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.
Q: Do you have to be a Theatre and Performance major or minor to audition?
A: 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).
Q: When are rehearsals usually scheduled?
A: 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.
Q: Are there other time commitments outside of rehearsal?
A: 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.
Q: 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 Welcome to the Tree Museum by Robert Plowman and directed by Andy Houston.
Auditions will be held on:
WHEN: Friday, November 27th and Friday, November 29th
TIME: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
To sign up for a 15 minute slot please do so online.
Those auditioning are asked to choose and prepare a performance of one text from each of the groups of contrasting monologues assembled (see link below). In general, we are looking for your ability to handle poetic text, to create heightened stylized characters, which are believable, to demonstrate bold physical and vocal choices, and to execute a range of emotional extremes. In each case, perform the monologue as though you are addressing a large audience of people, and consider your relationship to them. Are they your friends or enemies? Do they adore you or despise you? Do you want to please them or to shock them? Do you want them to love you or to hate you?
The following monologues are broad-stroke sketches of characterization we are ‘testing’ when casting Welcome to the Tree Museum. The descriptions are meant to give you a visceral sense of the reality of status in the play, and the performance style we want to explore. Do not be overwhelmed, or try to incorporate the entire description into your characters. Be selective and specific. During your audition process, you will also be asked to sing, and this will be in part improvisational.
Have fun! Be creative. Be big and bold. And interpret the monologues however you see fit.
group a: low status clown
- Oppressed dreamers struggling against a heavy burden.
- Fight against depression by seeing beauty in simple things.
- Never want to bore us with their little problems.
- Never self-pitying and always try to look at the bright side.
- Often emotionally or physically damaged.
- Cling onto dreams they will never fulfill.
- Overly nostalgic about a better time.
- Embarrassed to exist, but are compelled somehow to tell their stories.
- Want to be liked.
- Very childlike and adorable but at the same time off-putting.
- Often compulsive and obsessive despite themselves.
- Always believe that things will get better despite the grim forecast.
Group B: High Status Grotesques
- Love to perform for an audience.
- Always assume they are adored.
- Love to shock us.
- Often have a hideous physical trait that they love revealing to a crowd.
- Always assume they are better than us, everyone else is merely a plaything.
- Will do anything to get what they want, and can be very manipulative.
- Try not to appear weak, unless it suits the performance.
- Scrumptious language turns them on.
- Often very insect-like in the way they move and speak.
- Enjoy pointing out the flaws of others, but despise being criticized.
- Adore everything that is shiny and expensive and gaudy.
Do not worry about the gender of the character. Men can play women and women can play men or perhaps your character/creature is transgendered or sexless. It does not matter. Again, we stress, have fun with this audition. Nothing is a mistake. Think clown, carnival, circus, cabaret, burlesque.
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