2016-2017 Auditions

Scripts for all theatre productions are available on the Theatre & Dance student tab on Sakai.  For details, please contact the production director.  All ethnicities and identities are encouraged to audition and volunteer for roles and assignments throughout the season.  If you are interested in being part of the crew for any of the productions, please email JERFriedenberg (jerf@wfu.edu).


Honk, Jr.

Book and Lyric by Anthony Drewe.  Music by George Stiles

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling

Directed by Cindy Gendrich   (gendricm@wfu.edu)

Dance Auditions (all):  September 4 at 3:30-6:30 PM in Dance Studio D101

Acting/Vocal Auditions (one session only):  September 6 at 4-6 PM or 7-9 PM in M308 (upper Scales)

Callbacks:  September 7 at 6:30-9:30 PM on the Tedford Main Stage

Performance dates:  November 4-6 & 10-13, 2016

 Note:  Stage Rehearsals start on October 3.  All interested in a role should be at dance auditions as well as one of the acting/vocal audition sessions.

Honk! JR. is a heartwarming celebration of being different, and a moving tale of self-discovery. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling,” it is sure to delight audiences of all ages with its sparkling wit, unique charm and delightful score.



Presented by the Anthony Aston Players, a student theatre organization

Directed by Jay Buchanan   (buchjg13@wfu.edu)

Auditions:  September 4-5, 2016 at 7pm – 9pm in the Ring Theatre

Callbacks:  September 7, 2016 at 8 pm – 10 pm in the Ring Theatre

Performance dates:  October 13-15, 2016

Note:  Rehearsals start on September 8.  Roles for 2 men and 2 women.

Love and sex are like politics: it’s not what you say that matters, still less what you mean, but what you do.  Dan rescues Alice.  Anna photographs Dan. Larry meets Anna online. Alice rescues Larry.  Strangers become lovers and lovers become strangers.  A Pinteresque contemporary classic, Closer examines the need, loss, joy, and pain that characterize human relationships, reminding audiences that sometimes as we seek to get close we pull each other apart.


DANCE EVENTS (Both Semesters)

Wake Forest University Dance Company       Directed by Nina Lucas   (lucasnm@wfu.edu)

Tuesday, September 6 at 6pm – 8pm for Modern/Contemporary

Dance Faculty members Christina Soriano and Jessie Laurita-Spanglet

Soriano Rehearsals – Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-5pm

Spanglet Rehearsals – Monday/Wednesday 5-7pm


Wednesday, September 7 at 6pm – 8pm for Jazz

Dance Faculty member Nina Lucas, and visiting guest artist Tina Yarborough

Lucas Rehearsals – Sunday 3-5pm and Thursday 5-6pm

Yarborough Rehearsals – Wednesday 7-9pm


Wednesday, September 7 at 8pm – 9 pm for Tap

Debbie Sayles Rehearsals Wednesdays 5:30-7pm


Thursday, September 8 at 7pm – 9pm for Classical Ballet (Bring your own pointe shoes.)

Dance Faculty Brantly Shapiro and Chris Martin (please bring pointe shoes)

Shapiro/Martin Rehearsals Thursday 7-9pm both studios 204 and D101

Sam Shapiro Rehearsals Fridays 5-7pm


Location:  Dance Studio D101 (located behind the Scales Fine Arts Center)

Fall Faculty & Guest Artist Concert performance dates:  December 1-4, 2016.

Spring Student Choreographic Concert performance dates:  April 20-23, 2017.

Note:  Mandatory meeting for all company members: Monday September 19 at 3:30-4:45pm in studio D101.  Company members must be enrolled in one technique class during the academic year and maintain 2.0 overall GPA to participate in productions.  



 Collidescope 3.0: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America

Created and directed by Ping Chong (Guest Director)

Information Session:  October 31 at 4:45 PM in the Ring Theatre

Auditions:  November 9-10.  Ring Theatre at 4:00-7:00 PM

Callbacks:  November 11.  Ring Theatre at 5:00-7:00 PM

Performances dates:  February 10-19, 2017

An equal society that pretends to be beyond bigotry but still practices hatred is not equal.  Internationally acclaimed auteur Ping Chong and noted director and dramaturg Talvin Wilks will collaborate with Wake Forest students to develop a theatrical presentation in response to the seemingly perpetual killings of young black men in America. From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, exploring the pre-Revolutionary War era when freedmen and slaves were contemplating their rights in a soon-to-be independent nation, then back to present day, this “kaleidoscope” explores the often tragic history of black and white race relations in America.

To Prepare:  Please look over the script and video or previous productions on the TAD Sakai page for a sense of style and content (please email Cheyenne Zuck for access).  New scenes are being written to relate more specifically to North Carolina and Wake.

How to Audition:  you must sign up for an audition time.  Sign up for ONE 1.5 hour slot and plan to be there the full time.  Auditions will be conducted as a workshop starting with a group warm-up and allowing students to work with Ping and Talvin collaboratively and individually.  Come prepared to move.  Call backs are planned for Nov. 11 at 5:00 PM.  Please have all of your conflicts ready on the day you audition:  we need to know everything that might interfere with rehearsal time now (i.e. labs, weddings, a capella groups, chapter, RA duty, etc.).  Sign up here.

Rehearsal Process:  Rehearsals begin January 7 (the first day residence halls reopen) so you will need to return early if cast.  Rehearsals will be evenings (approximately 6-10 pm) five days a week as well as one rehearsal each weekend.  Please do not sign up for anything additional during this blocked off time.  If you are in the show, you are dedicating this time to the production.  You will get a firm rehearsal schedule at the beginning of the process.

Questions:  Contact the stage manager Cheyenne Zuck at zuckcs14@wfu.edu.

Note:  Rehearsals will start on January 7.


Studio Series

One-act plays directed by theatre students.  Specific directors and productions are selected in the Fall.

Studio Series I                                                                                          Studio Series II

Auditions & Callbacks:  TBA                                                                     Auditions & Callbacks:  TBA

Performance dates:  February 26-28, 2017                                           Performance dates:  March 19-21, 2017


Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Directed by Brook Davis (davisb@wfu.edu)

Auditions:  December 5, 2016 at 5:30-8:00 PM on the Tedford Main Stage

Callbacks:  December 7 2016 at 7:00 PM on the Tedford Main Stage

Performance dates:  March 31-April 2 & April 6-9, 2017

A ghost story of madness, greed, and bloodshed.

Auditionees should select 1 of 4 monologues to present for the first day of auditions. You are encourage to select the monologue that speaks to you regardless of age/gender/identity/etc.  macbeth-auditions_monologues

For questions or more information, please contact the production director, Brook Davis at davisb@wfu.edu or call 336-758-5287.

Note:  Text work will begin early.