Current Auditions

A Comedy of Tenors

by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Katie Laris

Important Dates


Tuesday, December 6th from 5:30pm-9:00pm Jurkowitz Theatre

By appointment, please email Christina Frank-Bellew, 

(or by video submission: deadline December 6th at 9:00pm)



Wednesday, December 14th in the Garvin Theatre


Rehearsals begin:  Wednesday, January 11th

Performances:  March 1st—March 18th, 2023 in the Garvin Theatre


Rehearsals: Rehearsals are organized around actor conflicts as much as possible. Typically rehearsals are held in the evenings and weekends, 15-20 hours per week with actors called and released as needed. As this is an ensemble reliant show, all actors will be called to most rehearsals.

Please complete the audition form and bring it with you to your audition.




One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It’s 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century – as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his passionate wife, Maria, from causing runaway chaos. Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks, and madcap delight.



Character Breakdown


Saunders -  Male, late 50s, any ethnicity - High-strung American producer. He's had success but worked very hard for it.


Max -  Male, 30s, any ethnicity - Rising American opera singer and former assistant to Saunders. Smart, level-headed and quick with a joke.


Maria -  Female, early 50s, Italian - Stunning wife to one of Italy's most famous opera singers. Big personality, explosive temper. Italian accent.


Tito/Beppo -  Male, 50s, Italian - Tito is one of Italy's most famous opera singers. Regal in appearance, fiery in nature. Has a bit of a diva complex and is a horribly jealous person. Italian accent. The same actor plays Beppo, a bellhop - joyous and full of life, as down to earth as Tito is regal.


Mimi - Female, 20s, Italian-American - Bright-eyed star hoping to be discovered. She is the daughter of Tito and Maria and while they still think of her as their little girl, she is definitely coming into her own.  American accent.


Carlo -  Male, 20s, Italian - Dashing, young opera impresario who is in love with Mimi but seen as a threat to her father's career. Speaks English very well. No detectable Italian accent.


Racon - Female, late 40s, Russian - Famous Russian opera singer, former lover to Tito, a very intense and passionate woman. Russian accent.


Audition Requirements

Please read the play and choose and prepare the sides from your character of choice. If you choose the side for Tito OR Beppo, please prepare both sides for your audition since they are the same character. A reader will be available at the auditions to read the other characters in your side.

For audition appointments please email Christina Frank-Bellew

Guys and Dolls

A Musical Fable of Broadway


Based on a story and Characters of Damon Runyon

Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

Directed by Katie Laris

Musical Director: David Potter

Choreographer: Christina McCarthy

Important Dates

Musical auditions will be held first for principals and chorus. Please prepare a song from traditional musical theatre - also bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided. Choose a song that shows your ability to tell a story through song.


Singing Auditions: January 3rd from 4:00-8:00pm, Garvin Theatre

Dance Auditions: January 3rd 4:00-8:0pm, Jurkowitz Theatre

Callbacks: Saturday, January 7th from  11:30am-4:00pm

Rehearsals begin: May 22nd, 2023

Performances: July 12th – July 29th, 2023  

Please complete the audition form and bring it with you to your audition.




Set in New York City in the early 1950’s the play centers around two gamblers: Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit and two women: Sarah Brown (a leader at a rescue mission) and Miss Adelaide (a nightclub dancer). Nathan Detroit’s only hope of finding a place for a huge crap game hinges on winning a bet with Sky Masterson that he won’t be able to convince prim Sarah to have dinner with him in Havana. Meanwhile Detroit’s own engagement to Miss Adelaide has been going on for years and the pressure is on to finally get married.  The stakes keep getting higher for all the characters as the musical moves towards a big romantic finale.



Character Breakdown


AVAILABLE ROLES (the age range is rather flexible because we will be casting to relative parity among the four leads):

Sky Masterson: Male. Baritone B to Eb. Playing age 23-38. Lead role
Charismatic, cool and confident. He is at home and respected wherever he goes.  He carries the principle romantic story arc and so must convincingly change for love over the course of the musical.


Sarah Brown: Female. Soprano to High A. Playing age 18-35. Lead role.
Highly respectable and principled, she is  very buttoned up and rather cool to Sky’s advances initially; however, over the course of the musical she falls exuberantly in love and must, like Sky, believably transform over the course of the musical.


Nathan Detroit: Male. Baritone to High F. Playing age 24-40. Lead role.
Funny, emotional, stressed out and struggling to get his big break from moment to moment, Nathan is the head organizer of the floating crap game and believably in love with Adelaide despite his hesitation to commit.


Adelaide: Female. Belting Mezzo to A. Playing age 22-40. Lead role
Lead performer at the ‘Hot Box’ a low rent night club, Adelaide is funny, emotional and almost throughout the play in the grip of a cold. Must be comfortable dancing in heels.


Nicely Nicely Johnson: Male. Tenor to high B flat. Playing age 21-50. Supporting role Best buddy of Nathan Detroit’s  and a voracious gambler and eater.  Funny, nice, cheerful and has to be able to deliver the range and power of “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat”


Benny Southstreet: Male. Baritone. Playing age 20 – 55 supporting role.
Not as well connected as Nicely Nicely but an associate and friend of Nathan’s and Nicely’s.


Harry the Horse: Male. Playing age 25-50 Supporting role.
Gangster who collected the reward on his own father and is ready to gamble.


Big Jule: Male. Speaking role. Playing age 35+. Supporting role.
Powerful, intimidating, high status gangster from out of town, whose reputation precedes him.  


Arvide Abernathy: Male. Baritone Playing age 50 – 90 supporting role.
Sarah’s grandfather and one of the leaders of the Salvation Army mission. Wise, warm and caring.


Rusty Charlie: Male. Baritone Playing age 20s and above Gambler; sings the trio ‘Fugue for Tinhorns’ with Nicely & Benny.


Lt. Brannigan: Male. Non-singing role. Playing age 30-60
Member of the local police force, commands respect


General Matilda B. Cartwright: Female mezzo Playing age 35-60  
Regional representative of the Salvation Army. Powerful, matronly, no-nonsense but has a sense of humor.

Hot Box Girls: female playing age 16 – 35 chorus
We are looking for women who are strong dancers, singers and actors. They perform 2 numbers with Adelaide . They will double into other characters from the rescue mission and other scenes.


Gamblers/NY residents, Salvation Army members: Playing age 15-40 Dancing and singing ensemble


Audition Requirements

Please prepare a song from traditional musical theatre -  also bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided. Choose a song that shows your ability to tell a story through song.


To sign up for an audition time contact Katie Laris at

To upload a video submission click here.

Please download an audition form here to fill out and bring to your audition. Those submitting videos can complete the online form.

Auditionees can park in Lot 4A-4D on the West Campus, parking permits are not needed on these dates.

CONTACT Katie Laris, email:, 805-965-0581, ext. 2497, to schedule an audition

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