Auditions

Stray Dog Theatre (SDT) is holding non-Equity auditions for their upcoming musicals and plays. Additional Musical and Play auditions will be at a later date. As always, Stray Dog Theatre honors diversity and non-traditional casting practices.


QUICK LINKS

Play Auditions
MONSTERS By Stephen Peirick
STEEL MAGNOLIAS By Robert Harling
RED SCARE ON SUNSET By Charles Busch

Musical Auditions
RAGTIME: THE MUSICAL (Version 2) Book by Terrence McNally / Music by Stephen Flaherty / Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens / Based on the novel “Ragtime” by E. L. Doctrow
EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL! Music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris, George Reinblatt / Additional Lyrics by Christopher Bond / Additional Music by Rob Daleman / Book and Lyrics by George Reinblatt / Music Supervision by Frank Cipolla
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Lyrics by Tim Rice / Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber


PLAY AUDITIONS

MONSTERS

By Stephen Peirick

Jeremy and Davis are brothers who have masterminded a plan to commit the perfect crime. When Davis’ wife finds a distraught man tied up in their basement, the fool proof plan immediately begins to unravel. In this fast-paced comedy/thriller, impulsive decisions and poorly kept secrets have dire consequences.

Performances: Opens June 8, 2017 and closes June 24, 2017. 8:00pm Thursdays through Saturdays. Additional performance Saturday, June 24 at 2 pm.
First Rehearsal: April 30, 2017. Must rehearse over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Evenings and weekends.
Audition: See “TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION” below.

Cast

PRINCIPAL CAST

Andi (Female, 30s, All Ethnicities) A loud, lower-middle class woman in her 30s.

Jeremy (Male, 30s, All Ethnicities) Andi’s brother‐in-law. Not the sharpest tool in the shed.

Carl (Male, Mid 50s, All Ethnicities) Desperate but obedient.

Piper (Female, 20s, All Ethnicities) Andi’s sister

Davis (Male, 30s, All Ethnicities) Andi’s husband/Jeremy’s brother.


STEEL MAGNOLIAS


By Robert Harling. Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire; Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby, is about to marry a “good ole boy.” The underlying strength—and love—among these women gives the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Performances: Opens November 30, 2017 and closes December 16, 2017. 8:00pm Thursdays through Saturdays. Additional performance Sunday, December 10 at 2 pm.
First Rehearsal: October 29, 2017. Must rehearse over Halloween and Thanksgiving weekend. Evenings and weekends.
Audition: See “TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION” below.

Cast

PRINCIPAL CAST

Truvy Jones (Female, 40ish, All Ethnicities) Owner of the beauty shop.

Annelle Dupuy-Desoto (Female, 19, All Ethnicities) Beauty shop assistant.

Clairee Belcher (Female, 66ish, All Ethnicities) Widow of the former mayor. Grande dame.

Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie (Female, 25, All Ethnicities) Prettiest girl in town.

M’Lynn Eatenton (Female, 50ish, All Ethnicities) Shelby’s mother. Socially prominent career woman.

Ouiser Boudreaux (Female, 66ish, All Ethnicities) Wealthy curmudgeon. Acerbic but loveable.


RED SCARE ON SUNSET


By Charles Busch. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

The time: the fifties; the place: Hollywood, where film star Mary Dale finds the Red Menace invading her own Beverly Hills backyard. When she discovers that her husband has been lured into the local Communist party by way of a method acting class and that there is a left-wing plot afoot to abolish the star system, Mary wages a private war to save her husband, her country and billing over the title. The McCarthy era is turned on its head in this novel take on a serious subject.

Performances: Opens February 8, 2018 and closes February 24, 2018. 8:00pm Thursdays through Saturdays. Additional performance Sunday, February 18 at 2 pm.
First Rehearsal: January 2, 2018. Must rehearse over Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Mardi Gras, and Valentine’s Day. Evenings and weekends.
Audition: See “TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION” below.

Cast

PRINCIPAL CAST

Mary Dale (Female, played by male actor, 20s-40s, All Ethnicities) A gracious Hollywood star who is also the perfect wife.

Pat Pilford (Female, played by a female actor, 20s-40s, All Ethnicities) An attractive blonde in her 30s, the quintessential movie wise-cracking sidekick, a clown who can’t resist a double-take or a pratfall, a fierce right-wing Communist-baiter.

Frank Towers (Male, played by a male actor, 20s-40s, All Ethnicities) A handsome and intense man in his 30s, Also plays Leofric (male).

Marta Towers (Female, played by a female actor, 20s-40s, All Ethnicities) A pretty actress in her 30s, demure and ladylike but with an inner fire. Also plays Lady Prudwen (female).

