Auditions are open to all Loyola students regardless of their declared major or minor.
The Theatre Program is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. As such, we encourage performers of all races and ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, disabilities, and ages, as well as d/Deaf, to attend every audition.
General Audition Information
The Department of Fine and Performing Arts holds auditions for actors, singers and dancers for its Mainstage and student led Second Stage productions throughout the academic year.
On average, the DFPA produces 3-4 Mainstage productions a year and 6-10 Second Stage projects. Depending on the time commitment, students that are cast are enrolled in THTR 323 - Rehearsal and Performance. This one-credit class, in addition to supporting the amount of time a student spends in rehearsals and performances, also serves as part of the applied knowledge in production that theatre majors will receive as part of their graduation requirements.
Incoming freshmen have the opportunity to audition for competitive scholarships. Usually these auditions are scheduled in the February prior to a student's enrollment in the program.
Current students looking for more information regarding upcoming auditions are encouraged to join the THTR PROGRAM Sakai site.
Functioning much like the class-specific Sakai spaces, the THTR PROGRAM Sakai is the best place to find any announcements or information regarding upcoming opportunities. Please email email@example.com to be added to the site. Students enrolled in theatre classes are automatically added to the site at the beginning of the semester.
Current students may also join LUC Theatre News on Facebook.
The time is 1905, the place New York City, where Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. Her skills and discretion are much in demand, and she has managed to stuff a goodly sum of money into her quilt over the years. One by one, the other denizens of the boarding house marry and move away, but Esther remains, lonely and longing for a husband and a future. Her plan is to find the right man and use the money she’s saved to open a beauty parlor where black women will be treated as royally as the white women she sews for. By way of a mutual acquaintance, she begins to receive beautiful letters from a lonesome Caribbean man named George who is working on the Panama Canal. Being illiterate, Esther has one of her patrons respond to the letters, and over time the correspondence becomes increasingly intimate until George persuades her that they should marry, sight unseen. Meanwhile, Esther’s heart seems to lie with the Hasidic shopkeeper from whom she buys cloth, and his heart with her, but the impossibility of the match is obvious to them both, and Esther consents to marry George. When George arrives in New York, however, he turns out not to be the man his letters painted him to be, and he absconds with Esther’s savings, frittering it away on whores and liquor. Deeply wounded by the betrayal, but somehow unbroken, Esther returns to the boarding house determined to use her gifted hands and her sewing machine to refashion her dreams and make them anew from the whole cloth of her life’s experiences.
AUDITIONS: Monday, April 17, 2023 | 6:00 - 10:00PM |MUND 125
Please prepare a 60-90 second monologue, dramatic or comedic, any period.
AUDITION FORM: Available HERE.
CALLBACKS: Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | 6:00 - 10:00PM | MUND 125
The Stage Manager, Tori Kenny-Gates will notify you if you are called back.
ESTHER - 35, Female, Black
MRS. DICKSON - 50s, Female, Black
MRS. VAN BUREN - 30s, Female, white US American
MR. MARKS - 30s, Male, Romanian Jewish immigrant
MAYME - 30s, Female, Black
GEORGE - 30s, Male, Barbadian immigrant
It is critical to the circumstances of this period story that Esther, Mrs. Dickson, Mayme, and George be played by black actors and that Mrs. Van Buren and Mr. Marks be played by white actors. Gender roles are to be played as written; the actors’ performances will need to depict the gender politics reflected in this historical script itself.
All characters are open to being cast with no specific preliminary notions in mind regarding neurodivergence, disability, body physicality, religion, or sexuality.
The script calls for several specific dialects so actors should be ready and willing to work with a faculty dialect coach on a specific dialect during the rehearsal period. There is no need to audition in a dialect. Actors of all language backgrounds are welcome.
*Note: This project will engage the services of a trained faculty Intimacy Coordinator, Denise Serna. Please Review the Intimacy Disclosure Statement, linked here.
Rehearsals Begin: Monday, August 28, 2023
Tech: Thursday, September 21 - Wednesday, September 27
- Thursday, September 28 - Saturday, September 30 | 7:30pm
- Sunday, October 1 | 2:00pm
- Thursday, October 5 - Saturday, October 7 | 7:30pm
- Sunday, October 8 | 2:00pm
“Duke Senior has been forced into exile from the court by the usurping Duke Frederick. He takes refuge in the Forest of Arden. Rosalind, his daughter, is kept uneasily at court as a companion to her cousin Celia, Frederick's daughter. Orlando de Boys, the youngest son of the late Sir Rowland de Boys, has been kept in poverty by his brother Oliver since his father's death. Orlando decides to wrestle for his fortune at Frederick's court, where he sees Rosalind and they fall in love. Duke Frederick banishes Rosalind, fearing that she is a threat to his rule. Celia, refusing to be parted from her cousin, goes with Rosalind to seek Duke Ferdinand in the Forest. For safety they disguise themselves - Rosalind as the boy Ganymede and Celia as his sister Aliena - and persuade the fool Touchstone to accompany them” (rsc.org.uk).
