Upcoming Auditions

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms
Virtual Main Stage Production

Audition dates & times

Monday May 31
Wednesday June 2

6:00pm-9:00pm

Actors can sign up for audition slots in 15 minute intervals
All auditions will be held over Zoom

How to audition

Fill out an audition form here: Audition Sign Up
After you click submit, make sure to follow the provided link to sign up for your audition time slot!

What to expect during auditions

The director will ask you to read for your desired role(s) from these pieces of the script: SKM Audition Script Segments

Please download this document ahead of time to prepare for your audition.

About this play

She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans after the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this dynamic dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies and nasty ogres, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Read about She Kills Monsters in the New York Times…

Family-friendly status

This play contains mild adult themes of grief, loss, sexuality, gender identity, and bullying, with some instances of strong language. The purpose of these themes is to address the complex issues of identity, inclusion, and growth that are at the heart of Qui Nguyen’s script.

If you are unsure about whether this production is for you or your teen, we recommend searching for “She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms” on YouTube to get an idea of the content.

Director

Thomas Mattison

This is Thomas’s first show with Center Stage Jackson and he is super excited to be directing this show! Thomas’s favorite directing credits include Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow” (Barefoot Productions), “Sweet Charity” (Richmond Community Players) and “Alice In Wonderland” (Acting Out Productions). His favorite acting credits include: Grandpa Joe in “Willy Wonka” (Shining Star Performing Arts Academy), Oliver Warbucks in Annie (Acting Out Productions), and Alex Dennison in “Rehearsal for Murder” (Barefoot Productions). Thomas is an acting coach/instructor and improv actor and has a Digital Media Arts degree from Specs Howard School of Media Arts.

Performances

Actors are not required to be available on performance dates as the performance will be pre-recorded.

The performance will be aired on the following dates and times in 2021:
Friday July 23 at 7pm
Saturday July 24 at 7pm
Sunday July 25 at 3pm
Friday July 30 at 7pm
Saturday July 31 at 7pm
Sunday August 1 at 3pm

This production calls for…

8 females, 4 males
Ages 16-23

Note: There are multiple versions of this script. All of the characters in the Virtual Realms version are in high school, so we we are looking for specifically actors ages 16-23.

Character list


Narrator
Describes the events going on in the story and gives background description of the reason behind the story and the characters of Agnes and Tilly.

Tilly
Agnes’s sister who dies in a car crash at the age of fifteen. Tilly has a love for D&D adventures, and anything classified as nerdy or geeky. Through the D&D module Agnes plays, it is learned that Tilly was facing her own challenges with her sexuality and bullying while she was still alive. In the game, her girlfriend is Lilith, which is later learned to be based on one of her friends named Lilly.

Agnes
Agnes is described as striving to live an absolutely average life, a senior in high school. She is of average height, size, and build and grew up in the average town of Athens, Ohio with average parents. After Tilly’s death, Agnes decides to go on a D&D adventure in order to feel closer to Tilly, as they never had a close relationship.

Chuck
A member of Tilly’s friend group and the Dungeon Master for the game. He helps Agnes throughout the module and introduces her to Tilly’s other real life friends.

Vera
Agnes’s best friend. She is supportive of Agnes, but does not approve of Miles.

Miles
Agnes’s boyfriend, a senior in high school. He appears in the game as a shapeshifting “gelatenous blob” that Agnes must kill.

Kaliope/Kelly
Kaliope is a Dark Elf that is described as a supermodel and incredibly strong. She is based on Tilly’s high school friend Kelly, who is Ronny’s sister.

Lillith/Lilly
A Demon Queen that resembles a leather-clad dominatrix and Tilly’s girlfriend in the game. Lilith is based on Tilly’s high school friend Lilly, who was Tilly’s first kiss but is still in the closet.

Orcus/Ronnie
A demon of the underworld that holds onto lost souls or knows where to find them. He is obsessed with watching television. The party travels to him first in order to ask about the Lost Soul of Athens. He later joins the party on their quest. He is based on one of Tilly’s high school friends named Ronnie.

The Great Mage Steve
In real life he is one of Tilly’s classmates. In the game he is a mage that usually is on the receiving end of bosses showing how powerful they are, resulting in his death multiple times over.

Farrah the Faerie
A fairy and one of the bosses Agnes and her party must face before they can reach the final boss.

Evil Tina and Evil Gabbi
Cheerleader succubi that torment Tilly, in particular about her sexuality, both in the game and when she was alive. They are based on Tilly’s high school bullies.

Rough rehearsal schedule

Rehearsals will be held 6pm-9pm Tuesday-Friday between June 7-July 9. A read through will take place Saturday June 5 at 2pm. Actors will only be called on days they are needed.

Actors are not required to be available on performance dates (July 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, August 1, 2021) as the performance will be pre-recorded.

