Student Call Board

Auditions, Callbacks & Casting

ALL UCSB STUDENTS ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO AUDITION.

ONE DOES NOT NEED TO BE IN THE THEATER/DANCE DEPARTMENT TO AUDITION. 

 

Scripts and links for upcoming auditions 

The scripts for auditions can be found below. You must use your UCSB email account to view them. If you use your personal Gmail account it will say that you need to ask permission which you will not recieve. Please note that the scripts cannot be downloaded nor printed. You must be logged into your ucsb google account to view.  Please do not share these scripts with anyone. 
 
 
 
 

TO AUDITION YOU MUST:

1) SCROLL DOWN ON THIS PAGE TO READ ALL AUDITION INFORMATION 

2) FILL OUT The AUDITION FORM (Available soon) whether you are audition for one or both plays, you only need to fill out one audition form.

3) Fill in your name on the Audition Sign up sheet. You must fill in your name on every play you would like to audition for:

  • Spelling Bee audition sign up sheet (coming Soon) 

  • A Medusa Thread AUDITION SIGN UP SHEET (Coming Soon) 

4) READ THE SCRIPTS PROVIDED AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE

5) show up to your audition (including Zoom Rooms) 10 minutes early and be prepared to stay until released by the directors. 

  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Audition will be in person at Theater Dance West 1507
  • A Medusa Thread auditions will be on Zoom at: https://ucsb.zoom.us/s/84434908937

 

 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music and Lyrics by William Finn 

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

conceived by Rebecca Feldman with additional material by Jay Reiss

Production Team

Director - Julie Fishell

Musical Director – John Douglas

Choreographer – Christina McCarthy

Production Stage Manager – Trinity Wicklund

Assistant Director – Farrah Gharibian

PERFORMANCES:  May 11 – May 28, 2022

LOCATION:               Ballet Studio

 

GENERAL AUDITIONS:  Saturday, February 5th, 2022

                                         1:00pm until 7:00pm

                                          TD-W 1507

                                          *Please note: If you are fully vaccinated (it has been at least 14 days since your final dose), you may remove your mask when auditioning.

 

CALLBACKS:      Sunday, February 6th 2022

                             2:00pm until 7:30pm

                             TD-W 1507

                             *Please note: If you are fully vaccinated (it has been at least 14 days since your final dose), you may remove your mask when auditioning.

                             *TBD, according to most recent health and safety measure

 

1ST REHEARSAL:  Monday, March 28th

                                  6PM until 10PM

                            

REHEARSALS:

Typically 20 hours per week until tech rehearsals begin.  This play will rehearse Monday – Friday between the hours of 6-11 until tech week. Some rehearsals will start at 7pm and no rehearsals will exceed 4 hours. There will be some Friday afternoon rehearsals and possibility of rehearsals on Saturdays. There are additional hours for techs and dress rehearsals leading to performances including Saturdays and Sundays. There will be a rehearsal between performances to incorporate any script changes or make adjustments.

 

CREDIT:

3 units of THTR 49 and/or 149 will be given to cast members.

 

SCRIPTS:

The script is now available by clicking the links on the top of this page.

 

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

Any full time UCSB student is welcome and encouraged to audition!

 

INCLUSIVITY STATEMENT:
We invite actors who identify as/with any gender, race, age, sexual orientation, disability, or religious or political belief and affiliation to audition.  All are welcome to participate!

 

AUDITION PREPARATION (Acting & Singing):

ACTING AUDITION

Please prepare these THREE components for your acting audition.

  1. Thoroughly complete the electronic audition form!
  2.  Please prepare to share a monologue/speech of your own choosing no more than 90 seconds in length.  The text need not be memorized, but please be very familiar with it and thoroughly invest yourself in the language, situation, and needs of the character.
  3. Please prepare to share a personal “Middle-school Memory” of your choice.  Approx. one minute in length. 

 

SINGING AUDITION

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

*  Prepare a song of your own choosing.

*  Song should be from the Musical Theatre genre that is representative of the style and period of our show, Spelling Bee: contemporary pop, rock or ballad.

*  Audition excerpt should be ONE minute in length or less; 32 bars is usually sufficient.

*  Audition excerpt should show your vocal range, particularly high range.

*  Choose a song that you like and that you know very well. Lyrics must be memorized.

*  You will be accompanied by musical director John Douglas – NO a cappella singing.

Come to the audition with your voice already warmed up.

*  You are responsible to provide sheet music for your audition song. However, feel free to contact Musical Director John Douglas at jed805@gmail.com in advance to see if he already has the music for your song choice.