AUDITIONS: Tuesday, August 29, 2023 | 6:00 - 10:00PM | Gabel Rehearsal Studio (MUND 409)
Please prepare 90 total seconds of verse. This can be one piece or two shorter pieces that contrast.
AUDITION FORM: Available HERE.
CALLBACKS: Wednesday, August 30, 2023 | 6:00 - 10:00PM | Gabel Rehearsal Studio (MUND 409)
The Stage Manager, Mary Dixon, will reach out to you if you are called back.
Rosalind/Gaynemede: 25-35, Female. Daughter of Duke Senior, later disguised as Ganymede (Male).
Celia/Aliena: 25-35, Female. Daughter of Duke Frederick, later disguised as Aliena (Female).
Orlando: 25-35, Male. Youngest son of Sir Rowland de Boys.
Oliver: 20-40, Male. Orlando’s eldest brother. Lead.
Adam: 25-35, Male. Servant in the de Boys household.
Duke Senior: 40-60, Male. Exiled in the Forest of Arden.
Duke Frederick: 30-60, Male. Duke Senior’s usurping brother.
Touchstone: 20-40, Male. A clown in Duke Frederick’s court.
Silvius: 18-25, Male. A young shepherd.
Phoebe: 18-25, Female. A shepherdess.
Jaques: 20-30, Male. A melancholy gentleman attending on Duke Senior.
Dennis: 18+, Male. Oliver’s servant.
Charles: 20-40, Male. Duke Frederick’s wrestler.
Le Beau: 18+, Male. A courtier.
Amiens: 18+, Male. A lord attending on Duke Senior.
Corin: 18+, Male. An old shepherd.
Audrey: 18+, Female. A country girl.
Sir Oliver Mar-Text: 18+, Male. A country vicar.
Jaques de Boys: 30-35, Male. Oliver and Orlando’s middle brother.
William: 25, Male. A country youth.
Hymen: Open age, open gender. God of marriage.
1st/2nd Lord: Open age, open gender. Attending on Duke Frederick or following Duke Senior or following Duke Senior.
Lords: Open age, open gender. Attending on Duke Frederick or following Duke Senior.
Pages: Open age, open gender. Attending on Duke Senior.
Attendants, Foresters: Open age, open gender.
For the following roles, gender will be cast as written in order to maintain the dressing in-disguise conventions of the plot:
For ROSALIND and CELIA, we are seeking actors who identify as women. And for DUKE SENIOR, ORLANDO, and OLIVER, we are seeking actors who identify as men.
Gender is open to all genders and non-binary identities for all other roles.
Actors playing family members need not share physical characteristics.
Actors please put forward on the audition form and be prepared to share musical instrument skills at auditions.
Singing skills will be explored for relevant handful of roles at callbacks.
Viewpoints will likely be featured as a rehearsal methodology and possibly explored in group callbacks.
There will be doubling of attendants' roles.
All understudies will be part ensemble playing small roles, attendants, etc. Ensemble would be responsible for scene transitions if there are moving scenery elements.
Rehearsals Begin: Tuesday, September 5, 2013
Tech: Thursday, October 12 - Wednesday, October 18
- Thursday, October 19 - Saturday, October 21 | 7:30pm
- Sunday, October 22 | 2:00pm
- Thursday, October 26 - Saturday, October 28 | 7:30pm
- Sunday, October 29 | 2:00pm
At the Frasier household, preparations for Grandma’s birthday party are underway. Beverly is holding on to her sanity by a thread to make sure this party is perfect, but her sister can’t be bothered to help, her husband doesn’t seem to listen, her brother is MIA, her daughter is a teenager, and maybe nothing is what it seems in the first place! FAIRVIEW is a searing examination of families, drama, family dramas, and the insidiousness of white supremacy.
Rehearsals Begin: TBD
Tech: Thursday, February 8 - Wednesday, February 14, 2024
- Thursday, February 15 - Saturday, February 17 | 7:30pm
- Sunday, February 18 | 2:00pm
- Thursday, February 22 - Saturday, February 24 | 7:30pm
- Sunday, February 25 | 2:00pm
On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by emotionally charged music. Featuring all of the magical songs from the critically acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning "Falling Slowly," this achingly beautiful, joyously uplifting show strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all. A show like that only comes around Once.
The actor playing Guy must know how to play guitar and the actor playing Girl must know how to play piano.
Rehearsals Begin: TBD
- Thursday, March 21 - Sunday, March 24
- Tuesday, March 26 - Wednesday, March 27
- Tuesday, April 2 - Wednesday, April 3
- Thursday, April 4 - Saturday, April 6 | 7:30pm
- Sunday, April 7 | 2:00pm
- Thursday, April 11 - Saturday, April 13 | 7:30pm
- Sunday, April 7 | 2:00pm