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FALL THEATRE EVENTS – Auditions held during the Fall semester.

Far Away

By Caryl Churchill

Directed by Cindy Gendrich   (

Auditions:  September 18-19, 2017 in the Ring Theatre.  Time TBD

Callbacks: September 20, 2017 in the Ring Theatre.  Time TBD

Performance dates:  October 27-29 & November 2-5, 2017.

 You’re part of a big movement now to make things better. You can feel proud of that.”

Indoctrination, deceit, love, art, violence, and paranoia. Far Away catapults us through an unsettling dystopian vision created by one of our greatest living playwrights.

Note: Table work on September 25 & 26; Stage rehearsals start on October 2.


A Bright Room Called Day

by Tony Kushner

Presented by the Anthony Aston Players, a student theatre organization

Directed by Eli Bradley   (

Auditions:  September 18-19, 2017 in the Ring Theatre.  Time TBD

Callbacks:  September 20, 2017 in the Ring Theatre.  Time TBD

Performance dates:  November 30-December 2, 2017

Socialism, Reaganism, and activism are called into question in Pulitzer Prize Winner, Tony Kushner’s, A Bright Room Called Day. Five artists confront the ghosts of history as the Weimar Republic implodes around them.

Note:  Rehearsals start on September 24.  Roles for 3 men, 5 women, and 1 gender-neutral.


DANCE EVENTS – Auditions held during the Fall semester.

Wake Forest University Dance Company

Directed by Nina Lucas   (


  • Tuesday, September 5 at 6pm – 8pm for Modern/ContemporaryDance Faculty Jessie Laurita-Spanglet and Guest Artist Amy Love BeasleyBeasley rehearsals – Tues/Thurs 3:30-5pmLaurita-Spanglet rehearsals – Mon/Wed 5-7pm
  • Wednesday, September 6 at 6pm – 8pm for JazzDance Faculty Nina Lucas and Tina Yarborough LigginsLucas rehearsals – Sunday 4-6; Wednesday 4-5:30Yarborough Liggins rehearsals – Wednesday 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, September 6 at 8 pm – 9 pm for Tap.  Location:  Scales 204Dance Faculty Debra SaylesRehearsals – Wednesday 5:30-7pm
  • Thursday, September 7 at 7pm – 9pm for Classical Ballet (Bring your own pointe shoes.)Dance Faculty Brantly Shapiro and Chris Martin (please bring pointe shoes)Rehearsals Thursday 7-9pm both studios 204 and D101
  • Friday, September 22 at 3:30 pm for Contemporary Ballet  in Dance Studio D101 followed by rehearsalVisiting Guest Artist HEATHER MALOYArtistic Director, Terpsicorps Dance TheatreRehearsals on September 23rd & 24th, Times and location TBA

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

Fall Faculty & Guest Artist Concert performance dates:  November 16-19, 2017.

Spring Student Choreographic Concert performance dates:  April 26-29, 2018.

 Note: Mandatory meeting for all company members: September 18 at 3:30 pm in the Ring Theatre.  Company members must be enrolled in one technique class during the academic year and maintain 2.0 overall GPA to participate in productions.  



SPRING THEATRE EVENTS – Auditions during the Fall semester.

 Spring Awakening

Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater.  Music by Duncan Sheik

Based on the play by Frank Wedekind

Directed by Sharon Andrews (

Spring Awakening, Tony, Drama Desk, Grammy award winning rock musical!

Can suppression of natural and innocent adolescent sexuality end in tragedy? Frank Wedekind’s late 19th century play Spring’s Awakening: A Children’s Tragedy renders a heart wrenching yes!  Can sexual urges and forced ignorance blaze their way through rock music? Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s 21st century musical adaptation of Wedekind’s play delivers a heart pounding yes! But, inside this deeply moving rock musical can also be found wonderful humor and profound beauty.

