Auditions

Program Audition Requirements

Casting Read Through There are no audition requirements for entrance to the program for the Associate of Arts-Fine Arts-Theatre Degree or the Associate of Arts Degree.

ALL Theatre Performance Majors are required to audition for all mainstage productions each academic year and are required to accept all roles as cast. This requirement is to achieve the following academic goals:

  • To foster healthy competition.
  • To understand the principles of collaboration.
  • To recognize the importance of casting and the actor’s place in the casting process.
  • To ensure learning the process of being a performer.
  • To promote endurance, commitment, resilience, and perseverance of the performer.
  • ​To develop the professional best practices required of successful performers.

Mainstage Audition Requirements

In most academic years, the TFAD produces four mainstage productions.

General Guidelines

  1. The following prepared audition format will be utilized for the performance audition for all mainstage productions:
    • Prepared auditions are to be fully memorized and timed. Performers will present two monologues that contrast and best display the performer’s talents. The total time limit for the audition is 2 ½ minutes for the audition material and the introduction combined.
    • The introduction will consist of a) a greeting; b) the actor’s name; c) the titles of the plays from which the two audition selections are taken.
    • The monologues should contrast, with one selection being comic and one serious; or for an audition for a classical play, one classical and one modern selection.
  2. Other audition information is as follows:
    • Wearing appropriate audition attire is important. An audition is a job interview.
    • Bring an acting resume and headshot to the audition. If you do not have a headshot and resume, make sure to take the opportunity to create them during your first year in the TFAD program. You should have a usable, professional headshot and resume as soon as possible, and certainly by the second year of being in the TFAD.
  3. If cast, actors will be required to register for one credit of THP201AA Theatre Production.

Anyone from the community may audition for MCC Theatre & Film Arts productions, however, if cast, the actor must also register for one credit hour of THP201AA Theatre Production.

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Specific Audition Information

Theatre & Film Arts | Stage Door Players Spring Auditions

MCC Theatre & Film Art and Stage Door Players will be conducting group auditions for their Spring 2023 productions.

When?

Wednesday January 18 and Thursday January 19 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

These are group auditions

Please arrive before 5pm to sign in; Auditions will start promptly at 5pm

Where?

Mesa Community College

MCC Theatre - Lobby

1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ, 85202

How?

Please come prepared with a 1-minute monologue, preferably Shakespeare.

If only auditioning for Stop Kiss, then a 1 minute contemporary monologue.

For callbacks be prepared to read from provided sides.

Wear comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement

No heels, short skirts or restrictive clothing.

Signup

Please complete the audition form by clicking HERE.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Information

Rehearsals begin on March 6,2023 with an initial company meeting that same day at 4pm

Tech begins April 19. There are six performances between April 28 and May 6.

Synopsis

Four Athenians run away to the forest only to have Puck the fairy make both of the boys fall in love with the same girl. The four run through the forest pursuing each other while Puck helps his master play a trick on the fairy queen.

Character Breakdown

Puck

Also known as Robin Goodfellow, Puck is Oberon’s jester, a mischievous fairy who delights in playing pranks on mortals. Though A Midsummer Night’s Dream divides its action between several groups of characters, Puck is the closest thing the play has to a protagonist. His enchanting, mischievous spirit pervades the atmosphere, and his antics are responsible for many of the complications that propel the other main plots: he mistakes the young Athenians, applying the love potion to Lysander instead of Demetrius, thereby causing chaos within the group of young lovers; he also transforms Bottom’s head into that of an ass.

Oberon

The king of the fairies, Oberon is initially at odds with his wife, Titania, because she refuses to relinquish control of a young Indian prince whom he wants for a knight. Oberon’s desire for revenge on Titania leads him to send Puck to obtain the love-potion flower that creates so much of the play’s confusion and farce.

Titania

The beautiful queen of the fairies, Titania resists the attempts of her husband, Oberon, to make a knight of the young Indian prince that she has been given. Titania’s brief, potion-induced love for Nick Bottom, whose head Puck has transformed into that of an ass, yields the play’s foremost example of the contrast motif.

Lysander

A young man of Athens, in love with Hermia. Lysander’s relationship with Hermia invokes the theme of love’s difficulty: he cannot marry her openly because Egeus, her father, wishes her to wed Demetrius; when Lysander and Hermia run away into the forest, Lysander becomes the victim of misapplied magic and wakes up in love with Helena.

