All auditions take place at the Little Theatre unless otherwise posted. Pensacola Little Theatre is YOUR community theatre, and auditions are open to EVERYONE. No experience is required. Reading the play is not required before an audition, although you can come to the main office and read a perusal copy of the play you are auditioning for. The perusal copy may not leave the building. Even if you have never been in a play before, don’t be shy about auditioning. During each season, we have roles of all sizes for adults, teens, and children. We encourage performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, religious backgrounds, ages, and capabilities to audition.
AUDITIONING FOR A NON-MUSICAL PLAY
All auditions are "cold-reads," unless otherwise noted, so you do not need to prepare a monologue or memorize anything in advance. Perusal copies of upcoming plays are available to read at the PLT Business Office during regular business hours.
AUDITIONING FOR A MUSICAL PLAY
Prepare 16 - 24 bars (one verse and a chorus) of a song in musical theatre style (unless otherwise indicated). Bring sheet music marked for accompaniment. If you use a .mp3, you may plug into our speaker, or bring your own (use karaoke or accompaniment tracks only). Choose a song that enhances and shows off your singing skills - usually not a song from the play for which you are auditioning. You may also be asked to take part in movement or dance auditions, where the choreographer will ask you to learn a few steps. Please no a capella auditions.
RESEARCH. Familiarity with any musical or play is mandatory. The stage version may be very different from the movie version. Study the stage version and make sure you understand what show you’re actually auditioning for. A good place to start is the publisher’s website (they are the company that licenses the show). Search for other theatres that have produced the show, both professional and amateur.
REHEARSE. Rehearse before you show up, even if it's just in the bathroom mirror. Come warmed up and ready to create.
ARRIVE EARLY. Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to posted audition times fill out your audition forms. We will begin auditioning at the time published. Being early also gives you time to get the jitters out before seeing us.
DRESS TO IMPRESS. During your audition, dress like it's a job interview. When it's time to dance, please wear attire comfortable enough to move in; however, keep in mind that we are looking at how you move so please don't wear anything over-sized. Ladies need to bring jazz shoes AND character shoes, men just need jazz shoes or sneakers. We know it’s Florida, but flip flops are never OK at an audition. Your attire is the first thing we see before you even speak your name - make that first impression count!
BE HONEST. If you are only willing to play certain roles, please note it on the audition form. If you have conflicts, please note them on the audition form. Should you want to edit your audition form during auditions, you will be allowed to simply by asking the team during a break or before you leave the building. Performers that add several conflicts or drop after not being honest on their audition form are no fun. Be fun.
FOCUS. It's all about you. Focus on presenting yourself and your gift rather than worry about what the production staff is thinking. Also, don't worry about the other performers at the audition - they are just as nervous as you are. Relax and set yourself up for a good audition. Go for it!
FLEX YOUR MUSCLES. Play to your OWN strengths and gifts. Google different productions of performers making the roles their own for inspiration. When you are singing, don't be afraid to sing alternate notes or rhythms here and there as long as you make us believe in it. This is your 90-second solo-concert and we are all ears.
KEEP GOING. If your eyelash falls off, if your heels break, if you crack on a note or if you mess up a line or lyric...... just keep going. We have been in your shoes and know what auditioning feels like, but you can't start over during a real show. Let your gift shine through no matter what.
BE POLITE. Your audition starts the minute you enter the building: smile, say ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ always. Applaud and support others in the room. Put your phone away and be attentive. Please also watch what you say/post on social media before/during/after the audition. Be authentic, be fun, be fabulous.
HAVE FUN. SMILE and have fun with us! And if you aren't having fun, act. ;)
ABOUT THE PLAY: It is December 2004, and Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother and her aunt. Brooke announces that she
is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history – a wound that her parents do not want to reopen.
Studio 400 production Directed by Billy Buff
Audition Dates: 3/9/2020 - 3/10/2020 6:30 pm
Show Dates: 5/1/2020 - 5/9/2020 (6 performances)
Looking For – 3 Females, 2 Males:
• Polly Wyeth: (Late 50’s to late 60’s) Lyman’s wife. Graceful and acerbic matriarch. She has been active for decades in the Republican Party. She is deeply devoted to the preservation of her social standing, her family and the health of her husband.
“Elegant and forthright and whip-smart.”
• Brooke Wyeth: (Mid 30’s to 40’s) Lyman and Polly’s adult daughter. She is a professional writer who has been living in New York after a mental breakdown. Her tortured relationship with her family has centered on her opposing Liberal political views.
“An attractive and dry woman.”
