Upcoming Auditions

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Murder Mystery at The Murder Mystery
Main Stage Dinner Theater

Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery

February 18-20, 25-27 & March 4-6, 2022

The players at The Murder Mystery Playhouse are rehearsing a new show, “Putting a Little English On It.” It’s a not-so-good attempt at a British murder mystery, complete with cheesy dramatic music and British accents. As expected at the final dress rehearsal, the lights go out and a character dies onstage — only this murder wasn’t in the script! The authorities are quickly called, and soon the company finds themselves replaying the death scene. When yet another person dies at the end of the same scene, the cast finds themselves replaying the same scene over and over for other investigators, a theatre critic, and even the playwright himself! But every time they get to the end of the scene, someone else ends up with a fire poker in the chest. The actors are left scratching their heads at the strange circumstances and also worried that they could be next. It all culminates in a wild surprise ending in which the actors must work together to defeat the murderer before he murders them all.

Directed by Gerry Blanchard.

Steel Magnolias
Main Stage Play

Audition dates

Wednesday June 16
Friday June 18

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Drop by any time, no appointment necessary!
Callbacks will be held Saturday June 19 at 6:30pm, if necessary.

Audition Location

Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church

743 W. Michigan Ave, Jackson MI 49201
Follow the yellow signs to the southwest door.

Important Note: Masks

At this time, the rehearsal venue requires that masks be worn at all times unless every person present is vaccinated.

To keep things simple, we are requiring that all persons entering the building for auditions wear masks.

Masking during performances:
At this time, the performance venue requires masks and social distancing of all persons in the building. There is a possibility that this may change in the coming months, but we must be flexible in understanding that the venue may choose to continue masking policies, and follow venue rules at all times.

We will continue to be in touch with our performance and rehearsal venues about changes, and are exploring ways to mask appropriately while still being able to see actors’ faces.

About this play

The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry. Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and possibly her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the women, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

This play contains some adult themes.


Serenity Sanders Gerrild

Serenity is a mother of two, a choreographer of nearly a decade, and she holds a Bachelor’s in Drama and Vocal performance. When not on stage, serenity can usually be found behind the sSerenity is a mother of two, a choreographer of nearly a decade, and she holds a Bachelor’s in Drama and Vocal performance. When not on stage, she can usually be found behind the set covered head to foot in paint, or muttering and scribbling dance steps and configurations furiously. Serenity has previously taught at Pioneer Co-op as a Drama instructor in conjunction with the choral performance class. Her past directing experience includes, a Miscast Cabaret for Spring Arbor University, a One act, and the fall and spring semester shows for Pioneer Co-op. Steel Magnolias will be her first full length directing job. Serenity has wanted to be involved in a Steel Magnolias production for several years. She is beyond excited to embark on this newest venture and is grateful to CSJ for this opportunity.


Friday August 13 at 7pm
Saturday August 14 at 7pm
Sunday August 15 at 3pm
Friday August 20 at 7pm
Saturday August 21 at 7pm
Sunday August 22 at 3pm

Performance location

Jackson College’s Potter Center – Baughman Theatre
2111 Emmons Rd. Jackson, MI 49201

This production calls for…

6 adult females
Ages 20s to 60s+ (flexible, see below)

Character list

Truvy Jones
Female, 40s (age flexible)
Owner of the beauty shop.

Anelle Dupuy-Desoto
Female, 19 years old (age flexible)
Beauty shop assistant

Clairee Belcher
Female, 60s (age flexible)
Widow of former mayor. Grande dame.

Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie
Female, 20s (age flexible)
Described as the prettiest girl in town.

M’Lynn Eatenton
Female, 50s (age flexible)
Shelby’s mother. Socially prominent career woman.

Ouiser (pronounced “Weezer”) Boudreaux
Female, 60s (age flexible)
Wealthy curmudgeon. Acerbic but loveable.

Author’s note: The women in this play are witty, intelligent, and above all, real characters. They in no way, shape, or form are meant to be portrayed as cartoons or characatures.

What to expect during auditions

Actors should be prepared to present a 30-60 second story or monologue that portrays a range of emotions. Auditions will also include cold reads from the script and improv exercises.  

Rough rehearsal schedule

June 23: 6:30pm Read Thru
June 25-July 7: Wednesdays & Fridays, TBD dependent on actors’ schedules.
July 12-August 6: Mon/Wed/Fri 6:30pm-9pm.
August 8-12 : Tech rehearsals (may be longer than usual), all actors called.
Not all actors will be called to all rehearsals, with the exception of tech rehearsals.


Director: Serenity Sanders Gerrild, serenitysanders95@gmail.com
General Info: Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org or (517) 539-4118.

Little Shop Of Horrors
Main Stage Musical

Audition dates

Monday, September 13, 7-9PM
Tuesday, September 14, 7-9PM

Drop by any time, no appointment necessary!
Callbacks (by invitation) will be held Thursday, September 16, 7-9PM.

Audition Location

Jackson Free Methodist Church

2428 Park Dr., Jackson, MI 49203

What to expect during auditions

Prepare 16 bars or :30-1:30 of a song of your choice. A pianist and a Bluetooth speaker will be provided. (It is not recommended that you sing acapella). You will also be asked to read a monologue from the script.

Auditioners are asked to arrive in a mask per CDC recommendations involving the current Delta Variant outbreak.