONS

**BE ON TIME TO COMPLETE AUDTION PAPERWORK**

December 5, 6-8pm in PE1

AUGUST AUDITIONS

For Woyzeck, Mr. Burns & Sweeney Todd

Preliminary Audition Workshop (optional but helpful for incoming/new students)
TU Evening, Aug 21, 6-7p, Person Theatre

AUDITIONS
W Evening, Aug 22, 6p-10p, Person Theatre
TH Evening, Aug 23, 6p-10p, Person Theatre 

Call back times will be posted at 11p on TH, Aug 23

CALLBACKS
Mr. Burns
F, Aug 24, 10a-12p, Ives 119
F, Aug 24 12-2pm, Ives 119

Woyzeck
F, Aug. 24, 2-5:30p, Ives 119

Sweeney Todd
S Aug 25, 10a-4p, Ives 101 & 119

STEPS to AUDITION

  1. Complete the AUDITION QUESTIONAIRE.
      1. Sign-in using your SSU account: Select 'SIGN-IN', then type your FULL SSU email address (i.e abcd@sonoma.edu) then click next. Then sign-in to the SSU portal with your SSU credentials.
  2. Sign up for AUDITION TIME SLOT.
  3. Review all the information (audition format, rehearsals, performance dates) for each production, to ensure your schedule can accommodate all show commitments.

COURSE CREDIT/UNITS

All cast members must register for these courses - you will not be automatically enrolled.

Cast lists will be sent to the Theatre Arts & Dance office, and a permission number for the correct course (THAR 301, 302, THAR 330 and MUSIC 330) will be provided to all cast members.

All students cast in Woyzeck or Mr. Burns should register for THAR 302 (Theatre Workshop Ensemble) for 3 units in the semester in which the show rehearses and performs (Fall 2018).

Dance ensemble members for Fall Dance 2018 concert should register for THAR 301 (Dance Workshop Ensemble) for 3 units in Fall 2018.

Since Sweeney Todd rehearses in Fall 2018 but performs in the spring of 2019, cast members should register for 3 units in both semesters. Non-THAR majors/minors cast in Sweeney Todd register for THAR 330 (Musical Theater Production) in the fall and spring semester. THAR and MUSIC majors/minors register for MUSIC 330 (Musical Theater Production) in the fall and spring.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

In order to achieve more accurate enrollment for the work student and faculty are providing shows, ALL students who are cast in any of the season’s shows MUST enroll in the appropriate THAR or MUSIC course (listed above) for 3 units in Fall 2018. Exceptions can no longer be accommodated.

  • If fulfilling this requirement means you will go over the 18-unit enrollment limit, you must AT THE TIME OF AUDITION fill out a Petition form to go over the 18-unit limit. We generally expect that all Petitions related to THAR 301 and THAR 302 will be approved.
  • If fulfilling this requirement means you will have an official time conflict with another course in which you are enrolled, you must AT THE TIME OF AUDITION fill out a Time Conflict form.  Please note that in reality you must be available for all rehearsal call times; the Time Conflict form is simply to resolve time conflicts as they appear for these courses within the system.

Stage management will provide you with copies of these forms to fill out AT THE TIME OF AUDITION. You will turn them in to stage management, who then deliver to the Chair’s office. The Chair’s office will submit the forms of students who are cast, and will recycle the others.


WOYZECK

By Georg Büchner
Directed by Paul Draper
Oct. 4 - 13
Ives Hall 119

Franz Woyzeck, a poor soldier stationed in a provincial German town, when not sleeping in barracks, sometimes stays with Marie, the mother of his child. Woyzeck earns extra money for his family by performing menial jobs and taking part in a medical experiment that requires him to eat only dried peas. Over some 24 fragmentary scene Woyzeck's mental health breaks down and he begins to experience a series of apocalyptic visions. Marie grows tired of Woyzeck and turns her attentions to a handsome drum major who sleeps with her. With his jealous suspicions growing, Woyzeck confronts the drum major, who beats and humiliates him. Finally, Woyzeck stabs Marie to death by a pond. While a trial in the third act is claimed by some to be part of the original conception (the beginning of a courtroom scene survives), the fragment, as left by Büchner, ends with Woyzeck disposing of the knife in the pond while trying to clean himself of the blood.

