Dates to be determined

COVID-19 Update

As of June 27, 2020 the Center Stage Jackson Board of Directors has voted to indefinitely postpone this production. This difficult decision was made based on the practicality of holding rehearsals and performances under pandemic circumstances, availability of venues for rehearsals and performances, financial feasibility with reduced capacity restrictions, and most importantly concern for the safety of all involved in a production.

We will continue to provide updates on our website, social media accounts, and email list, and you may continue to reach us at [email protected]

We deeply appreciate your support and understanding in this unusual time. We are excited to make it through this intermission and back to the stage! If you would like to help keep theatre alive in Jackson, you can donate to our 501c3 organization online or by mail: Center Stage Jackson, PO Box 822 Jackson, MI 49204.


A director for this production will be selected once dates are set for performances. If you are interested in directing this production please contact Katie Meyers at [email protected] for more information and/or to be put on the list to schedule an interview.

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.


Dates to be determined

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.


Administrative Director Katie Meyers at [email protected] or (517) 539-4118.