2013-2014 Auditions

Spring 2014 Auditions

Rent, the musical

directed by Noah Tulejah
musical direction by Catherine Kay 

Auditions, for the critically acclaimed musical that won the Tony Award for Best Musical, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and delighted audiences for 12 years, will be held at

Rooke Theatre, January 21 & 22, 6-9 pm

Please prepare a contemporary 1-minute monologue and 16 bars of a rock song.

Based on Puccini's opera LaBoheme, this moving, contemporary rock musical takes place in the East Village of NYC and celebrates the lives of a group of young artists and musicians struggling to survive, create and make sense of an imperfect world.  Don't miss this musical theatre phenomenon about friendship, love and the value of life:  Rent.

Performances will take place April 3-6, 11-13, 2014

For further information, please contact Susan Daniels (sdaniels@mtholyoke.edu

"Rent" was originally produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Keving McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and New York Theatre Workshop
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical Arrangements by Steve Skinner
Original Concept/Additional Lyrics by Billy Aronson
Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements by Tim Weil
Dramaturg Lynn Thomson


Fall 2013 Auditions

The Mandrake

by Niccolo Machiavellli, translated by Wallace Shawn
directed by Roger Babb

Rooke Theatre

Thurs, Sept. 5, 7-9 pm
Fri, Sept. 6, 4-6 pm & 7-9 pm
Callbacks:  Sat, Sept. 7
, 11 am - 3 pm

The Mandrake
(1517) is a very funny play about sex, power, gender and deceit.  It is performed more than any other play of the Italian Renaissance because it continues to provoke laughter and because of its controversial and contemporary subject matter. Machiavelli artfully confuses the boundaries of what we consider to be oppositions: good and bad, virtue and vice, man and woman.  Many refer to Machiavelli as evil and wicked and others argue that he is a pragmatist who describes the world as it is, not as it should be. Spectators are invited to consider various interpretations as they are being entertained by Shawn’s 1977 translation.

There are nine to ten parts.
The play is performed on a set of architectural units (Renaissance doors, domes, buildings) that constantly move and rearrange themselves.
Costumes are focused on the elaborate headdresses, turbans and wrapping of the period. 

Performances at the Rooke Theatre November 14-17, 2013
(for specific roles, see audition flyer and script located on the right of this page)
For more information, please contact Roger Babb at rbabb@mtholyoke.edu
Rooke Theatre is located at the south side of campus at the corner of Lower Lake Road and Morgan Street