Demetrius

A young man of Athens, initially in love with Hermia and ultimately in love with Helena. Demetrius’s obstinate pursuit of Hermia throws love out of balance among the quartet of Athenian youths and precludes a symmetrical two-couple arrangement.

Hermia

Egeus’s daughter, a young woman of Athens. Hermia is in love with Lysander and is a childhood friend of Helena. As a result of the fairies’ mischief with Oberon’s love potion, both Lysander and Demetrius suddenly fall in love with Helena. Self-conscious about her short stature, Hermia suspects that Helena has wooed the men with her height. By morning, however, Puck has sorted matters out with the love potion, and Lysander’s love for Hermia is restored.

Helena

A young woman of Athens, in love with Demetrius. Demetrius and Helena were once betrothed, but when Demetrius met Helena’s friend Hermia, he fell in love with her and abandoned Helena. Lacking confidence in her looks, Helena thinks that Demetrius and Lysander are mocking her when the fairies’ mischief causes them to fall in love with her.

Egeus

Hermia’s father, who brings a complaint against his daughter to Theseus: Egeus has given Demetrius permission to marry Hermia, but Hermia, in love with Lysander, refuses to marry Demetrius. Egeus’s severe insistence that Hermia either respect his wishes or be held accountable to Athenian law places him squarely outside the whimsical dream realm of the forest.

Theseus

The heroic duke of Athens, engaged to Hippolyta. Theseus represents power and order throughout the play. He appears only at the beginning and end of the story, removed from the dreamlike events of the forest.

Hippolyta

The legendary queen of the Amazons, engaged to Theseus. Like Theseus, she symbolizes order.

Nick Bottom

The overconfident weaver chosen to play Pyramus in the craftsmen’s play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. Bottom is full of advice and self-confidence but frequently makes silly mistakes and misuses language. His simultaneous nonchalance about the beautiful Titania’s sudden love for him and unawareness of the fact that Puck has transformed his head into that of an ass mark the pinnacle of his foolish arrogance.

Peter Quince

A carpenter and the nominal leader of the craftsmen’s attempt to put on a play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. Quince is often shoved aside by the abundantly confident Bottom. During the craftsmen’s play, Quince plays the Prologue.

Francis Flute

The bellows-mender chosen to play Thisbe in the craftsmen’s play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. Forced to play a young girl in love, the bearded craftsman determines to speak his lines in a high, squeaky voice.

Robin Starveling

The tailor chosen to play Thisbe’s mother in the craftsmen’s play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. He ends up playing the part of Moonshine.

Tom Snout

The tinker chosen to play Pyramus’s father in the craftsmen’s play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. He ends up playing the part of Wall, dividing the two lovers.

Snug

The joiner chosen to play the lion in the craftsmen’s play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. Snug worries that his roaring will frighten the ladies in the audience.

Philostrate

Theseus’s Master of the Revels, responsible for organizing the entertainment for the duke’s marriage celebration.

Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Mote, and Mustardseed

The fairies ordered by Titania to attend to Bottom after she falls in love with him.

Stop Kiss Information

Rehearsals begin on January 23, 2023

Tech begins February 22. There are 4 performances between March 2 and 4.

Synopsis

A poignant and funny play about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change irrevocably,” says Variety. After Callie meets Sara, the two unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate.

Character Breakdown

Callie Pax

Callie works as a traffic reporter in New York City, where she has lived for eleven years. Callie helps Sara learn her way around the city, and, in the process, develops strong feelings for her. When Callie and Sara are attacked, Callie sustains only minor injuries and, along with Peter, nurses Sara back to health.

Sara

Sara, who recently moved to NYC from St. Louis to accept a teaching fellowship at an elementary school in The Bronx, looks to Callie to learn how to fit in while in the Big Apple. When Callie and Sara are attacked in the park after their first kiss, Sara is injured, and falls into a coma, where she remains for some time.

George

George is Callie's "friend with benefits." He works as a bartender in the city, and is jealous of Sara's relationship with Callie.

Peter

Peter is Sara's ex-boyfriend from St. Louis. Once he heard Sara was in the hospital, he came down to New York to see her. Peter is still in love with Sara.

Mrs. Winsley/The Nurse

Mrs. Winsley is a witness to the attack against Sara and Callie. She is interrogated by Detective Cole. The actress who plays this role usually also plays the part of Sara's nurse.

Detective Cole

Detective Cole is the detective assigned to Callie and Sara's case. He is the first to hear the story of what happened to Callie and Sara the night they were attacked.

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