SUPPORTING CAST

Mitchell Drake (Male, played by a male actor, 30s-40s, All Ethnicities) An attractive, dark-haired man in his late 30s; an odd mixture of the intellectual, the macho, and the dangerous. Also plays Arnolph (male).

Barker (Male, played by a male actor, 30s-50s, All Ethnicities) A heavyset man with a cigar. Also plays Baldric (male) and Jerry the stage hand (male).

R.G. Benson (Male, played by a male actor, 30s-40s, All Ethnicities) An elegant director. Also plays Granny Lou (female) and Salesgirl (female).

Malcolm (Male, played by a male actor, 20s-30s, All Ethnicities) Mary and Frank’s gay houseboy. Also plays Thomas (male), Yetta Felson (female), and Rudy the assistant director (male).


TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION:

Email: StrayDogTheatre@gmail.com (No phone calls, please.)

PLEASE INCLUDE:

  1. First and last name,
  2. Contact phone number,
  3. Desired appointment time,
  4. The show(s) you are considering.

Play Appointment Dates/Times:

Saturday, February 4, 2017 | 11:00am – 5:00pm (Audition Space opens at 10:30am)
Monday, February 6, 2017 | 7:00pm - 10:00pm (Audition Space opens at 6:30pm)
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 | 7:00pm - 10:00pm (Audition Space opens at 6:30pm)
CALLBACK: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm (Audition Space opens at 6:30pm)

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not available for the listed audition times but are interested in auditioning, please let us know. The casting directors will consider those with an appointment first but if a role goes unfilled we will let you know about additional auditions.

Casting Authority: Gary F. Bell and Justin Been

For Your Appointment

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

Arrive at scheduled audition 15 minutes early to complete necessary paperwork.
Provide up to three resumes/headshots, even if you have been seen at SDT before. (One headshot/resume per production.)

  1. Prepare one 2-3 minute comedic monologue or you may audition by reading from script. (Available sides are posted below.)
  2. If auditioning with a prepared comedic monologue, you may also be asked by the casting directors to read from the sides provided.
  3. Your Audition appointment may also serve as your Callback.
  4. Provide one headshot & resume for each show for which you are auditioning.

A HELPFUL AUDITION NOTE: To assist you in having the best audition possible, it is highly advised that you research the play(s) and character(s) for which you are auditioning.


MUSICAL AUDITIONS

RAGTIME: THE MUSICAL (Version 2)


Book by Terrence McNally / Music by Stephen Flaherty / Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens / Based on the novel “Ragtime” by E. L. Doctrow. Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Set in the volatile melting pot of New York at the turn of the century, three distinctly American tales are woven together. A stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring young Harlem musician are united by courage, compassion, and belief in the promise of the future. As they confront the ongoing contradictions of society, their stories intertwine with notable historic figures in a sweeping musical portrait of an indelible era.

Performances: Opens August 3, 2017 and closes August 19, 2017. Twelve performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm with additional performances on Wednesday, August 16 at 8pm and Saturday, August 19 at 2pm.
First rehearsal: June 25, 2017. Must rehearse through Independence Day weekend. Evenings and weekends.
Audition: See “TO SCHEDULE A MUSICAL AUDITION” below.



Cast

PRINCIPAL CAST

COALHOUSE WALKER, JR. (Male, 25-35, African American, G3-B5) A proud, sophisticated man who fights to live within his social boundaries and then rebels against them when even that is not good enough.

MOTHER (Female, 25-35, Caucasian, G3-E5) A strong, kind woman who defies social norms to do the things she feels are right.

SARAH (Female,18-25, African American, G3-F5) A washwoman who is adopted into Mother’s home when Mother finds Sarah’s baby in the garden.

TATEH (Male, 30-40, Caucasian, A3-F5) A haggard, Latvian immigrant who dreams the “American Dream” for himself and his daughter.

SUPPORTING CAST

FATHER (Male, 30-45, Caucasian, A3-F5) Rich. Conservative. Staunch in his ways but not intentionally unkind.

YOUNGER BROTHER (Male, 20-30, Caucasian, B3-F5) Mother’s younger brother who has his heart broken by Evelyn Nesbit and joins Coalhouse in his protests towards discrimination. He is a young man in search of something.

GRANDFATHER (Male, 50-65, Caucasian, Baritone) Mother’s conservative father. A retired professor. Irritated by everything.

EVELYN NESBIT (Female, 18-25, Caucasian, B3-D5) The beautiful vaudeville performer, famous for the murder of her high profile lover by her rich husband.

HOUDINI (Male, 25-35, Caucasian, C4-G5) The famous magician who immigrated to America and made a name for himself largely as an escape artist.

