It Can’t Happen Here Audition Information

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 • 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 9 •7:30 PM
Sunday, May 10 • 2PM
Thursday, May 14 • 4PM
Friday, May 15 •7:30 PM
Saturday, May 16 •7:30 PM
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.” This is 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 


Mamma Mia Cast List!

Congratulations to the cast of Palomar College Performing Arts Department’s production of “MAMMA MIA” opening March 6th!

First rehearsal is Sunday, December 8 from 6-8pm in the Brubeck Theatre.

Everyone is called to the first rehearsal.  If you have a conflict please contact Tony at 

Thank you to all who auditioned!



DONNA:    Lori Tinkle

SOPHIE:    Emma Tarr

TANYA:      Jadyn Ponder

ROSIE:       Jennifer Young Sager

LISA:           Rhiann Glaudini

ALI:             Kaitlyn Rogers

SAM:           Elias Questenbeng

HARRY:      Cory Young

BILL:            Connor Nolan

SKY:            Matthew Javier

PEPPER:     Christopher Eastman

EDDIE:         Luis Flores Torres

FATHER ALEXANDRIOS:  Michael Johansson



Osvaldo Rodriguez

Matthew Jackson

Dylan Winston

Michael Johansson



Camille Redman

Isabel Sica

Gabriella LeBaron

Micaela Kwiatek

Samantha McCain

Welney Huang

Zoe Daniels

Elizabeth Greenwood

More Audition Slots Added for Mamma Mia Auditions!

If you have not secured an audition time slot, come in between 1pm-4pm and we will do our best to work you in.
Mamma Mia!
Book by Catherine Johnson,
Music and lyrics from Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Directed by Kathy Brombacher
Music Direction by Ellen Weller
Choreography by Valerie Clark
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.
AUDITIONS: Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 1-5pm (by appointment- actors sign up for a 5 minute block.To sign up for an time and for future audition notifications, click here)
DANCE CALL: 5-7pm everyone who auditions is called for a Movement/Dance call.
CALLBACKS: (by invitation) Sunday, November 24th.
At 12 noon-1pm: Dance Make-up;
From 1-3pm Vocal Callbacks, 3-5pm Readings
Here’s what you need to know to prepare for auditions:
*Bring two headshots and 2 theatrical/musical/dance resumes to the audition and fill out audition paperwork on site.
*Bring a schedule of possible conflicts with the rehearsal schedule (work, classes, etc.): you must list conflicts on the audition paperwork.
*Perform a one-minute song selected from “soft rock” hits or rock musicals is required for the audition. (You will be timed).
*Bring piano sheet music in the correct key for the accompanist
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.
ORIENTATION MEETING: Saturday, December 7 • 2PM – 4PM
REHEARSALS begin in January and will tentatively be held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 6:00 to 10:00 AND Saturdays from 1pm to 6pm. During tech week there is a long Sunday rehearsal. 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 in theatre at Palomar College.
Donna Sheridan: (age around 40)
Owner of the Taverna on the Greek Island of Kalokairi, Donna is Sophie’s mother who never married; she is the former lead singer of “Donna and the Dynamos”. A natural beauty, she works hard to keep the Taverna open and to give smart advice to her daughter; A strong rock vocalist/strong mover/actress.
Sophie Sheridan: (age around 21)
Donna’s strong-minded daughter who wants a traditional wedding (which her mother never had), and a father to walk her down the aisle. Bright and an adventuresome risk-taker, she is emotionally complex but truly loves her fiance, Sky and understands her mother’s sacrifices for her. Belt/soprano and superb dancer.
Tanya Cresham-Leigh: (age around 40)
Tanya is one of Donna’s best friends and a member of the “Dynamos”; she married into wealth a few times and has a sassy, witty, flirtatious personality. Superb rock singer/dancer/comedian.
Rosie Mulligan: (age around 40)
The third member of Donna’s Dynamos, Rosie is single, free-spirited and a renowned author. Confident, kooky and sometimes shy, she is a strong inventive comic actress. Must move well and sing confidently.
Lisa: (Age 18-25)
Sophie’s bridesmaid/ close friend; impish, impulsive; must be strong dancer – featured ensemble.
Ali: (age 18-25) Sophie’s other bridesmaid; energetic and kooky. Strong dancer/ featured ensemble.
Sam: (age around 45)
May be Sophie’s father; he left Donna 20 years ago because he was engaged to another woman; successful architect; confident but out of his depth returning to Donna’s Taverna at Sophie’s invitation; an actor who sings and moves well.
Harry (age around 45) May be Sophie’s father; British financier; conservative now but loved rock and roll in his youth. Must have British accent; an actor who sings/handles comedy/ moves well.
Bill (age around 45) May be Sophie’s father: is by profession a travel writer ; has a rough charm and honesty; handles comedy well; an actor who sings/moves well.
Sky (age around 25) Sophie’s fiancé; athletic, attractive; left a successful business to help Donna with the Taverna and marry Sophie; thoughtful, sensitive ; moves and sings well. Featured ensemble.
Pepper (male, age around 25): Sky’s friend; works at Donna’s hotel; charming, loves to flirt; dances well, ideally has acrobatic skills. Featured ensemble.
Eddie (male, age around 25): Another friend to Sky/ worker at the hotel. Relaxed and helpful; strong dancer/singer.
Pastor Alexandrios: (age 40-60); a male or female ensemble member who officiates at Sophie’s wedding. Also in the ensemble as a villager/friend of the family.
Ensemble: (ages 20-45) Dynamic dancer/singers/actors with acting strengths to play Greek Islanders who are supporting Donna and Sophie as they prepare for Sophie’s wedding day.

