GENERAL AUDITION INFORMATION AND POLICIES
Auditions for Theatre Northwest productions are open to IU Northwest students, regardless of academic major. In addition, auditions are open to members of the Gary area community. In the case that two actors are equally suited to a role, preference will be given to the IU Northwest student.
No previous theatre experience is required to audition.
Students majoring or minoring in theatre are required to present a 60 second monologue at auditions to be considered for casting.
Rehearsals are held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm for up to 8 weeks prior to opening. Additional weekend rehearsal times will be added as opening approaches. Those auditioning must be available for a majority of the rehearsals and must declare rehearsal conflicts before being cast.
Auditions are generally held at the beginning of each semester for all Theatre Northwest productions unless otherwise noted.
December 2, 3 and 4, Theatre on Grant (3660 Grant Street, Gary)
SEEKING ACTORS, SINGERS and MUSICIANS for Theatre Northwest’s Spring Production: Little Shop of Horrors, a comedy horror rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, Directed by Mark Baer.
Dec 2-3, 6pm – Open Auditions
All those auditioning are asked to prepare 16 bars of a song of their own choosing. Piano accompaniment will be provided for those with sheet music. In addition, those auditioning will be asked to read and sing from the script.
*** Theatre Majors/Minors must present a monologue in addition to their song.
*** If you are unable to attend open auditions, other arrangements can be made by contacting Mark Baer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec 4, 6pm – Callbacks
All those being considered for casting will be asked to return for this second night of auditions.
Callbacks will consist of readings from the script, singing from the score, and light dance.
“Little Shop of Horrors” tells the story of the orphan floral assistant, Seymour Krelborn, who stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" after his coworker crush. Much to his surprise, the plant grows into an R&B-singing carnivore that promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination.
The 12 roles, which can be played by any actor, regardless of age or race, include:
SEYMOUR KRELBORN (male, tenor) – An insecure, put-upon florist's clerk and eventual hero. He is a genuine, well-meaning man who is taken for granted because of his clumsy ways and poor social skills.
AUDREY (female, soprano) – The secret love of Seymour's life, she has poor self-worth and little education, but a sweet and vulnerable demeanor.
CRYSTAL, RONNETTE and CHIFFON (females in three-part doo-wop style harmony) locals from the street, acting as the occasional Greek Chorus. Young, hip, and smart, these girls are the only ones who have a grip on reality.
MR. MUSHNIK (male, baritone) – The seasoned owner of the failing East Side flower shop and Seymour's nosy boss. He is profit-driven, greedy and manipulative.
ORIN SCRIVELLO (male, bass) – An egotistical dentist with sadistic tendencies and a passion for leather. Audrey's abusive boyfriend, who is targeted by Seymour.
VOICE OF THE PLANT (male, bass) - An actor/vocalist located offstage. The voice is that of a conniving, street-smart “villain.” A funky rhythm and blues voice is best.
PLANT PUPPETEER – The only non-singing role in the show. This performer brings the giant singing-dancing play to life. May also appear in the chorus.
What to Expect:
Auditioners may be asked to SING the following song cuttings from the show:
Auditioners may be asked to READ from the following cuttings from the show:
All auditioners should come to the audition dressed for comfortable movement.