AU Theatre Announces Open Auditions for October & February Shows

AU Theatre Announces Open Auditions for October & February Shows

8/23/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University Department of Theatre announces open auditions for its upcoming productions of Lillian Hellman’s drama The Autumn Garden, and the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival -- Pippin. Community members and all Ashland University students are invited to audition for either or both of these shows. 

Auditions for The Autumn Garden will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 30, beginning at 7 p.m. with call-backs scheduled for Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. Vocal auditions for Pippin will be held Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. with dance auditions held on Friday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m., and call-backs immediately following the dance auditions on Friday. All auditions will be held in Ashland University's Hugo Young Theatre located at 331 College Ave. in Ashland.

The Autumn Garden will be directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames with performances scheduled for Oct. 21-29. Roles are available for seven women and five men. Auditions can include a memorized 1-2 minute monologues from a realistic play or a cold-reading from the script. 

Pippin will be directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Sean Parker with musical direction by Dr. Rowland Blackley, director of Choral Activities. Performances are slated for Feb. 10-18 and include roles for three women and three men, chorus members and a young boy. Those auditioning should prepare 16-32 bars of a song in a style similar to the show or a song can also be provided for those who do not have one. An accompanist will be provided. 

For more information, contact Tricia Applegate, Coordinator of Publicty and Events, at or 419.289.5950, or visit AU Theatre online at or

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