Auditions for Cornell College Theatre productions are open to the campus.  All students, no matter the year, major or experience, are invited to audition.  Those with questions should contact the production director or, Scott Olinger, chair of the Department. (

Students interested in technical positions should contact Technical Director, Don Schneider (

Hurts So Good: The Feel-Good Cabaret of Torture and Pain

Director/Music Director: Patrick DuLaney
Choreographer: Alvon Reed, Cornell College Artist in Residence
Plumb-Flemming Black Box Theatre
Stage Manager:  Rosemary Vigil

AUDITION DATE AND TIME:  Sunday, September 4th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pm
AUDITION LOCATION: The Plumb-Flemming Black Box Theater (Armstrong Hall)
CALL BACK DATE AND TIME:  Monday, September 5th from 6:30 - 9:00 pm

REHEARSAL DATES: Rehearsals will begin immediately after call-backs and extend through the opening of the show.  

PERFORMANCE DATES:  September 30, October 1,2              
PERFORMANCE LOCATION: The Plumb-Flemming Black Box Theater

SIGN UP: Students will be auditioning in groups of 5 - 10 and are asked to sign up for a 1 hour slot on the sign-up sheet on the call board.

PREPARE: The director asks that auditioners prepare to present 32 bars of any song that reveals your range and to be ready to talk about your favorite sad song.  Please also bring marked sheet music for the provided accompanist.  Songs can be from any genre. 

The choreographer asks that you arrive wearing comfortable clothing and ready to dance.  Please no street shoes in the Black Box Theatre. Bring clean shoes, dance shoes or be prepared to work in bare feet.  If you have jazz shoes or character heels, please bring them. Auditioners will learn two combinations in the style of the show.

A resume is requested but not required.

QUESTIONS should be sent to the production director, (, or to Scott Olinger, the Department Chair (

DESCRIPTION: 2016-2017 will kick off with a cabaret style piece featuring musical theatre, dance numbers, and perhaps a monologue or two. This production will be developed in collaboration of the Fundamentals of Design first year seminar course.  This production will not conflict with the Block 2 THEATRE IN CHICAGO course.  Send questions to


Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them

By Christopher Durang 
Directed by Janeve West

Plumb-Flemming Black Box Theatre

Audition Dates:  SEPT. 8th , 3:30 - 5:30,   and 7:00 - 9:00pm.  The Black Box Theater  

Call Back Date/Time:  SEPT. 9th,  4:00 - 6:00 pm

Rehearsal Dates: Some rehearsals may begin in Block 2 with the majority in Block 3. (Students in off-campus courses will be excused.)

Prepare:  Prepared monologue and cold-read auditionTwo contrasting monologues, no more than 2 total minutes.  Monologues should be from published plays and can not be self-generated.  A resume is strongly encouraged and auditioners with a resume will be given a higher level of consideration. 

Performance Dates: December 15th - 17th at 7:30 pm and December 18th at 2:00 pm
Stage Manager: Cassie Gill  
Assist. Stage Manager:  Rachel Landon

Christopher Durang turns political humor upside down with this raucous and provocative satire about America's growing homeland "insecurity." A young woman finds herself suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father's hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.  Send questions to



By Steven Berkoff
Directed by Caroline Price
Kimmel Theatre
Audition Dates: TBD, late Fall 2016.  More information TBD.
Performance Dates: March 2nd - 4th at 7:30 and March 5th at 2:00 pm
Stage Manager: Donna Warfield

Steven Berkoff’s exciting retelling of the ancient Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex follows the hero (Eddy) as he  voyages beyond the East End of contemporary England and encounters love, wealth, and his true identity.   Exploring the story from a whole new angle, Berkhoff emphasizes the positive and redemptive power of love.  This modern, twisted version of the myth combines Shakespearean grandeur with Cockney slang to riotous effect, creating an electric and often aggressive atmosphere. Don't miss this punk "love poem" to the spirit of "Oedipus Rex"!  Send questions to



Directed and Choreographed by Alvon Reed
Kimmel Theatre
Audition Dates: Early Spring 2017

Performance Dates:  May 4th - 6th at 7:30 and May 7th at 2:00 pm
Stage Manager: Benjamin Wong

The inaugural dance production for Cornell’s newest program is intended to feature both works created by Mr. Reed as well as student choreographers, and offers plentiful opportunities for student lighting and costume designers and a chance to explore interactive projection design as well through motion tracking cameras and other technologies.  Send questions to

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