What: Open auditions for The Prom, with book and lyrics by Chad Beguelin, book by Bob Martin and music by Matthew Sklar. Directed at Pentacle Theatre by Robert Salberg.
When: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9.
Where: Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Avenue NW, off Highway 22 about 6 miles west of downtown Salem.
Casting call: Casting actors able to play six female-presenting roles, six male-presenting roles and ensemble roles.
Things to know:
- Lobby doors open at 12:30 p.m. Open auditions for all roles begin promptly at 1 p.m. Please be on time and plan to stay through 5 p.m.
- Plan to arrive early to fill out an audition form. We encourage you to download this fillable audition form and complete it in advance. Please write clearly, especially your contact information. Headshots and resumes are not required, but always appreciated.
- Bring your calendar and provide a complete list of your conflicts through March 23, 2024. If you have a conflict on the audition date, please contact the director or submit a video audition (details below).
- Please prepare a song from a Broadway musical other than The Prom that best fits and showcases your vocal range and reflects the roles you are interested in being considered for. Limit your selection to 32 bars — about 1 minute.
- An accompanist will be available, or you may provide your own. Please bring sheet music for the accompanist.
- Using a smartphone recording of your accompaniment is OK. A Bluetooth speaker will be available at auditions.
- Absolutely no A Cappella singing or duet/ensemble singing will be allowed.
- Please dress comfortably and be ready to learn and perform a basic dance combination.
- Pentacle Theatre affirms, promotes and celebrates the participation of all, without regard to race, color, sex, ability, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion or socioeconomic status.
Unable to attend auditions? A video audition is acceptable. Please email your video audition, audition form and conflict information to email@example.com no later than noon Saturday Dec. 9. Late submittals cannot be considered.
Intimacy: This musical requires some kissing, hugging and handholding for several lead characters. Please notify the director at your audition if these intimacy requirements will be a problem.
Callbacks: TBA if needed.
- Rehearsals are generally, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, beginning in January.
- The director will set weekend rehearsals and work sessions as needed. Please keep this in mind when providing your list of conflicts.
- Rehearsals will be scheduled to make the best use of everyone’s time. Cast members are required to attend every rehearsal once The Prom moves into the theatre in February. If you have questions about rehearsals, please contact the director.
Show dates: Friday, March 1 through Saturday, March 23, 2024
- Cast members may be required to make special appearances for marketing purposes in the weeks before the show opens.
The story: Four eccentric Broadway stars are in desperate need of a new stage. When they learn trouble is brewing around a small-town prom, they know it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue — and themselves. The town’s parents want to keep the high school dance on the straight and narrow, but when one student wants to bring her girlfriend to prom, the entire town has a date with destiny. On a mission to transform lives, Broadway’s brassiest join forces with a courageous girl and the town’s citizens. The result is love that brings them all together. Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical, The Prom expertly captures all the humor and heart of a classic musical comedy with a message that resonates with audiences now more than ever. (Theatrical Rights Worldwide)
Suitability: The Prom is suitable for all ages.
The characters: Casting an ensemble of seven adult actors of all ages and abilities able to play the following roles:
- Emma Nolan — female presenting, high school teenager. Vocal range: Alto-mezzo soprano/belt up to C# (F3-E5) G#4 (top)/A2 (bottom).
Indiana teenager. A reluctant poster child for LGTBQ+ youth. Very smart. A bit of a tomboy. Wears their heart on their sleeve. Not your typical leading lady. Must be a strong actor and singer with underdog energy and a charming sense of awkward/anxious humor. Ability to play guitar is an asset but not a requirement.
- Dee Dee Allen — female presenting, age 35+. Vocal range: Broadway belter (E3-D5).
Broadway diva. A huge ego to match her huge talent. Hilariously self-involved but yearns to do something good for someone other than herself. Known for her strong Broadway belt vocals and large stage presence. Jaded with relationships, so does not believe in true love until she meets Mr. Hawkins. Must be a strong actor and singer.
- Barry Glickman — male presenting, age 35+. Vocal range: High baritone/low tenor (B2-F#4).
A Broadway star. Completely politically incorrect and doesn’t know it. Impulsive and loves to make a scene everywhere he goes. Must be a strong singer. Seeking a big, Broadway belter.
- Trent Oliver — male presenting, age 35+. Vocal range: Pop singer (C3-Ab4)
Pretentious Juilliard graduate recently cast in the non-Equity tour of Godspell. Handsome, charming, funny and loves to hear himself talk. Must be a strong actor, singer and mover.
- Alyssa Green — female presenting, high school teenager. Vocal range: Belt up to a D (Ab3-Eb5).
A cheerleader and top student. Secretly Emma’s girlfriend. Faces constant pressure from her mother and friends. A little Miss Perfect who chafes under pressure and isn’t quite as perfect as she seems. Must be a strong actor, singer and mover.
- Mr. Hawkins — male presenting, age 35+. Vocal range: High baritone (G2-C4).
A small town principal. Easily flustered. Strait-laced. A Broadway enthusiast. Must be a good singer.
- Angie Dickinson — female presenting, age 35+. Vocal range: Alto w/belt (Ab3-E5).
A long-running (20 years!) ensemble member in the Broadway production of Chicago, she’s a jaded Fosse-girl with a heart of gold. Must be a strong actor/singer/dancer. Flexibility is an asset.
- Mrs. Green — female presenting, age 35+. Vocal range: Alto (A3-C5).
Alyssa’s intimidating, conservative, single mother. Head of the PTA. Knows deep down that Alyssa is struggling with her identity. She is too afraid to face that reality because she fears Alyssa will face a hard life. Must be a strong actor.
- Sheldon Sapertein — male presenting, age 35+. Vocal range: baritone.
A charismatic press agent who works for both Dee Dee and Barry. Dry wit a must. Seeking a great character actor.
- Kayllee — female presenting, high school teenager. Vocal range: Mezzo-soprano.
Head cheerleader and lead mean girl. Nick’s girlfriend. Every girl wants to be her and every guy wants to date her. She bullies, but eventually learns to accept Emma. Seeking a strong singer/dancer.
- Nick — male presenting, high school teenager. Vocal range: Tenor.
Popular jock at school. Kaylee’s boyfriend. Incredibly handsome — every guy wants to be him, and every girl wants to be with him. He bullies, but eventually learns to accept Emma. Seeking a strong singer/dancer.
- Shelby — female presenting, high school teenager. Vocal range: Mezzo soprano.
Popular cheerleader at school. Kaylee’s second-in-command and Kevin’s girlfriend. Bullies, but eventually learns to accept Emma. Seeking a strong singer/dancer
- Kevin — male presenting, high school teenager. Vocal range: Tenor.
High school jock and Shelby’s boyfriend. Nicks right-hand-man and the class clown. Bullies, but eventually learns to accept Emma. Seeking a strong singer/dancer.
- Ensemble — all genders aged high school and older: Olivia Keating, opening night party ensemble, reporters, high school kids, PTA members, motel clerk, cast of Godspell etc.
Information: If you have questions or a conflict on the audition date, please contact director Robert Salberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 971-208-2799