Upcoming Auditions for 2020-21 Season

August 2020
Dates to be announced

Director  

If you are interested in directing this production please contact Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org before June 30, 2020 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.

Audition Location

Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49202

Actors should use the parking lot behind the church and follow the yellow signs to the southwest door (left of the playground). 

About this Musical

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.

Something Rotten features large song and dance numbers and a wacky cast of over-the-top characters, each given his or her own special moment in the show to shine.

Something Rotten! officially opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre in 2015. It was nominated for ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Its cast album received a nomination for the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Click here to see the Tony Award Show video clip for Something Rotten

Important Note

This production is rated PG-13 for highly suggestive humor and innuendos.
For a full synopsis, click here.

Performances

October 16, 17, 18 &
October 23, 24, 25
2020

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3:00pm
Jackson College’s Potter Center
2111 Emmons Rd. Jackson, MI 49201

This production calls for…

Actors age 18+ only.
All genders and body types.

This show includes a lot of tap dancing!

See below for a character list.

Character List

  • Nick Bottom: A struggling writer who cannot stand Shakespeare. Nigel’s older brother. Bea’s husband.
    • Male age 30-40 (flexible)
  • Nigel Bottom: Nick’s sweet younger brother. A struggling writer who falls in lover with Portia, a Puritan.
    • Male age 30-40 (flexible)
  • Shakespeare: The Bard. Over the top with a huge ego.
    • Male age 30-40 (flexible)
  • Bea: Nick’s wife. She loves Nick despite his past lack of success. She dresses up like a man to prove she can be an actor.
    • Female age 30-40 (flexible)
  • Portia: A Puritan woman who loves poetry, theater, and ultimately Nigel.
    • Female age 20-35 (flexible)
  • Nostradamus: A soothsayer.
    • Male age 40-50 (flexible)
  • Brother Jeremiah: Portia’s father. A Puritan who thinks Nick and Nigel’s plays are sinful.
  • Lord Clapham: A posh patron of the theater.
  • Shylock: An investor to whom Nick and Nigel are in debt.
  • Minstrel
  • Townspeople
  • Troupe
  • Man Servants
  • Crowd
  • Ensemble

What actors should expect at auditions

To be announced.

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals will take place Monday through Thursday evenings between 6:00 and 9:00. You will not necessarily be called to every rehearsal or for the entire time, dependent on your role, until closer to tech week (TBD). Some weekend rehearsals may be added in the two weeks before opening night.

Contact

Director Kelly Crippen at berry32569@gmail.com or (517) 539-4118.

Dates & Times

August/September 2020
Dates to be announced

Audition Location

Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201
Please park behind the church and follow the signs to the southwest door.

Director

To be announced

Any persons interested in directing with our Youth Theater program should contact Youth Theater committee chair Doug Meyers at drmeyers14@sbcglobal.net.

About this Play

During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore.  But at night, it’s a place where magic happens.  That’s when the characters inside the books come alive!

Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store.  But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes.  So when a pair of smugglers comes looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn.  Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever?  Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen? 

Featuring additional appearances by such beloved literary characters as the Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver, and Doctor Dolittle, this charming comedy celebrates the joy of reading in a fresh, fun-filled way.

Performances

November 20, 21, 22, 2020
Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201

This production calls for…

Center Stage Jackson’s Youth Theater program is for Jackson County students that are in 3rd through 9th grade (no exceptions). See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more info about the Youth Theater program.

What actors should expect at auditions

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. A “cold reading” means reading from a script without seeing it or being able to practice it beforehand. Please note that the production team will not have actors read for every character (or even the character the actor might want to play). The purpose of the reading is to find out how much volume and expression the actor can read with, as well as how they adjust to direction.

What actors should prepare for auditions

No preparation necessary. Newbies welcome!

