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Virginia Stage Company & Public Works VA Presents

The Tempest

Directed by Patrick Mullins

Local Auditions
Saturday, June 29, at the Wells Theatre
Open Call/General Auditions 10AM - 1PM (No Appointment Required)
Part Specific Auditions 2PM to 5PM  (Appointment Required)

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The Tempest is a Shakespearean fairy tale that riffs on classic archetypes but in our production all roles are open to all people because we believe anyone can be a King, a Princess, a Villian, or a Magical Creature.

To request an appointment, please email auditions@vastage.org; title your email “Desired Position (General/Role/Volunteer) - Tempest Auditions ’’. Please send a recent photo of yourself.

This fully realized Public Works Virginia production uses a pageantry style of puppets, movement, and music in this telling of Shakespeare’s iconic story. We will be creating the magical world of the Tempest with up to 75 various performers based on the inspiration of the audition process.

Just show us what you’ve got!

There are multiple means of auditioning -

  • A General Audition to be part of the magical Tempest world -

    • Sing a song, tell a story or joke, share a monologue, a dance, show us something about you!

  • A Part Specific Audition - Please email to request an appointment slot

    • Prepare the “side” for that particular part (Sides found HERE)

  • OR - Just sign up to volunteer and be part of the fun!

The Tempest - Important Dates

*Note: All rehearsal held during evenings and weekends - outside of a traditional work day.

1st Day Rehearsal Monday – July 22, 2019
Tech Begins Friday – August 23, 2019
Opening Friday – August 30, 2019
Closing Sunday – September 1, 2019


Prospero/Prospera - The rightful Ruler of Milan and of this deserted island where they now live. A noble magician and ruler who is grounded after their time on the island, but carries a touch of whimsy. (Reads 40 and up)

Ariel - Prospero’s right hand helper - A sense of high-born nobility, coupled with humble servitude. A true water-sprite whose fickle nature switches from glee to self-righteous anger to devoted love songs in an instant. Non-human. (This character may be created from a composite of several actors - All ages - All genders considered)

Caliban - Half Human/Half Fish and as such lives in the nexus between the magic world and the human world. Practices magic, but as of yet is not very good at it. Loveable and childlike in eagerness, but dangerous in attempts to gain power. (All Ages - All genders considered)

Miranda - The Princess of Milan - Wise beyond her years and experience. Knows about the world through the many books her father preserved, but doesn’t remember seeing another human past him. Insatiably curious, but not afraid to be skeptical or call it as she sees it. (Age 18 - 28)

Ferdinand - The Prince of Naples - An eager young man who finds joy and love even in the lost-ness of being on this magical island. His puppy-like energy makes him eager to find silver linings and unafraid to make bold choices. (Age 18 - 30)

Alonso/Alonsa - The King/Queen of Naples - A well-meaning ruler who is stricken with grief at the perceived drowning of a son. Carries an old world nobility. (Age 38 and up)

Antonio/Antonia - The Fake King/Queen of Milan - This trickster has fooled their sibling into handing over the kingdom. A well-dressed player whose witty charisma serves them whether looking for lovers or instagram followers - but a lack of integrity and wisdom keep the plan short-lived. (Age 28 and up)

Sebastian/Sebastiana - The wanna-be King/Queen of Naples - This sharp-witted poser is easily influenced by Antonio/a’s bravado and almost attempts homicide to make themself the new Ruler. (Age 28 and up)

Trinculo/Trincula - The court jester. Finicky and a bit of a fop, but desperate for love and a good laugh. Afraid of things they don’t understand. A true clown who is all reaction and little reason. (Ages 18 and up)

Stephano/Stephania - The royal butler. Sturdy and sound of body, but loopy of mind. They fall somewhere between Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, and The Abominable Snow Rabbit from Looney Tunes. (Ages 18 and up)

Guys and Dolls Local Non-Equity Dance Call, Ages 18+

Guys and Dolls
Directed by Nicolas Minas

Local Non-Equity Dance Call
Saturday, June 22, at The Wells Theatre

Women from 11AM - 1PM
Men from 2:30PM - 4:30PM

The Virginia Stage Company is seeking local dancers of all ethnicities and genders to join the chorus of Guys and Dolls.

