Casting/Auditions

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for The Western Stage!

  • The Western Stage holds in house auditions twice a year, usually in January and March.
  • Casting Coordinator Malinda DeRouen attends Theatre Bay Area General auditions. If you are participating in TBA’s and would like to be considered for our season, let Malinda know!
  • The Western Stage accepts video submissions by email, although casting decisions are made in person.

General Audition Information

Rehearsal Process


AUDITIONS!

It Can’t Happen Here
The Secret Garden
Hair
American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose
Legacy of Light
The Drowsy Chaperone

 

Email Casting Coordinator Malinda DeRouen at TWScasting@gmail.com to make your audition appointment!

 


It Can’t Happen Here Character Descriptions

ROLES AVAILABLE:

The following characters will double as multiple smaller roles:

Emma Jessup – 40-50
The wife of Doremus.

Sissy Jessup – 20s
Doremus’ youngest child

Philip Jessup – 20s
Doremus’ oldest child and lawyer

Dr. Fowler Greenhill – 20s
Doremus’ son-in-law

Lorinda Pike – 40-50
Local bar owner and liberal activist.

Buzz Windrip – 40-50
Charismatic, populist Senator, later President.

Shad Ledue – 30-60
Doremus’ hired worker.

THE FOLLOWING ROLES HAVE BEEN CAST:
Doremus, Effington Swan, Mary

 

 

The Secret Garden Character Descriptions

ROLES AVAILABLE:

Mary Lennox – 10-15
Recently arrived to Misselthwaite Manor from India, she is sent to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven, after her parents and everyone she has ever known has died in a cholera outbreak. She is spoilt child, now bewildered and alone. Initially she is petulant and rude, but evolves into a girl full of spirit. In her heart she is a warm girl.

Colin Craven – 10-12
The invalid son of Archibald. Colin has been sickly since his mother died giving birth to him. He had no company other than his dour uncle and servants. He us capable of being very rude and petulant, but is essentially sweet-natured.

Lily Craven – 25-35
The spirit of Archibald’s wife, Colin’s mother, Mary’s aunt. A warm and loving woman who deeply loved Archie. She is a benevolent presence watching over her unhappy husband, son and niece.

Dr. Neville Craven – 22-35
The younger brother of Archie, Neville is Colin’s physician. He is resentful of his position as the younger brother. A humorless, bitter man.

Ben Weatherstaff – 45+
Ben is the head gardener. He tended Miss Lily’s garden until his back prevented him from doing so. He is loyal to the late Lily. Rough and gruff, but essentially kind.

Mrs. Winthrop – 40+
The headmistress of a school. Believes in strong discipline.

Major Shelley – 25+
An army officer.

Mrs. Shelley – 25+
Wife to Major Shelley.

The remaining “Dreamers” consist of Mary’s parents, staff and friends in colonial India, all of whom died in a cholera epidemic. They appear as individuals and as a “Greek chorus”, commenting on events for the living and in flashbacks to their lives in England and India. They are all watching over Mary. Collectively they form the vocal ensemble.

Fakir – 25-40
Fakir is an Indian Holy man.

Rose – 25-35
Sister to Lily, mother to Mary. Seen first as Mary’s uncaring mother, then in ghostly form. Beautiful, vain and spoilt. In life, lacking in maternal qualities.

Cpt. Lennox – 30-35
Rose’s husband and Mary’s father, a military man, who also returns as a ghost. A warm and loving father.

Alice – 25-35
Rose’s friend. Well to do.

Lt. Peter Wright – 25-35
An army officer.

Lt. Ian Shaw – 25-35        
An army officer.

Major Holmes – 30-45                          
An army officer.

Claire Holmes – 25-30
Major Holmes’ wife. A well to do lady.

THE FOLLOWING ROLES HAVE BEEN CAST: 
Archibald, Dickon, Martha, Ayah, Mrs. Medlock

 

ROLES AVAILABLE:

Claude – 18-35
A lover of life and the picture of a young man next door of the 60’s. A charismatic leader who struggles with the conflict of what his heart tells him is right and what the authorities around him lead him to believe.

George Berger – 18-35
The tribe leader. A social activist recently kick out of high school. High energy, athletic, wild. Strong presence and, though he may be a young man, he is looked up to.

Sheila – 18-35
A second semester student and passionate protester from NYU who lives with Berger and Claude, aspires to spread love, loves Berger but fascinated by Claude. Wants to change society through peaceful protest.

Dionne – 18-35
Energetic and lots of fun. Great with comedy and ad-lib vocals.

Hud – 18-35
Speaks his mind. High energy, spiritual performer with a strong voice and presence.

Woof – 18-35
High energy, versatile performer. Looks up to Berger and Mick Jagger

Tribe Members

This is not a typical musical chorus, as the entire cast is a true ensemble. Tribe members sing lead in many featured songs and play many roles in the show including the principals, parents, historical figures, and more. Energetic, creative performers with heart and passion.

THE FOLLOWING ROLES HAVE BEEN CAST:
Crissy, Jeanie

 

American Night Character Description

ROLES AVAILABLE:

JUAN JOSE – A Mexican citizen preparing for the US Citizenship test.

