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 Spring 2016

Bonnie & Clyde

Auditions for the Spring 2016 musical, Bonnie & Clyde, will be held in the Studio Theatre on Sunday, December 6 at 6:00 PM and Tuesday, December 8 at 5:30 PM. The show is being directed by Behrend Theatre Director Emily Cassano with music direction by Rhonda Berlin.  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!

At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America's most renowned folk heroes and the Texas law enforcement's worst nightmares.  Bonnie & Clyde features a unique score, combining blues, gospel, and rockabilly music from the legendary Frank Wildhorn.  It is the electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire country. 

When Bonnie and Clyde meet, their mutual cravings for excitement and fame immediately set them on a mission to chase their dreams. Their bold and reckless behavior turns the young lovers' thrilling adventure into a downward spiral, putting themselves and their loved ones in trouble with the law. Forced to stay on the run, the lovers resort to robbery and murder to survive. As the infamous duo's fame grows bigger, their inevitable end draws nearer. 

For auditions, please prepare a song of your choice (16-32 bars) with accompaniment (sheet music or a CD with no lyrics).  Musical theatre songs are preferred, however, blues, gospel, or country songs are also fine.  Additionally, those auditioning will be asked to read scenes from the script, which will be provided at auditions.  See character descriptions for all roles below.

Performance Dates: April 14-16 and 21-23, 2016.  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.  This includes a class schedule and any extracurricular activities and typical work schedule.  A rehearsal schedule will be created around these conflicts.  Rehearsals will begin when we return from Winter break.  

If you are unable to attend the audition days/times above, please email the director, Emily (, 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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Available Roles (“Non-singing” means no large solos – you may still be asked to sing as part of the ensemble)

Clyde Barrow:  A charming, small-town boy who craves notoriety. Bonnie's reckless, bold, daring lover.

Bonnie Parker:  A beautiful girl torn between love and fame. Clyde's ambitious, stubborn lover. 

Marvin "Buck" Barrow:  Clyde's brother and an outlaw troubled by his wife's distaste for his lifestyle. Adventurous and loyal. 

Blanche Barrow:  A religious woman who disapproves of the criminal lifestyle. Honorable and righteous. Married to Buck Barrow. 

Cumie Barrow:  A kind woman among those suffering in the Depression. Loyal and selfless. Mother to Clyde and Buck. (Non-singing)

Ted Hinton: A police officer struggling to separate his feelings from his duties. Kind and honest. Madly in love with Bonnie.  

Emma Parker:  Bonnie's widowed mother. Fragile, caring, sensitive. (Non-singing)

Preacher: The town's evangelist. Loud, passionate, boisterous. 

Henry Barrow: A hard-working man, struggling to survive. Humble and quiet. Father of Clyde and Buck. (Non-singing)

Governor Miriam Ferguson:  An enforcer of the law and Governor of Texas. Tough and harsh. (Non-singing)

Captain Frank Hamer: A retired Texas Ranger who joins the hunt for Bonnie and Clyde. Recruited by Governor Ferguson. (Non-singing)  

Bob Alcorn: The best sharpshooter in Texas. Recruited by Frank Hamer, he helps hunt down Bonnie and Clyde.  (Non-singing)

Sherriff Schmid (Non-singing)

Young Clyde

Young Bonnie

Possible additional ensemble members.