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Mainstage Theatre Auditions

During the 2014-2015 season, the theatre program will produce four mainstage productions:
World Premiere: The Three Feathers, a Children's Opera, produced in collaboration with the Center for the Arts and Roanoke Opera. Auditions were held in the spring of 2014. Information about production and crew opportunities may be found on our Theatre Production Opportunities page.

Laramie Project and Laramie Project 10 Years Later, by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project, directed by Susanna Rinehart. Auditions: Tuesday, September 2 and Wednesday, September 3 from 6pm-10pm. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, September 4 from 6pm-10pm. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the Henderson Hall Callboard. You will be asked to prepare and perform two contemporary realistic monologues, playing two sharply different/contrasting characters. Each should be around 1-2 minutes, well-rehearsed and memorized.You should be familiar with the plays for callbacks.

Fool for Love by Sam Shepard, directed by Greg Justice. Auditions and Callbacks: Monday, December 1; Tuesday, December 2; and Wednesday, December 3. Times: TBA. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the Henderson Hall Callboard. You will be asked to perform a one to two-minute prepared audition piece from a Sam Shepard play. You should be familiar with the play for callbacks.

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, directed by Natasha Staley. Auditions and Callbacks: Monday, December 1; Tuesday, December 2; Wednesday, December 3; and Thursday, December 4. Times: TBA. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the Henderson Hall Callboard. You will be asked to prepare and perform a 1-2 minute Shakespeare monologue for the initial auditions.  You will do sides for the callbacks, so you should be familiar with the play.

Lolopolis Comedy Group

Lolopolis Comedy Group is an improv team dedicated to creating high-quality, seriously funny shows for the Blacksburg community. We create 1-2 shows per semester -- come out and laugh with us!

Audition Times: Auditions will be on September 27th from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm in PAB 104 (Performing Arts Building).  Callbacks will be September 28 from 4:30 pm-7:00 pm and they’ll also be in PAB 104. 

No preparation needed.

Who can audition?  Anyone!  No improvisation, comedy, or theatre experience required.  Open to all students, faculty and community members.

If you have any questions or audition time conflicts, email Will Jennings

No Fear Theatre

No Audition necessary! Join is in the Studio Theatre for an evening of open mic. Open to all students, faculty and community members. Upcoming date: TBD.  For information on how to get involved, please contact Susanna Rinehart.

24-Hour Theatre Project

No audition necessary!   24-Hour Theatre is the production of 6 brand new, original, ten-minute plays in 24 hours. Beginning Friday, September 19 through Saturday, September 20, 2014. Performance of the new works will be on Saturday, September 20 at 7:30 pm in Theatre 101.   Interested in participating? Just complete one of the interest forms below and submit it to  Dylan or Katie  by 12am on September 10. Want to help usher, assist the tech crew, or otherwise work on the project? Just email Katie or Daniel and they will gladly try to get you involved.

Writer Interest Form

Director Interest Form

Student Theatre Workshops Auditions

Graduate Directing Workshop -Second year M.F.A. candidate, Naphtali Fields, is directing a piece of devised theatre with the working title, The Medea Project. She is looking for actors who are interested in improvisation, collective exploration, singing, and movement work. 

Auditions are on September 8 starting at 7 p.m., with half-hour slots. Sign-Up sheet is posted on the Henderson Hall callboard. Actors are asked to bring a 30 sec-1 minute memorized piece that explores their connection to their gender identity and/or racism. It can be an original composition or from a published work. Wear comfortable clothes for movement and be prepared to sing.

Graduate Directing Workshop - First year M.F.A. candidate, Kristin Rose Kelly, is directing a night of LGBTQ one-act plays, Queering the WayQueering the Way is a compilation of 6 plays by LGBTQ Canadian playwrights. They explore LGBTQ stories of family, self-acceptance, childhood, and new beginnings. Each play has a significant object that tells the story: baseball bat, photographs, jump rope, and dog collar. The cast of this production will use and explore these objects to create deeper meaning in each piece.

Auditions are Monday September 8 from 6-11 p.m. in 204 PAB (Performing Arts Building now known as Liberal Arts Building).  You will audition in groups of six people. You do not need to bring any prepared material. Be ready to move and create. If you would like to bring an interesting object (lamp shade, hula hoop, cape, anything!) to the audition you are encouraged to, but make sure you feel comfortable using it in scenes/sharing it with others.

To sign-up email either the Director Kristin Rose Kelly or Stage Manager Hannah Jacobsen or sign up for one-hour slot on the Henderson Call Board.

Cast:  3 female identified actors and 4 male identified actors (1 male character is African American and 1 male character is Nicaraguan/Central American).  Looking for a diverse cast. ALL encouraged to audition.    Rehearsals begin September 28, 2014.  Show Dates: November 10-12 in Performing Arts Building.

If you cannot make the audition, please e-mail Kristin Rose Kelly to set up alternative meeting.


Special Opportunity to Attend Two Workshops on Auditioning/Pursuing an Acting Career

The School of Performing Arts and the Department of Theatre and Cinema will be sponsoring two workshops by Virginia Tech Alumnus Happy Mahaney!!!  This is a great opportunity to gather invaluable  career information!!!  See dates and times below!  Both workshops are free and anyone may attend!          

Auditioning for Pilot Television Shows in Los Angeles, Thursday, September 25, 2014, 3:30-5:15 p.m., TA 101-201

Moving to Los Angeles to Pursue an Acting Career: A Roundtable Discussion, Friday, September 26, 2014,10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, TA 101-101

Happy Mahaney has been a working professional actor since the age of 21. After graduating from Virginia Tech with a Degree in Theatre Arts, he went on to become a member of the prestigious Journeyman Program at the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, SC. There he continued to hone his craft as an artist. After completion of the program, Happy went on to perform major roles in regional theatres across the country and soon landed the role of SKY in Broadway’s North American Tour of MAMMA MIA! playing 609 performances in 148 cities. Living in Los Angeles for the past 11 years, he has had the privilege of working with some of Hollywood’s best on the big and small screens including David Spade, Fran Drescher, and Danny Boyle (Oscar winning director of SLUMDOG MILLIONARE). He has studied at the famed Second City, and has written and performed as a standup comic at Sunset Strip’s Comedy Store and the World Famous Hollywood Improv. He is currently writing/developing a one-man show aptly named HAPPY HOUR. He continues to share his love of the theatre as a director/teacher at Malibu’s Young Actors Project.

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