Loyola University Chicago

Theatre

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Production Auditions

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 scholarshipsUsually 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 dfpamc@luc.edu 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.

 

 

Spring 2023 Mainstage Auditions

Pride and Prejudice

Written by Jane Austen | Adapted by Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin | Directed by Jonathan Wilson

Jane Austen’s celebrated romance takes center stage in Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Marriage awaits all the Bennet Sisters, but Lizzie adamantly despises the most eligible bachelor in Hertfordshire – or does she? Experience the best of Austin’s comedic wit and Regency gossip in this tale of enemies-to-lovers. With extended focus on economic class, social hierarchy, and the novel’s beloved femme-identifying characters, this classic brings the best of its period to the 21st century.

AUDITIONS: Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 6:00-10:00pm in MUND 125

 

For Somewhere, please prepare a 1-minute contemporary monologue. For Orlando, please prepare 1-minute of prose, poetry, or drama that creates a verbal image. If you are preparing to audition for both shows, please prepare both audition materials. If you can accomplish both of these requirements in 1 monologue/moment, that is fully acceptable.

 

AUDITION FORM: Available HERE.

 

CALLBACKS: Wednesday, November 2 from 6:00 - 10:00pm, MUND 125

 

Production Management Coordinator, Mary Youngblut myougblut@luc.edu will reach out to you if you are called back.

Mrs. Bennet, the overbearing mother

Mr. Bennet, the practical father. Modest income.

Jane Bennet, the oldest, nicest Bennet daughter

Lizzie Bennet, the second oldest, smartest Bennet daughter

Mary Bennet, the mousy middle Bennet daughter

Kitty Bennet, the silly Bennet daughter

Lydia Bennett, the flirty youngest Bennet daughter

Charlotte Lucas, a family friend.

Mr. Bingley, a cute rich guy

Mr. Darcy, a hot even richer guy

Caroline Bingley, Mr. Bingham’s bitchy sister

Mr. Wickham, a fuckboy

Mr. Collins, a nerd

Lady Catherine de Bourgh, wealthy with high standards

Georgiana, Mr. Darcy’s younger sister

Lady, works for Mr. Darcy

The director will seriously consider actors of color in all roles. Actors of all backgrounds are invited and encouraged to audition.

In the roles of Mrs Bennett, Mr Bennet and Lady Catherine the director is looking for performers who can bring vocal and physical gravitas to communicate the character’s age.

There is nothing to note about gender, sexuality, neurodivergence or body physicality beyond what is indicated in the script.


This production will feature and require embracing training in the follow:
-British Dialect, specifically Received Pronunciation (RP)
-Regency Period Style Movement
-Regency period social and formal dancing
-Strong vocal projection and voice work

Students need not come into auditions with any of the above skills but should know that joining this cast means a full embrace of the above learning objectives and performance styles.

  • Rehearsals Begin: January 17, 2023- February 15, 2023

  • Tech: February 16, 2023 - February 22, 2023 

  • Performances: February 23- February 25 at 7:30PM, and February 25- 26 at 2:00PM

    Performances will be in person at the Newhart Family Theatre and will follow all federal, state, and university COVID-19 guidelines. 

    This project conflicts with rehearsals for THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON.

 

The Old Man and the Old Moon

By The Pigpen Theatre | Directed by Emily Ritger

The Old Man has filled the moon with liquid light each day for longer than any of us can recall. When the Old Woman sails west in search of a long-lost memory, the Old Man embarks on an epic quest to find his wife. PigPen Theatre Co.’s The Old Man and the Old Moon is a sea-faring fable of dusty promises kept, deleterious adventures taken, and the deathless forces that run our world.

AUDITIONS: Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 6:00 - 10:00pm in MUND 125

 

Please prepare:

1) A 1-minute story about an object. Think about why this object is significant, where it has come from, and the details that make it unique. If possible, please bring the object to your audition.


2) A 1-minute portion of a song you love with or without accompanist. A piano accompanist will be provided if you bring sheet music. You are also welcome to accompany yourself. While this production may have opportunity for singers who also play instruments (such as keyboard, guitar, banjo, accordion, and bass), that is not a requirement.