Featured dancers will be required for the Havana Sequence, the Crapshooters Dance, and the Hot Box Dancers. All will double into the ensemble.

All dancers come dressed to move, female dancers wear heels and male dancers come with jazz shoes and/or sneakers. Please be prepared to stay the for the full audition time.

To request an appointment, please email auditions@vastage.org; title your email “Guys and Dolls Dance Call ’’ to register. Note: If you have previously auditioned for this production, you do NOT need to attend this dance call. Your audition is still in consideration.

Guys and Dolls - Important Dates
1st Day Rehearsal Tuesday – August 27, 2019
Designer Run Tuesday - September 10, 2019
Tech Begins Friday – September 13, 2019
Previews Begin Wednesday – September 18, 2019
Opening Saturday – September 21, 2019
Closing Sunday – October 6, 2019

Local Auditions for Guys and Dolls

Saturday, June 1
 11AM - 7PM

(ALL auditioning MUST be available for Dance Call 11AM - 12:30PM Same Day)
at The Governor’s School for the Arts

The Virginia Stage Company is seeking actors for all roles in Frank Loesser’s award-winning musical Guys & Dolls.

Guys & Dolls

Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser and Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Directed by Nick Minás

Please be prepared to 1) read for the side of your desired role (accessible by clicking the name of your desired role below) 2) perform song of your desired role (provided below), if no song is provided then please prepare a 32-bar musical theatre piece of your own selection (bring printed copy of sheet music for piano). Accompanist will be provided.

Callbacks will be held on Sunday, June 2, between 11AM - 6PM. If you are not available for this date, please let us know in advance of your audition.

To request an appointment, please email auditions@vastage.org; title your email “Guys & Dolls Appointment Request - ‘Desired Role’ ’’. Please submit headshot and resume with your email to secure your appointment.

Guys & Dolls - Important Dates

1st Day Rehearsal Tuesday – August 27, 2019
Designer Run Tuesday - September 10, 2019
Tech Begins Friday – September 13, 2019
Previews Begin Wednesday – September 18, 2019
Opening Saturday – September 21, 2019
Closing Sunday – October 6, 2019

Guys & Dolls Roles - Sides and Music

Sarah Brown, Lead
Side #1 - Side #2 - Song #1 - Song #2

All ethnicities. Age range mid 20’s to late 30’s. Female  A bright-eyed, idealistic, sincere young woman who serves as the Sergeant of the local Mission. She believes in her cause and is often frustrated in her work to convert the gambling sinners of New York City into saints. She falls in love with gambler, Sky Masterson, and experiences a transformation as she unleashes her adventurous spirit.
Must be able to sing legit/musical theater (“I’ll Know”) as well as jazz/belt (“If I Were a Bell”)

Sky Masterson, Lead
Side - Song #1 - Song #2
All ethnicities. Age range mid 20’s to late 30’s. Male A self-assured, high stakes gambler who oozes style and sex appeal. He is used to getting by on his luck, looks, and charm but is thrown off course when he falls in love with Sarah Brown.

Miss Adelaide, Lead  
Side - Song  All ethnicities. Age range late 20’s to mid 40’s. Female   A strongly comic, classic showgirl who is the headliner at the Hot Box Nightclub. She is Nathan Detroit’s long-suffering fiancee and longs for a quiet family life away from New York City. She is pretty, outspoken, and charming.
Strong comedic and dance skills a must.

Nathan Detroit, Lead
Side #1 - Side #2 - Song
All ethnicities. Age range late 20’s to mid 40’s. Male  A good-hearted yet comically irresponsible manipulator. Nathan is a broke schemer and is the facilitator of illegal craps games. He is a broker, seldom a gambler. A consummate businessman with divided loyalties; he pacifies his fiancé Adelaide with vague promises of a marriage ‘some time’ in the future.

Nicely Nicely Johnson, Supporting
Side - Song
All ethnicities. Age range 30’s to late 40’s. Male  The nicest and cheeriest of the gambling crooks. High-spirited and eccentric but sincere and genuine. Nathan's loyal friend and lackey.

