Audition call for the fall productions!

Audition Requirements

Auditions are open to all students, faculty, and staff at the University of San Diego.
In the initial round, you will be auditioning for both shows at the same time.
It is possible to be cast in both shows.
Sign up on the callboard outside the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies office,
Camino Hall 163, across from the vending machines.
Theatre experience is not required to audition.

Sign up to audition Thursday, Sept. 1 between 12:15 and - 2:20 p.m.
Callbacks for On the Verge will be Friday, Sept. 2, from 6-9 pm.
Callbacks for Secret in the Wings Saturday, Sept. 3 from 11-1 pm.
Auditions and callbacks will be held in Camino Hall 131.

Refer all questions to Mitzi Smith ( for ON THE VERGE and Lisa Berger ( for SECRET IN THE WINGS.

Audition Requirements

The purpose of the audition is to create clear, specific behavior. We are looking for creativity and imagination.
Your audition should be 3 minutes long including transitions.

A. Pick one line of text and do it three different ways:

  1. Well, I guess you can’t be too careful in a place like this.
  2. Danny, come back. Come back and tell them I didn’t do it on purpose.
  3. I’m trying to act in a responsible manner here. Cut me some slack.

You will be ACTIVATING this text.
You will be using the SAME piece of text to create 3 different scenarios

Do the following:
B. Create 3 different given circumstances
C. Create 3 distinct characters (Each character must have a vocal trait, physical trait and personality trait that is distinct).
D. Give yourself an objective and action in each scene.


Scenario #1
TEXT: “Well, I guess you can’t be too careful in a place like this.”
Given Circumstance: Party at a friend’s house. Lots of people present. I just told my best friend that I had lost my virginity to a guy who just showed up at the party. The guy wanted me to perform other sexual acts that I wouldn’t do. It was a one time thing and a miserable “first”. I overhear my friend telling a group of people about this event. I am leaving the party.

Character: 18 year old girl

a. Vocal_____higher______________
b. Physical__________self conscious of large chest_______
c. Personality Trait_____shy__________
Objective: (What I want) Make my friend understand that she has broken my trust.
Action: (actable verbs) Shame her

1. You may use 3 props and 3 “costume pieces”
2. A table and a chair will be provided
3. You may use other people in your scene. Just make sure you rehearse with them and they know exactly what they should be doing.
4. SILENCE --- remember silence can speak volumes.

If you wish to participate in another way other than through performance, please complete the Tech Interest Sheet and drop off in Camino 163 for Nate Parde, Production Manager. Visit the Technical Theatre Interest Sheet.

Audition Guide

This audition guide will provide you with 10 Quick Steps to a Successful Audition.

NOTE: Theatre Arts and Performance Studies practicum credits may no longer be deferred to another semester.

Sign up for an audition time on the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Callboard outside of Camino 163, by the vending machines.

Please arrive fifteen minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.

Conflicts (such as evening classes) must be listed on audition forms and will be taken into account during casting. Depending on your role, the commitment could be 1-6 days per week, 1-4 hours per day/night during the week, 1-5 hours on weekends. Rehearsals will be evenings Monday through Friday 6-10 PM, and Saturday 12-5 pm. Sunday will be a day off. Obviously, you must not have any conflicts during the performance dates of the fall productions, and no conflicts during tech week preferred. All actors are required to participate in strike as scheduled. You will be required to register for a Theatre Arts and Performance Studies practicum credit if you are cast.

Theatre Productions for Fall 2016


On the Verge or The Geography of Yearning
by Eric Overmyer
directed by Mitzi Smith
October 13-20, 2016 The Vassiliadis Family Black Box Theatre - C131
In On the Verge (or The Geography of Yearning), three Victorian lady travelers take upon themselves “the mystery of
things” as they set out for “Terra Incognita” and discover more than they anticipated. Join us for an expedition into Eric
Overmyer’s witty, wordy wonderland of places and times. It’s an exciting, theatrical adventure exploring language,
imagination and, most of all, the human desire to investigate.

The Secret in the Wings
by Mary Zimmerman
directed by Lisa Berger
November 17-20, 2016 The Studio Theatre
A stunning work full of exceptional beauty and inventive visuals adapted from several classic lesser-known fairy tales
reflecting the darker and more dangerous undercurrents of childhood.

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