Auditions and Crew Calls

EMU Theatre auditions and crew calls are open to any currently enrolled EMU student, in good academic standing, regardless of major/minor. We encourage students of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, and abilities to participate in the EMU Theatre production program.
If you have any questions please contact Pam Cardell at [email protected] or 734.487.1220. 

Upcoming Auditions for EMU Theatre's Fall 2024 Musical:

"Alice by Heart" auditions will be held Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Sponberg Theatre. Performances will be October 3-6, 2024.

Audition information and what to prepare:
  • 2, 16-bar song cuts from musical theatre, rock/pop style preferred, songs from the show are welcomed. Have your sheet music in a 3-ring binder to present to the accompanist.
  • Slate at the start of your audition with your name and the titles of what you’ll be singing.
  • If you are unavailable to audition in person on March 23rd, please submit a video (due the morning of auditions) of your 2, 16-bar song cuts and slate to:  [email protected].
  • Have a list of ALL possible rehearsal conflicts ready at the time of auditions.
  • Incoming freshmen and transfer students enrolled for Fall 2024 semester are also eligible to audition.
  • Complete the audition form prior to arriving for auditions.

Audition Process:

Arrive at the Judy Sturgis Hill Building, located at 1030 East Circle Drive in Ypsilanti. Enter the main lobby off of the circle drive. Stage management will greet you and confirm audition forms are complete. Auditionees will be assigned an audition time and directed from there. Those invited to callbacks will be contacted via email following the auditions. Those without an EMU parking permit are encouraged to park in the Alexander gated lot. This is a pay-to-park lot and credit card is required for payment.

Free Workshop:

We will be offering an Audition & Acting Workshop from 10am-12pm the day of auditions, March 23rd. Auditionees are encouraged to participate in the workshop but not required. Please indicate on your audition form if you plan to attend the workshop. The workshop will not conflict with auditions. Timeslots for auditions will be assigned accordingly to participants.

Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., in Sponberg Theatre

Come dressed to move and plan to stay the entire time. Auditionees called back will be emailed with details of what to prepare.

Alice by Heart

Book by Steven Sater and Jessie Nelson, 
Music by Duncan Sheik, Lyrics by Steven Sater 
Directed by Pam Cardell, Music Direction by R. MacKenzie Lewis, Choreography by Jennifer Felts

Fifteen year-old Alice Spencer takes refuge in a London Tube station during WWII with her best friend Alfred. She confronts grief, loss, and love with the help of her favorite book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” 
Read full synopsis & libretto

Cast of 12, roles available:

Alice Spencer / Alice - Vocal range: top D5, bottom G3

Alfred Hallam / White Rabbit / March Hare - Vocal range: top A4, bottom B2

Red Cross Nurse / Queen of Hearts - Vocal range: top D5, bottom: F#3

Harold Pudding / Mad Hatter - Vocal range: top F4, bottom: C3

Tabatha/Cheshire Cat - Vocal range: top D5, bottom Bb3

Dodgy / Duchess - Vocal range: top E4, bottom C3

Clarissa / Queen of Diamonds - Vocal range: top D5, bottom B3

Nigel / Dormouse - Vocal range: top Bb4, bottom: E3

Angus / Caterpillar 1 - Vocal range: top B4, bottom: F3

Dr. Butridge / King Of Hearts / Jabberwock - Vocal range: top G4, bottom: C3

Ensemble: Caterpillar 2, Knaves of Spades/Hearts/Clubs, Mock Turtles

Please note that performers will be in close physical proximity and making contact with each other during the course of rehearsals & performances.   

    • Rehearsals begin August 26, 2024.

    • Performances: October 3, 4, 5 @ 7pm, October 5* & 6 @ 2pm, 2024.

Covid Protocol

PLEASE NOTE that COVID protocol will be adjusted as updates occur. EMU Theatre will share these updates as they become available.

Masks - Masks are optional at auditions but may be required in rehearsals based on the director’s discretion. 
Vaccines - Vaccines and updated boosters are strongly encouraged for those participating in EMU Theatre productions.

Winter 2024 Crew Calls

If you are interested in volunteering on a crew for one of our productions, complete our Crew Interest Form
or for more information on upcoming auditions and production opportunities, please email [email protected] or call the EMU Theatre Administration Office at 734.487.1220.

Production Handbook

For more information on the EMU Theatre production program download our EMU Theatre Program Handbook of Policies and Procedures [pdf].

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