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:

A Midsummer Night's Dream(Tour) and Silent Sky auditions will be held Wednesday, August 28, from 6 - 9 p.m. in Sponberg Theatre, in the Judy Sturgis Hill building.

Audition information and what to prepare:
  • One minute contemporary monologue to be considered for Silent Sky.
  • One minute Shakespeare monologue to be considered for A Midsummer NIght's Dream.
  • Prepare both monologues if interested in being considered for both shows.
  • Monologues should be memorized, but cold reading materials will be available at auditions for those without time to prepare.
  • Have a list of ALL possible rehearsal conflicts ready at the time of auditions.
  • Complete the audition form prior to arriving for auditions.

If you are interested but unavailable to audition on August 28, please email Pam Cardell at [email protected] regarding options.

Audition Process:

Arrive at the Judy Sturgis Hill building and enter the main lobby off of the circle drive. Stage management will greet you in the lobby and confirm audition forms are complete. Those in need of a Cold Read will be given one. Auditionees will be placed in the Legacy Theatre while waiting. They will then be brought into Sponberg Theatre individually to audition and then dismissed. Those invited to callbacks will be contacted by phone call.

Callbacks:

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Thursday, August 29 from 6-10 p.m. in Sponberg Theatre.
Silent Sky, Thursday, August 29 from 6-10 p.m. in room 131 Judy Sturgis Hill building.
For callbacks, come dressed to move and plan to stay the entire time.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare, 

Directed by guest artist Brian Sage

It is Midsummer’s Night, a magical time when the lines between the real and fairy worlds are blurred. Four young lovers flee the court of Athens rather than face an arranged marriage and/or unrequited love. Giving chase and being chased, they find refuge in an enchanted forest. A group of bumbling actors also enters the forest, rehearsing a play to honor an upcoming royal wedding. Chaos reigns as these mere mortals cross paths with a feuding fairy King & Queen and none but mischievous Puck knows what is true and what is magic. A 60-minute, full-energy performance, true to the original text and featuring contemporary costumes & music.

Roles available for 12 performers of any race/ethnicity/gender. Ensemble will be in close physical proximity and making contact with each other during the course of rehearsals & performances.  

  • Rehearsals begin Friday, September 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday daytime rehearsals will be held on September 7 & 14, times TBD
  • Fall Touring performances: Fridays between 8am-3pm
  • Public performances: December 6 & 7 at 7 p.m. and December 7 & 8 at 2 p.m., Sponberg Theatre

Silent Sky

By Lauren Gunderson,
Directed by Jennifer Goff

Ready for adventure amongst the stars, Henrietta instead becomes one of several female “computers” doing math and charting stars for male astronomers. She quickly learns that, as a woman, she is forbidden to touch a telescope or offer an original idea and must sacrifice personal time to pursue research of her own. Her passion to measure the stars & solve mysteries of the night-time sky are pitted against her dedication to family and threaten to eclipse a future with the man she loves. Witty & smart, magical & scientific, expansive & intimate, Silent Sky is the beautifully told true story of female astronomer Henrietta Leavitt and her incredible contributions to science at Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s.

Roles include 4 female-identifying & 1 male-identifying of any race/ethnicity. NOTE: The roles of Henrietta and Peter call for onstage kissing and close contact. All theatrical intimacy will be choreographed.

  • Rehearsals begin on the evening of October 21st
  • Performances: November 21, 22, 23 at 7 p.m. and November 23 & 24 at 2 p.m., Legacy Theatre

Fall 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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