2016 Auditions

Location: Rooke Theatre is located at the south side of campus at the corner of Lower Lake Rd. and Morgan St. across from the Gorse parking lot.

Lipstick Thespians

A talent showcase for Mount Holyoke students

Do you love to perform? Want to show off your skills? Come audition for us, or pitch your idea for a performance piece. Sing, dance, do spoken work, direct a scene, lip-sync, prepare a monologue, bring your ventriloquist dummy, your yo-yo skills, puppet show, you name it, we want to see it! 

  • Auditions: Rooke Theatre Lobby — Thursday, Sept 15
  • Performance dates: Friends and Family Weekend, Oct 21-22, 7:30 pm
  • Any questions? Contact Producer Molly Paige: paige22m@mtholyoke.edu

Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage, directed by Natalie Sowell

New York City, 1905 – Esther, an African American seamstress sews beautiful intimate apparel for women of various ilk in the hopes of fulfilling her dreams –marriage and owning a business. A gentle Hasidic fabric merchant, colorful clientele and boarding house comings and goings animate her life. When Esther begins exchanging letters with a potential suitor from abroad, the stitches of the life she has so gingerly pieced together begin to unravel. Amidst social constrictions and human frailty, Esther must determine her self-worth.

  • Auditions: Rooke Theatre, Monday, Sept. 12, 6:00-9:00 pm
  • Callbacks: Tuesday, Sept 13, 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Performances dates: November 10-13, 2016, Rehearsals will begin immediately

Casting call: Roles for 8

  • 4 African American characters – Esther/35, Mrs. Dickson/50ish, Mayme/30s, George/Barbadian immigrant/30s 
  • 2 White characters - Mrs. Van Buren/30s, Mr. Marks/30s/Romanian Jewish immigrant 

Please prepare a short 2-3 minute dramatic monologue. Sides will be available.

Wit by Margret Edson, directed by Maria Signorelli ‘17

The play is not about doctors or even about cancer. It's about kindness, but it shows arrogance. It's about compassion, but it shows insensitivity." -Margret Edson

Playwright Professor Bearing - the hardest professor on campus - has devoted her life to the pursuit of knowledge. When she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer, she becomes a patient at a research hospital. There, she encounters the stern but kind Dr. Kelekian, who is willing to risk everything for a new study. Vivian agrees to a rigorous course of treatment - 8 cycles of chemotherapy at a dose nobody has completed before - which she tackles with wry humor, reflection, and the object of her scholarly work, wit. Her progress is overseen by Susie, a keen and caring nurse, and Jason, a former student who is more interested in scientific data than patient care. Wit is Pulitzer Prize winning play about life, death, and the human experiences of the people between.

  • Auditions: Rooke Theater, Mon, September 12, 6-9 pm 
  • Callbacks: Tues, Sept 13, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Performance dates: February 9-13, 2017

Casting Call: Roles for 9 (some are doubled)

  • Vivian Bearing, PhD – 50; professor of seventeenth-century poetry at the university 
  • Harvey Kelekian, MD – 50; chief of medical oncology, University Hospital 
  • Jason Posner, MD – 28; clinical fellow, Medical Oncology Branch 
  • Susie Monahan, RN, BSN - 28; primary nurse, Cancer Inpatient Unit 
  • E.M. Ashford, D. Phil – 80; professor emerita of English literature 
  • Mr. Bearing – Vivan’s father 
  • Lab Technicians 
  • Clinical Fellows 
  • Students Code Team