WELCOME TO PALOMAR THEATRE AUDITIONS!
We are thrilled you are interested in auditioning for our one or more of our upcoming productions. We hope you find this website useful in learning more about our audition process.
This season offers many exciting opportunities to become a part of our four fully produced plays and musical.
The Mental State by Josh Adel
Sila (The Arctic Cycle) by Chantal Bilodeau
Mamma 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
We are also producing, Lighting the Way, a festival of short plays reacting and responding to the climate crisis and additional staged readings of The Every 28 Hours Plays.
• Auditions are open to all: students, staff and community members.
• Palomar Theatre is committed to critical consciousness in all aspects production and promote inclusive and diverse casting.
• Individuals who are cast in a production are required to enroll in a 2 unit Rehearsal and Performance class (TA 192) associated with the production.
To learn more about detailed casting and audition information for each production, click on the corresponding show tab above. We look forward to seeing you at the auditions.
the mental state, a play by Josh Adell. Directed by Annie HInton
OPEN CALL: Friday, August 23 • 6PM – 9PM (click here to sign-up for a time-slot ) Scripts Available in the Box Office starting August 20th between 10AM – 4pm. Please prepare a one minute serious monologue and bring a photo/resume if you have one.
CALLBACKS: Sunday, August 24th, Noon – 5PM
REHEARSALS: Monday, August 26 – 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. Quietly troubled. Schizophrenic. Believes Bethany is in love with him.
Angela Cady: 34, Andrew’s mother, a bartender. Recovering alcoholic. Committed to getting help for her son.
Michael Cady: 37, Andrew’s father, a factory worker. Hardworking. Addicted to opiates due to a back injury.
Dana Robbins: 37, Angela’s sister, a police officer. Strong. Fond of Andrew.
Dylan Robbins: Andrew’s deceased Uncle. A Decorated Navy SEAL Sniper. Committed suicide. He appears to Andrew in hallucinations.
Pastor Shelby Saunders: 54, Pentecostal Church of God preacher. Compassionate. Mother/Father/God to Angela.
Brian Ward: 18, a cadet in the JROTC. Boyfriend of Bethany.
Bethany Forrest: 18, Captain of the HHS Varsity Flag Corps. Girlfriend of Brian.Sweet.
Kailey: 17, member of the Flag Corps. Bethany’s friend. Mean girl.
Principal Elizabeth Mullins: 72, Principal of Havenville High School. Tough.
Dr. Melanie Hansen: 30, HHS Director of Counseling. Odd. Tries too hard.
The Batty Lady: 60’s, a regular at the public library. Weird. Eccentric.
Dr. Waggner: 58, a county psychiatrist. Uncaring. Ineffective.
The Ensemble portrays a number of psychologists, parents, advocates, JROTC cadets, flag corps cadets, and news reporters.
The Mental State is a look at the complexities and cruel reality of mental disorders in teenagers and the resulting effects on family and those harmed by mental illness. Set in a small working class town, the action of the play centers around the character of Andy, a boy bullied in school and driven by hallucinations and the voice of his dead uncle.
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.
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 followed by Dance Call 6-8 PM
CALLBACKS: November 24, 2PM – 6PM
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
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 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.
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 renown 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 fiance; 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.
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