Auditions

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Adult Community Theater Productions

Auditions for our 5 annual community productions are typically held 2 months prior to performances. A wide range of ages are needed each year, from 8 to 80, all are welcome! Age is a number and the age ranges here are broad purposefully. Directors cast based on multiple factors, regardless of the ages suggested by the script. If you are passionate about a role or the show, audition regardless of your age! No experience or preparation is necessary for play auditions. For musical auditions, please prepare a song or at least 16 bars of a song. Some scripts may be available for review, to check availability please contact theaterdir@dakotastageltd.com or 701-258-4998.

Open Auditions!

Things My Mother Taught Me & The Commedia Prince and the Pauper - Sunday, December 3 & Monday, December 4 from 6-9 PM.

Auditions will be held at Dakota Stage, 412 East Main Ave, Bismarck. Audition materials will be provided. Please email theaterdir@dakotastageltd.com if you would like to schedule an audition time. Walk ins are also welcome. Directors for both productions will work with all who audition. You may indicate if you are more interested in a specific production when you complete a provided audition form.

The Commedia Prince and the Pauper is directed by Shaina Hovrud. It is our annual Theater for Young Audiences production. Rehearsal begins beginning of January, and the schedule is determined by cast availability. This is a short play, only 60 minutes, produced to appeal to young audiences. Performs Thursday, February 15 3 times during the school day at Simle Middle School for all Kindergartners in the Bismarck Public Schools. Also performs Feb 17 & 18 (Sat & Sun) at 2:00 PM at Dakota Stage for the general public.

The Cast:

COLUMBINE - common girl, but very clever and good at dance and tumbling; the troupe leader - Narrator, portrays Pauper

ARLEQUIN - the mischief-maker; clever, athletic and funny - Portrays Servant, Soldier, and others

PUNCHIN - bombastic and proud with a big nose - Portrays King and others

ROSETTA - fancies herself a lady; also funny and a good dancer - Portrays Prince

Characters may be portrayed by actors of any age.

Synopsis:  This commedia take on the classic story of mixed-identity is ripe with physical comedy, clowning, antics, and sight gags!  Commedia dell’arte, Italian for “comedy of the professional artists,” was a popular form of improvisational theatre that began in Italy in the 15th century and continued in its appeal for centuries. When presented today, the commedia players are portrayed as poor travelers who have made all their props from objects they’ve found.

Things My Mother Taught Me is directed by Amanda Perry. 
Rehearsal begins Monday, December 11. Performances are Jan 25-27 and Feb 1-4, 2018. This is our Winter community theater production, approximate run time is 2 hours with an intermission. The schedule will take the holiday season into account.

The Cast: 

OLIVIA KEEGAN - ­ late 20s; energetic; neat; slightly OCD; an architect.
KAREN KEEGAN - late 50s-60s; Olivia's mother.
CARTER KEEGAN ­ - 60s; Olivia's father.
GABE LAWSON ­ - late 20s; a writer; good-natured.
LYDIA LAWSON - late 50s-60s; Gabe's mother.
WYATT LAWSON - 60s; Gabe's father.
MAX MIROWSKI - late 50s; Polish accent; building super; may be played by a man or woman.

Synopsis: It is often said that the best theater has three main themes, family, family, and family! Olivia and Gabe have just packed up all of their belongings and driven halfway across the country, to start a new life together in Chicago. But everything that can go wrong does go wrong: from both sets of parents arriving unannounced to “help,” to their moving van being stolen! This new comedy harkens back to the work of Neil Simon as it takes a generational look at relationships, and how parents are sometimes passing their best lessons on to their children without even meaning to. Funny and touching, this comedy will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again!

 

 

Age is a number and the age ranges here are broad purposefully. Directors cast based on multiple factors, regardless of the ages suggested by the script. If you are passionate about a role or the show, audition regardless of your age! Scripts are available for review by contacting theaterdir@dakotastageltd.com or 701-258-4998.

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summer conservatory program

Auditions for the Summer Conservatory Program, ages 13-18, are held in February and March of each year. Please view the Events page for more details about the dates and times. For play auditions, no preparations are needed. For musical auditions, participants should prepare a song or a portion of a song for a vocal audition. Any song will work, even "Happy Birthday."

Summer Academy Program

The Summer Academy Program, ages 7-13, does not require auditions. Parents can sign their children up for a session that works best for their schedule. Registrations are due at the end of March each year. Depending upon sign up, some sessions may remain open through April. Sessions may close out if they reach maximum participation. Please view the Events page for more details about the session options.