• Silda Grauman: (late 50’s to early 70’s) Polly’s sister. Creative, fragile, and funny. A former B-movie writer, and the Bohemian, polar opposite of her sister. She is fresh out of rehab and repays the support of the conservative Wyeths by joining Brooke in some liberal needling of her
“A mess. No makeup, hair disheveled. She wears a muumuu and carries a pill case marked with the days of the week.”
• Lyman Wyeth: (Late 50’s to late 60’s): Kind and gentle patriarch. A Hollywood B-Western actor with some celebrity and charm who turned that into political influence. He is conservative but with a sense of humor about himself and a deep love for his family.
“He is sturdy in the way of old Californians of a particular type.”
• Trip Wyeth: (Late 20’s to mid 30’s) Brooke’s brother. Witty and self-effacing. He is a TV producer for reality TV – in a family obsessed with his intellectual, older sister’s mental health. He assumes the role of second banana with grace.
“A bright, funny man.”
Auditions will consist of readings from the script. The audition sides contain some selected monologues which the director may choose to have you read. You are encouraged to familiarize yourself with both the play as whole and audition sides.
- Top page 9 to Bottom page 11 - Trip, Lyman Polly, Brooke
- Top page 12 to page 14 (Trip Exits) - Trip, Lyman Polly, Brooke
- Page 18 (after Lyman exits) to Page 20 (before Polly enters) - Trip and Brook
- Top of Scene Two Page 24 to Page 26 (before Lyman enters)- Silda and Polly
- Page 27 to Page 32 – Brooke, Polly, Silda, Trip, Lyman (this will be divided into separate sides)
Scripts are available in the box office.
Get ready for this whirlwind of casting, writing, directing, and performing, all done within 24 hours.
Actors show up Friday night to audition and the shows are cast. The writers then spend the night at Pensacola Little Theatre writing the plays before the directors and cast arrive in the morning. The final day is spent rehearsing, blocking, finding props, and finding motivation before the curtain rises at 7:30 PM.
Actors under the age of 18 will need parental permission to participate.
Auditions: March 6th at 7:30 PM
Performance: March 7th at 7:30 PM
The story: It’s the tail end of the ‘80’s in dirty, party-hard Hollywood. Rock and Roll is alive and well on the Sunset Strip in The Bourbon Room, owned by local icons Dennis Dupre and Lonny Barnett. When German developers sweep into to town with plans to turn the Strip into a mall, will the bar survive? Can Drew -an aspiring rock star- and Sherrie – a small town girl with big dreams - help the gang save the Strip and the bar? The answers can be found in the music of the ‘80s: Styx, Twisted Sister, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Van Halen and more. A living, breathing music video riding high on nostalgia and hairspray.
Audition Dates: March 23-24 2020
Show Dates: May 22-24, 28-31, June 4-7, 2020
ROCK OF AGES is a rock musical, not a musical theatre style show. Your audition piece should be a voice-suitable rock song from any era. You may choose music from the show or other rock musicals (examples: WE WILL ROCK YOU, TOMMY, AMERICAN IDIOT, RENT, HAIR, HEDWIG, SPRING AWAKENING, SUPERSTAR, etc.). Contact Kathy at PLT for song suggestions if you are not sure.
Although we usually ask for sheet music, we are asking you to audition with a backing track (no vocals- karaoke style) for ROA. 2 minutes is enough. If you cannot cut your song, please know the time to start/finish the track. If you have a great finish you really want us to hear, start somewhere in the middle of your song.
You may accompany yourself during the audition. Drew and Stacee Jaxx should be guitar players (real or fake). The actual band is already hired.
Everyone is required to dance audition, too. The choreographer will adjust to skill level, but the whole cast dances/rocks out for this show. Dress or bring clothes appropriate for moving and dancing at auditions. You may not audition in bare feet or socks. Women are encouraged to wear heels.
Call Backs may include range or harmony checks as well as dialogue/scenes. Cold reads, nothing to prepare.
ROCK OF AGES is a very busy show for everyone with ensemble in nearly every song, LOTS of harmonies, and on stage for the entire show. If you are not familiar with the show, the content, the humor, the style, please research clips and images available online, listen to the sound track, etc. The show contains strong sexual undertones and overt sexual language. Think MTV.
Cast of 17-20 adult actors. Roles are open to all ages (18+) and all looks. Color blind casting. We are looking for people who “match” and who will bond together to create community and great memories for you and the audiences.
An appealing, good-guy rocker with great, easy comedic timing, a boyish charm, vulnerability and a very strong rock tenor voice. Drew works at the legendary Bourbon Room hoping and waiting for his dreams to come true. He finds an instant attraction to Sherrie, the beautiful new arrival from the Midwest, who encourages him to go after his dreams. Rock tenor preferred. Guitar skills a plus.