John has a large library of music, particularly Musical Theatre. If he has the sheet music, he will bring it to the auditions.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  There will be understudies cast for this production. 

 

THE SHOW:  An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.” -MTI Shows.

                                     

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:

SPECIAL NOTE:  ROLES MAY OR MAY NOT BE CAST AS GENDER-SPECIFIED. VOCAL RANGES LISTED BELOW BASED ON TRADITIONAL CASTING. 

  • Olive Ostrovsky – Soprano/Mezzo – Shy, quiet girl whose parents are estranged. The dictionary is her best friend.  She is the lead girl in the show. Primarily vocal character, sings powerfully.
  • William Barfee – Baritone/Tenor – Prickly, rude, abrasive, condescending, has no filter, primitive social skills.   Yet at the core, a nice person who develops a friendship and crush on Olive.  His extensive medical issues include one working nostril.  His famous “Magic Foot” method makes him a formidable competitor.
  • Chip Tolentino – Tenor – Last year’s winner, over confident, athletic, ambitions, a boy scout, and girl-crazy. Mix of strong vocals and comedic acting. Actor should be versatile with good comedic timing and improv skills.  
  • Jesus – Marcy’s Savior, speaks some French, confirms Marcy’s hunch about Jesus’ appearance but astonishes her with the realization of ‘what Jesus wants her to do.’  The actor is also part of the Ensemble.
  • Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre – Soprano – Belty -Youngest competitor, political, awkward, a bit neurotic and she speaks with a lisp.  All that said – she has a budding genuine confidence.  She tries to live up to her parents’ expectations.
  • Leaf Coneybear – Baritone – Home-schooled with his siblings, shocked and thrilled to participate in the bee (the first and second place winners of his district could not attend), oozes unbridled joy and sweetness, easily distracted. Leaf laments that his family think him dumb and this makes him insecure. Actor with great comedic ensemble timing and not afraid to be an extrovert.
  • CARL DAD -- Logainne’s dad (intense, competitive). This actor is also part of the Ensemble.
  • DAN DAD – Logainne’s other dad (laid-back, ineffectual).  This actor is also part of the Ensemble.
  • Marcy Park – Soprano/Mezzo – Strict upbringing, multi-talented, catholic school girl. She is held to high expectations. Ability to tumble and a high level of dance preferred.
  • Rona Lisa Peretti – Soprano – The moderator. Caring, kind, and relates to the students as a previous winner. She loves the spelling bee.  Has little patience with Douglas Panch. Very Strong singer, needs a good sense of improv.
  • Olive’s Mom – Olive’s fantasy of her mom’s presence.  Mom is in reality at an Ashram in India.  Strong singer. This actor is also part of the Ensemble.
  • Olive’s Dad – Olive’s fantasy of her dad coming to the bee from work.  This actor is also part of the Ensemble.
  • Douglas Panch – Spoken – A principal, does not care about spelling. He does not like the kids, is unpredictable, and is more interested in vying for Rona’s love (not relayed). Actor should have a good amount of improv ability, as you will be announcing the bee.  Very confident, inventive and generous stage presence. 
  • Mitch Mahoney – Tenor – The Official Comfort counselor for spellers who are eliminated. He is an ex-convict, comes across as rough around the edges, but has a sympathetic soul.  Strong vocalist.  Good mover.
  • Leaf’s Mom, Dad and Siblings – All are shocked that Coneybear is participating in the bee as they believe him intellectually incapable of competing.  They are proven wrong.  Spellers and Ensemble members will assume these roles.

 

QUESTIONS?  fishell@ucsb.edu

 

 A LAUNCH PAD Preview Production

A Medusa Thread

 

By Candrice Jones

Directed by Shirley Jo Finney

PERFORMANCES:  

May 16th – 25th, 2022

Performing Arts Theater

 

GENERAL AUDITIONS:                      

Saturday, February 5th

1pm-3pm

ZOOM

 

CALLBACKS:         

Sunday, February 6th

1pm-3pm

ZOOM

 

1ST REHEARSAL:  

Monday, March 28th, 2022

                                     

REHEARSALS:

Typically 20 hours per week until tech rehearsals begin.  This play will rehearse Monday – Friday between the hours of 6-11 until tech week. Some rehearsals will start at 7pm and no rehearsals will exceed 4 hours. There will be some Friday afternoon rehearsals and possibility of rehearsals on Saturdays. There are additional hours for techs and dress rehearsals leading to performances including Saturdays and Sundays. There will be a rehearsal between performances to incorporate any script changes or make adjustments.