AUDITION FORMAT

Prepare and memorize: 
1. Two monologues, contrasting in tone or style from one another  
2. One song. Bring sheet music in preferred key with start and stop indicated
3. Material should not be more than 5 minutes combined, including intros and bridges

Preliminary Audition Workshop (optional but helpful for incoming/new students)
TU Evening, Aug 21, 6-7p, Person Theatre

AUDITIONS
W Evening, Aug 22, 6p-10p, Person Theatre
TH Evening, Aug 23, 6p-10p, Person Theatre 

CALLBACKS
F, Aug. 24, 2-5:30p, Ives 119
Callbacks will require group improvisation and reading from the script 

First Rehearsal
M August 27, from 6p-10p  (READ-THRU, DESIGN PRESENTATIONS)

Rehearsal Call Times
Mondays 6:30p-10:30p 
Tuesdays 6:30p-10:30p
Wednesday 6:30p-10:30p
Thursdays 6:30p-10:30p
Fridays 1p-5p
**Saturday, Sept. 22 10a-5p (with 45 min. lunch break)**

Technical Rehearsals
F Sept 28, 10:30a-10:30p 
S Sept 29, 10:30a-10:30p

Dress Rehearsals
M Oct 1, from 6p-11p
T Oct 2 from 6p-11p
W Oct 3 from 6p-11p (Invited Dress)

Performances 
Week One: TH Oct 4, 7:30p (OPENING); F Oct 5, 7:30p; S Oct 6, 7:30p; Su Oct 7, 2:00p
Week Two: T Oct 9, 10a (Grades 9-12 Free MATINEE), TH Oct 11, 7:30p (Pre-show Talk 6:30p, Fac/Staff night, Pizza); F Oct 12, 7:30p; S Oct 13, 7:30p (CLOSING)

Special Notes 
Those who are cast in this production must be available for all rehearsal hours. No night classes. You must be available for all tech rehearsals and performances.

Roles 
Intention is to cast an ensemble of 8 - 10 actors who play multiple roles. All actors cast will develop a characterization of the title role of Woyzeck, and play some of his scenes at some point during the performance.

Dramatis Personae
WOYZECK
MARIE
CAPTAIN
DOCTOR
DRUM MAJOR
SERGEANT
ANDRES
MARGRET
PROPRIETOR OF THE BOOTH
CHARLATAN
OLD MAN WITH BARRELL-ORGAN
JEW
INKEEPER
APPRENTICES
KATHY
KARL THE TOWN IDIOT
GRANDMOTHER
POLICEMAN
SOLDIERS, STUDENTS, YOUNG MEN AND GIRLS, CHILDREN, JUDGE, COURT CLERK, PEOPLE

Mr. Burns

A Post-Electric Play By Anne Washburn
Directed by Alexis Macnab
Oct. 31 - Nov. 4
Evert B. Person Theatre

Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play was originally developed with The Civilians, a theater company dedicated to creative investigations into the most vital questions of the present. Playwright Anne Washburn wanted to explore the question “What would happen to a pop culture narrative pushed past the fall of civilization?” - From STAGEAGENT.com A nuclear event has destroyed all power plants in the United States and caused a general collapse of the country’s electric grid. The fallout creates unprecedented destruction to the region’s health and infrastructure, and society disintegrates. In this post-apocalyptic setting, we find ourselves among a random gathering of survivors as they make camp for the night. In their attempt to cope, the characters speak of anything besides the tragedy. They stumble upon something familiar, something (almost) shared, something easily contained: TV. Pop Culture. Cartoons. Someone (mis)remembers an episode of The Simpsons, and a new ritual of performance is born. Mr. Burns asks: What are the stories we tell in our darkest hours? What are the ones we need to tell? What stories are we telling now that keep us alive, whether we know it or not?

