Department of Theatre

Auditions for Fall 2017 Main Stage Productions

Wednesday, August 23rd and Thursday, August 24th, at 6:30 p.m.
Vivia Locke Theatre, Seretean Center for the Performing Arts

Auditions for OSU Theatre's Fall 2017 Main Stage Productions, The Birds by Connor McPherson and The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare, will be held on Wednesday, August 23rd and Thursday, August 24th, at 6:30 p.m. in the 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 Elgibility below).

Please sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board outside the Theatre Office at 121 Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. On Wednesday, August 23rd, actors are asked to perform two contrasting monologues from any source with one from Shakespeare's canon (or any considered "classical"). Call backs are on Thursday, August 24th, and actors will be cold reading from the plays. Those interested in auditioning are strongly encouraged to read the plays in preparation!

The Birds by Connor McPherson, directed by Andrew Kimbrough

Rehearsals for The Birds will begin immediately on Friday, August 25th. The cast will rehearse five days a week (Monday through Friday) for four and a half weeks. Dress rehearsals are October 2-4, and performances are October 5-8.

Casting Breakdown:
Diane -  Female, written as late 40s-50s, but in interpretation should be of the same age as Nat and older than Julia. She's a published author with a failed marriage, and her grown daughter has decided not to talk to her. She's attached to Nat for survival and sees Julia as a threat. Her through-line is nurturing and protecting her relationship with Nat and fighting for survival.
Nat - Male, written as 40s-50s, but in interpretatin should be seen as Diane's contemporary and older than Julia. He's capable, can work with his hands and is probably from a working class background. He had been living with a woman and her two young children, but the relationship went bad. He's more attracted to Julia than Diane, and he's aware that the two women are competing against each other. His through-line is to provide.
Julia - Female, 20s. Her background is a mystery, but she's a survivor. She appears to be innocent, but her through-line is to win Nat, replace Diane, and thereby, assure her survival.
Tierney - Male, written as 50s, but in interpretation should appear as Diane and Nat's contemporary or older. He is a solitary man who lives alone in the house across the lake, and he inspires the others with dread. He communicates a dangerous unpredictability. His through-line is to obtain Diane. 

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare, directed by Lloyd Caldwell

Rehearsals for The Comedy of Errors will begin towards the end of September. Dress rehearsals are November 27th and 28th with a third dress and high school matinee on November 29th. Regular performances are November 30th and December 1-3.

Casting Breakdown:
TBA

Production Participation Eligibility

Updated August 14, 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 okstate.edu 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.