 

CREDIT:

3 units of THTR 49 and/or 149 will be given to cast members.

 

SCRIPTS:

The current draft of the script can be found at the top of this page. 

 

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

Any full time UCSB student is welcome and encouraged to audition.

 

AUDITION PREPARATION:

The script is currently available to read by clicking the link at the top of this page

As with any new play development process, the play is undergoing changes, and will continue to change throughout the process.

Please read the script carefully so you can use it to:

Pick a short scene or speech from the play to perform. You do not need to memorize this scene, but it should be prepared well.

If you choose a scene, you should also choose a partner and prepare together. It is possible to have a partner who is not auditioning for the role that they read in the scene.

Selections should be no more than 2-3 minutes. Time your scene please.

Please specify which role you are reading for on the sign-up sheet.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact

Risa Brainin (LAUNCH PAD Artistic Director) at rbrainin@ucsb.edu

 

THE PLAY:

A Medusa Thread was workshopped in the 2021 BIPOC Reading Series Festival at UCSB LAUNCH PAD. Our playwright, Candrice Jones, will be an integral part of rehearsal and in residence on campus for much of the process.

SYNOPSIS

After dying in a car accident, Essence Worthy steps into a purgatorial beauty shop to get one last hairdo before transitioning to her chosen after life. There, she meets Medusa, the Gorgon, and hairstylist who specializes in treating former victims of sexual assault. While there, Essence must find her way through healing and transitioning from the history of rape that haunted her life. 

 

THE PLAYWRIGHT:

Candrice Jones is a playwright, poet, and educator from Dermott, Arkansas. In 2020, her play FLEX was scheduled to be produced at Actor's Theater of Louisville's Humana Festival of New Plays, but was cancelled due to COVID. Residencies 2018: The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep (FLEX), 2019:Bay Area Playwrights Festival (FLEX). Additional credits: Jones received an M.F.A. in Critical Studies from California Institute of the Arts. She is a 2019 MacDowell Colony Fellow and is a current Many Voices Fellow at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, MN. Currently, she is a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, MN. Most recently, she was given the honor of being named a 2020 Steinberg Playwright. Her primary goal is to write plays that serve as love letters to womyn of the American South.

 

THE DIRECTOR:

Shirley Jo Finney is an award-winning international director of theater, television, and films. She has worn her director's hat in some of the most respected regional theater houses across the country including ENSEMBLE THEATRE in Houston, Texas, The McCarter Theatre, The Pasadena Playhouse, The Goodman Theater, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Cleveland Playhouse, The Fountain Theater, LA Theater Works, The Crossroads Theater Company, Actors Theater of Louisville Humana Festival, the Sundance Theater Workshop, The Mark Taper Forum, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the State Theater Opera House in Pretoria, South Africa. Most recently, Miss Finney presented an Online Streaming production of Emmett Till that was critically acclaimed for its directing and editing. She also directed and developed the critically acclaimed world premier of Citizen: An American Lyric by the award-winning Pen poet Claudia Rankin. The 2020 Zoom production was singled out in the New York Times. Other works include Facing Our Truth (The Trayvon Martin Project) at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, The Lark Foundation's Rolling Premier of The Road Weeps by Marcus gardley at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, Tarell Alvin McCraney's Brother/Sisters Plays at the Fountain Theater, Lisa B Thompson's Single Black Female at the Crossroads Theater, Dominique Morisseau's Detroit 67 at the Penumbra Theater. She also helmed the International All South Africa Opera Winnie, based on the life of political icon Winnie Mandela. Miss Finney is the recipient of th LA Drama Critic's Milton Katsleas Distinguished Career Award, the SDCF's 2017 Denham Fellowship award for her production of Run Away Home by Jeremy Kamps, The Los Stage Alliance Ovation Award, The Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, The NAACP, and the Santa Barbara Independent awards for her directing work.

 

The Creative Team

Playwright / CANDRICE JONES

Director / SHIRLEY JO FINNEY

Scenery / STEPHANIE KERLEY SCHWARTZ

Costumes / DANA WOODS

Lighting / DARREN MCCROOM

Projections / NICK SANTIAGO

Sound/Music / MARC ANTONIO PRITCHETT

Assistant Director / LOLA BARAK

Assistant Projections Designer / ELIJAH FRANKLE

 

CAST (ALL ROLES ARE OPEN)

Role

NOTE: The entire cast of this play is Black

Medusa

 

A Gorgon woman who once had snakes for hair. She runs the beauty shop, Cathratic Moments.

