Shows and Opportunities
School of Performing Arts Auditions are Open to All Virginia Tech Students
Please visit our events listings for upcoming audition opportunitites.
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. This Children's Opera was presented October 17-19, 2014 in the Moss Arts Center.
Laramie Project and Laramie Project 10 Years Later, by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project, directed by Susanna Rinehart. This production was presented throughout the month of November, 2014 in the Squires Studio Theatre.
Fool for Love by Sam Shepard, directed by Greg Justice. Auditions were held in the fall of 2014. This production was presented February 24-28 and March 2-4, 2015 in the Squires Studio Theatre. If you have questions email Greg Justice.
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, directed by Natasha Staley-Johnson. Auditions were held in the fall of 2014. This production will be presented April 15-18 and April 20-25, 2015 in the Squires Studio Theatre. If you have any questions email Natasha Staley-Johnson.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, directed by Greg Justice. Auditions will be held Monday, April 27, 2015, 6:00 pm-10:00 pm in Theatre 101.
Please sign up for a 10-minute audition slot on the Henderson Hall Call Board (2nd Floor). Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your audition time. Scripts can be checked out from Greg Justice in Room 243 East Henderson for 24 hours.
Actors auditioning for Nina should choose a 1-2 minute female monologue from an Anton Chekhov play. Please choose a character that is younger (under age 30). It is advised that you read Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and analyze the character Nina before you select and begin to mount your monologue.
Actors auditioning for Spike should choose a 1-2 minute contemporary comedic monologue. It is advised that you read Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike and analyze the character Spike before you begin to select and begin to mount your monologue.
Callbacks, as needed, will be held in Theatre 101 on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.
Performance Dates: September 21-27 and October 5-11, 2015 in Theatre 101. If you have questions, please email Greg Justice.
The Trojan Women , a free adaptation of Euripides' play, directed by Bob McGrath. Auditions will be held Tuesday, April 28 from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm in Theatre 101. Callbacks, as needed, will be held the same night). All those auditioning should arrive at the lobby of Theatre 101 to audition at 6:00 pm (no sign-up necessary).
Actors auditioning should prepare a one-minute dramatic monologue. You will do your prepared monologue, and then you will be advised as to whether or not you should stay for a callback.
It is advised that you read the play (translated versions of Euripides' play are available online, and in many anthologies) before auditioning so that you are familiar with the story and the characters. This definitive anti-war drama is an evocative denunciation of human cruelty. Projections and soundscapes help to create an all encompassing theatrical experience. Directed by Bob McGrath. This show will be featured as Virginia Tech hosts the 2015 National Conference of the A2RU (The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universitites (A2RU).
Performance Dates: November 10–15, 2015 in the Haymarket Theatre, Squires Student Center. This show will be featured as VT hosts the 2015 National Conference of the A2RU (The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities). If you have questions please email Robert McGrath.
PRODUCTION NOTE!!!!! Coming in the 2015-2016 season! The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, directed by Susanna Rinehart, musical direction by Rick Masters, Scenic Design by Randy Ward, and Lighting Design by John Ambrosone. This production will be performed April 28-May 1, 2016 in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theater (located in the Moss Arts Center). More information TBA at a later date. Auditions will be held in early fall, 2015. Casting for an ensemble of 9 to 16, plus Mr. Masters' phantasmo middle school band.
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 for the fall semester were held in September, 2014. Who can audition? Anyone! No improvisation, comedy, or theatre experience required. Open to all students, faculty and community members. If you have any questions email Will Jennings.
No Fear Theatre
No Audition necessary! Join us in the Studio Theatre for an evening of open mic. Make sure your act is 5 minutes or less and that you provide everything you need for your act. Open to all students, faculty and community members. Upcoming date: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Squires Studio Theatre. For information on how to get involved or to sign up, please contact: Logan Beveridge, Katie Conner, or Dylan Daniel.