HENRY FORD (Male, 35-45, Caucasian, D4-F5) An American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company.

JP MORGAN (Male, 55-65, Caucasian, Baritone) An incredibly wealthy financier; portly, pompous, blustering.

EMMA GOLDMAN (Female, 30-40, Caucasian, E3-D5) The Russian born radical anarchist in early 1900’s New York City.

WILLIE CONKLIN (Male, 25-40, Caucasian, D4-F5) A racist volunteer fireman who destroys Coalhouse’s car.

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON (Male, 45-55, African American, C4-E5) The dominant figure in the Black community of the United States at the turn of the century.

SARAH’S FRIEND (Female, 18-25, African American, D3-D5) A warm, soulful singer who plaintively and ferociously leads the Harlem Ensemble during Sarah’s funeral.

LITTLE BOY (Male, 10-15, Caucasian, E4-D5) precocious, intelligent, observant, and curious, he is constantly learning about the world around him; he is prescient—seems to know things before they happen.

LITTLE GIRL (Female, 10-15, Caucasian, C4-D5) Tateh’s daughter, a young Latvian girl in a new home.

ENSEMBLE (Any Gender, 18+, All Ethnicities, SATB) To play Citizens of New Rochelle and Harlem, Coalhouse supporters, reporters, and various other supporting roles.


EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL!


Music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris, George Reinblatt / Additional Lyrics by Christopher Bond / Additional Music by Rob Daleman / Book and Lyrics by George Reinblatt / Music Supervision by Frank Cipolla. Presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.

Based on Sam Raimi’s 80s cult classic films, EVIL DEAD tells the tale of 5 college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. And although it may sound like a horror, it’s the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, “camp” takes on a whole new meaning.

Performances: Opens October 5, 2017 and closes October 28, 2017. Fourteen performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm with additional performances on Wednesdays, October 18 and 25 at 8pm.
First rehearsal: August 27, 2017. Must rehearse through Labor Day weekend. Evenings and weekends.
Audition: See “TO SCHEDULE A MUSICAL AUDITION” below.



Cast

PRINCIPAL CAST

ASH (Male, 18-25, All Ethnicities, C3-B4) Hero and iconic character of the musical, devoted S-Mart housewares employee evolves over the course of the show from a cowardly college student to a wise-cracking deadite slayer with his detachable hand chainsaw and 12 gauge “boomstick.”

CHERYL (Female, 18-25, All Ethnicities, G3-F5) Ash’s sister and the odd woman out in the group, looking to spend a week relaxing, she is the recipient of Scotty’s jokes and torment, the only one to sense the evil surrounding the cabin, she is the first to be possessed, turning her into an aggressive, foul-mouthed demon that speaks in very bad puns, spends the majority of the show locked in the cellar.

SUPPORTING CAST

LINDA (Female, 18-25, All Ethnicities, A3-E5) Also works at S-Mart and dating Ash. Never thought she would meet the man of her dreams at S-Mart. The voice of reason. Always concerned about the other people in the cabin.

ANNIE (Female, 18-25, All Ethnicities, B3-A5) The overbearing, sexy, explorer who finds missing pages to the Necronomicon and wants to reunite with her father to continue their research, very bossy and drawn to Ash, must be comfortable in a tear away revealing costume.

SHELLY (Female, 18-25, All Ethnicities, B3-A5) A random girl who Scott picked up drunk at a bar three days ago.

ED (Male, 18-25, All Ethnicities, A2-F4) Deeply in love with Annie. Nothing special about him. Longs to be more than just an extra character within the musical.

SCOTT (Male, 18-25, All Ethnicities, D3-G4) Doesn’t care about anyone other than himself, unless they can get him laid. Constantly demeaning. Makes fun of people for being scared of obviously creepy things (like talking trees).

JAKE (Male, 30-40, All Ethnicities, G2-F4) Good, old, and reliable. Seems to know far too much about the musical. Spends his time wandering the woods around the cabin.

FAKE SHEMP ENSEMBLE (Any Gender, 18-30, All Ethnicities, SATB) Various supporting roles both on and under stage.


JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR


Lyrics by Tim Rice / Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Presented by special arrangement with the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization.

It seems especially fitting that the first rock opera, created as a concept album at the end of the turbulent ‘60s, should have at its center a social and political rebel. Jesus’ meteor-like rise in renown provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. As his radical teachings are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal. Christ’s final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.

Performances: Opens April 12, 2018 and closes April 28, 2018. Eleven performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm with additional performances on Sunday, April 22 at 2pm and Wednesday, April 25 at 8pm.
First rehearsal: February 25, 2018. Must rehearse through Easter weekend. Evenings and weekends.
Audition: See “TO SCHEDULE A MUSICAL AUDITION” below.



