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

Fall 2023 Auditions for Sweet Charity; Hare & Tortoise; and A Wrinkle in Time will be held Wednesday, August 30 from 6-9 p.m., or Thursday, August 31 from 4-7 p.m., in the Sponberg Theatre, located in the Judy Sturgis Hill Building.

Audition information and what to prepare:
  • 1 minute contemporary monologue, memorized, to be considered for all 3 shows.
  • One 16-bar musical selection for those who wish to be considered for a singing role in Sweet Charity. Bring sheet music in a 3-ring binder. Accompanist will be provided.
  • Cold reading materials and musical selection options will be available at auditions for those without time to prepare. The accompanist will be available 30 minutes before each audition to assist with learning the musical selections.
  • Have a list of ALL possible rehearsal conflicts ready at the time of auditions.
  • Complete the online Audition Form prior to your audition.
  • Audition Process - Arrive at the Judy Sturgis Hill Building and enter the main lobby off of the circle drive. Stage management will confirm audition forms are complete. Those in need of a Cold Read or Musical Selection will be given one. Auditionees will be placed in the Legacy Theatre while waiting. They will then be brought into the Sponberg Theatre individually to audition and are then dismissed.
Callbacks will be held separately for each production, locations are TBD:
  • Hare & Tortoise, Friday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Sweet Charity, Friday, Sept. 1 from noon-3 p.m.
  • A Wrinkle in Time, Friday, Jan. 20 from 1-4 p.m.

Those invited to callbacks will be notified by email or phone call. For callbacks come dressed to move and plan to stay the entire time.

Sweet Charity

Book by Neil Simon, Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Fields,
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano
Directed by Phil Simmons with Music Direction by R. MacKenzie Lewis
A Tony-Nominated Musical by legendary director/choreographer Bob Fosse featuring a hilarious script by the incomparable Neil Simon. Audiences are destined to fall in love with Charity Hope Valentine’s limitless spirit, as she lives life “hopefully ever after.”

  • Characters include 3 female-identifying principals, 7 female-identifying ensemble, 7 male-identifying ensemble, any race/ethnicity.  
  • There is kissing, close physical proximity, and various states of undress in the show. Things to note:
      • Charity lies on a chaise lounge while Vidal sits next to her; she kisses Oscar on a few occasions; she is shoved into "a lake"--a cut-out flat approximately 3' tall--twice in the show.
      • Ursula (Vidal's girlfriend) also lays on the chaise lounge while Vidal sits next to her.  She may be in some form of undress, but would have a "fur" comforter to cover herself.
      • All Female Ensemble could be in some seeming form of déshabillé but would have a robe of some sort to cover up.  "Seeming" because it may be that the actor's next costume is underdressed beneath the robe.
      • All may be costumed at some point as "hippies" which could include period outfits such as crop-tops/tube tops for female-identifying ensemble, or a vest without a shirt for the male-identifying ensemble.
      • Visit the show page at Concord Theatricals for more information including a full synopsis and cast list.
  • Rehearsals begin September 5
  • Performances: Oct. 19, 20, 21 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 21* & 22 at 2 p.m., Drama Day* performance is Oct. 21 at 2 p.m.
Hare & Tortoise

by Brendan Murray, Directed by Emily Levickas
A delightful adaptation of Aesop’s fable about opposites, time and friendship for children aged 3+ and their families. This award-winning adaptation journeys through the seasons filled with music, movement, and color. Fall ADTY Touring production, touring to local elementary schools and libraries.

  • Roles available for 5 performers, 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 September 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Touring Performances: Fridays between 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Fall semester
  • Public performances: Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.
A Wrinkle in Time

By Madeleine L’Engle, Adapted by Tracy Young
Directed by Jennifer Felts
One of literature’s favorite young heroines, Meg Murry, teams up with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O’Keefe and more to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity, and find herself.

  • Characters include 2 female-identifying & 2 male-identifying of any race/ethnicity, and 9 of any gender-identity/race/ethnicity.
  • Ensemble will be in close physical proximity and making contact with each other during the course of rehearsals & performances.
  • Characters of Meg & Calvin share a kiss in the show.
  • Rehearsals begin February 13
  • Performances: Mar. 31, Apr. 1, 14, 15 at 7pm and Apr. 2 & 16 at 2pm

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.

Fall 2023 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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