Essence

 

A woman in her early twenties, was a rape survivor before she died in a car accident

Euryale/LaTrece/Person 1

 

A Gorgon woman, Medusa’s sister/A customer/A character from a rape narrative

 

Stethno/Janice

 

A Gorgon woman, Medusa's sister/ A customer/A character from a rape narrative

Ovid/Emerson/Person 2

 

A male poet

 

Chris/Mike

 

A male character from a rape narrative/A young man in his early twenties/A customer

 

Antaniece/Ceto*

*These roles are not in the current version, but will appear in the next draft.

A woman about to cross over into after-life/ the mother of Medusa and her sisters

 

 

 

Reserve A Room Online!

DANCE AND THEATER MAJORS WORKING ON CLASS CURRICULUM ONLY.

Not a major or working on something for a club? Be sure to get written approval from Daniel Herrera (daniel12@ucsb.edu) prior to booking a room. 

Steps for booking a room:

  1. Most theater/dance majors already have an account that was created for them.  Just click this link to start booking: theaterdance.skedda.com
  2. If that does not work, click here to register an account
  3. Please only reserve one hour per day per project.
  4. If you no longer need a reservation, please delete it so it can be used by your colleagues.
  5. Leave your contact information in the event of an emergency.
  6. Don't see the room you're looking for? Scroll to the right! 

Looking to book a room further out than a week or on a re-occuring basis? Email dherrera@theaterdance.ucsb.edu.

 

Run/Wardrobe Crew (THTR 29D/49/149)

 

Do you know your 29D, 49 or 149 requirement? Find it HERE

 

POSITIONS AVAILABLE (DEPENDS ON THE PRODUCTION)

  • Light Board Operator
  • Sound Board Operator
  • Fly Crew
  • Deck/Props Crew
  • Followspot Operator
  • Wardrobe/Makeup Crew

HOW TO APPLY FOR RUN OR WARDROBE CREW:

  1. If you have any general pre-emptive questions about crew assignments, positions feel free to email either the Technical Director Jackson Golden at JTGOLDEN@UCSB.EDU or the Costume Shop Manager Denise Umland at DENISE.UMLAND@UCSB.EDU. The dates for each of the productions can be found in the Calendars section below.
  2. Fill out the following google form to express your interest in specific shows/ assignments throughout the year. NOTE: Filling this out does not guarantee that position or show. https://forms.gle/FE252RwbfRoaDjgD9
  3. We will schedule an appointment via email to discuss/finalize position assignments and to potentially assign your add code through the Academic Advisor Sean O’Shea.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • All crew positions are first-come, first-served your spot is not secure until you have signed the crew contract after meeting with Denise or Jackson.
  • All events listed on the calendars are required. It is not possible to partially participate in a production.
  • There are no opportunities to make up for an unexcused absence or lateness.

CALENDARS:

In order to see the specific dates and times of the shows, go to the following link to view the crew calendars. Each show has its own calendar to view. 

CALENDARS LINK 

CONTACTS:

 

Ushering

Want to be more involved with the Department? Want to see shows for free? Volunteer to be an usher for one of our shows!

WHAT: As an usher for the department's productions, you will be asked to hand out programs before the show, direct audience members to facilities during intermission, and organize the venue after the performance.

WHEN: Ushers should arrive 45 minutes PRIOR to curtain at the VENUE of the performance and check in with the house manager for instructions and a brief training session.

WEAR: Please arrive dressed tastefully in ALL BLACK.

WHY: For ushering, students may see the performance at no charge. It is possible (though not likely) that ushers will be asked to attend another performance if seating is very limited.

HOW: Use the buttons below to to sign up! You will be asked to enter your email address so that we can send you a reminder. Be advised that sign ups are on a first come, first served basis.

TO SIGN UP CLICK HERE!

Theater/Dance Mailing List

Email Sean at sposh@ucsb.edu with your UMail address and the subject "Please add me to the Mailing List." The Mailing List will have the latest information regarding department events such as auditions, run/wardrobe crew, and special events.

 

Prop/Furniture Rentals

Props/Furniture Rental Guidelines

Props and furniture are available for rental to the following:

  • Students currently enrolled in a class within the department
  • Recognized UCSB student organizations with a faculty advisor
  • Declared Majors/Minors within the department
  • Others as determined by the Technical Director

Rentals are available by appointment only. To make an appointment email Devin Gee at dgee@ucsb.edu. A $50 deposit check is required for all rentals.

Props/Furniture Rental Guidelines