Cast

PRINCIPAL CAST

JESUS (Male, 25-35, All Ethnicities, A2-G5) Leader of the twelve disciples, a man called the “Son of God” and the “King of the Jews”; battling humanity vs. divinity.

JUDAS ISCARIOT (Male, 25-25, All Ethnicities, D3-D5) One of the twelve apostles of Jesus; certainly not an evil man; concerned for the poor and the consequences of Jesus’ fame.

MARY MAGDALENE (Female, 25-35, All Ethnicities, F3-E5) Female follower of Jesus who finds herself falling in love with him.

PONTIUS PILATE (Male, 30-60, All Ethnicities, A2-B4) Governor of Judea who foresees the events of Jesus’ crucifixion from beginning to aftermath in a dream and finds himself being presented with that very situation.

CAIAPHAS (Male, 30-60, All Ethnicities, C2-F4) One of the main antagonists of the show; he is the high priest who sees Jesus as a threat to the nation.

SUPPORTING CAST

ANNAS (Male, 18-35, All Ethnicities, G2-D5) One of the main antagonists of the show; fellow priest at the side of Caiaphas who is persuaded by Caiaphas into seeing Jesus as a threat.

PETER (Male, 18-35, All Ethnicities, A2-G4) One of Jesus’ twelve apostles; denies Jesus three times upon the night of Jesus’ arrest to save himself.

SIMON ZEALOTES (Male, 18-35, All Ethnicities, G3-B4) One of Jesus’ twelve apostles; urges Jesus to lead his followers into battle against the Romans.

KING HEROD (Male, 30-60, All Ethnicities, C3-G4) King of Galilee; Jesus is brought to him for judgment after first being taken to Pilate.

ENSEMBLE (Any Gender, 18-40, All Ethnicities, SATB) Priests, disciples, soul girls, angels, crowd, lepers, vendors, mob, and Roman Guards.


TO SCHEDULE A MUSICAL AUDITION:

Email: StrayDogTheatre@gmail.com (No phone calls, please.)

PLEASE INCLUDE:

  1. First and last name,
  2. Contact phone number,
  3. Desired appointment time,
  4. The show(s) you are considering.

Musical Appointment Dates/Times:

Sunday, February 12, 2017 | 12:00pm – 8:00pm (Audition Space opens at 11:30am)
Monday, February 13, 2017 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm (Audition space opens at 6:30pm)
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm (Audition space opens at 6:30pm)
CALLBACKS/DANCE CALL: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not available for the listed audition times but are interested in auditioning, please let us know. The casting directors will consider those with an appointment first but if a role goes unfilled we will let you know about additional auditions.

Casting Authority: Gary F. Bell and Justin Been.


Musical Director: Chris Petersen

Choreographer: Zachary Stefaniak Schaffner

For Your Appointment

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

Arrive at scheduled audition 15 minutes early to complete necessary paperwork.
Provide up to three resumes/headshots, even if you have been seen at SDT before. (One headshot/resume per production.)

  1. Prepare two contrasting 32-bar cuts of a Rock/Pop or Contemporary Musical Theatre song that showcases your vocal abilities, fitting the shows in which you are auditioning. Accompanist provided. Bring sheet music marked and in the appropriate key. No recorded tracks, please. May be required to demonstrate belt and range.
  2. Provide one headshot & resume for each show in which you are auditioning, even if you have been seen at SDT before.
  3. If requested by casting directors, actor may be invited to perform a cold-reading from one of the musicals.
  4. Dance auditions may be requested by the casting directors after you have auditioned. This will occur at the CALLBACK on Wednesday, February 15, 7:00-10:00pm. Please wear comfortable clothing in which you can freely move.

A HELPFUL AUDITION NOTE: To assist you in having the best audition possible, it is highly advised that you research the musical(s) and character(s) for which you are auditioning.


SELECTED SIDES

MONSTERS

ANDI & PIPER
DAVIS & JEREMY
CARL
ANDI & DAVIS

STEEL MAGNOLIAS

OUISER BOUDREAUX
ANNELLE DUPUY-DESOTO
SHELBY EATENTON-LATCHERIE
CLAIREE BELCHER
TRUVY JONES
M’LYNN EATENTON

RED SCARE ON SUNSET

PAT PILFORD
PAT PILFORD 2
FRANK
MARY
MARY 2
MITCHELL
MITCHELL 2
BARKER
R.G. BENSON
R.G. BENSON 2
GRANNY LOU
MARTA
MALCOLM & FRANK