AUDITION FORMAT
Prepare and memorize:

1. Two monologues, contrasting in tone or style from one another
2. One song. Bring sheet music in preferred key with start and stop indicated
3. Material should not be more than 5 minutes combined, including intros and bridges

Training in dance, movement, voice and musical instruments a plus. piece

Preliminary Audition Workshop (optional but helpful for incoming/new students)
TU Evening, Aug 21, 6-7p, Person Theatre

AUDITIONS
W Evening, Aug 22, 6p-10p, Person Theatre
TH Evening, Aug 23, 6p-10p, Person Theatre 

CALLBACKS
F, Aug 24, 10a-12p, Ives 119
F, Aug 24 12-2pm, Ives 119

First Rehearsal
M Sept. 17, from 6p-10p  (READ-THRU, DESIGN PRESENTATIONS)

Rehearsal Call Times  
Mondays 7p-10:30p   
Tuesdays 6:30p-10:30p 
Wednesday 6:30p-10:30p 
Thursdays 6:30p-10:30p 
Fridays 1p-5p

Technical Rehearsals
F Oct 26, 5:30p-10:30p  
S Oct 27, 10:30a-10:30p

Dress Rehearsals
M Oct 29, from 6p-11p
T Oct 30 from 6p-11p (Invited Dress)

Performances 
Week One: W Oct 31, 7:30p (OPENING); TH Nov 1, 7:30p; F Nov 2, 7:30p (Fac/Staff night, Pizza + Post-show talk); S Nov 3, 7:30p; Su Nov 4, 2:00p (CLOSING)

Special Notes 
Those who are cast in this production must be available for all rehearsal hours. No night classes. You must be available for all tech rehearsals and performances.

Available Roles 
MATT
JENNY
MARIA
SAM
COLLEEN
GIBSON
QUINCY
EDNA

FALL DANCE 2018

Student-Created Works
Directed by Kristen Daley 
Nov. 29 - Dec. 2
Evert B. Person Theatre

The annual Fall Dance Concert provides SSU dancers, performers and artists the opportunity to choreograph, explore, and/or perform in original student-created works in a broad range of dance genres - including hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and ballet pieces.

AUDITION FORMAT

Come in your dance attire and be ready to move.
Callbacks - None

AUDITIONS
W Aug 22, 7p, PE1 -  Preliminary Info Meeting (optional)
M Aug 27, 6:30-10p, PE1 - Dance Auditions open to anyone with dance experience

SHOW COMMITTMENTS

Dancers must be available for all rehearsals and performances.

First Rehearsal
T August 28, 7-10p

Rehearsal Call Times
TBA (depending on casting)

Technical Rehearsals
F Nov 16, from 10:30a-10:30p 
S Nov 17, from 10:30a-10:30p 

Dress Rehearsals
M Nov 19, from 6p-11p
M Nov 26, from 6p-11p
T Nov 27, from 6p-11p
W Nov 28, from 6p-11p

Performances
One Week Only: TH Nov 29, 7:30p (OPENING, Fac/Staff Night, Pizza + Post Show Discussion), F Nov 30, 7:30p; S Dec 1, 2p (MATINEE) & 6:30p; Su Dec 2, 2p (MATINEE) & 6:30p (CLOSE)

SWEENEY TODD

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music Direction by Lynne Morrow
Stage Direction by Doyle Ott
February 7-17, 2019
Evert B. Person Theatre

From the Adaptation by Christopher Bond, Originally Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince, with Orchestration by Jonathan Tunick

Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London, after fifteen years of exile, to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. The musical score for Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, comedy and stunning terror. It is one of the signal achievements of the American musical theater of the last fifty years, and the high watermark of Sondheim’s six remarkable collaborations with director Harold Prince. - Synopsis from STAGEAGENT.com

AUDITION FORMAT
Prepare and memorize: 
1. Two songs in contrasting style, tempo and/or language
2. One monologue, not to exceed 90 seconds 
3. Material should not be more than 7 minutes combined, including intros and bridges

NOTES
Be sure to bring legible sheet music in preferred key for the pianist/accompanist in a 3-ring binder that makes it easy for the pianist to turn pages, with start and stops marked clearly.

If you have not prepared either a monologue or songs, please come anyway. We’d love to see you! We can work together to help connect your interests, experience and skills to the musical.

Preliminary Audition Workshop (optional but helpful for incoming/new students)
TU Evening, Aug 21, 6-7p, Person Theatre

AUDITIONS
W Evening, Aug 22, 6p-10p, Person Theatre
TH Evening, Aug 23, 6p-10p, Person Theatre 

AUDITION SIGN-UP

CALLBACKS
S Aug 25, 10a-4p, Ives 101 & 119

SHOW COMMITMENTS
Participation in Sweeney Todd will be credited as a class. Music majors, Music minors and non-majors should register for MUSIC 330 in the fall and spring semester. Theatre Arts & Dance majors register for THAR 330 in the fall and spring semester. Rehearsal times fall as indicated below on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and on one Saturday per month. For this production, only those rehearsing will be called, but the cast must be available for all the times listed below. Community members are encouraged to audition.

