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2013-2014 Season

Overview: Unless noted otherwise, auditions for our FALL shows are held the first weekend after FALL classes begin, and auditions for our SPRING shows are held the first weekend after SPRING classes begin.

  • Spring 2014 Auditions: January 17 and 18; Callbacks January 19, 2014
  • Fall 2014 Auditions: August 22 and 23; Callbacks August 24, 2014

Auditions consist of two components – the preliminary auditions in which the director(s) are introduced to your skills and the callbacks during which the director(s) look more closely at your skills in relation to the show’s needs.

Who May Audition?: Anyone is welcome to audition for the Theatre Arts Department productions. No experience is necessary. We love to see new faces. All ages and types are welcome!

Auditions for Spring 2014 Productions
The Cherry Orchard (supporting roles)
Monty Python's Spamalot

Friday, JANUARY 17 and Saturday, JANUARY 18, 2014*
Burbank Auditorium

5:30 PM: Registration begins each evening in the Lobby of Burbank Auditorium, and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration involves completing 2-4 forms so allow yourself enough time to do so.

6:00 PM: Auditions Begin
*Choose EITHER the Friday OR Saturday evening audition; you only need to come to one.

Sunday, JANUARY 19, 1:30-5:00 PM and 6:00-9:00 PM
Burbank Auditorium

Actors being called back may be asked to return for all of the Callback period or only a portion. Note: Those actors who have matinee performances for other productions will be called back for the evening session only.

*Want to audition, BUT your schedule conflicts because you are currently in performances for another show?
Don't worry. We have a special audition session on Saturday, January 18, 11:00-12:00, just for people like you. To reserve one of these slots, contact Laura Downing-Lee at or (707) 527-4420; email is preferred, using the Subject Line "Special Audition Request". Must present proof of conflict at the audition.


  • See the detailed instructions below for what to prepare and bring for the each show’s specific auditions.
  • Bring a headshot and resume if you have them; however, they are not required. If you do not have a headshot, a small photo would be helpful (but we won’t be able to return it).
  • Bring your calendars. Our rehearsal time is VERY limited and only the conflicts presented at auditions will be accepted.

Burbank Auditorium
Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa Campus
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Burbank Auditorium is prominently located on Burbank Circle just off of Mendocino Avenue. The closest on-campus parking is available in the multi-story Parking Pavilion at the corner of Mendocino and Pacific Avenues. Parking permits ($4.00; cash only, $1 bills) are required 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, and can be purchased at the yellow kiosks located inside the parking structures. There are also meters in front of Burbank; however, they are only 1-hour meters and are checked regularly.

(Click on the title of each resource below to view the printable PDF)

Auditioning for

The Cherry Orchard (supporting roles)

The Theatre Arts Department held early auditions for principal roles in The Cherry Orchard so those actors had extra time for individual preparation before formal rehearsals start in January. There are at least eight (8) other wonderful supporting roles in The Cherry Orchard available at the January 17-18, 2014 auditions.

  • Preliminary auditions for The Cherry Orchard will consist of presenting a prepared 1-minute monologue, comic, serious, or seriocomic. Ibsen or another Chekhov piece would be fine too. Please do not do a monologue from The Cherry Orchard. Please DO demonstrate clear articulation and strong projection. (See the definition of a “monologue” under Questions & Resources below, as well as instructions if you don’t have a prepared monologue.)
  • Dress: Men, please dress like you are going to a job interview. If you have one, a blazer might be helpful to suggest the time period (1904). Women, please wear a skirt and a slight heel.
  • Actors selected for Callbacks on Sunday will do cold readings from the script.
  • Getting Ready for the Audition: In addition to preparing your monologue, familiarize yourself with the show. A copy of the Emily Mann adaptation is at the Reserve Desk, fourth floor Doyle Library, Santa Rosa campus. It is recommended that you read this translation/adaptation. Older translations of the play can be quite deadly. Mann’s contains an additional scene between Firs and Charlotta that Stanislavski cut and Chekhov wanted left in.

Show Details

  • Cast: Approximately 7 women and 11 men. Remaining supporting roles range in age from 18 to 60 years old. While age-appropriate actors will be considered, we will also consider younger actors for older adult roles. Actors of color are encouraged to audition for all roles.
  • Rehearsals: Rehearsals start immediately after casting on Tuesday night, January 21. Although subject to change, the anticipated schedule is Tuesday-Friday evenings and Sunday evenings.

Questions & Resources

  • What’s a monologue?: A monologue is a speech from a play where one character speaks for an extended period of time to another character, him/herself, or the audience. Actors are asked not to select a monologue from the play for which they are auditioning.
  • What if I don't have a prepared monologue?: Not to worry. If you've never done this before OR found out about auditions at the last minute, just pick up the Optional Monologue (male or female) from the envelopes posted on the wall near the Box Office in the Lobby of Burbank Auditorium. Do not worry about reading the play the monologue is from at this late date. However, if you can find it, reading it helps.

