Spring 2017 Theater Auditions

  • For the spring musical, The Cradle Will Rock, on Friday, Jan. 27
  • For the capstone performance, Eurydice, on Tuesday, Feb. 14

View the Theater auditions Spring 2017 poster or read the following: 

The Cradle Will Rock

Music and Book by Mark Blitzstein. Performances March 3 & 4, 2017, at 7:30 pm and March 4 & 5 at 2 p.m.

The first round of auditions for The Cradle Will Rock will take place on Friday, Jan. 27 starting at 2 p.m. on the Palmer main stage with callbacks on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan, 28, and a gathering of the full company on Sunday, Jan. 29. If for any reason you are unable to make these audition times, please don’t be shy and contact us ASAP to make alternative arrangements.

Auditioners should sign up for an audition slot outside of Palmer 203 and are asked to prepare the following:

Please bring two contrasting 32 bar cuts (approximately 1 minute of two contrasting songs) in the style of the show for the audition. Also, please mark your cuts clearly in your sheet music. Like monologues, you'll want to find selections in which you can show a full arc. Treat each song like you would an audition monologue; we want to hear your voice, but we also want to hear you tell a story. As a general rule, do have the full song prepared because we may ask to hear more of the material. Memorization, though helpful, is not required. Please warm up PRIOR to your audition slot.

PLEASE NOTE: It is strongly preferred that you sing with live accompaniment. You may bring your own accompanist OR you may work with the accompanist provided. If you take the second option, scan and email any specific instructions and your sheet music – with portions clearly marked – as a pdf to Production Manager mdolben@conncoll.edu at least one week prior to auditions. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 48 hours, please follow up with an email.

Below is a list of composers whose material fits well with this style, but know that this is just a jumping off point:

  • Marc Blitzstein (he has a lot of other great material)
  • Kander and Ebb
  • Jacques Brel
  • Kurt Weill
  • Adam Guettel
  • Stephen Sondheim

One of the best things you can do to prepare for auditions is to read through the libretto, available online at http://www.everythingmusicals.com/files/the-cradle-will-rock---libretto.pdf. Get a sense of the story, the characters, the world – and how it resonates for you. Music from the show to be used at callbacks will be made available outside Palmer 203 before winter break and will be remain there through the first week of classes.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Director Ginny Anderson at vanderso@conncoll.edu and/or Music Director Robert Frost at rfrost09@gmail.com.


Auditions for Eurydice will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in Palmer 202 with callbacks the following weekend (February 18 or 19, TBA)

  • Please prepare one contemporary monologue, no more than two minutes long.

Suggested, though not required, audition material:

  • a monologue from a Sarah Ruhl play (other than Eurydice)
  • any modern adaptation of a Greek classic.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email director Lana Richards at lrichar4@conncoll.edu.

Some tips for auditions

 Some tips for auditions: We’re looking for someone who…

  • has intellectual curiosity, imagination, initiative, discipline and recognizable talent
  • is prepared, ambitious, flexible, and is clearly a team-player
  • is comfortable physically
  • can communicate very specific ideas and choices in dialogue/lyrics, music, and dance
  • appreciates and takes pride in the artistic growth of fellow students
  • has interests beyond the arts, and is engaged in understanding the world at large
  • is excited to find ways in which the arts can impact and enrich modern culture
  • has done his/her homework about the show

Questions? Don’t be shy! Email Director Ginny Anderson vanderso@conncoll.edu.