First Rehearsal
T August 28, 7-10p 

Rehearsal Call Times
FALL 2018, GMC 1027 & 1028
Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-10p plus the following Saturdays:
S Sept 22 from 10a-5p
S Oct 20, from 10a-5p
S Nov 3, from 10a-5p
S Dec 1 from 10a-5p

SPRING 2019, Person Theatre
Starting T Jan 22 (2019) through Jan 31
M, T, W and TH evenings from 7p-10p

AUDITIONS
W Evening, Aug 22, 6p-10p, Person Theatre
TH Evening, Aug 23, 6p-10p, Person Theatre 

Technical Rehearsals
TH Jan 31 from 7p-10p (Sitzprobe with Orchestra) 
S Feb 2 from 10:30a-10:30p
Su Feb 3 from 10:30a-10:30p 

Dress Rehearsals
M-T-W Feb 4-6, from 6:30p -11p 

Performances
Week One:  TH Feb 7, 7:30p (OPENING); F Feb 8, 7:30p; S Feb 9, 7:30p; Su Feb 10, 5p (Post-Show Talk) 
Week Two: T Feb 12, 10a (k9-12 Free MATINEE, Piano Only); TH Feb 14, 7:30p (Fac/Staff night + Pizza); F Feb 15, 7:30p; S Feb 16, 7:30p; Su Feb 17, 2p (CLOSING MATINEE)

Available Roles
All roles are open to all ethnicities and cultural heritages. The chorus is crucial to the show - looking for experienced singers.

SWEENEY TODD (Baritone)
ANTHONY HOPE (Tenor)
JOHANNA (Soprano)
MRS. LOVETT (Alto)
JUDGE TURPIN (Baritone)
ADOLFO PIRELLI (Tenor)
TOBIAS RAGG (Tenor)
BEGGAR WOMAN (Mezzo-Soprano)
BEADLE BAMFORD (Tenor)
BIRD SELLER (Spoken)
JONAS FOGG (Spoken)
ENSEMBLE (Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto, Baritone, Bass)

POWER LINES

A New Play Festival with Hard Hats
Written by SSU Students
Festival Director - Scott Horstein
April 4-13, 2019
Ives Hall TBD

After years of the magmatic Mega Hot new play festival of readings and the success of the inaugural 2017 Power Lines festival of new play production, we’re back this year with the second edition of Power Lines. Come see a new generation of plays, written by students, directed by students, designed by students!

PLAY SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES
Playwright must be an enrolled SSU student during 2018-19 academic year.

Plays may be of any length, any number of characters, and of any genre, from short, 10-minute plays to one-acts. Plays must be previously unproduced (but may have received a staged reading).

We are generally looking for shorter plays for the 2019 festival (10-20 minutes playing time).  Full-length plays (that is, with a longer playing time and/or multiple acts) will be considered but writers should be advised that shorter forms will generally receive more consideration.  If you have any question about this you may contact the Festival Director in advance.

Any SSU student may submit up to two plays to be considered for the festival. The deadline for submission is Friday, September 21.

Submit your play(s) as follows. Send an e-mail to horstein@sonoma.edu with:

  • Your name
  • Major
  • Year in school
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address you actually check regularly
  • Any conflicts you anticipate with the show commitments listed below.
  • An attachment(s) with your play(s) in PDF or Word format (no Pages, Google doc, or any other format, please).

Script pages in your play must be numbered

Multiple plays (exact number to be determined) will be selected and announced by Monday, October 8.
If play is accepted, playwright must enroll in THAR 302, Drama Ensemble Workshop, for 3 units for Spring 2019 (see below).  Playwright will also agree to participate in Power Lines retreat on Saturday, November 17 and be present throughout the rehearsal process.

DIRECTOR INTERVIEWS
Any enrolled SSU student may apply to be a director for one of the plays in the festival. Directors will interview with the Festival Director.

Interested directors should read as many of the scripts selected for the Festival as possible, as you will be asked to discuss your impressions and any staging ideas you may have for as many of the plays as possible in your interview.