24-Hour Theatre Project
No audition necessary! 24-Hour Theatre is the production of 6 brand new, original, ten-minute plays in 24 hours. The fall semester project was held beginning Friday, September 19 through Saturday, September 20, 2014. The performance of the new works were held on Saturday, September 20 at 7:30 pm in Theatre 101. Interested in participating? Check back for more information about the next 24-Hour Theatre TBD!
Undergraduate Directing Workshop
Flowers for Algernon, directing by Rocky Nunzio, was performed in Theatre 101 on March 19-21 at 7:30 pm. Auditions were held in the fall 2014. For more detailed information please check the Events page. Contact Rocky Nunzio with questions.
First Year MFA Project
Swollen Tongues (a comedy in rhyming couplets) by Kathleen Oliver; directed by Kristin Rose Kelly. Auditions for this show have been held.
About the Show: Swollen Tongues is a fast paced comedy written in rhyming couplets. The characters are challenged to find the true meaning and expression of love through poetry. Once each character finds their poetic voice, they seem to be able to know what and who they want. The play explores humorously mistaken identity, gender roles and performance, and consent and intention.
The performance dates were March 23-25, 2015 in Performing Arts Building.
For information please e-mail Kristin Rose Kelly.
Second Year MFA Project
The Burial at Thebes by Seamus Heany; directed by Naphtali Fields. Auditions for this show have been held.
The Burial at Thebes is a version of the Antigone story, a classic tragedy that examines the impetus and honor of an individual vs. the authority of the state. It's a beautiful, haunting play with incredible roles for actors and singers. There are roles for both men and women.
The performances dates were April 3, 4, & 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm in Theatre 101. Please contact Naphtali Fields for further information.
Advanced Directing Independent Study Project
How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel; directed by Will Jennings. Auditions for this show have been held.
How I Learned to Drive is a Pultizer Prize winning play that follows the sexual relationship between Li'l Bit and her Uncle Peck, which included sexual abuse, pedophilia, and incest. Cast will include 5 actors--2 male and 3 female. Please contact Will Jennings for further information.
Immersive Theatre Piece
When We Grow Up by Will Jennings. Auditions for this theatre piece have been held.
Looking for actors with strong improvisational skills and theatrical sense. Also looking for people with a strong sense of identity, who are willing to bring their unique worldview to many audiences. You do not need to prepare anything; just bring yourselves and be prepared to improvise and discuss.
For further information, please visit the Auditions page.
Web Series Project
Theatre & Cinema major, Julia Lauer, is creating a web series as an independent study project. This project will be in a mockumentary style and have ten episodes, each running an average of 2-7 minutes. Each episode should take about a day to shoot, so the commitment would be a minimum of five days of filming. There are three main characters--two male and one female. There are also smaller roles that will appear periodically. Also will be looking for crew members (experience not necessary).
For further information, please email Julia Lauer.
Short Film Casting Call
Audition opportunities are available for Our Nation, a short film by former Virginia Tech Cinema Professor David Mallin.
Arvold Casting is searching for actors for speaking roles in the Old Dominion University short film Our Nation. Set in 1915 Norfolk, Virginia, Our Nation is the story of Douglas, a young African American boy whose desire to see Birth of a Nation opens his eyes to a world of racial prejudice.
Our Nation will make its premiere screening as part of the centerpiece event for Birth of an Answer on September 18th, 2015 at the historic Attucks Theatre in Norfolk. Birth of an Answer is an event celebrating 100 years of African American creative resistance to prejudicial representations in cinema. Click Here For Audition Information.
Pre-show Grand Lobby Concert Before Audra McDonald's Broadway Old and New concert on May 1
We would like for any SOPA student who might be interested to sign up for an audition. You will audition for a panel of SOPA faculty (Ariana Wyatt, Brian Thorsett, Cara Rawlings, Dwight Bigler, Rick Masters, Susanna Rinehart, and Tracy Cowden).
Please prepare one complete selection (as it would be performed — appropriate key; all accompaniment) from musical theatre, 5 minutes absolute maximum length, memorized. If you are selected to perform, you will perform the same selection you show in the audition. We have been asked to avoid selections from the shows for which Ms. McDonald is best known -- Carousel, Ragtime, Porgy & Bess, Marie Christine, 110 in the Shade. Your selection must be appropriate for all ages. Rick Masters will accompany.