Character List – TRIO

  • Margie: Bookshop owner; scatterbrained, eternally hopeful.
  • Bombalurina: Margie’s cat; likes to steal things.
  • Mom: Bored bookshop customer.
  • Timmy: Kid. Hates books.
  • Robin Hood: Vain Medieval English outlaw.
  • Tom Sawyer: Mischievous Missouri schoolboy.
  • Sherlock Holmes: Brainy English detective.
  • Toto: Dorothy’s dog; not as brave as he thinks he is.
  • Dorothy: Kansas farm girl; fearless, clever.
  • Heidi: Swiss mountain girl; melodramatic.
  • Pollyanna: New England schoolgirl; annoyingly optimistic.
  • Book Fairy: Brings the book characters to life; overbearing.
  • Lady in Red: Mysterious bookshop customer.
  • Fagin: English pickpocket; sneaky.
  • Long John Silver: English pirate; treacherous.
  • Officer Ketchum: Confused police officer.
  • Fingers: Jewel smuggler; dumb.
  • Eddie: Another jewel smuggler; bossy and dumb.
  • Doctor Dolittle: English veterinarian; talks to animals.
  • Queen of Hearts: Ruler of Wonderland; hothead.
  • Frankenstein: Monster; grunts a lot.
  • Wicked Witch of the West: Dorothy’s nemesis; smart aleck.
  • Hopalong Cassidy: Noble cowboy.

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

To be announced.

All rehearsals and performances will be held at Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church, 743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49202.

Contact

Youth Theater Committee Chair Doug Meyers at drmeyers14@sbcglobal.net or 517-539-4118.

Dates

December 2020
Dates to be announced

Actors only need to attend one audition and are welcome to drop by when they are able!

Audition Location

Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49202

Actors should use the parking lot behind the church and follow the yellow signs to the southwest door (left of the playground). 

Director  

To be determined

If you are interested in directing this production please contact Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org before June 30, 2020 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 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.

Performances

February 19, 20, 21
February 26, 27, 28
March 5, 6, 7
2021

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00pm, Sundays at 4:00pm

Sandhill Crane Vineyards
4724 Walz Rd. Jackson, MI 49201

This production calls for…

5 males
6 females
3 roles that can be either

Actors must be at least 18 years of age to audition.

See below for character list.

Character List

  • Scarlet Mays/Ms. Polly:
    Diva actress who demands that things go her way; does not get along with the director. 107 lines.
  • Holly Hanover/Mrs. Margaret Polk:
    Level-headed and logical, but snarky actress. 128 lines.
  • Sandy Smith/Gertrude Polk:
    Young actress who’s excited about the world of theatre. 96 lines.
  • Misty Gere/The Maid:
    Drama queen who overplays her part as well as everything in reality. 89 lines.
  • Richard Green/Mr. Frederick Polk:
    Experienced actor who tries to direct and has some pretty good ideas. 130 lines.
  • Tom Baines/Mr. Humphrey Black:
    Sleepy, hungry actor who plays the dead guy. 42 lines.
  • Gary Ferguson/Inspector Bradshaw:
    Serious method actor. 40 lines.
  • Erica Stone:
    Put-upon but reliable stage manager/house manager. 82 lines.
  • Brett Donahue:
    Director who’s lost all control. 175 lines.
  • Susan Wells:
    Slightly batty accompanist; plays intense and dreadful mood music. 31 lines.
  • Inspector Wright:
    Cheboygan’s finest. 28 lines.
  • Inspector Fuller:
    Wrighter’s partner. 14 lines.
  • Adele Sears:
    Drama critic. 13 lines.
  • Brian D. Taylor:
    The playwright. 41 lines.

What actors should prepare for auditions

To be announced.

What actors should expect at auditions

To be announced.

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

To be announced.

Rehearsals will be held either at Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church until early February when rehearsals will move to the Sandhill Crane Vineyards (4724 Walz Rd. in Jackson).

Contact

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

Dates & Times

January 2021
Dates to be announced

Actors only need to attend one audition. Auditions start promptly at 4:30pm.

Audition Location

Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201
Please park behind the church and follow the signs to the southwest door.

Production Team

To be announced.

Any persons interested in directing with our Youth Theater program should contact Youth Theater committee chair Doug Meyers at drmeyers14@sbcglobal.net.

