We typically produce two to three main shows per year - in November and March on the main stage Theatre of the Arts, and sometimes in June/July. Auditions usually happen in the first week of the term but occasionally auditions for winter shows happen late in the fall term and auditions for the spring show happen late in the winter term. Audition requirements are posted below as well as on the Call Board outside ML 135 two (2) months ahead.
There may also be student projects for directing courses or thesis projects which require actors from time to time. Check the Call Board for information. Notifications are also posted to the UWaterloo Theatre & Performance Facebook page.
Do you have to be a Theatre and Performance major or minor to audition?
Any student from any Faculty and year level is welcome to audition. Please note that acting in the production is NOT an extra-curricular activity – it is a course. The course is dependent on which character you are playing as the lead roles require more rehearsal time than the supporting roles for this production. Some roles are a 0.5 credit (1 course) while others are 1.0 credits (2 courses).
When are rehearsals usually scheduled?
Normally there are 2 weekday evening rehearsals (4 hrs each) and a 7 hr rehearsal on Saturdays. These rehearsals are scheduled in Quest and are part of your course schedule.
Are there other time commitments outside of rehearsal?
Students are also required to attend a 1 hr class meeting time with the course instructor once a week. There are readings, writing assignments and preparation that must be done outside of rehearsal times as well.
During technical rehearsal and performance weeks (weeks 9 & 10 of the term), you should expect to be working up to 6 evenings per week and on Saturdays. Most students have course conflicts with matinee performances during performance week, so they need to miss some classes in other courses that week.
I am in my 1A term. Can I audition for the production or should I wait until my second term or even in my upper years when I have an elective?
Since participation in Theatre & Performance program productions means enrolling in a DRAMA Production Participation (PP) course, you need to have at least one elective available in your 1A term. You also won’t know whether you are admitted to our PP course until the second week of term, so it’s a bit of a risk in your 1A term even if you do have space in your schedule.
After your 1A term, if you don’t have an elective available, your advisor in *might* permit you to take a 6th course in one term (depending on your grades and your advisor’s assessment of your workload).
It’s also an advantage (though not required) to have DRAMA 102 or DRAMA 100 under your belt before you audition for the first time.
How is casting determined? Am I guaranteed a role?
There is no guarantee in any audition process that any actor will be cast in a larger or a smaller role. The only guarantee the program makes about casting is to THPERF majors, whose applications for capstone assignments in acting have been accepted. Even then, although those students are guaranteed significant roles, they are not always the largest roles. All other casting decisions are made on the basis of performers’ previous experience in acting courses and productions, the fit between their current skill level and the skills required to perform roles available (as evidenced in their audition), and the learning opportunity that any particular role would offer them.
The Theatre and Performance program has chosen to produce excerpts from David Yee’s Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave as part of the winter 2021 term and are looking for some BIPOC actors to be added to our cast.
Auditions will be held on:
WHEN: December 4, 2020
TIME: 1 – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Auditions will happen via Zoom. Please sign up for a spot online.
Please sign up for a 15 minute slot.
Those auditioning are asked to:
- Prepare one monologue of your choice no more than two minutes long, relatively contemporary (i.e. written in your lifetime), and should address a big problem in the world. Ideally your text should approach the problem through humour or hope.
Part of the challenge of this audition is for you to define for yourself: 1) what constitutes a “big problem in the world,” and 2) what comprises a humorous or hopeful approach or response to such a problem.
- Please read the play before your audition. A pdf version of the script is available on demand from Janelle Rainville (email@example.com)