Dear Roosevelt Students,
Between Dramafest, Musical Production, Play Production, Winter Production, and our class productions (Short Plays in Theatre 2, Roughwriters in Theatre 8, Variety Show in Theatre 3, and The Book-It Show in Theatre 6), our department offers many performing opportunities. While the class productions automatically involve everyone taking the class, our other shows require auditions.
First and foremost, a director casts according to the demands of the show. Some shows require huge dancing ensembles, other shows have a large number of leads but no one "main character." Some shows need people with an unusually strong command of language or siniging ability; we even did a show where everyone had to be able to swim! Somebody with a lead in one prodction may not fit any role in the next. Luck plays a big part, unfortunately.
During the audition and callback process, we assess the student’s unique talent and fit for a given role as it pertains to the needs of the production. When there's more than one person who could fit a role, we take into consideration the personal character traits (grit, self control, social intelligence, zest, etc...), 21st century skills (collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, communication) and level of theatre training a student demonstrates in the department at large. There is no "right path" to getting a part in a Roosevelt show. Just keep working hard and be the type of artist and person you would want to work with.
Just as colleges, Broadway, and other professional regional theatres are diversifying their understanding of who can “fit” in what roles, Roosevelt Theatre will make a concerted effort to include students of ALL backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, body types, sexual orientations, and physical, linguistic, and mental abilities. None of these characteristics will prohibit an individual from consideration for a certain role—many are actually assets to a role or a production.
Everyone is encouraged to audition for Dramafest and Musical Production—regardless of previous experience. Completing Theatre 2 is a prerequisite for auditioning for the Play Production class and Winter Production. For more information about audition requirements and material, please download and read the audition notices and packets available on our homepage as they become available.
If you don’t get cast, we encourage you to take and keep taking theatre classes and to consider one of the many dozens of critical behind-the-scenes roles we need to fill. Thank you for your interest and participation in the Roosevelt Theatre Department—it’s a big tent and there’s a place for everyone!
bStu and The General
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