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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. Theatre productions are directed by David Vegh, faculty member and veteran professional actor.

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 David Vegh at

Upcoming Auditions for Fall 2013

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

Auditions for the Fall 2013 theatre production, ”The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be held in the Studio Theatre on Tuesday September 3rd and Wednesday September 4th from 7:00 - 10:30 p.m., with call backs held on Thursday September 5th from 7:00 - 10:30 p.m.

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!

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" is a Tony Award winning musical from 2005 with music by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin. This hilariously satirical play follows six overachieving adolescents vying to win the spelling bee competition of a lifetime while struggling with social alienation, overbearing or absent parents, and the onset of puberty.

Auditioners should prepare a short selection from a song (preferably comic and up-tempo) from a contemporary musical with thirty two measures or less. Selections from "Spelling Bee" are welcome and encouraged. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the correct key. If you are not able to obtain sheet music, you can bring pre-recorded accompaniment on your own personal MP3 player. In addition to singing, we may ask you to cold read something from the script.

Please note that there is one non-singing role, Principal Douglas Patch. This role requires excellent deadpan comic timing and improvisation skills. If you are male, don't consider yourself a singer and would like to be considered for this role only, you may perform a 1-2 minute long comedic monologue (memorized) in place of the song.

Performance Dates: November 1st - 3rd and 7th - 10th.

Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday September 9th and continue until the show opens. You should expect to be available a minimum of 3 to 4 nights a week for 3 hours per night for rehearsals.

For more detailed information about audition requirements or to keep updated with other theatre related events, please join Theatre at Behrend at

If you would like to request an audition time, please email the director, David Vegh, at with your availability (i.e. Tuesday after 7:30 p.m., Wednesday before 8:00 p.m.) and he will get back to you with a time-slot. Walk-in auditions are welcome.

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