AUDITIONS: Tuesday, March 17 beginning at 5:30 pm in 167 Squires (Brian Thorsett’s office).
Sign up ASAP for a 5 minute audition slot on the call board Henderson Hall (2nd floor). The sign-up sheet is posted on the left-hand side of the call board, under "Announcements".
Please sign up for the first available slot; and plan to arrive a few minutes before your audition time.
Bands: We have unified auditions for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and wind and percussion sections of the New River Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Auditions occur during the first week of classes and sign-up sheets with exact dates and times will be posted outside 243 Squires on the wind ensembles and concert bands bulletin board prior to the first week of classes. Note auditions are blocked into instrument groups. Please sign up at the first available time in that block whenever possible. When you sign up for an audition time, please take one of the posted audition information forms to be completed and turned in when you audition.
Winds and Brass, each five-to-seven-minute audition includes the following:
I. EXCERPTS (Please see the PDF posting below for your instrument for excerpts and instructions.)
II. MAJOR and CHROMATIC SCALES (You may be asked to play major scales with no more than three sharps or flats in concert pitch — ascending and descending two octaves in eighth notes at a metronome marking between 108 and 120 beats per minute — as well as a chromatic scale covering the range of your instrument.)
III. SIGHT READING
If you have a conflict with the available time slots posted, please contact Dr. Putnam or Professor Glazebrook immediately, and we will schedule your audition separately. We will find a time for you to audition!
Percussionists, please contact Dr. Annie Stevens for a list of specific excerpts to be prepared for ensemble auditions and see below for more information.
String players should schedule their auditions separately with Professor Glazebrook, please see New River Valley Symphony Orchestra audition notice below.
Please be warmed up and ready to play at your scheduled audition time. No need to dress up!
Excerpts for Auditions by Instrument (These excerpts may change each semester)
Flute Excerpts, Oboe Excerpts, Clarinet Excerpts, Bass Clarinet Excerpts, Bassoon Excerpts, Saxophone Excerpts, Trumpet Excerpts, Horn Excerpts, Trombone Excerpts, Euphonium Excerpts, Tuba Excerpts
Choirs: The Virginia Tech Choirs are open to all Virginia Tech students, whether undergraduate or graduate, of any major. Under the direction of Dr. Dwight Bigler, the choirs sing the finest choral repertoire from all time periods and genres.
Sign up for auditions in person at Dr. Bigler's office (242-J Squires Student Center, facing Alumni Mall) by the first day of each semester. Sign up sheets are posted on the wall by Dr. Bigler's office at least three days before each semester begins. Auditions occur throughout the first week of each semester.
The Audition Includes:
- Vocalize throughout your range on five-note scales (do-re-mi-fa-sol).
- Hear a brief (four-note) melody on the piano and be able to sing it back accurately.
- Sing My Country ‘Tis of Thee (find the music/words/piano accompaniment here)
- Consideration for Chamber Singers requires a sight-reading test. Sight-reading is not required for Tech Men or Women’s Chorus.
Jazz Ensembles: Auditions for small and large jazz ensembles are held every semester prior to the beginning of classes. All students that wish to participate in a jazz ensemble MUST audition. Auditions are announced via e-mail and social media (facebook.com/vtjazz and twitter.com/vt_jazz) and consist of the following list. For additional questions, contact Dr. Jason Crafton.
Instruments specific skills (comping, walking bass lines, etc.)
New River Valley Symphony: To schedule an audition, come to Professor Glazebrook's office (242S Squires) on the day you check in and make an appointment. Auditions may also be scheduled by email or telephone (540) 231-8501. Auditions will be heard daily during the first week of classes. Be prepared to play a piece or an etude. You will not have to sight read, but you may be asked to play a scale or two. Pick something that shows your sound, pitch, rhythm and phrasing; it shouldn't be the hardest thing you know, but the one that puts you in the best light. If you are a wind player planning to audition for the NRVS and also the Symphonic Wind Ensemble or Symphony Band, you will play one combined audition for a panel of all the directors. Email Professor Glazebrook for details and specific audition requirements.
