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We invite actors to attend open auditions for all of our regular shows. To receive reminders of upcoming auditions, click here to be added to our audition mailing list.

We request that actors download and fill out our audition form to bring to the audition. This will include a listing of all your conflicts from the start of rehearsals through closing night, including weekends. Resumés are appreciated. Headshots are not required.

Unless otherwise specified, American accents are used for all shows.

NOTE: Due to construction at the Dairy Center for the Arts (our usual venue) Taming of the Shrew and Our Town will be performed at the Nomad's Playhouse in North Boulder.

  • Misalliance, directed by Joan Kuder Bell, (303)442-1415, bells@theupstartcrow.org; Tuesday, July 7, 2015; rehearsals begin Monday, July 20, 2015. Performances are weekends, August 28 - September 12.

    A synopsis is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misalliance.

    Text of the play is available at Misalliance script.

    Dialect: please do not use upperclass London dialect; a good American stage dialect will work. Some words will have the British pronunciation such as “clerk” will be “clark”.

    Character age will be based upon who auditions. We need:

    • 3 actors who can play late 50s early 60s and are still energetic: Lord Summerhays, John Tarleton, and Mrs Tarleton
    • 3 male actors who can play 20s to early 30s: Johnny Tarleton has a big body and a small brain, Bentley Summerhays has a small body and a big brain, and Joey Percival has a big body and a big brain
    • Hypatia Tarleton is a female 25 to 28 years old
    • Lina Szczepanowska is a female of indeterminate age but all of the men no matter what age immediately fall romantically in love with her. She needs to be able to carry Bentley offstage in a fireman’s carry
    • John Brown (Gunner) is a man of small body, semi-large brain, no courage who could be an illegitimate son of John Tarleton

    You may read one minute from Misalliance or any other Shavian play.

    The play takes place during the first decade of the 20th century.

  • Deirdre of the Sorrows, directed by Joan Kuder Bell, (303)442-1415, bells@theupstartcrow.org; Tuesday, September 22, 2014; rehearsals begin Monday, October 5, 2015. Performances are weekends, November 20 - December 5.

    A synopsis is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deirdre_of_the_Sorrows.

    Text of the play is available at Deirdre of the Sorrows script.

    The play takes place in the north of Ireland during the time of the Irish Heroes.

    Dialect: during rehearsal an Irish dialect will be developed. Actors will need to learn Gaelic names and place names during the rehearsal process.

    Character age will be based upon who auditions. This is a warrior culture and 40 years old would be considered old. We need:

    • 2 mature female actors who can play Lavarcham (Deirdre’s nurse) and the Old Woman (Lavarcham’s servant)
    • Deirdre has just come of marriageable age
    • 3 mature male actors who play the “old” king and his cohorts: Conchubor (the High King of Ulster - may be pronounced “Connor” for auditions), Owen (Conchubor’s attendant and spy who goes mad and kills himself), and Fergus (Conchubor’s friend who still leads an army)
    • 3 juvenile male actors - Naisi (Deirdre’s lover) and his two brothers, Ainnle and Ardan
    • 2 male actors who play Conchubor’s soldiers in Act III

    You may read one-minute from Deirdre or any Irish play.

  • The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Richard Bell, (303)442-1415, bells@theupstartcrow.org; Tuesday, December 8, 2016; rehearsals begin Monday, January 4, 2016. Actors are requested to prepare a one minute reading from Shakespeare. Performances are weekends, February 12-27, 2016.

    A synopsis is available at https://www.playshakespeare.com/taming-of-the-shrew/synopsis.

    Text of the play is available at The Taming of the Shrew script.

  • Our Town, directed by Richard Bell, (303)442-1415, bells@theupstartcrow.org; Tuesday, March 1, 2016; rehearsals begin Monday, March 14, 2016. Performances are weekends, April 22 - May 7, 2016.

    A synopsis is available at http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/ourtown/summary.html.

    Text of the play is available at Our Town script.

All auditions will be held at 7:30pm at The Upstart Crow Studio. Actors are requested to bring a resumé and prepare a one-minute reading from a similar play (it need not be memorized). Shows are cast the night of auditions. If you have any questions, please contact the director or info@theupstartcrow.org or call (303)442-1415.

Rehearsals are Monday-Friday, 7:30-10:00pm at the Upstart Crow Studio (at the theater starting the Monday before opening).

All actors in Upstart Crow productions receive a small stipend. Not enough to pay your rent, but it might help with your transportation.

The Upstart Crow Theatre Company is an actors' company and actors are expected to help with tech work - set and/or costume construction weekend afternoons during the rehearsal period. All actors are expected to help with move-in on the Sunday before opening and strike on closing night.

Like all theatre companies, we have a commitment to our ensemble members. Still, we always cast actors from outside our company. Act with us often enough and you'll gain the benefits of membership.

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