Auditions

Stray Dog Theatre (SDT) is holding non-Equity auditions for their upcoming production of Dreamgirls. As always, Stray Dog Theatre honors diversity and non-traditional casting practices.


Dreamgirls

Music by Henry Krieger / Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen

Journey back to a time in musical history when rhythm and blues weren’t everything, they were the only thing. In the swinging 60s, the Dreamettes, led by the powerful Effie White, embark on an R&B music career that leads them across the country. Romantic entanglements, Effie’s weight, racism, and the arrival of a fresh new sound in the 70s make this show biz musical a thrilling hit.

Performances: April 4-20, 2019
First rehearsal: February 17, 2019

Please Note: The roles of EFFIE MELODY WHITE, DEENA JONES, CURTIS TAYLOR, and JAMES “THUNDER” EARLY have been cast. Any actor offered ensemble will be covering many roles in the show including featured singing and dance roles.

ROLES TO BE CAST

Principal Roles

LORRELL ROBINSON (Female, 20-30, African American, Soprano) – The youngest backup singer. Speaks her mind. Eager for success, swept off her feet by James Thunder Early. High energy and attitude, with a touch of the romantic.

Supporting Roles

MICHELLE MORRIS (Female, 20-30, African American, Soprano) – Replacement backup for Effie. Wants to stay out of in-fighting. Falls in love with C.C. and helps bring brother and sister together in the end.

C.C. WHITE (Male, 20-30, African American, Tenor) – Effie’s brother. Talented song writer for the Dreams. Initially enthralled by Curtis’ business smarts.

MARTY MADISON (Male, 40s-60s, African American, Baritone) – Early manager of James Early, cleans up after many of James’ messes, old-school, honest and loyal.

ENSEMBLE (Male and Female, All ages, All ethnicities, SATB)

TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION:

Email: auditions@straydogtheatre.org (No phone calls, please.)

PLEASE INCLUDE:

  1. First and last name
  2. Contact phone number
  3. Desired audition appointment times

Appointment Date/Time:

Saturday, August 4, 2018, 11:00am – 4:00pm (Audition space opens at 10:30 am)

DANCE AND MUSICAL CALLBACK: Sunday, August 5, 2018, at 12:00pm
(Please wear comfortable clothing, and come prepared to move.)

For Your Appointment

Location: Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee Ave., Saint Louis, Missouri 63104 (Off-street parking at lot north of the Abbey.)


  1. Arrive at scheduled audition 15 minutes early to complete necessary paperwork.
  2. Bring one copy of your headshot and resume.
  3. It is highly requested that you read the play and familiarize yourself with the show and characters for which you are auditioning prior to your audition.
  4. Prepare two contrasting 32-bar cuts of a rock, pop, or contemporary musical theatre song that showcases your vocal abilities. Accompanist provided. Bring sheet music, marked and in the appropriate key. No recorded tracks or a cappella. You will be stopped after 32 bars. You may be required to demonstrate belt and range or asked to read sides from the shows.
  5. Your audition appointment may also serve as your callback. If you are called back, it is essential that you attend in order to be considered for roles. Please make yourself available on these dates in advance to ensure that you can attend in the event we need to see you. We see a high volume of actors over a very short time; absence at callbacks may prove detrimental to your chances of receiving a role in a production.

FOLLOW UP

  1. Everyone who auditions will receive a follow up phone call on/by Monday, August 13, 2018 with news of their status in the 
casting process.
  2. All rehearsals and performances are at Tower Grove Abbey.
  3. The SDT pay scale per production for non-Equity actors in a Principal Role is $300 and for a Supporting Role $200 for 
rehearsals, performances, and special events.
  4. (Special events include: media interviews, fundraising parties, etc.) If considered, Actors’ Equity members are paid according to the Special Appearance Contract. 

  5. Please be aware that SDT is a professional organization and expects a professional working attitude from actors and technical crew who apply. Basic rules of time management for calls, honoring off-book deadlines, and memorizing lines exactly as they are written in the script are some of the professional requirements expected.
  6. Please take note of these requirements before accepting a role.

Casting Authority: Gary F. Bell and Justin Been