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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Theatre and Dance

Auditions for Fall Productions

Auditions for our Fall 2015 productions will be held August 23!

General Auditions for:

The Threepenny Opera
by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
Directed by Steven Pearson

Blithe Spirit
by Noël Coward
Directed by Stan Brown

Stop Kiss
by Diana Son
Directed by Elizabeth Houck

Circle Mirror Transformation
by Annie Baker
Directed by Jamie Boller

Herculine and Lola
by Dipika Guha
Directed by Steven Pearson

will be held

Sunday August 23 @ 2 pm

With Call Backs for Main Stage shows held on
Monday August 24 @ 6:30 pm

Audition Requirements:

For The Threepenny Opera prepare 16 bars of music (sung acapella) and a dramatic monologue not lasting any longer than 60 seconds.

For Blithe Spirit prepare (1) one comedic monologue (in a British accent) not lasting any longer than 60 seconds.

You must sign up prior to the audition at the Booker T Washington building.  Sign-up forms will be located on the bulletin boards next to the Lab Theatre entrance, on the first floor. 


All auditions will be held in:

Booker T. Washington Building
Acting Studio, Room 102
USC Campus, 1400 Wheat St.

Questions about auditions?

Contact David Britt

About the shows:

The Threepenny Opera
Show dates: October 2-10
Longstreet Theatre

Mack is back, and as badly-behaved as ever, in this landmark musical masterpiece!  Set in a corrupt underworld of haves and have-nots, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s epic satire of capitalist society pits the infamous gangster Macheath against Mr. Peachum, a conniving business owner whose naive daughter, Polly, has secretly married Macheath.  The once-untouchable “Mack the Knife” soon finds himself on the run, as his new in-laws and a jilted ex-lover conspire to have him arrested…and hanged!  “The Threepenny Opera is the granddaddy of all the singing, stinging portraits of fat societies on their eves of destruction.” —  The New York Times

Blithe Spirit
Show dates: November 13-21
Drayton Hall Theatre

One of the last century’s most beloved and frequently performed plays, Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit takes comedy to otherworldly heights!  Popular writer Charles Condomine invites the town psychic to his home just so he can cynically study her techniques for his new book.  He gets more than he bargained for, however, when her seance summons his deceased wife, Elvira.  Thrilled to be freed from the spiritual realm, Elvira begins a campaign to retake possession of her widower, in spite of the protests of his current wife.  Charles finds himself caught up in a romantic rivalry between heaven and earth that has him stuck squarely in the middle…in hell!  “A comedy that startles and delights” — The Telegraph.  “…can still keep an audience in a state of tickled contentment” — The New York Times.

Stop Kiss
Show dates: October 8-11
Lab Theatre

This GLAAD Award-winning story is at one moment funny and tender, and, in the next, jarringly visceral.  Sara, an elementary school teacher who has just moved to NYC, befriends the street-smart Callie, and their fast friendship soon evolves into deeper feelings.  The complicated course of their growing closeness leads to a fateful kiss, which provokes a brutal assault that will change their lives forever. 

“Something as thought provoking and ultimately moving as Stop Kiss is a joy to experience.” — Star Ledger

Stop Kiss contains adult language and content which is not suitable for children.

Circle Mirror Transformation
Show dates: November 19-22
Lab Theatre

An adult acting class is the setting for this award-winning comedy about four strangers whose interaction over six-weeks of theatre games leads to real-life drama.  Cleverly utilizing actual acting exercises for each scene, Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker examines the depths of emotion inherent in human relationships, and hilariously shows the truly transformative power of theatre. 

Circle is about real people exploring their lives through tiny leaps of faith and creativity.” — Backstage

Herculine and Lola
Show dates: November 15-21
Center for Performance Experiment

Inspired by the 19th century diary of the first ‘true hermaphrodite’, Herculine Barbin,  Herculine and Lola is an epic love story about two people, separated by a century, who are united by the power of their imagination and by love.


General Information About Auditions at Theatre South Carolina

Anyone may audition, and every interested person is encouraged to audition. Theatre South Carolina casts a number of non-students every year, if not in every show. Production is an extension of teaching, so students' needs are one factor considered in casting, but not the only factor.

TSC tries to audition all shows for a semester at one time. The directors for each show together with the Artistic Director and the acting faculty decide on casting. Occasionally some parts will be cast before auditions; this is always true in the case of guest actors.

TSC embraces non-traditional casting. The use of ethnic minority actors, female actors, and physically-challenged actors is encouraged where these elements are not essential to the story of the play.

Actors should sign up for audition times before the audition nights.  See individual audition notices for sign-up location.  See Some scripts will be available for checkout in the Department office before auditions.

Auditions are usually held in the acting studios on the first floor of Booker T. Washington Auditorium, entered from Wheat Street between Pickens and Bull Streets.

Generally, actors are expected to present a short monologue at the first auditions. For the exact nature of the monologue, see the posting for a specific show in the Department office. Sides are provided to be read at call-backs. Call-backs are posted in the Department office. Casting will also be posted in the Department office.

Good Luck!