Contact

Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org or (517) 539-4118.

Steel Magnolias
Main Stage Play

Audition dates

To be announced.

How to audition

To be announced.

Director

If you are interested in directing this production please contact Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org by May 20, 2021 for more information and/or to schedule an interview. Experience is not required, and more information on how to prepare for interviews will be provided after inquiry.

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.

Performances

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

To be announced soon!

This production calls for…

6 adult females

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.

Rough rehearsal schedule

To be announced.

Contact

Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org or (517) 539-4118.

Concluded Auditions

The Tempest
A Virtual Main Stage Production

Auditions are now closed

Dates

Video auditions (self tapes) will be accepted through January 1, 2021 at 5:00pm.

How to audition

Using the link below, provide your contact information and a 1-2 minute video monologue (Shakespeare preferred). Memorization is not required. No British accents, please.

Here are some monologue options if needed.

We understand that this audition process is new for many actors. If you have any difficulty, questions, or feel unsure about how to audition, please reach out to Director Sara Long at saralong1994@gmail.com or Administrative Director Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org. We’re here to help!

Director

Sara Long is incredibly excited to direct her third production with Center Stage Jackson. She has been involved in over 60 productions, including multiple years with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s touring company. Sara graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in theatre and psychology, and also received her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and she is currently working as a full-time therapist.

About this play

The Tempest is a play about magic, betrayal, love and forgiveness. It is set on an island somewhere near Italy where Prospero, the one-time Duke of Milan, and his beautiful daughter, Miranda, live with a sprite called Ariel and a strange wildman called Caliban. Prospero is a powerful magician who creates a storm, or tempest, that sets the scene for the play. In the events that follow we see a plot to murder the King of Naples, a drunken scheme to kill Prospero, and a romance between Miranda and the King’s son, Ferdinand.

Important note

This production is rated PG for suggestive humor.

Performances

Actors are not required to be available on performance dates as the performance will be pre-recorded.

The performance will be aired on the following dates and times in 2021:
Friday Feb. 19 at 7pm
Saturday Feb. 20 at 7pm
Sunday Feb. 21 at 3pm
Friday Feb. 26 at 7pm
Saturday Feb. 27 at 7pm
Sun. Feb 28 at 3pm

Tickets are $10/person.

The production calls for…

Approximately fifteen actors needed, adults and youth age 12+. The show may be double cast if needed.

Character list

Prospero (Male, 30+)
The rightful duke of Milan. After his brother, Antonio, seized his title and property, Prospero was exiled with his daughter and eventually found refuge on an island.

Miranda (Female, teens-20s)
Prospero’s daughter. She has been on the island with her father for 12 years — since she was 3 years old.

Antonio (Any age, any gender):
Prospero’s younger brother, who is now the duke of Milan. He had plotted against Prospero years earlier and now convinces Sebastian to murder his brother, the king of Naples.

Ariel (Any age, any gender):
A spirit of the air, he assists Prospero in seeking retribution over his enemies.

Caliban (Any age, any gender)
The offspring of the witch Sycorax and the devil. Prospero has made Caliban his servant or slave, and in response, Caliban plots to murder Prospero.

Ferdinand (Male, teens-20s)
The son of the king of Naples. During the storm, he was separated from the rest of the king’s party, met Miranda, and fell in love with her.

Alonso (Any age, any gender)
The king of Naples. He believes his son has died and is overjoyed to later find him. Alonso is repentant for the pain he caused Prospero in the past.

Sebastian (Any age, any gender)
Alonso’s brother. He is easily led into planning his own brother’s (the king’s) murder.

Gonzalo (Must be able to play elderly)
An elderly counselor who saves Prospero’s and Miranda’s lives when they are exiled. He provides a sense of hope and optimism when Ferdinand is lost.

Stefano (Any age, any gender)
The king’s butler. He arrives on the island drunk and quickly becomes involved in a plot to murder Prospero.

Trinculo (Any age, any gender)
The king’s jester. When Stefano arrives with wine, Trinculo joins him in drinking and then agrees to a plot to murder Prospero.

Francisco and Adrian (Any age, any gender)
Two of the king’s lords. They try to offer hope and protection to Alonso.

Boatswain (Any age, any gender)
The ship’s petty officer. He is in charge of the deck crew, the rigging, and the anchor. He must try to keep the boat afloat during the storm, even when the king’s party makes demands upon his time.

Juno, Ceres, Iris (Any age, any gender)
Goddesses on the island who marry Miranda and Ferdinand.

Rough rehearsal schedule

Monday-Thursday 7:00pm-9:00pm starting Monday, January 11th. All rehearsals will be held online via Zoom. Actors will only be called on days they are needed.

Contact

Director Sara Long at saralong1994@gmail.com or (517) 539-4118.