We typically produce two to three main shows per year - in November and March on the main stage Theatre of the Arts, and every other year in June. 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 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 (director of the production) 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.
The winter mainstage production is UpStart 20. UpStart 20 is a juried one-act play festival. All the plays are written, directed, designed and performed by students. There are 3 plays being produced as part of the festival , one of which is a musical. For more information about the plays please see UpStart web page.
Auditions will be held on:
WHEN: Tuesday, November 26 & Wednesday, November 27, 2019
TIME: 6:00 - 9 p.m.
To sign up for a 15 minute slot please do so on UWaterloo Leads.
Those auditioning are asked to:
- Prepare one monologue of your choice no more than 90 seconds long.
- If interested in acting in the musical, please prepare one song of your choice no more than 90 seconds long. Please bring sheet music or recorded back-up music.
Some auditioners will be asked to attend the callbacks on Thursday, November 6th from 6 - 9 p.m. Please book this time off in advance.
Email Janelle Rainville