Big Jule, Supporting
All ethnicities. Age range 30’s to 50’s. Male   A big-time craps player from Chicago who uses a gun and a pair of rigged dice to bully his way into never losing.  A man of few words but much clout. There is comedy in his straight-talking bluntness. Big Jule is intimidating, temperamental, and a sore loser. Tough looking. Speaking Role.

Benny Southstreet, Supporting
All Ethnicities. Age range 20’s to 50. Male  Nathan's right-hand man and a gambler himself. Upbeat, slick, always moving and shaking, but with what he thinks are Nathan's best interest at heart.

Harry the Horse, Supporting
All ethnicities. Age range 30 to 55. Male A crook and gambler. He is a tough guy with dollar signs as his bottom line. Brings Big Jule into Nathan's craps game and backs his cheating, but is also a man of his word in the gambling community.

Rusty Charlie, Supporting
All ethnicities. Age range 20’s - 40’s. Male  He is a gambler and one of Nathan’s primary associates (friends). Will double in male chorus.

Arvide Abernathy, Supporting
Side - Song
All ethnicities. Age range 50 to 70. Male   The bass drum and cymbal player in the Save-A-Soul Mission band, he is Sarah's loving grandfather. He is reasoned, wise, and sweet and wants nothing but the best for her.

Lt. Brannigan, Supporting
All ethnicities. Age range 40 to 55. Male   A New York police officer engaged in what he perceives to be a battle of wits with Nathan to stop the illegal craps game. A tough, no-nonsense character. This is primarily an acting role. Comic timing and versatility are essential.

General Matilda B. Cartwright, Featured
All ethnicities. Age range 40’s to 70’s. Male  The regional director of the Save-a-Soul mission. Powerful and matronly,  Matilda is authoritative through necessity but motivated by charity. She cuts loose in the song “Sit Down Your Rockin’ the Boat.”

Agatha and Martha, Supporting
All ethnicities. Age range 20’s - 50’s. Female  Members of the Mission Band and friends of Sarah. Ability to play a musical instrument a plus.

Allison, Vernon, Ferguson, Supporting
All ethnicities, Gender Non-Specific. Ages 20’s - 30’s  Friends of Adelaide and main Hot Box dancers. Strong dance, singing, and character performance required.

Hot Box Dancers
All ethnicities, Gender Non-Specific. Ages 20’s - 30’s  Strong dance, singing, and character performance required. They will double into other aspects of the female ensemble.

All ethnicities, Gender Non-Specific.  
Featured dancers will be required for the Havana Sequence and male identifying dancers for the Crapshooters Dance. Female or non-male identifying dancers may double as Hot Box Dancers. All will double into the ensemble.

All ethnicities, Gender Non-Specific. All ages, all types  The ensemble make up the characters of Times Square, gangsters, and their molls, Save-A-Soul mission personnel and other cameos. We are looking for strong performers who can create individual, well-drawn characters. Strong acting, singing, movement skills and/or dance skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I audition for a Virginia Stage Company production?
Virginia Stage Company employs both Equity (LOA referencing LORT) and Non Equity Performers.  All positions are paid. Non Equity pay ranges depending on the role.

Q. How often are auditions held?
Auditions are held throughout our season, typically beginning in August. The best way to know when auditions happen is to sign up for email notifications, see below. (You will only receive emails about upcoming auditions.) 

Q: What do I prepare for the audition?
For individual show auditions, please prepare the side that is appropriate for your character. We will provide a reader to interact with you when presenting your audition. While you are not required to have the lines memorized, we recommend that you at least be highly familiar with them. Make sure to check individual audition listings for recommended sides and show-specific requirements.    

Q: What if I can’t make it to the audition?
If you absolutely cannot make it to the audition, video submissions will be accepted. E-Mail auditions@vastage.org for more information.

Q: Can I send you my headshot/resume?
Yes please! E-mail it to auditions@vastage.org with the title of the show you are interested in as the subject line – or mail it to the theatre: Virginia Stage Company, PO Box 3770, Norfolk, VA 23514.

Q: What if I do not have a headshot/resume?
We will be taking a photo of you with your audition number at the auditions, but we’d always appreciate a good quality & recent shot of you in lieu of a professional headshot. If you do not have a resume, there will be a space on our audition form for you to fill out any theatre experience you may have.

For specific inquiries, please contact auditions@vastage.org.

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