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Audition for a Part in UB Plays and Musical For Any Major

Posted by Tim on November 24, 2021 in Academics, Community Announcements

The Department of Theatre and Dance would like invite all UB students* to audition for a role in our upcoming spring season. 

*Auditions and casting are open to any UB student carrying at least 3 credit hours. The Department of Theatre and Dance requires that students be in good academic standing to be considered for all production activities. “Good standing” includes, but is not limited to, an overall GPA of 2.0 (and a departmental GPA of 2.5 when applicable).

In order to be considered, all students must audition. 

Please find the below and attached information regarding auditions for the productions of:

Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare Shakespeare’s comedy about love, loss, grief, and being a stranger in a strange place gets re-mixed with popular music from the seventies, eighties, and nineties in a nostalgic, semi-farcical, joyful romp. UB’s production will explore the joy of being together in theatrical spaces, the comfort that a good comedy can bring, and the necessity for human connection in the wake of isolation. Twelfth Night will be directed by Dr. Danielle Rosvally who brings her background as a Shakespearean actor, scholar, dramaturge, and fight director to the project.

12th Night: Opens April 21st in the Black Box Theatre

Violet, a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and libretto by Brian Crawley Based on the short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts, Violet is the story of a young woman who was accidentally injured by an axe blade when she was a child, leaving her with a visible scar and a profound sense of disfigurement and separateness because of it. She travels in a bus across the Deep South in 1964 towards a miracle – the healing touch of a TV evangelist who will make her beautiful. Her journey is shaped by the people she meets, particularly by two soldiers that change the course of her life. Violet is ultimately able to repair those scars that lie beneath her skin to find love and beauty in herself.

Violet: Opens May 5th in the Drama Theatre

How: Sign-up for an initial audition appointment on a sign-up sheet located on production boards opposite the lounge in the Center for the Arts (lower level).

The sign-up sheet will be posted during the day on Monday, Nov 29.

Auditions will be held in room B83, in the basement/lower-level of the Center for the Arts:

Monday, Dec 6th       initial auditions  beginning @ 6:30 pm      Rehearsal Workshop (B83 CFA)

Tuesday, Dec 7th      initial auditions   beginning @ 6:00 pm      Rehearsal Workshop (B83 CFA)

Violet callback will be Wednesday, Dec 8 at 6:00 pm (Rehearsal Workshop)

12th Night callback will be Thursday, Dec 9 at 6:00 pm (Rehearsal Workshop)

What: Those auditioning will need:

  • A two-minute classical monologue (for 12th Night)
  • There are some singing roles* for 12th Night – if you wish to be considered for singing role, prepare a 16-bar cut of a pop song from the 1970s, 80s, or 90s.
  • Songs are required for the Violet audition. The song should reflect the style of Violet’s music: American Roots, bluegrass, Memphis blues. BFA Music Theatre students are asked to sing a 32-bar cut (approximately 1 minute of music). All other auditions are asked to sing a 16-bar cut (30-40 seconds of music).
  • Those interested in the musical must provide their own printed music.
  • *If you are auditioning for both Violet and 12th Night, you may prepare two monologues plus a song in the style of Violet
  • If you wish to be considered for a singing role in 12th Night, the song selection for Violet will suffice. 
  • A headshot and performance resume is required for BFA students. All students are encouraged to bring these materials if available.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

Theatre and Dance productions are classes.

12th Night – TH 342: Theatre Studio II – 3 credit hours

Violet –  MTR 405: GEMMS Musical Theatre Company – 3 credit hours

Any questions? Contact Mike Formato, Production Manager,

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