More Questions?
Please contact THE CHERRY ORCHARD Director, Leslie McCauley
(707) 527-4248

For more information, check the bulletin board display to the LEFT of Room 214 in Burbank Auditorium.

Auditioning for

Monty Python’s Spamalot

  • Preliminary auditions for Spamalot will consist of three parts – an acting audition, a singing audition, and a dance audition. (See requirements for each part below.)
  • Actors selected for Callbacks on Sunday will participate in cold readings from the script and sing songs from the show. They may also be asked to participate in improvisation exercises. If being considered for dancing roles, they will also be asked to do another dance audition.
  • Getting Ready for the Audition (see Singing and Dance preparation below): Familiarize yourself with the show – watch the movie (Monty Python and the Holy Grail), although the musical is somewhat different, listen to a CD of the musical, look at YouTube clips of the stage show, and/or read the show's script.

Show Details

  • Cast Size: Approximately 8 women and 13 men. While age-appropriate actors will be considered, we will also consider younger actors for older roles. Actors of color are encouraged to audition for all roles.
  • Rehearsals: Cast orientation is Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM. Rehearsals will begin approximately January 28. Although subject to change, the anticipated schedule is Tuesday-Friday evenings and Sunday evenings.

General Questions

  • Do I need to sing and dance at the audition to be cast? Yes. Every character in this production sings so we need to hear you sing and many of the characters do some type of dancing. Don't worry; just give it a try. It's a great learning experience and can be a lot of fun too!

Spamalot ACTING Audition Requirements:

  • What to Prepare: Please prepare a short contemporary comic monologue of less than one-minute in length. Also, be prepared to tell a joke of your own choosing. If you do not have a monologue prepared, there will be a short scripted monologue that you can read.

Spamalot SINGING Audition Requirements:

  • What to Prepare: Please prepare 30 – 60 seconds of singing (do not use a long piano introduction). Singers should prepare a selection from the standard Broadway musical repertoire that demonstrates singing ability (good vocal tone, singing in tune, singing text clearly and with meaning). Please choose a song that allows you to play a character; remember we want to see you act while singing. Time yourself, so that you can be sure that you present the best part of the song before your time is up!
  • Bring: Please bring sheet music of your song for the audition pianist (make sure it's in the correct key for your voice).
  • What to Wear for the Singing Portion of the Audition: Audition attire (similar to interview attire) OR dance attire (see below). If you do wear audition attire, be prepared to change into your dance clothes quickly!

Singing Audition Questions & Resources

  • What if I don't have a prepared song?: Don't worry…we have an optional vocal selection available. Just follow the instructions below or those posted on the display next to the Burbank Auditorium Box Office. Please Note: This optional “general selection” song is intended for new students or/and those inexperienced at preparing vocal auditions. Singers auditioning for lead/featured roles are strongly encouraged to find and prepare a different selection, rehearse with an accompanist in advance (if possible), and perform from memory!

    General Song Selection for either Male or Female:
    “Put on a Happy Face” from Bye Bye Birdie!

    Put on a Happy Face PDF File of Music for Students to Study:

    Put on a Happy Face (audio)

Never auditioned for a musical before...
...or just want to get better at doing so?

When: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: Room 105, Forsyth Hall (Music Building)

Jody Benecke, Vocal Director for Spamalot, will offer a helpful short workshop about auditioning for singing roles during the first week of the spring semester right before auditions.

Check the display on lobby wall next to Rm. 214, Burbank Auditorium for more information.

Spamalot DANCE Audition Requirements:

  • What to Prepare: You do not have to prepare choreography ahead of time – you will be taught choreography at the audition. There will be no warm-up so warming up just before your dance audition is recommended.

  • What to Wear for a Dance Audition: Please wear non-restrictive attire in which you can move, such as exercise/workout attire. Street clothes (skirts, dresses, tailored pants, or tight-fitting jeans) are not appropriate for a dance audition unless specifically requested.

Women: Clothing - Wear flexible, form fitting clothing that allows choreographer to see your body shape, but avoid restrictive or revealing clothes. Footwear** – 1st choice: Character shoes preferred; 2nd choice: any type of enclosed dance show (ballet slipper, jazz shoes, etc.); 3rd choice: Light weight tennis shoes. Hair – Long hair should be tied back. All hair should be off the face (clips or head band).

Men: Clothing - Wear dance attire or athletic clothing that allows you to move freely (e.g. a form fitting t-shirt; ballroom dance pants or full length athletic pants). Footwear** – 1st choice: Ballroom or jazz shoes preferred; 2nd choice: Any type of dance shoe; 3rd choice: Sneakers/light weight tennis shoes (but avoid heavy tread). Hair – Long hair should be tied back. All hair should be off the face (clips or head band).

**For safety reasons on stage, you will not be allowed to audition barefooted, or in socks, sandals, flip flops, foot thongs, ultra high heels or other hazardous footwear.

  • If auditioning for both shows, plan to bring a change of clothing for the dance audition.

Acting – Contact Reed Martin:
Singing – Contact Jody Benecke:
Dancing – Contact Lara Branen-Ahumada:

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