Performance Network, Williamston Theatre et al. Host General Auditions 5/16-5/18

Performance Network Theatre, Blackbird Theatre, Tipping Point Theatre and Williamston Theatre announce joint General auditions for their 2010-2011 seasons running September through August. Auditions will be held at Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, MI.

Auditions will be held on: Sunday, May 16 from 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday, May 17 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm, and on Tuesday, May 18 from Noon - 7:00pm.

Audition appointments are required and can be made beginning Friday, April 23rd by calling (734) 663-0681 between 11am and 6pm Monday through Saturday.

Performance Network Theatre is located at 120 East Huron, just one half block east of main street in downtown Ann Arbor. Free Parking is available on Sunday in the structure next to the Theatre (corner of Washington and Fourth). Weekdays after 5pm there is free parking in the bank lot on Huron next to the Theatre Or in the courthouse across the street (entrance on Ann Street between Main and Fourth.)

Please bring 4 copies of a headshot and resume and be prepared to present 1 or 2 contemporary monologues with a total length of no longer than 3 minutes.  If you wish to be considered for musicals, you may substitute 16 bars of a song (please bring sheet music or your own accompaniment) in place of the second monologue. Blackbird Theatre encourages actor/musicians to perform a song accompanying themselves on piano, guitar, etc. Repertoire can include musical theatre selections or other material. There will be a Piano Accompanist available ONLY on Sunday from 7:30-10pm, Monday from 3-5pm and Tuesday from 4:00-7:00pm.

Persons with casting authority attending these auditions are:
David Wolber (Artistic Director) and Carla Milarch (Executive Director) from Performance Network,
Barton Bund (Artistic Director) from Blackbird Theatre,
Tony Caselli (Artistic Director) and John Lepard (Executive Director) from Williamston Theatre,
James Kuhl (Artistic Director) from Tipping Point Theatre,

Actors will be notified by the theatres individually if they are being invited to callbacks, which are not currently scheduled.

Information regarding available roles has not been finalized; as much specific production information will be made available at the audition as possible.

Founded in 1981, Performance Network Theatre has grown from a fledgling company to Ann Arbor's only resident, professional theatre. The Network reaches 40,000 theatre patrons and children each year through the year-round Award-winning Professional Series and The Children's Theatre Network. Performance Network also presents the Fireside Festival of New Works and a series of classes on theatre-related topics. The Network provides uncompromising artistic leadership in the region and produces works that engage, challenge and inspire audiences and artists.

Performance Network operates under an SPT Tier 3 contract with Actors' Equity Association and employs Equity and non-Equity actors. Equity Salary is $257/week, Non-equity pay is $125/week.

Roles in 2010-11 Performance Network Season:


Written by Melinda Lopez
August 17 - 1st rehearsal
September 16 - 1st preview
October 24 - closing
All six actors in SONIA FLEW play different characters in the 1st and 2nd acts.
1st Act is set in Minneapolis, December 2001, 2nd act is set in Havana, April 1961.

SONIA (50's, mother) and MARTA (60's, housekeeper)
DANIEL (50's, father) and TITO, (neighbor)
ZAK (19, son) and JOSE (19, young man)
JEN (17, daughter) and YOUNG SONIA (15, daughter)
SAM (70's, grandfather) and ORFEO (50's, father)
NINA (28, soldier) and PILAR (35, mother)


Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
October 12 - 1st Rehearsal
November 11 - 1st Preview
January 2 - closing

ALDOLPHO European self-proclaimed "ladies man", played by former silent movie star Roman Bartelli. A#2 - G4 (Bass/Baritone + great falsetto)
FELDZIEG Broadway producer, played by Jack Adler. Db3 - Db4 (Bari-tenor)
GANGSTERS Posing as pastry chefs, intending to collect from Feldzieg, played by the vaudeville duo the Tall Brothers. Db3 - Gb4 (Tenors)
GEORGE Robert's anxious best man. F3 - Bb4 (Tenor)
JANET VAN de GRAAF The famous bride, played by rising star Jane Roberts. G3 - Eb (Alto)
KITTY Feldzieg's dim-witted companion, played by Sadie Adler. Bb3 - F5 (Soprano)
MAN IN CHAIR Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. His recording of "The Drowsy Chaperone" brings the show to life as he narrates.
MRS. TOTTENDALE The air-headed host of the wedding. G3 - Db5 (Alto)
Robert Martin The dashing, ever-cheerful groom, played by matinee-idol Percy Hyman. C3 - Ab4 (Tenor)
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Janet's alcoholic confidante, played by well-established stage actress Beatrice Stockwell F3 - D5 (Alto)
TRIX The brave and brash female aviator. Ab3 - Eb5 (Alto)
UNDERLING Mrs. Tottendale's savvy butler. Ab2 - G4 (Tenor)


Written by Kim Carney
December 14 - 1st rehearsal
January 13 - 1st Preview
February 13 - closing

ROXIE, 70s - ***Pre-Cast***
MILTY, mid-40s Roxy's daughter
TARA, early 40s Roxy's other daughter


Written by August Wilson (rights pending)
Spring 2011 (Dates TBA)

DOAKER (47, man of the house, railroad cook)
BERNICE (35, Doaker's niece)
BOY WILLIE (30, Bernice's brother)
LYMON (29, Boy Willie's friend and partner)
MARETHA (11, Bernice's daughter)
AVERY (38, preacher)
WINING BOY (56, Doaker's older brother)
GRACE (woman Boy Willie brings home from the bar)

There will be 3 more plays TBA in Performance Network Theatre's 2010-11 Season.