Theatre Arts Student Survey


SILA  by Chantal Bilodeau &
Lighting The Way Short Play Festival 

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

Please prepare at least 2 of the options below (1-minute each):

  contemporary, dramatic monologue
  spoken word piece, original or found
  telling of a folktale (traditional or original)
  movement piece inspired by the elements of nature, animals and global climate disruption
  movement piece exploring the movement vocabulary of a land or sea animal

CALLBACKS: October 8, 6-11PM

SILA REHEARSALS: October 14 – 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

SILA 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.

THE ENSEMBLE:  The ensemble will be the heart and breath of the show.  They will:

•  Bring life to the MAMA and DAUGHTER Polar Bear Puppets
•  NULIAJUK  Puppet – Inuk Goddess of the Ocean and the Underworld
•  All the SEA ANIMALS
•  And provide elements throughout the show


DESCRIPTION: This international festival of short climate change plays is scheduled to premier this Fall. Lighting the Way will coincide with the Santiago Climate Change Conference (COP25) which serves as an international meeting of world leaders who gather to discuss tactics to significantly reduce global greenhouse gas emissions before the world faces catastrophic and irreversible consequences.   This series of short plays will be produced and presented in conjunction with our full production of Sila (The Arctic Cycle) in December.

Participants will help choose from the collection of plays and work with Michael to direct, act, design and produce the plays.  The number of plays and scope the production will be flexible based on the capacity of the participants.  We may do staged readings of some of the plays and/or fully produce some. Many of them present site specific opportunities or they may be presented as pre-show events during the run of Sila. This is a great option for those who cannot commit the time to a full production.


Social Justice Theatre Project – Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be this Friday, September 13 at 7PM in PAC 127.  Our primary focus will be preparing a few of the short climate plays to take to the streets next week with the goal of building awareness of the GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE from September 20-27.

We will also welcome some new participants from the CSUSM Theatre Program, who are working on The Every 28 Hours Plays.


Questions? Contact


CAST – the mental state

ANDY CADY Cameron O’Hare

ANGELA CADY Heather Fiore


DANA ROBBINS Samantha McCain

DYLAN ROBBINS Elias Questenberg


BRIAN WARD Dylan Winston


KILEY Rhiann Glaudini

KAILEY Milo Edwards


DR. MELANIE HANSEN Elizabeth Pearson

THE BATTY LADY Donna Susan Toney

DR. WAGGNER Bayani DeCastro

Ensemble Actors will play a number of parents, advocates, JROTC cadets, gunman,
and news reporters
Zach Thompson Ensemble. Aru Mistry
Thomas Welsh Ensemble Life Jacket
Osvaldo Rodriguez Ensemble. Daggers
Matthew Javier. Ensemble. Ferret
Diego Cruz Ensemble. Mad Pride
Susie Burchill Ensemble Rhonda Puffman
Kayli Camille Ensemble. Teen Blogger Robin
Casey Corona Ensemble. Dr. Cynthia Chitwertz
Matthew Jackson. Ensemble. Task Force

Still looking for an Assistant Stage Manager and Assistant Director.
Contact Annie if interested in the AD position.


A two semester, focused program to prepare the musical theatre actor with foundations
in singing, dancing, acting and putting it all together.  16 Units.

If you are interested in joining the 2019-20 cohort, enroll in the Fall classes below.  Some of the classes may already be full, but don’t worry, just show up to the first class and the instructor will give you a permission code to add. You can also take these classes in any order, and once you complete them you will receive the certificate. So, if you can only fit a few in your schedule right now, you can complete the certificate at your own pace.

Please use the form at the bottom of the page to let us know about your interest.



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