two actors singing from the musical Into the Woods

Performing Arts

Upcoming Auditions



Will be held:


Venable Theater, Venable Building, 2nd Floor, 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA

Venable Theater 10:00-1:00pm
Venable Theater 2:00-3:00pm

Audition Requirements

ACTORS: To be considered for Little Shop of Horrors, you will need to prepare 1 contemporary monologue (from any play), and 16 bars for music from Little Shop of Horrors. This material is not to exceed 3 minutes. Choose pieces that are important to you; we are looking for honesty and a strong commitment to what you are doing. At the audition itself, you may be asked to work on your pieces improvisationally, so be sure to memorize your monologues in an exploratory way rather than by rote.

Additionally, for Little Shop of Horrors, you will need to attend the movement audition* on October 27th. You do not need to prepare any material for this audition.

Finally, this audition process will serve as the evaluation for enrollment in Intermediate Acting with no additional material necessary.

*Please note the following change from pervious announcements:

Auditions for Spring Dance will be held the weekend after the start of the spring semester with auditions for Cloud 9.

About the Plays, Etc.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS  The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!
THEATRE LAB provides performance and production students the opportunity to work together collaboratively alongside Theatre faculty on a production. The goal of the course is to encourage experimentation with style and form in a way that allows students to push the boundaries of the audience experience and discover new ways of making theatre.
INTERMEDIATE ACTING continues the integrated voice, movement, and acting training sequence where Beginning Acting leaves off, with an emphasis on character building. Students explore the acting instrument in greater depth. Movement study connects the voice to the body and then progresses to play analysis from the actor’s point of view, followed by more formal text work. The goal of the course is to gain greater flexibility and control over the instrument and expand understanding of the demands of creating dynamic characters for stage performance.

General Information

Auditions for Theatre productions are open to all MCLA students and community members. Theatre Program students are expected to audition for Theatre productions each semester, as well as attend production interviews for these shows. Students who audition and are cast in Theatre Practicum shows must register for 1 credit of THEA 372.

Theatre Program students who are not cast are expected to participate in a production capacity on these productions. We are looking to cover all positions in the production process. Even if you feel you don’t have enough experience or knowledge in technical production, there is still a place for you!

The Theatre Program is committed to inclusive casting which promotes diversity in the casting of roles where race, ethnicity, gender, age, and the presence or absence of a disability is not essential to the development of the play or characters. All students are encouraged to audition. Theatre Program students are not given preference in casting decisions.

The audition process is part of the students’ theatre training, and all best efforts will be made to inform students of the director’s process, and to encourage them to maximize their preparation and participation. The aim of casting is to select the most able student for a particular role, while also taking into consideration the relevance of the nature of the role to the student’s continuing development as an actor.

The Theatre Program tries to audition all shows for a semester at one time. The directors for each show, together with the Theatre faculty decide on casting.

Guest artist actors are occasionally used in some roles and are always pre-cast. Guest artist actors enhance the training process by providing professional level models for students to learn from through observation. Pre-casting of students in roles will not occur.

Auditions are usually held in Venable Theater on the second floor of Venable Building. Break a leg!


Sign-up Sheet. On the day before the audition, a sign-up sheet will go up on the Theatre Program call-board across from Venable Theater. Actors, sign up for an initial audition slot as soon as possible.

Audition Forms. Download an Audition Form here. Bring audition forms with you to your initial audition.

Day of Auditions. Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time to check in with the monitor.

ALL ACTORS. You will be auditioning for BOTH shows. Prepare material that will best represent you, in terms of both age and type.

Call-Backs. If called back for a role, you will be asked to come to a show-specific group audition. These group auditions will consist of cold-readings from the script, and perhaps (depending on the show) movement, dance, singing and/or improv auditions. Persons called back will be posted on the Theatre Program call-board with detailed directions about what to prepare.

Cold reading. A cold reading is when you are handed a script and asked to perform a scene. In call-backs you will be given a side, paired with a partner and allowed a short amount of time to rehearse together. To prepare for cold-readings, be familiar with the plays (read the whole thing!) and study the characters you think you are right for.

Clothing. For initial auditions, standard audition attire is required. Come dressed for an acting audition, considering the role you are auditioning for and dressing with the essence of the character in mind. Remember the audition is to showcase your acting talent, not your wardrobe! Stay away from clothing that will distract from your audition. For movement auditions you will be asked to dress in clothing appropriate for participating in physical activity.

NOTE. All auditions are private. During initial auditions, performers are brought into the audition room one at a time. We find that students do their best and most honest work when parents and guests are not watching. In the room will be the directors and designers, as well as any stage management, assistant director or design students.

Questions? Need access to scripts for preparation or advice about auditioning? Contact: Laura Standley