The following characters will double as multiple smaller roles:

MARACHIE BAND/ CROOKED COP #1/ CUOTO/ KYLE THE BEAR/ MEXICAN MAN/ HOBO 2 (LEFTY)/ BOB DYLAN/ ANOTHER MAN IN AUDIENCE/ICE/ MAN IN TURBAN/ SHARK/ FARM HAND/ JUAN CORONA/ RONNIE BURKE/ RABBI

MARACHIE BAND/ CROOKED COP #2/ BORDER PATROL OFFICER/ TEDDY ROOSEVELT/ DONA TENCHA/ HOBO 1 (PANCHO)/ FOLEY MAN (MR. KISHI)/ MAN IN AUDIENCE/ SHERRIF JOE/ SUMO WRESTLER/ CUBAN RADIO/ ABELARDO (JUAN JOSE’S FATHER)/ SECT WOMAN 1/ NEIL DIAMANTE

SKINNY TIE 1/ JOHNNY/ CALVARY OFFICER/ CALVARY OFFICER BLANCHARD/ ASIAN MAN IN AUDIENCE/ ICE/ GAME SHOW HOST/ SECT WOMAN 3/ WEST VIRGINIA COAL MINER

BEN/ SAINT ADRIAN/ PADRE/ HOP LING/ MADRIGAL SINGER/ JACKIE ROBINSON/ POSTAL WORKER/ AFRICAN AMERICAN AUDIENCE MEMBER 1/ GEORGE WASHINGTON/ SECT WOMAN 2/ STATUE OF LIBERTY

VIOLA/ BORDER PATROL OFFICER/ MADRIGAL SINGER/ EMIT TILL/ AFRICAN AMERICAN AUDIENCE MEMBER 2/ ICE/ BEN FRANKLIN/ CELIA CRUZ

THE FOLLOWING ROLES HAVE BEEN CAST:

MRS. FINNEY/ CALVARY OFFICER/ CLARK (EXPLORER 1)/ WOMAN IN ROBE/ CAVALRY OFFICER SEGUIN/ WOODY (SINGER)/ ANGLO WOMAN IN AUDIENCE/ ICE/ SPOKES MODEL/ SHARK

SKINNY TIE 2/ HARRY BRIDGES/ NICHOLAS TRIST/ LEWIS (EXPLORER 2)/ MAN IN ROBE/ ANNOUNCER/ MADRIGAL SINGER/ ICE/ FIDEL CASTRO/ ABE LINCOLN

MARACHIE BAND/ LYDIA/CUEVAS/ SAKAJAWEA/ RIALA (MEXICAN WOMAN)/ RALF LAZO/ JOAN BAEZ/ YOUNG LATINA IN AUDIENCE/ ICE

 

 

Legacy of Light Character Descriptions

ROLES AVAILABLE:

Saint-Lambert – 30’s
Emile’s handsome and distracting young lover.

Olivia – 40’s-early 50’s
Modern professional woman. Scientist. Longs to have a child.

Peter – 40’s-early 50’s
Olivia’s husband. Supportive and realistic.

THE FOLLOWING ROLES HAVE BEEN CAST:
Emilie Du Chatelet, Voltaire, Millie

 

The Drowsy Chaperone Character Descriptions

ROLES AVAILABLE:

Man in Chair – 30+
Narrates the show as he plays the Broadway recording of “The Drowsy Chaperone”, a music theater aficionado and recluse who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He is truly happiest listening to his collection of Broadway show records. He is the only-non-stock character in the show, seen on stage throughout, whilst generally shy in demeanor. Funny and charming, grounded in reality.

Robert Martin – 20-30
The groom who is in love with Janet Van de Graff. He is the classic 1920’s leading man: charming, handsome, and a matinee idol. He is cheesy, cheerful, and optimistic.

Adolpho – 40-50
An over confident womanizing cad who is very impressed with himself. A vigorous, vaudeville-style buffoon.

Underling – 30-60
Mrs. Tottendale’s unflappable butler and manservant. Stoic, dry and sarcastic.

Mr. Feldzieg – 30-50
Broadway producer who will do anything to stop the wedding and get Janet back in show business. Nervous, insensitive and impatient.

George – 20-40                 
The Best Man. He is loyal, sincere, and anxious. He is a good friend to Robert and works hard to keep the wedding from being derailed.

Gangsters 1 & 2 – 20-40
Two happy-go-lucky gangsters who are posing as pastry chefs. They are stereotypical Broadway gangsters, with complicated wordplay. Comedic and physical.

Trix, the Aviatrix – 25-50
A confident female aviator. She is a strong and confident woman living a life of adventure. A take-charge kind of gal.

Ensemble                   ALL TYPES
Strong singers and dancers with tap experience.

THE FOLLOWING ROLES HAVE BEEN CAST:
Janet Van De Graff, The Chaperone, Mrs. Tottendale, Kitty

 

To be considered, please contact Casting Coordinator, Malinda DeRouen for more information.

Are you interested in being considered for future shows? You can always send us headshot and resume. Contact the Casting Coordinator for more information.

 

Thank you for your interest in being a part of The Western Stage!

 

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