Department of Theatre

Auditions for Spring 2019 Main Stage Productions
True West- Nov. 5 & 6  OKLAHOMA!- Nov. 11,12 & 14
Vivia Locke Theatre, Seretean Center for the Performing Arts

Auditions for OSU Theatre’s spring 2019 main stage productions, Sam Shepard's True West and Rodgers and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA!, will be held in Vivia Locke Theatre of the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. All currently enrolled students in good academic standing are eligible to audition (see “Production Participation Eligibility,” below).

Sam Shepard's True West, directed by Carly Conklin
Please sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board outside the Theatre Office at 121 Seretean Center for the Performing Arts.  True West auditions are November 5, starting at 6:30 p.m.  Call-backs are November 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  

All ethnicities and gender identities will be considered for the roles of Austin and Lee, with the understanding that the actors will ultimately be performing the roles as men. 

For initial auditions, please prepare up to two minutes’ worth of material. If you choose to prepare only one monologue, please prepare a monologue from a play by Sam Shepard, and if you choose to prepare two monologues, please select at least one monologue from a Sam Shepard Play. DO NOT PREPARE ANYTHING FROM TRUE WEST FOR INITIAL AUDITIONS, PLEASEHere is a link to a database through our library that contains lots of Shepard plays.strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with the play by reading the text before you audition.

Casting Breakdown:

Lee: a con-man in his early forties. Lee is a hardened, rough man, used to having nothing and stealing to survive. He can also be very charismatic and charming when it benefits him. If charm doesn’t work, he is not afraid of using his brute strength to get things done. Rebellious, violent.

Austin: Lee’s brother, in his early thirties. Austin is a screenwriter by trade. He lives in his head, often preferring his imagination to any sort of confrontation. He is a straight-laced family man who plays by the rules. Although he is the more sensitive of the two brothers, he is also emotionally repressed.

Saul: a film producer in his late forties. Saul is charismatic and always looking for a great story. He is very confident in his talent-finding abilities.

Mommother of Lee and Austin, Mom is in her late 60s. She values a clean, quiet, tranquil house. She lives by herself. She mostly lives in the real world, but chooses to be oblivious about her family’s issues.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA!, Directed by Ann Cooley and Megan Barth Argo

Please sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board outside the Theatre Office at 121 Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. Auditions are November 11, starting at 5:00 p.m. Please refer to the audition requirements below. Call-backs are November 12 & 14 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Those interested in auditioning are strongly encouraged to prepare!

Oklahoma Audition Song List

Audition Requirements

-Please bring a 16 bar (30-45 second) cut of an appropriate song that best represents your voice and your character type.  Please refer to the lists below for appropriate suggestions.

-Make sure that your music is copied neatly with nothing missing, for example the bass line for the piano. Please have it hole-punched and in a black binder.

-Clearly mark your cut with brackets and clearly label the starting and ending places.

-If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the music director, Megan Barth Argo

 Laurey Williams

-A Lovely Night, Cinderella

-I Could Have Danced All Night, My Fair Lady

-If I Loved You, Carousel

-I’ll Know, Guys and Dolls

-It Might as Well Be Spring, State Fair

-Love Look Away, Flower Drum Song

-Make Believe, Showboat

-Mister Snow, Carousel

-My White Knight, The Music Man

-Something Good, The Sound of Music

-The Sound of Music, The Sound of Music

-Till There Was You, The Music Man

-Waitin’ for My Dearie, Brigadoon

Ado Annie Carnes

-I Enjoy Being a Girl, Flower Drum Song

-I Have Confidence, The Sound of Music

-I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair, South Pacific

-Impossible, Cinderella

-Isn’t It Kind of Fun, State Fair

-Honey Bun, South Pacific

-How Can I Wait, Paint Your Wagon

-Mister Snow, Carousel

-Sixteen Going on Seventeen, The Sound of Music

-The Next Time it Happens, State Fair

Curly McClain

-Almost Like Being in Love, Brigadoon

-Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful, Cinderella

-Don’t Marry Me, Grand Night For Singing

-Some Enchanted Evening, South Pacific

-Ten Minutes Ago, Cinderella

-You Are Never Away, Allegro

Jud Fry

-A Fellow Needs a Girl, Allegro

-All at Once You Love Her, Allegro

-Soliloquy, Carousel

-They Call the Wind Maria, Paint Your Wagon

-This Nearly Was Mine, South Pacific

-Wandrin’ Star, Paint Your Wagon

 Will Parker

-Almost Like Being in Love, Brigadoon

-Big D, The Most Happy Fella

-Isn’t It Kind of Fun, State Fair

-Geraniums in the Winder, Carousel

-That’s the Way it Happened, Grand Night for Singing

General (Aunt Eller, Andrew Carnes, Ali Hakim, and Ensemble)