An in-shape, pretty, fresh-faced, innocent Midwestern girl stepping right off the bus into a new world to pursue her dreams of stardom. Should be comfortable in revealing/skimpy clothing. Strong comedic timing, strong rock belt, good movement ability.
The narrator of the piece (heavy line load), charming, mischievous, welcoming, vibrant personality, a guy who would be fun to spend one drunken night with. Strong, honest comedic timing/improv skills and strong rock vocals.
DENNIS DUPREE (Male)
Classic stoner type guy who runs the famous Bourbon Room club. Torn about whether he should sell the club to Hertz, a German businessman. Very strong comedic timing. A laid back, easy going dude real dude. Bari-tenor rock vocals.
STACEE JAXX (Male)
A sexy rock star. Decided to leave his successful hair/metal-rock band to try it solo. Self-important, confident, intriguing in all the wrong ways, the ultimate bad boy; he is all about sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. Great strong comedic timing and strong rock tenor voice. Guitar skill a plus, but optional.
Female, strong presence, an easy sensuality about her, once a performer, she now operates a strip club where Sherrie winds up working. Takes on the maternal role for the girls that work for her. Strong, soulful vocals and belt needed.
HERTZ KLINEMANN (Male)
An attractive older German male. Uptight, cold, intimidating businessman trying to buy up the Strip to develop it. The bad guy of the piece. Strong comedic timing and baritone vocals.
FRANZ KLINEMANN (Male)
Hertz’s son, young German male. Works for his father but not by choice. Pressured and intimidated by his father. Shy, gentle with a big heart. Strong vocals and comedic timing.
A fun, hippie type, earthy girl who fights against the attempted take-over of The Strip. Strong comedic timing and belt vocals.
8-10 ENSEMBLE: The members of the ensemble play a variety of roles, including: Rockers, Bourbon Room Patrons, Waitresses, Protestors, Riot Police, and Groupies. Must have strong vocals and the ability to move well. Ensemble is in almost every song and rarely leave the stage.
Featured roles include:
• FATHER/ENSEMBLE (Male)
Sherrie’s conservative father, who objects to Sherrie’s move to LA. (May double as Stacee Jaxx.) Strong vocals.
• MOTHER/ENSEMBLE (Female)
Sherrie’s conservative mother, who objects to Sherrie’s move to LA, but still remains in contact. (May double as JUSTICE.) Strong vocals.
• MAYOR (Male)
The Mayor of West Hollywood, who is faced with the decision to sell-out to Hertz. Strong vocals and comedic timing.
• WAITRESS #1/ENSEMBLE (Female)
Works at the Bourbon Room. (May double as a stripper). Strong vocals.
• JA’KEITH (Male)
Boy band agent who lures Drew away from the Bourbon Room. Strong vocals and comedic timing.
• STRIPPERS: ANGEL, SAPPHIRE, DESTINY (Female)
Three strippers who work at the Venus Club. Must be fit and in shape, comfortable with revealing/skimpy clothing. Strong ability to dance. Pole dancing a plus.
• CONSTANCE/ENSEMBLE (Female)
Reporter assigned to interview Stacee Jaxx. Comedic timing.
• JOEY PRIMO/ENSEMBLE (Male)
Rocker who replaces Stacee Jaxx as lead singer in the band. Must have a strong stage presence.
• CANDY/ENSEMBLE (Gender Fluid)
Cross-dressing, stripper at the Venus Club. Must be willing to dress in drag and have a strong stage presence. Pole dancing a plus.
• SLEAZY PRODUCER/ENSEMBLE (Male)
Sleazy movie producer who is a customer at the Venus Club. Strong stage presence.
Perusal script available in the office.
Want to save time? Fill out your audition form in advance.
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Tickets are available online at PensacolaLittleTheatre.com and through the Box Office at 850-432-2042 or by visiting us on weekdays from 12 PM - 5 PM.
Additional audition dates (subject to change):
- March 6, 7:30 pm: 24 Hr Theatre
- March 9-10: Other Desert Cities, Directed by Billy Buff. Studio400 play.
- March 23-24: Rock of Ages, Directed by Kathy Holsworth, Music Directed by Ginger Caro. Mainstage musical.
- May 4-5: Hand to God, Directed by Barbara Jacobs. Studio400 play.
- May 11-13: Cinderella, Directed by Katelyn Geri, Music directed by Tina Buran. Mainstage/Treehouse musical. (Season opener for 2020-2021)
Like us on FaceBook and check back here often. Call Kathy Holsworth, Artistic Director, at 850-432-2042 ext. 102 for more information.