Music & Acting Auditions:

Wednesday, Oct. 4 – 6:30-9:30 pm

Friday, Oct. 6 – 3:00-5:00 & 6:00-8:00 pm

Dance Auditions:

Thursday, Oct. 5 – 4:00-5:30 pm & 6:00-7:30 PM

Callbacks: Saturday, Oct. 7 – 12:00-4:00 pm

Tedford Stage, Scales Fine Arts Center

You only have to come to ONE of the dance calls and ONE of the music & acting sessions, but you MUST attend both auditions.  There will be a maximum of 6 people per hour for the music & acting auditions.

Performance dates:  April 6-8 & April 12-15, 2018

You only have to come to ONE of the dance calls and ONE of the music & acting sessions, but you MUST attend both auditions.  There will be a maximum of 6 people per hour for the music & acting auditions.  To sign up for an audition slot, please click here.  Please sign up for only one slot.

For general auditions:

  • Everyone (regardless of the gender or role) should prepare:  “Totally Fucked”
  • All students seeking male roles should prepare:  “All That’s Known” and/or “The Bitch of Living”
  • All students seeking female roles should prepare:  “Mama Who Bore Me” and/or “The Dark I Know Well”

For callbacks, everyone should prepare:

  • BOTH male or female general audition songs,
  • “The Word of Your Body”, and
  • “The Word of Your Body – Reprise 2”

Please be aware that this show contains intense language, sexual situations, and references to suicide.

The music listed above can be found on the TADStudent Sakai site under Resources<2017-18 Subscription Series+Scripts<Spring Awakening<Audition Materials.  Email the Stage Manager at if you need access to this site.  Everyone should come prepared to sing with accompaniment.  No tracks will be allowed.  You are welcome to bring your own song to general auditions, provided you have the sheet music for the accompanist.

Rehearsal information:
Music rehearsals: TBD start – January 16
Dance rehearsals: Jan. 27-Feb. 4
Regular/Stage rehearsals: start February 26

More Information contact:
Madeleine Ash ( or Sharon Andrews (  336-758-4377  (office)

 The Adding Machine

by Elmer Rice

Directed by Brook Davis (

Auditions:  Sunday, November 19 at 6:00-8:30 pm

Monday, November 20 at 5:00-7:00 pm

Callbacks:  Monday, November 20 at 8:00-10:00 pm

Location:  Tedford Stage, Scales Fine Arts Center

Performances dates:  February 16-18 & 22-25, 2018

“Rice’s play has left its impact on a wide variety of works, from Chaplin’s Modern Times to Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. But what is striking is the bilious inclusiveness of its attack on a machine-driven society that not only exploits its workers, but robs them of their souls.” – The Guardian

Mr. Zero is replaced by an adding machine after 25 years on the job.  There’s a murder trial, the afterlife, and machines . . .machines . . .machines everywhere.  Join us on our highly stylized journey as we celebrate Elmer Rice’s influential expressionistic masterpiece and ponder what it means to be human.

 Note:  Rehearsals will start on January 13th.


Light Up the Sky

by Moss Hart

Directed by Sharon Andrews (

Auditions:  Wednesday, April 25 at 4:00-6:00 pm or 7:00-9:00 pm in the Ring Theatre

Callbacks:  Sunday, April 29 at 5:00-8:00 pm on the Tedford Stage

Performances dates:  September 21-23 & 27-30, 2018

Moss Hart, after having written or co-written eight Broadway hits such as Pulitzer Prize winner You Can’t Take It with You, knew theatre people, knew them and loved them enough to get away with writing a hilarious send up of theatre “types” and backstage show business.  Light Up the Sky is full of wonderful character – truck-driver-turned-playwright, grand leading lade, passionate director, cynical mother of the star, lowbrow producer, and his wise-cracking wife. Will the out-of-town opening be a flop and set them all at each other’s throats or will it be a success and light up a love fest?  Just how fickle are those show business folks?

Roles are available for at least 7 men and 4 women.

 Note:  Rehearsals will start on August 26th.