 

Songs should demonstrate your connection with the musical style of the show. For inspiration, Folk, Indie, Singer/Songwriter, and Acoustic genres are a good match. Representative artists include Bob Dylan, Adrienne Lenker, PigPen Theatre Company, Bon Iver, and Phoebe Bridgers. Even though your song may not be from a musical, consider creating your own character, location, and circumstances in your audition.

 

AUDITION FORM: Available HERE.

 

CALLBACKS: Saturday, January 21, 2023 | 10:00am - 4:00pm in MUND 125

The callback will take place in a group setting with a focus on movement and ensemble work.

Production Management Coordinator, Ava Niemi (aniemi@luc.edu) will reach out to you if you are called back.

THE OLD MAN - An old man whose job it is to fill the moon with liquid light. His journey in pursuit of his missing wife forces him out of his complacent lifestyle.

THE OLD WOMAN - An oldwoman who’s growing tired of her life filling the moon with her husband. She leaves her home in search of a forgotten memory.

MATHERSON - The first-mate of the ship and the narrator of the tale. Matheson loves telling stories so much  thathe commands the attention of the audience and the respect of his sailors.

LLEWELLYN - The youngest, somewhat naïve, spirited sailor whom the Old Man mentors and takes on as an apprentice towards the end of his journey.

MABELU - A sailor who has a good sense of humor and the best of intentions. He lost his precious dog years ago.

CALLAHAN - An ardent sailor. Never loses a fight.

COOKIE - An unhinged cook. Might be afraid of fire.

CAPTAIN - A fearless leader and most eloquent speaker.

PERRY - A legendary hero of the imperialfleet. First Naval Lieutenant Pericles Llewellyn McWallander was thrown overboard by his mutinous crew. He now spends his days inside the belly of a “prison fish”.

CLERK - Overwhelmed and unenthused each and everyday at the boat shop.

MICKEY - The clerk’syoung assistant. Wears his grandfather’s hat to work.

SOLOMON - A witty aeronautical engineer. Sibling of Bartley.

BARTLEY - A witty aeronautical engineer. Sibling of Solomon.

DOG - Her name is Lucy. Mabelu lost her years ago.

BARTENDER - Goes by Bill butthat’s not his real name.

PATRON - Plays the piano but doesn’t take requests.

FINE LADY - She lives in town. Has a secret.

REBEL ONE - Rebel captain. Trying to avoid a fight.

REBEL TWO - Rebel soldier. Trying to start a fight. 

BOATSWAIN ONE - A master boatswain. 

BOATSWAIN TWO - A boatswain’s apprentice. 

BEN - He has a store in town but they’re currently sold out of everything.

GHOST SINGER - A dead sailor with a penchant for cabaret. 

THE YOUNG WOMAN - The Old Woman, a long time ago. 

 

I encourage performers of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, and abilities to audition. While THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON was created and originally performed by seven male identifying performers, the Loyola production will be performed by an ensemble of roughly 15-20 students of all gender identities.

 

Additionally, while this show is a musical, not all performers need to be singers. This show calls for a variety of skill sets. However, we will still ask you to sing at auditions to determine your comfortability.

 

I want to stress that this production is ensemble focused. I am looking for students willing to experiment and play as we devise the world and visual storytelling together. More than anything, I am looking for a spirit of generosity in our ensemble members.

This production will feature and require embracing training in the follow:

-Puppetry

-Movement

-Viewpoints Compositions

-Foley

-Singing

 

Students need not come into auditions with any of the above skills but should know that joining this cast means a full embrace of the above learning objectives and performance styles.

 

Rehearsals Begin: FEBRUARY 20, 2023 - MARCH 29, 2023


Tech: THURSDAY, MARCH 30 - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12


Performances: THURSDAY, APRIL 13- 14 and 15 at 7:30PM, APRIL- 15 and 16 at 2:00PM.

Performances will be in person at the Newhart Family Theatre and will follow all federal, state, and university COVID-19 guidelines. 

This project conflicts with rehearsals for PRIDE AND PREJUDICE