Auditions and Crew Calls

EMU Theatre auditions and crew calls are open to any currently enrolled EMU student in good academic standing. Students do not have to be a theatre major or minor to participate. If you have any questions please contact Pam Cardell at [email protected] or 734.487.1220. 

Winter 2022 Updated Audition Information & Covid Protocol

"Houdini" and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"
Thursday, January 27 from 5-8 p.m., or Friday, January 28 from 1-4 p.m.,
Lab Theatre/Room 107 Judy Sturgis Hill Bldg.

Be sure to complete a digital audition form prior to arriving for your audition: Audition Form
For initial auditions please prepare:

  • 1 minute contemporary monologue (required for "Houdini").
  • One 16-bar musical selection (required for "Spelling Bee"). Bring sheet music in a 3-ring binder. Accompanist will be provided.
  • COLD READING monologues will be available at auditions but songs must be prepared.
  • Prep monologue AND song if you would like to be considered for both shows.
  • Have a list of ALL possible rehearsal conflicts ready at the time of auditions.

Callbacks will be Saturday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for "Spelling Bee" and from 1-3 p.m. for "Houdini". Those invited to callbacks will be contacted via email or called by the stage manager. Callback locations are TBD.


By Muriel Rukeyser, Directed by Lee Stille

Part biography, part fantasy, Muriel Rukeyser’s HOUDINI taps into the human psyche of the world-renowned escape artist Harry Houdini.  The story poetically drifts between reality and illusion, from Houdini’s childhood in Appleton, Wisconsin to his acts under water and onstage. We witness his breathtaking feats of escape, his complex relationships with his mother and wife, and his ironic, untimely death in Detroit. Staged reading that will perform both on and off campus..

ROLES AVAILABLE for 8-15 performers, any race/ethnicity/gender

Rehearsals begin March 14, 2022

Performances: Sunday, March 20, 2 p.m. (EMU/Sponberg)
 Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m. (Riverside Arts Center, Ypsi.)
 Saturday, March 26, 8 p.m. (Matrix Theater, Detroit)
 Sunday, March 27, 3 p.m. (Matrix Theater, Detroit)

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music & lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Conceived by Rebecca Feldman, Directed by Pam Cardell, Music Direction by R. MacKenzie Lewis

Musical comedy chronicling the experience of 6 adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

ROLES AVAILABLE for 9 diverse performers.
Main Character Breakdown:
Chip Tolentino - Athletic, social, boy scout and champion of the 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. 
Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere (Schwartzy) - Youngest and most politically aware speller. Speaks with a lisp.
Leaf Coneybear - Sweet, easily amused, has severe Attention Deficit Disorder, spells words correctly while in a trance.
William Barfee - Has famous “Magic Foot” method of spelling. Has one working nostril and a touchy, bullying personality.
Marcy Park - Ultimate over-achiever. Her many talents include whatever special skills can be found in casting.
Olive Ostrovsky - A young newcomer with parent problems. Starts enormously shy, and slowly blossoms.
Rona Lisa Peretti - Former champion, current moderator. Sweet woman who loves children, but can be stern as needed.
Douglas Panch - Vice Principal. Frustrated with life. Infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti. CAN BE NON-SINGING ROLE.
Mitch Mahoney - Comfort Counselor. An ex-convict performing community service with the Bee.

Rehearsals begin February 14, 2022

Performances: April 1, 2, 8, 9, at 7 p.m. and April 3 & 10, at 2 p.m.

Covid Protocol

Audition Form - Please complete the electronic audition form prior to arriving for your audition.
Masks and Covid Pass - Individuals must be masked and have completed EMU’s Covid Daily Pass to enter the building. Masks must be worn the entire time you are present for auditions.
Vaccines - Vaccines will be required for those participating in EMU Theatre productions. Individuals should verify their vaccination status through the University’s COVID Vax Certification system as soon as possible. Visit here for more information, including requests for medical or religious accommodations.
Distancing - It is EMU’s policy that we maintain 3 feet of social distancing and this will be followed during auditions, rehearsals, and staging of our productions.
Audition Process - Arrive at the Judy Sturgis Hill Building, enter the main lobby off of the circle drive. Covid passes will be checked and stage management will confirm audition forms are complete. Those not prepared and in need of a COLD READ monologue will be given one. Auditionees will be placed in the Legacy Theatre to maintain social distancing while waiting. They will then be brought into the Lab Theatre individually to audition and then be dismissed. Those invited to callbacks will be contacted via email or called by the stage manager.

Winter 2022 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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