The scripts will be selected by Monday, October 8 and posted on Moodle. We will begin accepting Directing applications as of Monday, October 8 and stop accepting applications after Friday, October 19. To apply, directors should send the following information via e-mail to the Festival Director at horstein@sonoma.edu:

  • Name
  • Major
  • Year in school
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address you actually check regularly
  • Directing experience (list classes taken, also performances you’ve directed and where)

Any conflicts you anticipate with the show commitments listed below

PROCESS
Call for Submissions:  M Aug 27
Deadline for Submissions:  F Sept 21
Plays Chosen: M Oct 8
Director Sign-ups: Oct 8-19
Director Interviews: M-F, Oct 22-26 (times TBD)
Directors Chosen: M Nov 5

AUDITION FORMAT
Prepare and memorize:
1. Dramatic piece
2. Modern or Contemporary/Humorous piece

If you are not a THAR major/minor or do not have a monologue prepared and memorized, please show up anyway! The director will give you a monologue to read.

AUDITIONS Th Jan 24, 6p-10p (Ives location TBD)

CALLBACKS S Jan 26, 10a-6p (Ives location TBD)

SHOW COMMITMENTS
Students cast in Power Lines may be cast one or multiple of the plays in the festival. If you are cast in Sweeney Todd it may decrease your change of being considered for a major role in Power Lines.

In order to participate, playwrights, directors, cast, designers, and stage managers for Power Lines must register for THAR 302 for 3 units for the semester Spring 2018. Designers and stage managers for this show will not sign up for THAR 303 or THAR 480. The department will petition to allow you to go over the unit cap if necessary to enroll in THAR 302 or 303.

Playwrights, directors, and cast must be available for all rehearsal hours. No night classes. You must be available for all tech rehearsals and performances.

First Rehearsals
1st rehearsal and ensemble read-thrus:  M Jan 28, 6p-10p and T Jan 29, 6p-10p

Rehearsal Call Times
Each play will have a different rehearsal schedule TBD that will fall within the times listed below. Most plays will rehearse between two to five times per week:

Mondays 6p-10p
Tuesdays 6p-10p
Wednesdays 6p-10p
Thursdays 6p-10p
Fridays 1p-5p

Some rehearsals may be scheduled during the following windows based on actor availability

Saturdays 10a-6p
Sundays 1p-10p

Technical Rehearsals
F Mar 29, 10:30a-10:30p
S Mar 30, 10:30a-10:30p

Performances
Week One: TH Apr 4, 7:30p (OPENING); F Apr 5, 7:30p; S Apr 6, 7:30p
Week Two: TH Apr 11, 7:30p (Fac/Staff night + Pizza); F Apr 12, 7:30p; S Apr 13, 7:30p (CLOSING)

Available Roles
TBD based on the plays selected

Spring Dance 2019

Faculty & Guest Artist Created Works
Directed by Christine Cali & Kristen Daley
April 18–27, 2019
Evert B. Person Theatre

Spring Dance 19 will include work by three Guest Artists Erin Landry, Larry Arlington, Monica Bill Barnes, along with work from Dance Faculty Christine Cali and Kristen Daley.
Auditions will be held Wednesday, Dec 5, 6pm-9pm, PE 1 – Physical Education Building.
Performances for Spring Dance will be April 18-27, 2019 in Person Theatre.

All are welcome to audition.

Contact Director Kristen Daley with questions: daleyk@sonoma.edu 

AUDITION FORMAT
Come in your dance attire and be ready to move.

AUDITIONS
Dec 5, 6pm-9pm, PE 1 – Physical Education Building.

SHOW COMMITMENTS 
Dancers MUST be available for ALL rehearsals and performances.

First Rehearsal
TBD

Rehearsal Call Times
TBD (depending on casting)

Technical Rehearsals
F Apr 12, from 10:30a-10:30p 
S Apr 13, from 10:30a-10:30p 

Dress Rehearsals
M Apr 15, from 6p-11p
T Apr 16, from 6p-11p
W Apr 17 OFF

Performances
Week One:  TH Apr 18, 7:30p (OPENING), F Apr 19, 7:30p; S Apr 20, 2p Week Two:  TH Apr 25, 7:30p (Fac/Staff Night + Post Show Talk), F Apr 26, 7:30p; S Apr 27, 7:30p (CLOSE)