One of the great benefits that community theatre provides is the opportunity for people of all backgrounds to take their spot in the limelight. It doesn’t matter if you have previously graced the stage with your acting prowess, dabbled in acting way back in high school, or if local live theatre is on your “bucket list” – MTG has a role for you and auditions are a great place to start! All are always welcome, so bring your friends, neighbors, and any local natives that will fit in your car. Throughout the year, MTG puts on productions from comedies to musicals and dramas, and the available roles are just as diverse.
Our current audition opportunities are listed below and we invite you to join us for one – or all – of our shows! You will find being part of our community theatre family will provide you with the acting experience that feeds your aspirations and provides an experience of working with a tight-knit group that pulls together to “break a leg” on stage!
Seeing Stars in Dixie
Jan 7, 2024 from 2-4pm and Jan 8th from 6-9pm
Tootie: Female. 35-50 The take-charge kind of person in any crowd.
Glease: Male. 50-59 A modest man more comfortable in the company of women.
Jo Beth: Female. 25-35 A beauty queen wannabe prone to disasters.
Marjorie: Female. 30-50 A socially prominent lady-about-town.
Feb 18th from 2-4 and Feb 19 from 6-8pm
DONNY: Male 50’s. Owner of the junk shop, and has a degree of authority over both Bobby and Teach. Don acts as a parental figure to the young and inexperienced Bobby. Furthermore, Don seems genuinely concerned with Bobby’s health.
TEACH: Male 50’s. It is clear that Teach has strong opinions and is aggressive. Teach acts with the bravado of a confident thief, when in reality he in fact has little clue of what to do. He pressures Don to leave Bob on the outside of the operation. He constantly instructs the others in the ways that “business” is conducted.
BOBBY: Don’s “gopher” who serves him in the dual capacities of coffee-fetcher and surrogate son. He is not as talkative nor excitable as Don or Teach, but remains faithful to Don. He is not the most Machiavellian or pragmatic.
This show will be cast using incoming High School Freshman to Graduating College Sr.
March 23, 2024 from 9:30am to Noon & 1:30pm to 4pm, March 24, 2024 1pm to 4 pm
A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.
Anna Maria (Alto): A bit of a tomboy, but basically open and sweet. Perhaps the youngest of the group. She is the first of the group to commit to following Jesus in the song “Day by Day.”
Celisse (Mezzo-Soprano): The female equivalent of the class clown. Goofy and a cut-up. In the 2012 Broadway revival, she played several instruments, including conga, ukulele and guitar. She sings “Learn Your Lessons Well.”
George (Tenor): The comedian, the class clown. The guy who can do a hundred voices and imitations. He sings “Light of the World.”
Jesus (Tenor): Must be the most charismatic individual in the cast. High energy, charming, funny, gentle but with strength. He is the sort of person others instinctively follow.
John the Baptist/Judas (Baritone): He has attributes of both Biblical figures: He is both Jesus’ lieutenant and most ardent disciple and the doubter who begins to question and rebel. Like Jesus, he is also charismatic, but in more of an overt revolutionary way. Usually played by someone handsome and masculine, with an undertone of sexuality. He is the most “serious” and intellectual of the group, though as with all the actors, he must still possess a good sense of physical comedy. He sings “Prepare Ye,” “All For the Best,” and “On the Willows.”
Lindsay (Soprano): The confident one, the show-off. The first one to volunteer, sometimes she jumps in before she really understands what’s going on. She sings “Bless the Lord.”
Morgan (Alto): Sassy and slightly cynical, the most urban of the group. Also the “sexy” one, but her sexiness contains a large element of put-on, in the manner of Mae West or Madonna. She sings “Turn Back, O Man.”
Nick (Tenor): Very high energy. Impish and playful. In the original, he played several musical instruments, including concertina, recorder and guitar. He sings “We Beseech Thee.”Telly (Tenor): Not the brightest in the bunch, he is a little slow on the uptake. But there is a great sweetness and innocence about him. Because he sings “All Good Gifts” he must be a very good singer.
Uzo (Alto): The shy one. Sometimes a little slow to get things, but when she does, she commits all the way. Has an “earth mother” kind of warmth to her. She sings “By My Side.”
Ensemble roles may be added at director’s discretion.
The director will consider all ages for the roles to be filled but will also be looking for the appropriate demographic balance in casting to retain integrity and believability.
For immediate assistance please email: Auditions@morristheatreguild.org
A Note About Rehearsals
Directors are sensitive of the personal commitments of their actors and production crew and will coordinate their rehearsal schedules to allow for the most beneficial process. Usually, rehearsals will be held on select evenings during the week and on the weekends, commonly during the day.
Please keep these things in mind when considering auditioning
Be prepared: Thoroughly research the audition requirements provided and prepare with material to fulfill those requirements. Different shows mean different directors, so study the audition notice to understand the specific requirements for the show for which you intend to audition.
Know your schedule: Please come to the audition with a clear knowledge of your availability. If significant conflicts exist, be prepared to list them for the information of those casting the show.
Know the show: If the materials are available, research the show for which you are auditioning. If it’s a musical, listen to the soundtrack. If it’s a scripted play, research it online so you better understand the characters for which you are auditioning.
Be polite and courteous and listen: Everyone is given a chance to audition, from beginners to veterans. Listen carefully at the audition. Details about the timing of casting decisions, first rehearsals, etc. are often given verbally at the audition. Always listen carefully for these details and take lots of notes!
Don’t get discouraged: You may, once casting decisions have been made, be unhappy with the role you receive, or you may not get cast at all. Don’t be discouraged! There will always be another show and auditioning is great practice for roles to come! If you don’t get cast in a role this time, remember there are many jobs backstage on the crews. You can still take part in the show by helping build set, help with props, or find costumes.
For more information email; Auditions@morristheatreguild.