Opening their doors in 2007, Tipping Point is in the heart of charming downtown Northville. Now under the direction of James R. Kuhl, TPT is looking forward to casting its 4th "All-American" season. Five main stage
productions and one children's show will be produced, including musical, drama, and great comedies. The mission of Tipping Point Theatre is to foster human interactions and relations, creating a unifying, yet personal experience through affordable, professional theatre performances and community outreach.

Tipping Point operates under an SPT 4 contract with Actors' Equity Association and employs Equity and non-Equity actors. Equity Salary is $284/week, Non-Equity is $125/week.

Roles in 2010 - 2011 Tippng Point Season


Written by Neil Simon
August 3 - 1st Rehearsal
September 2 - 1st Preview
October 17 - Closing

BARNEY (M - 40s)
*ELAINE (F - late 30s)
*BOBBI (F - late 20s)
*JEANETTE (F - mid 30s)
*All three women will be played be the same actress


Written by Fred Alley and James Kaplan
October 26 - 1st Rehearsal
November 18- 1st Preview
January 16 - Closing

Roles for 3 men, flexible ages

LLOYD - showcases a beautiful, tenor, ballad tone in several numbers throughout the musical.
MARVIN - has the opportunity to demonstrate rock and roll and swing musical styles.
*Marvin and Lloyd sing several duets as well, harmonizing with each other beautifully.
ERNIE - up-beat songs, with the option of playing an instrument on stage.
(If you play an instrument, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, keyboard etc., you may be asked to demonstrate your abilities on that as well.)


Written by David Auburn (rights pending)
January 11 - 1st Rehearsal
February 3- 1st Preview
March 6 - Closing

ROBERT (M - 50s)
CATHERINE (F - mid 20s)
HAL (M - late 20s)
CLAIRE (F - late 20s)


Written by A.R. Gurney (rights pending)
March 1 - 1st Rehearsal
March 24- 1st Preview
May 1 - Closing

BRADLEY (M 50s - 60s)
JOHN (M 30s)
ANN (F 50s - 60s)
NINA (F 30s)


Written by Beth Henley (rights pending)
April 26 - 1st Rehearsal
May 19- 1st Preview
June 26 - Closing

LENNY ( F early 30s)
CHICK (F - late 20s/early 30s)
DOC (M - late 20s/early 30s)
MEG (F - late 20s)
BABE (F - early/mid 20s)
BARNETTE (M - mid 20s)

Roles also available for our Children's Show


Written by Jack Stokes (rights pending)
Oct 12 - 1st Rehearsal
Oct 23- 1st Performance
Oct 31 - Closing

5 ROLES - Flexible Casting

WT's mission is to produce professional theatre that excites and engages audiences while challenging us all to explore our lives. This mission statement is supported by the following objectives: to be an integral part of the cultural fabric of Michigan; to pursue innovative collaboration in every aspect of our work; to establish a home for Midwest artists; and, to engage audiences of diverse ages, cultures and economic backgrounds.

The Williamston Theatre Operates under an SPT 4 contract with Actors' Equity Association and employs Equity and non-Equity actors. Equity Salary is $290/week, Non-equity is $200/wk.

Roles in 2010-2011 Williamston Theatre Season


Written by Tanya Barfield
Lewis - mid-life African-American male
Simon, Rex, Jesse - all played by one African-American male 18-30 years old


Written by Lee Blessing
Dorothea - a woman of some means. 50's to 70's
Artie - her daughter
Echo - her granddaughter - teens to early 20's


Written by Carter Lewis
Melvin McGlauphin - 40ish
Frances, his wife - 40ish
Lydia -their daughter, 17
Brent - their son, 16
Stickpin Padowski - 26, almost a troublemaker
Jeremy Reed - 12 year old African-American, sweet
John McGlauphin - played by same actor as Melvin


Written by Sophocles
5 chorus members, (3 men and 2 women), aged 20's to 70's to play all roles


Written by Joseph Zettelmaier
Rob Graff, unemployed engineer, early 40's
Maddie Graff, veterinarian, early 30's
Dr. Benjamin "Doc" Rebinaux - from the state of Georgia

There will be 1 more play TBA in Williamston Theatre's 2010-11 Season.

Ann Arbor's daredevil professional theatre, the Blackbird is committed to diversity and collaboration, bringing audiences unique productions with broad appeal. The Blackbird Academy provides the opportunity for youth to discover, produce and perform theater in a setting that is more intimate, more exciting and more fun.

The Blackbird Theatre's 2010-2011 Season

BLACKBIRD by David Harrower

QUILLS by Doug Wright

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by William Shakespeare

SNOWBOUND by Margaret Edwartowski


THE GREAT GATSBY, a new adaptation from the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald

PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE by William Shakespeare. A production of the Blackbird Theatre Academy for teens.


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