-Climb Every Mountain, The Sound of Music

-Edelweiss, The Sound of Music

-Hand Me Down that Can O’Beans, Paint Your Wagon

-June is Bustin’ Out All Over, Carousel

-Maria, The Sound of Music

-Stepsister’s Lament, Cinderella

-The Gentleman is a Dope, Allegro

-You’ll Never Walk Alone, Carousel

-Younger Than Springtime, South Pacific


See song styling sheet for appropriate material in the style of the show, in your vocal range. Properly indicate the start and end of your song. 

All ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition.

Casting Breakdown:

Aunt Eller is the glue that holds the community together, the host, beloved keeper of the peace who’s not afraid of a tough situation and how to manage it. Boisterous and down-to-earth, Aunt Eller is a fiercely hard working woman making peaceful life on the frontier for herself and her niece Laurey. She knows the value of cooperation and plays the peacemaker between the seriouslyconflictedcowboys andthe new farmers of the territory. She's big-hearted, empathetic with a broad sense of humor, also practical in every way. Our link to the past, present and future with a lot of love in her heart, she sees the good in even the most misunderstood individuals. Aunt Eller understands the stubbornness of love, it’s importance and the good fortune relationship building brings to the territory.  

Age Range- 45 plus Gender: Female-Identifying Vocal range-Mezzo-Soprano HIGH NOTE


I will be looking for a person of age to play this role. 

A confident,charismatic, cowboy with the kind of affable personality that people are drawn to. His youthfulego and confidence are at once the attraction and the factors that power his anger over situations he cannot control easily. Winning comes naturally to Curly. He is not afraid of a fight and represents the will of the open range in a rapidly changing territory. Chivalrous and good, his youthful stubbornness becomes a battle of wills with his love, Laurey. Curly’s good gut sense and natural instincts take over as jealousy becomes only one of the reasons to rescue his true love. Heroism and protective instincts prevail when he sees Laurey in honestdistress, the man of action, takes action and love prevails. 

Age Range- 18-25 Gender: Male-Identifying

Vocal Range- Lyric Baritone, Legit. 


Strong Actor/Singer/Dancer 

Dream Curly maybe played by the same actor. 

A strong, spunky farm girl. Laurey's maturing emotions cause her great inner conflict, often hindering her ability to make sound decisions. She covers up her honest intense love of Curly with a strong will to not want, or need his protection. While Laurey is enraptured by a powerful love, she fights it. Her indifference and pride lead her toward real danger. She plays with Curly’s emotions and begins a firestorm. Other females in the territory crave the traditions and ideals of marriage. Her quandary with chivalry often usurps her need for independence, she seeks love, but so much more. Pride, youth and the social graces of the period fuel Laurey’s anxiety. With no parents, Laurey is being raised by her Aunt Eller, both women love their work, the farm, their independence and working hard to find themselves and happiness in a mans world.

Age Range-18-25 Gender: Female-Identifying Vocal Range- Soprano  


Strong Actor/Singer/Dancer 

Dream Laurey maybe played by the same actor. 

A good-natured cowboy and champion steer roper. His great charisma and love of the cowboy life affirm the strength and vitality of the territory. Life in a changing world excites him. Will is madly in love with Ado Annie and not afraid to express his feelings. He may not be the brightest cowboy around but his high-spirited energy and affectionate personality make him a good friend to everyone. There's no doubt that he'll be a great husband to Ado Annie. 

Strong Dance, Tap or Clogging a plus.

