Auditions for Spring Semester Drama Productions

Auditions will be held on Sunday, November 16, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00pm in the Helms Theatre for the following spring Drama productions:

Vodka Variations:  an evening of Chekhov shorts
Directed By Marianne Kubik
Performs February 19-28, 2015 and March 27 for the U.Va. Slavic Languages and Literatures Conference

Heather Raffo’s
9 Parts of Desire
Directed by Kate Burke
Performs March 25 – 29, 2015

Callbacks for these two shows will be Sunday, November 23, 2014 as follows:

9 Parts of Desire - 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Room 115C

Vodka Variations: an evening of Chekhov shorts – 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Helms Theatre

A sign- up sheet is posted outside the Main Office (Room 201) in the Drama Education Building.  Scripts are available at the Collab site: Audition Info.

Please prepare:

  • A 1-minute contemporary dramatic monologue that communicates a discovery or an emotional journey
  • A 1-minute comedic monologue with a focus on physicality.

An international or multi-cultural focus in one of the monologues would be most welcome.

Students should read the plays they’re auditioning for. This will be necessary for callbacks.

Note: Monologues MUST be within this time limit.

Note: Monologues must be off-book and well rehearsed.

Undergraduates cast in either VODKA VARIATIONS or 9 PARTS OF DESIRE will be required to register for a Special Topics course, for 1-3 credits, for Spring 2015:

DRAM 4593: Special Topics in Performance: The Comedy of Chekhov (1-3 credits)

DRAM 4593: Special Topics in Performance: Iraqi Women in War (1-3 credits)

Those cast in 9 Parts of Desire will not be able to perform in either Vodka Variations or Wonderful Town. 

Actors will be able to perform in both Vodka Variations and Wonderful Town, if cast in both.

Auditions for the musical Wonderful Town directed by Robert Chapel will take place January 17 & 18, 2015.  More information on auditioning for this show will be posted in December.  Wonderful Town will be performed April 16 – 25, 2015.

Audition and Casting Policy and Procedures

An open casting policy exists for all mainstage (Culbreth, Helms, and Ruth Caplin) and Lab Series productions. All students, faculty, staff, and Charlottesville community members are encouraged to audition.

Please see below for additional information on casting procedures. The only exception to the open casting policy occurs in the second and third years of the graduate actors’ careers. These actors will be pre-cast in suitable thesis roles as an integral part of their advanced training.

Helms/Lab Series Auditions

Auditions for Lab series shows will be conducted by the director of the production at his/her discretion. Actors will find auditions notices for these productions posted on departmental bulletin boards. It is the actor’s responsibility to check for audition notices on a regular basis. We recommend at least once a week.

Mainstage Auditions

Audition Preparation for Mainstage Productions

Actors will be asked to perform a general audition consisting of two short (one to two minutes) contrasting pieces. If a musical is being cast, the actor will also be required to sing a brief selection. Performance faculty may be consulted for selection of audition material.

Performers will be screened in these general auditions and selected for callbacks where readings from individual scripts will be the primary audition material. Some directors may also ask actors to improvise. Actors auditioning for musicals may be required to dance. Actors should arrive at least fifteen minutes before their scheduled audition time.

Audition Information Sheets

At the time of the general auditions, actors will be given an information sheet. It is important to read all the information detailed on this sheet very carefully including rehearsal dates and times; performance dates and times; special production requirements; and departmental casting policy.

Audition Schedule for Mainstage Season

Audition times and sign-up sheets are posted at least two weeks before scheduled audition dates on the Dept. of Drama main bulletin in the office lobby adjacent to Room 201.