2019-20 Theatre Arts Auditions


We are so glad you are curious and interested in our auditions.

This season we are excited to offer many opportunities in our four fully-mounted productions:

The Mental State by Josh Abel

Sila (The Arctic Cycle)  by Chantal Bilodeau

Mama Mia! • Book by Catherine Johnson, Music and lyrics from Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus

It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis, adapted by Tony Taccone & Bennett S. Cohen

As well as Lighting the Way, a festival of short plays responding to the climate crisis, and staged readings of The Every 28 Hours Plays.

Our auditions are open to all: students, staff and community members.

We are committed to critical consciousness in all aspects production and promote inclusive and diverse casting.

Those who are cast in a production must enroll in a 2 unit Rehearsal and Performance class (TA 192) associated with the production.

To find out the detailed casting and audition information for each production, click on the appropriate tab above.  We look forward to seeing you at the auditions.

The Mental State, a play by Josh Adel
Directed by Annie Hinton

OPEN CALL: Friday, August 23 • 6PM – 9PM (sign-up for a time-slot at the bottom of this page)

Please prepare a one minute serious monologue and bring a photo/resume if you have one.

CALLBACKS: Saturday, August 24th, 12PM – 5PM

REHEARSALS: Sunday, August 25 – Thursday, October 3.
Monday-Thursday  6PM-11PM • Saturday & Sunday 11AM- 5PM
Technical Rehearsals: Saturday and Sunday, September 28 & 29 10AM-10PM
Dress Rehearsals: Monday, September, 30 – Thursday, October 3, 5PM-11PM


Friday, October 4 • 7PM
Saturday, October 5 • 7PM
Sunday, October 6 • 2PM
Thursday, October 10 • 4PM
Friday, October 11 • 7PM
Saturday, October 12 • 7PM
Sunday, October 13 • 2PM


Andrew Cady: 16, a sophomore in high school
Angela Cady: 34, Andrew’s mother, a bartender
Michael Cady: 37, Andrew’s father, a factory worker
Dana Robbins: 37, Angela’s sister, a police officer
Dylan Robbins: Andrew’s deceased Uncle. A Decorated Navy Seal; Sniper Pastor Shelby Saunders: 54, Pentecostal Church of God preacher
Brian Ward: 18, a cadet in the JROTC
Bethany Forrest: 18, Captain of the HHS Varsity Flag Corps
Kiley: 17, member of the Flag Corps
Kailey: 17, member of the Flag Corps
Principal Elizabeth Mullins: 72, Principal of Havenville High School
Dr. Melanie Hansen: 30, HHS Director of Counseling
The Batty Lady: 60’s, a regular at the public library
Dr. Waggner: 58, a county psychiatrist The Ensemble portrays a number of psychologists, parents, advocates, JROTC cadets, flag corps cadets, and news reporters.


Can a working class mother save her troubled son when her cries for help go unheard? Angela Cady is determined to get her son Andy through high school and on to community college. But mental illness threatens to destroy his future and tear the family apart. When Andy’s volatility leads to hospitalization, and Angela’s former addictions return to haunt her, she must summon strength to draw out help from a neglectful, poverty-stricken town. As Angela reaches out to an overextended school system, an underfunded community mental health program, and a church community overwhelmed by Andrew’s anti-social behavior, her cries for help fall on deaf ears. Steeped in the center of America’s open-carry gun culture, The Mental State explores the human story behind the newscasts, and asks how we as a national community can address the urgent issue of teenage mental illness

The action takes place in the fictional rural town of Havenville, Kentucky between the months of September and December of 2012.

This semester we are involved with two projects that use theatre to respond to urgent social issues. Those interested in participating as Actors, Directors, Designers, Dialogue Facilitators, Other Support should attend our recruiting meeting on Friday, August 30 • 7-9 PM or send an email to mmufson@palomar.edu.  These projects are flexible and perfect for students who cannot commit the time to a full production.

The Every 28 Hours Plays & dialogue

This collection of one-minute plays responds to the epidemic of state-sanctioned shooting of Black Men and other People of Color by police, security guards and vigilantes.  This is a continuation of a project from last year, funded by a grant from NCHEA (The North County Higher Education Alliance)

Lighting The Way

An international festival of short climate change plays this fall to coincide with the Santiago Climate Change Conference (COP25), the international meeting where world leaders gather to discuss ways to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.   We will be presenting these plays in conjunction with our full production of  Sila (The Arctic Cycle) in December.

