Audition Information

Audition Information

Welcome to Theatre at Behrend. We are looking for creative, dedicated and hard-working students who are interested in performance or behind the scenes work in a small theatre program. No experience is necessary.

In addition to taking introductory courses in theatre, acting and set construction, you have the opportunity to participate in our fall and spring productions for course credit. Whether you have a passion for performing, are looking for an opportunity to meet new friends, or gain valuable lifelong skills in communication and collaboration, Theatre@Behrend has something for you. If you are interested in performing, see audition information below. If you are interested in backstage work or designing (lighting, costumes, set design and construction, sound, etc.), please email the director, Emily Cassano.


Upcoming Auditions for Fall 2015

"First Date"

Auditions for the Fall 2015 musical, First Date, will be held in the Studio Theatre on Monday, August 31 at 5:00 PM and Tuesday, September 1 at 6:30 PM. The show is being directed by Behrend Theatre Director Emily Cassano.

The Studio Theatre is located on campus adjacent to Turnbull Hall and across from the Glenhill Farmhouse. ALL Behrend students, faculty, and staff are welcome to audition!

When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives?

For auditions, please prepare a song of your choice (16-32 bars) with accompaniment (sheet music or a CD with no lyrics).  Auditions will also consist of reading scenes from the script, which will be provided at the auditions. See character descriptions for all roles below.

Performance Dates: November 5-7 and 12-14.  All performances at 7:30 p.m.

Please bring any and all conflicts with you to auditions - you will be asked to fill out a scheduling form at that time.  A rehearsal schedule will be created around these conflicts.  Rehearsals will begin the week after auditions.  

If you are unable to attend the audition times above, please email the director, Emily Cassano, with your availability (i.e. Tuesday after 7:30 p.m., Wednesday before 8:00 p.m.) and she will get back to you with a time-slot.

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Man #1 (Jewish Chorus / Gabe / Youtube / Edgy British Guy)
Woman #1 (Grandma Ida / Lauren / Facebook / Female with Megaphone #2 / Aaron’s Mother)
Man #2 (Reggie / Aaron’s Future Son / Instagram / Edgy Rocker Guy)
Woman #2 (Jewish Chorus / Allison / Google Girl / Female with Megaphone #1)
Man #3 (Waiter / Casey’s Christian Father / Twitter / Friendly Therapist)