L2Ork (Laptop Orchestra): Students are admitted on first-come basis. All those interested will be asked to attend the first meeting each fall to learn more about laptop orchestra and what is involved in joining the ensemble. Students participating will have an opportunity to tour and perform existing works, help shape new performance tools and approaches, as well as compose their own works for the ensemble. The enrollment limit is 15. The ensemble class meets in the Center for the Arts' ICAT Perform studio Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-7pm. Individuals who never played an instrument before are just as welcome as virtuoso musicians. Questions? Contact Dr. Ivica Ico Bukvic.
Low Brass Ensembles - For information about the Virginia Tech Trombone Ensemble and VTubas (the Virginia Tech Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble), please contact Jay Crone regarding auditions and registration information. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings in Squires Student Center.
Horn Ensemble - The Horn Ensemble is open to French horn players interested in playing music written and arranged for multiple horns. A Google search for London Horn Sound or Vienna Horns will yield some good characteristic examples of the music we play. It is open to new members with the permission of the instructor. You can receive one hour of academic credit. Meets Wednesday evenings at 8:15 in room 243 during the fall semester and 8:00 PM in room 243 during the spring semester. For more information, please contact Wallace Easter.
Low String Ensemble: Auditions are held during the second week of the semester. For information on what to prepare for the audition, please contact Alan Weinstein.
Percussion Ensemble: Open to all Virginia Tech students, both undergraduate and graduate. Auditions will take place in the percussion studio (Squires 249) at the beginning of each fall semester (check back for specific time). Interested students need to request an audition time by sending an email to Dr. Annie Stevens. Students should prepare a concert or rudimental snare drum etude or solo and a marimba, vibraphone, or xylophone etude or solo. Sight reading will be asked on both snare drum and mallets.
Chamber Ensembles: TBA
Jazz for Social Justice Auditions: This spring (2015) the Virginia Tech Jazz Lab Band will present their 2nd annual "Jazz for Social Justice" concert in collaboration with the Virginia Tech Chapter of the International Justice Mission. The goal of this concert is to raise both funds and awareness in the fight against human trafficking. All the proceeds will go to Street Ransom that operates a halfway house in Roanoke. This group helps victims of human trafficking make a smooth transition back into society.
This concert will be held in the Squires Commonwealth Ballroom on March 5 featuring multiple singers from across campus performing with the Jazz Lab band. The best/favorite performer (as voted on by the audience) will get to sing on the Jazz Ensembles concert in the Moss Center on April 28.
If you'd like to audition, submit an audition video to Dr. Jason Crafton via YouTube by January 1, 2015. Please make sure you’re singing JAZZ influence repertoire.
Symphony Band - Under the direction of Polly Middleton
The Symphony Band, conducted by Polly Middleton, performs a variety of works from traditional wind band repertory to contemporary works. Ensemble participation is open to all students through audition each semester. The group performs four concerts on campus each year and regularly shares programs with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Campus Band. Ensemble Size is approximately 60 members. The meeting times are Tuesday & Thursday, 3:30–4:45 p.m. (Fall); 5:00–6:30 p.m. (Spring).
Campus Band - Under the direction of David McKee
The Campus Band is a non-auditioned concert band that rehearses one night weekly during the spring semester. The ensemble provides an opportunity for students who wish to play in a concert band with a lighter time commitment than the other ensembles. The ensemble performs a variety of works from the wind band repertory, including contemporary and traditional wind band works, transcriptions, and marches. The Campus Band performs one concert on campus each spring
Instrument Rental: Bassoon, bass clarinet, tenor and baritone saxophone, euphonium, and tuba may be rented for a small fee each semester.
The ensemble size is approximately 60–80 members.
The meeting time for Spring 2015 is Mondays from 8:00–9:30 p.m.
Music Admissions Auditions
Each candidate for admission to the University as a music major is required to perform an audition. For music admission and scholarship audition dates and details please go to our Music Admissions page