Sila (The Artic Cycle) by Chantal Bilodeau
Directed by Michael Mufson

Seeking a diverse cast of imaginative and adventurous actors, dancers & puppeteers for this amazing and urgent play about the climate crisis and our neglected connection with the rest of the natural world.

OPEN CALL: October 7, 6:30-10:30 PM Studio Theatre.(sign-up for a time-slot at the bottom of this page)

Please prepare a one-minute contemporary, dramatic monologue and one or more of the following:

  • A one-minute spoken work or poetry piece
  • A one-minute telling of a folktale
  • A one-minute movement piece inspired by the elements of nature, animals and global climate disruption.

CALLBACKS: October 8, 6-11PM

REHEARSALS: Monday, October 14 – Thursday December 5.
Monday-Friday 6:30 PM-10:30 PM. Some weekends possible.
Technical Rehearsals Saturday and Sunday, November 30 & December 1, 10AM – 10PM
Dress Rehearsals Monday, December 2 – Thursday December 5, 5PM-11PM


Friday, December 6 • 7PM
Saturday, December 7 • 7PM
Sunday, December 8• 2PM
Thursday, December 12 • 4PM
Friday, December 13 • 7PM
Saturday, December 14 • 7PM

DESCRIPTION: Sila is the Inuit concept of the breath that connects all life. With a blending of Inuit mythology and and gritty realism, this urgent play exposes the devastating consequences of human beings losing their connection to the natural world and ancient wisdom.  Set in the Baffin Islands, just inside the Arctic Circle, eight characters – including a climatologist, an Inuit activist and two polar bears – find their values challenged as they grapple with a rapidly changing environment and world., The personal, political, mythical and ecological intertwine as crisis, danger and death shatter the world, only to reveal the possibility of healing.


TULUGAQ (sixties) – Inuk Elder.

LEANNA (fifties)- Inuk. Climate change activist.

JEAN (forties) – Québécois. Climate scientist with a specialty in sea ice.

THOMAS (forties) – English Canadian. Officer for the Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications and Traffic Services.

VERONICA (thirties) – Inuk. Leanna’s daughter. Teaches at the high school and performs spoken-word poetry.

MAMA – An adult polar bear. Played by a puppet ensemble

DAUGHTER – A young polar bear cub. Played by a puppet ensemble

RAPHAËL (thirties) – Second-generation Québécois. Officer for the Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications and Traffic Services.

NULIAJUK – Inuk Goddess of the Ocean and the Underworld. Played by ensemble

SEA ANIMALS – Played by the ensemble

Mama Mia!
Book by Catherine Johnson,
Music and lyrics from Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Directed by Kathy Brombacher • Music Direction by Ellen Weller

Seeking a cast of actors, singers and dancers to play age ranges from 17 to 50.  All roles are open and all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

OPEN CALL: [These are tentative dates and will be finalized soon] Saturday, November 23, 1-5 PM (sign-up for a 5-minute time-slot at the bottom of this page, followed by Dance Call 6-8 PM

CALLBACKS: November 24, Times TBA

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for auditions:

  • All those who audition  must bring two headshots and 2 theatrical/musical/dance resumes to the audition and fill out audition paperwork on site.
  • All those who audition  must bring a schedule of possible conflicts with the rehearsal schedule  (work, classes, etc.):  you must list conflicts on the audition paperwork.
  • All those auditioning  must perform a one-minute song selected from “soft rock” hits or rock musicals is required for the audition.  (You will be timed).
  • Please bring piano sheet music in the correct key for the accompanist
  • A simple movement/dance combination will be required for all actors at the open call.

Character sketches and musical ranges of the leading roles will be posted on the website within the next few months.

Callbacks will be at the invitation of the director, musical director and choreographer team members.  You may be asked to sing, dance and/or read from the script and score for these callbacks.

Casting will be announced within one week of the callback auditions.