Rope tricks a plus. Will be learning rope tricks 

Age Range- 18-25 Gender: Male-Identifying Vocal Range- Tenor  


A boy-crazy farm girl. She’snaive and looses control of herself around men, every man she's near…which gets her into some trouble. She vivaciously and precociously throws herself at them with the inability to say “NO” to their attentions. She loves Will Parker, she loves Ali Hakim too…Comedic actor, fun loving, innocent quality. 


Age Range- 18-25

Gender: Female-Identifying Vocal Range- Soprano


Laurey and Aunt Eller’s hired hand, he has his sights seton Laurey. Jud has not been handed a good lot in life. Misunderstood, he has a dark, possibly criminal past and his sullen, volatile nature frightens Laurey. He leads a solitary life of emotional isolation, because of a lack of interacting his social skills are limited. With a chip on his shoulders, Jud feels a deep need to change his life but is uncertain and frustrated about how to go about it. Although he is the putative villain of the story, there is an underlying emotional complexity that makes him, ultimately, sympathetic.

Strong Actor.

Age Range- 25-32 Gender: Male-Identifying Vocal Range Legit Baritone


A traveling salesman who's a bit of a shyster, his merchandise ischeap, sold as exotic. He fancies himself a ladies' man and when he gets too entangled with a girl, he simply moves on to the next town. When he makes a pass at Ado Annie her father takes it as a proposal of marriage, it looks like his days as a roving Casanova are over, much to his dismay. 

Comedic Actor 

Age Range- 30ish Gender: Male-Identifying





Ado Annie's protective father is determined that no man will take advantage of her innocent nature, but he is absolutely ready to give her away.Papa Carnes is cantankerous and has never taken Will Parker seriously as a prospective son-in-law. When Ali Hakim tells Ado Annie that he wants to ride with her "to the end of the world," Carnes takes that as a proposal of marriage. He is a rancher, and doesn’t take kindly to cowboys in general. He's also a good friend to Aunt Eller, if she ever needed help with anything, he'd be there in a shot. 

Age Range- 45 plus Gender: Male-Identifying Vocal Range- Tenor        


I will be looking for a person of age to play this role.

GERTIE CUMMINGS/ Featured Ensemble 
A silly flirt from a nearby town with the most annoying laugh in the Territory. She's too full of herself to realize that that most people would rather not be in her company. That girl who loves to laugh and hear herself laugh. Crazy for Curly. 

Age Range- 18-25

Gender: Female-Identifying

Vocal Range- Mezzo

IKE SKIDMORE / Featured Ensemble 

Owns the ranch where the Box Social takes place. Age Range -20plus

Gender: Male-Identifying

Vocal Range- Baritone


The ensemble of Oklahoma! play a huge role in making up the community of territory people. 

The backbone and life blood of the world and vital to the story, all ensemble members will be highly featured in dance, song, western arts and NOT at all background players. 

All ethnicities and identifications strongly encouraged to join in this rousing and robust telling of the sooner states musical anthem! 

LOOKING FOR A LARGE ENSEMBLE of dancers - singers - movers. 



Production Participation Eligibility

Updated August 11, 2014
  • Students wishing to become involved in OSU Theatre productions must be enrolled at OSU and regularly attending classes.
  • Students must also maintain a minimum cumulative retention/graduation GPA of 2.0, which is the minimum GPA required by the University to maintain good academic standing. Declared theatre majors must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA in all Theatre courses. University GPAs will be reviewed from current SIS postings for the previous semester.
  • Students who typically fall below a 2.0 cumulative GPA are placed on academic notice or academic probation by the University. Students on academic notice or probation will not be allowed to participate in any theatre production sanctioned by the Department of Theatre.
  • Theater majors who fall below a 2.5 GPA in their Theatre courses or who are on academic notice or probation will receive an email from the Department Head to their email address stating that they have been suspended from the production season until their GPA reaches the minimum required to participate. During the semesters of suspension, the student will not be allowed to participate in any theatre production sanctioned by the Department of Theatre.
  • Theatre majors employed by the Department of Theatre who are placed on academic notice or academic probation by the university, or whose GPA in Theatre courses falls below 2.5, will be ineligible to participate in the Theatre production season according to the policy above. Student employees will be released from employment and will be reemployed only at the discretion of the Theatre faculty.
  • Elements of this Policy may be suspended only upon successful written appeal to the entire Theatre faculty by a student.