Upcoming Auditions

Concluded Auditions

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.

Director

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.

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

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.

Contact

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

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.