About this Play

Come hear the incredible tale of Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves.  With the help of his friends — the bear Baloo, the panther Bagheera and the python Kaa — Mowgli learns the ways of the jungle. Some of the jungle boy’s adventures are gripping, like the time he encounters the hooded cobra who guards the treasure vault in the Deserted City. Others, like the coconut-tossing monkeys who take him prisoner, are hysterical. But the jungle is also dangerous, for it is the home of Shere Khan, the man-eating tiger who has vowed to destroy Mowgli. With his fawning jackal follower, Shere Khan plots to take control of the jungle. Mowgli must use all his strength and courage to stop Shere Khan before it is too late.

Performances

March 2021, dates to be announced
Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
The Middle School at Parkside Kiesel Auditorium
2400 4th St, Jackson, MI 49203

This production calls for…

Center Stage Jackson’s Youth Theater program is for Jackson County students that are in 3rd through 9th grade (no exceptions). See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more info about the Youth Theater program.

What actors should prepare for auditions

No preparation necessary. Newbies welcome!

What actors can expect at auditions

Actors will do short vocal and dance auditions (no prep needed) as well as a cold reading from the script with other actors.

A “cold reading” means reading from a script without being able to practice it beforehand. Please note that the production team will not have actors read for every character (or even the character the actor might want to play). The purpose of the reading is to find out how much volume and expression the actor can read with, as well as how they adjust to direction.

Character List – TRIO

  • Mowgli: Jungle boy.
  • Nyra: An old lady, storyteller.
  • Chitra: Woman of the village.
  • Rikki-Tikki: Mongoose.
  • Baloo: Kindly bear.
  • Bagheera: Panther.
  • Father Wolf: Leads the pack.
  • Mother Wolf: Father wolf’s mate.
  • Tabaqui: Jackal.
  • Kaa: Python.
  • Mang: Bat.
  • Mor: Peacock.
  • Wolf #1: Runs in a pack.
  • Wolf #2: Runs in a pack.
  • Wolf #3: Runs in a pack.
  • King Monkey: Silly simian.
  • Monkey #1: Another silly simian.
  • Monkey #2: Another silly simian.
  • Shere Khan: Fierce and villainous tiger.
  • Messua: Mowgli’s mother.
  • Toomai: Village elder.
  • Cobra: Guardian of the great treasure.

Ensemble
Wolves
Monkeys
Jungle Creatures
Villagers

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

To be announced, 4:30pm-6:00pm at Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church.

“Tech week” rehearsals will be held from 5:30pm-9:00pm. Performances will be held at the Middle School at Parkside, 2400 4th St, Jackson, MI 49203.

Contact

Youth Theater Committee Chair Doug Meyers at drmeyers14@sbcglobal.net or 517-539-4118.

Dates

March 2021
Dates to be announced

Audition Location

Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49202

Actors should use the parking lot behind the church and follow the yellow signs to the southwest door (left of the playground). 

Director  

Kelly Crippen

About this Musical

This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations.

This production is rated PG.

Performances

June 4, 5, 6
June 11, 12, 13
2021

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3:00pm
Jackson College’s Potter Center
2111 Emmons Rd. Jackson, MI 49201

This production calls for…

A cast of both youth and adults of all genders, ages 8 to 108! No previous experience is required.

See below for a character list.

What actors should expect at auditions

All children (age 8 to 12) need to come prepared with a song to sing (a simple song is okay!).
Children who wish to be a Munchkin with lines will also do a cold reading from the script. A “cold reading” means reading from a script without seeing it or being able to practice it beforehand. The purpose of the reading is to find out how much volume and expression the actor can read with, as well as how they adjust to direction.

Adults and teen (age 13+) auditions will consist of a cold reading and singing. Prepare at least 16 bars of a song in the style of the show.
Bring sheet music, a track without vocals, or you may sing a cappella. An aux cord, CD player, and accompanist will be available for the singing portion of auditions.

This audition will not include a choreography portion.

