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Brian Newberg, Director

Kent State University at Stark Theatre
Fine Arts Building
6000 Frank Avenue NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720

Theatre Contact:
Brian Newberg
Theatre Director
330-244-3352
bnewberg@kent.edu
103A Fine Arts

Technical Production Contact:
Lou Williams
Theatre Specialist
330-244-3375
lpwillia@kent.edu

Schedule an Audition Appointment:
Stop by or call the Fine Arts secretary:
330-244-5151
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Building


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Audition Information


2014-2015 Theatre Auditions



General Audition Information for All Shows

  • Auditions are open to everyone including students and members of the community.
  • Those auditioning have the choice of working from sides (selected scene excerpts) or they may perform a prepared monologue. For musicals, audition information will be listed under the show.
  • Scripts and sides are available for perusal for periods up to 24 hours from the Fine Arts secretary. Stop by or call 330-244-5151 between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Scripts and sides will also be available in the reserve area of the Stark Campus Library.
  • Audition appointments are recommended, but not required. Stop by or call 330-244-5151 to schedule an audition appointment with the Fine Arts secretary.
  • Technical production opportunities are also available, such as stage and assistant stage managers, assistants to lighting, scenic, sound and costume designers.
  • Roles available and any additional audition requirements will be listed under each show.
  • Brian Newberg is the director for all of the following shows.


One Slight HitchOne Slight Hitch

By Lewis Black

November 7, 8, 14 & 15 at 8 p.m.
November 9 & 16 (ASL interpreted) at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets available October 27.

Set in Ohio, satirical comedian Lewis Black’s production opens the door to the Coleman’s house on the day their daughter is to marry a stuffy, wealthy emblem of the Reagan era. Hilarious family drama is set in motion with the unannounced arrival of the ex-boyfriend, a beatnik poet who is unaware of her engagement and came to share the enlightenment he experienced on his recent travels. Doors slam, secrets erupt, chaos ensues.

Audition Dates:
September 2 & 3
6 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre

Rehearsals begin September 7 and will occur five evenings a week until opening.

Roles:
4 females, 3 males

  • Doc Coleman - The father. A general practitioner. A charming, eccentric conservative. Usually straight-up.
  • Delia Coleman - The mother. In a constant state of panic.
  • Ryan - Early 30s. Until seven months ago, he had lived with Courtney for two and half years.
  • P.B. - 16 year old daughter
  • Melanie - 20-something daughter. Nurse. Attractive and psychotic.
  • Courtney - Freelance writer. Has just published her first novel which was almost successful.
  • Harper - Early 30s. Logical and wealthy. Engaged to Courtney.

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Spring AwakeningSpring Awakening

Books and lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik

February 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 8 p.m.
February 22 & March 1 (ASL int) at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets available February 9.

This Tony Award-winning rock musical tells the story of desire and confusion as teenagers’ hormones collide during the journey from youth to adulthood. Through rebellious trials and tribulations, the sensuality of the characters is often denied and suppressed, leading to tragic consequences. The poignant and revealing messages in Spring Awakening are powerful, passionate and unforgettable. For mature audiences only, due to sexual content and strong (profane) language.

Audition Dates:
November 23 & 24 (Callbacks will be November 25, if needed)
6 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre

Rehearsals begin December 14 - 18; go on break from December 19 - January 3; then resume on January 4 and will occur five evenings a week until opening.

Auditionees should prepare a musical selection in the style of the show (bring sheet music in the correct key) OR sing a piece from Spring Awakening. Choose something sung by the character you are particularly interested in playing. OPTION - Sing one of the 16-32 bar character excerpts provided in the audition packet. Choose an excerpt sung by the character you are particularly interested in playing. You will also be asked to vocalize for range. An accompanist will be provided at the auditions. Auditionees may also be asked to read selected sides from the show.

Roles and Singing Ranges:
6 females, 7 males

  • Wendla | E3 - E5
  • Martha | E3 - E5
  • Thea | E3 - E5
  • Anna | E3 - C5
  • Ilse | E3 - C5
  • The Adult Women (played by one actor) | D3 - A4
  • Melchoir | G2 - B4
  • Moritz | C3 - A4
  • Hanschen / Rupert | Ab2 - D5
  • Ernst / Reinhold | Ab2 - A4
  • Georg / Dieter | Ab2 - D5
  • Otto / Ulbrecht | Ab2 - D5
  • The Adult Men (played by one actor) | D3 - F4

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BlurBlur

By Melanie Marnich

April 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 8 p.m.
April 19 & 26 (ASL interpreted) at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets available April 6.

A genetic disease is gradually robbing Dot of her eyesight. Her relationships with her mother and friends are challenged during her struggle for independence and self-assertion. With the help of her boyfriend, best friend and a wayward priest, Dot brings the audience on a journey that discovers the kind of vision needed not only to prevail over this disease, but to thrive with spirit, humor and hope.

For mature audiences only, due to sexual content and strong language.

Audition Dates:
January 20 & 21
6 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre

Rehearsals begin February 23 and will occur five evenings a week until opening.

Roles:
3 females, 3 males
  • Dot Di Prima
  • Mom
  • Father O. O'Hara
  • Joey Joe D'Amico
  • Francis Butane
  • Various male roles (played by one actor)
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