REHEARSALS begin in early January and will tentatively be held Monday-Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 10:30 pm  and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm.  Some Sunday afternoon rehearsals will be scheduled.  A full rehearsal schedule will be available to peruse at the auditions.


Friday, March 6 • 7PM
Saturday, March 7 • 7PM
Sunday, March 8 • 2PM
Thursday, March 12 • 4PM
Friday, March 13 • 7PM
Saturday, March 14 • 7PM
Sunday, March 15 • 2PM

All actors must attend each rehearsal specified for their character and each performance, including a possible pick-up rehearsal between performance weekends.

Actors cast in the musical will be required to register for a 2-unit class at Palomar College.

It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
adapted by Tony Taccone & Bennett S. Cohen
Directed by Michael Mufson

OPEN CALL: March 9, 6:30-9:00 PM Studio Theatre. (sign-up for a time-slot  at the bottom of this page)

Please prepare a one-minute contemporary, dramatic monologue

CALLBACKS: March 10, 6-11PM

REHEARSALS: Monday, March 16 – Thursday May 7.
Monday-Friday 6:30 PM-10:30 PM. Some weekends possible.
Technical Rehearsals Saturday and Sunday, May 2 & 3, 10AM – 10PM
Dress Rehearsals Monday, May 4 – Thursday May 7, 5PM-11PM


Friday, May 8 • 7PM
Saturday, May 9 • 7PM
Sunday, May 10 • 2PM
Thursday, May 14 • 4PM
Friday, May 15 • 7PM
Saturday, May 16 • 7PM
Sunday, May 17 • 2PM

DESCRIPTION: A chilling adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s famous 1936 novel portraying how populist, fascism could take hold in the USA. As The New York Times describes it, “At a moment when instability seems to be the only constant in American politics, “It Can’t Happen Here” offers an alluring (if terrifying) certainty: It can happen here, and what comes next will be even ghastlier than you expect.” A cautionary tale and call to action for all who are concerned about the future of our democracy.


Doremus Jessup: A journalist and editor of Fort Beulah’s only newspaper, The Daily Informer. His journey from a naïve liberal to resistance fighter is at the core of the play.

Lorinda Pike: A young widow who runs a tavern. She is politically outspoken and a fearless advocate for democracy.

Emma Jessup: Married to Doremus. Mother of three grown children. Wise, loyal and supportive, her family is her world.

Philip Jessup: Doremus and Emma’s son; an opportunist and  supporter of the new, fascist order.

Sissy Jessup: Doremus and Emma’s youngest daughter. Bold and courageous, she is radicalized against the rise of the demagogue Buzz Windrip and his American, fascist regime.

Mary Jessup Greenhill: A charming and vivacious woman, defined primarily by her family relationships. Daughter of Doremus and Emma. Married to Dr. Fowler Greenhill and Mother of a young son, David.

Julian Falck: A young, college educated man. He infiltrates the Windrip’s populist, paramilitary group, Minute Men. Develops a romantic relationship with Sissy Jessup.

Dr. Fowler Greenhill: A good physician and good person. Married to Mary Jessup.  He risks his life to stand up for Justice.

Shad Ledue: A bitter, “forgotten man,” whose viscous, amoral actions propel him to power in the ranks of the Windrip regime.

Buzz Windrip: A charismatic demagogue who leverages his election on fear and false promises into an American fascist dictatorship.


Brigadier General Herbert Y. Edgeways • Adelaide Tarr Gimmitch • Crowd Member 1 • Crowd Member 2 • Frank Tasbrough • R.C. Crowley • David Greenhill (Offstage) • Radio Announcer (Offstage) • Bishop Prang • Buck Titus • Man 1 • Man 2 • Man 3 • Man 4 • Man 5 • Woman 1 • Woman 2 • Minute Men (Multiple; N/S) • Private William Dooley (N/S) • Emcee • Lee Sarason • Heckler • Karl Pascal • Jaime Johnson • John Pollikop • Priest • Voice (Offstage) • Effingham Swan • Guards (Multiple; N/S) • First Minute Man • Second Minute Man • Dimick/Presidential Aide • Doctor • Voice 1 • Voice 2 • Voice 3 • Sergeant • Prison Guard • Man Moving Press 1 (N/S) • Man Moving Press 2  • Farmer