Character List

  • Dorothy Gale
  • Glinda the Good Witch of the North
  • Emerald City Guard
  • Zeke/Cowardly Lion
  • Hickory/Tinman
  • Hunk/Scarecrow
  • Miss Almira Gulch/The Wicked With of the West
  • Professor Chester Marvel/The Wizard of Oz
  • Munchkins
    • Mayor
    • Coroner
    • Barrister
    • Fiddler
    • Braggart
    • School Teachers
    • Tots
    • City Fathers
    • Tough Guys
  • Winkie General
  • Nikko (Commander of Monkeys)
  • Jitterbug (Lead Dancer)
  • Aunt Em
  • Uncle Henry
  • Ensemble
    • Citizens of Munchkinland
    • Crows
    • Trees
    • Poppies
    • Ozians
    • Winkies (Male Chorus)
    • Jitterbugs

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals will take place Monday through Thursday evenings between 6:00 and 9:00. You will not necessarily be called to every rehearsal or for the entire time, dependent on your role, until closer to tech week (TBD). Some weekend rehearsals may be added in the two weeks before opening night.

Contact

Director Kelly Crippen at berry32569@gmail.com or (517) 539-4118.

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Concluded Auditions

Date

**POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE**

Auditions and performance for this event have been POSTPONED indefinitely. Options will be evaluated with the hopes of re-scheduling for later this year. Come back to this page for more details!

Audition Location

Carnegie Library – Reading Room
244 W. Michigan Ave.  Jackson, MI 49201

Library staff are happy to direct you to this room!

Reading

Sam Spade
Vic and Sade
Abbot and Costello’s Who’s On First

Director

Ann Green

Performance

June 28, 2020
2:00pm

Carnegie Library
244 W. Michigan Ave.  Jackson, MI 49201

This production calls for…

  • Readers of various ages and genders.

What actors should prepare & expect

Auditions will consist only of cold readings from the script. No prior experience is needed.


About Reader’s Theatre & Staged Readings

Staged Readings are different from regular plays or musicals in that actors and actresses perform with scripts in hand, with minimal set, props and blocking. They are an excellent choice for actors that want to get their feet wet acting but do not have a lot of time to devote to a full show. There are typically only a few rehearsals and just one performance where actors are not required to memorize the material. All Center Stage Jackson Staged Readings are currently FREE to the public and located at several locations in the Jackson community. Learn more about the Reader’s Theatre Series.

Contact

Director Ann Green at greenannm@jccmi.edu or (517) 539-4118.

Dates

January 27th 7pm-9pm
January 28th 7pm-9pm

These auditions are drop-by style. Come by when you are able!

Audition Location

Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49202

Singers should use the parking lot behind the church and follow the yellow signs to the southwest door (left of the playground). 

Director

Nickolas Brown is no stranger to Center Stage Jackson! Nick made his debut with CSJ back in 2017 in the production of Shrek where he played the ever so loving Donkey! Since then Nick has been waiting on the opportunity to come back and be part of the CSJ world. Nick holds an Associate degree from Washtenaw Community College and Bachelors degree from Eastern Michigan University. If you can’t find Nick in Michigan you can see him traveling the U.S., because he is a flight attendant. Nick is also very excited to share his vision with the community in directing this cabaret.

About this Cabaret

“To know thyself is to love thyself”. The theme of this cabaret is to raise awareness for suicide prevention and spread a much-needed sense of love throughout the community, starting with ourselves. Loving ourselves leaves us open to loving others and spreading joy.

Performances

April 3, 4, 5
April 10 & 11
2020

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00pm, Sunday at 4:00pm.
Please note that there will not be a performance on Easter Sunday (April 12).

Sandhill Crane Vineyards
4724 Walz Rd. Jackson, MI 49201

This production calls for…

9-10 singers ages 18+

What singers should prepare for auditions

One minute or more of a vocal solo. Please keep the theme in mind when selecting your piece.

From the Director: Sing the message behind the song you are singing. I want to know why you chose the song through your delivery with the song. If I like it, it may be used for the cabaret.

Vocals can be accompanied by piano, a track (CD player & speaker with aux cord provided), or a capella.

Singers should bring their schedules to list potential rehearsal conflicts from February 27 through April 11, 2020.

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

Tuesday and Thursday evenings with occasional Wednesday evening rehearsals.

Contact

Director Nick Brown at nicknykeil@outlook.com

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