ORDWAY seeks local actors for Groundhog Day


Director Martha Banta creates a new version of the Broadway musical inspired by the iconic film for Broadway at the Ordway.

Seeking: Equity (AEA) and non-Equity, Twin Cities LOCAL (must live or have housing and transportation within 50 miles of St. Paul, MN).

2 Principal Roles              See character descriptions below                               

19 Ensemble Roles          See ensemble description below



Monday, October 28, 2019

9:00am – 1:00pm : Open Call (Non AEA Adults)

1:30pm – 6:30pm : Open Call (Non AEA Adults)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

9:30am – 1:00pm : Auditions (AEA)

1:30pm – 4:30pm : Auditions (AEA)

Friday, November 1, 2019

1:00pm – 5:00pm : Auditions (AEA)

5:30pm – 9:00pm : Auditions (AEA)

Saturday, November 2, 2019  : TBD Callbacks

Sunday, November 3, 2019  : TBD Callbacks



To request a time slot please email [email protected]. An Ordway staff member will respond within 3 business days.

GROUNDHOG DAY will be produced under the COST agreement. AEA minimum is $1,019 per week.

Actors Equity Association and the Ordway are committed to diversity and encourage all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. Performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, ages, and performers with disabilities are encouraged to audition.

All performers who have questions or other accommodations in order to fully participate in auditions are encouraged to reach out to [email protected]. For more information about access at the Ordway visit: https://ordway.org/access/

What to Prepare:

16 bars of a preferred pop/rock vocal selection or a musical theater selection sung in a pop/rock vocal style. We also encourage you to bring your book of additional song options. An Accompanist will be provided for all vocal auditions.

Audition sides will be sent out via email once your audition slot is secured.

GROUNDHOG DAY the musical is based on the iconic film and features a hilarious book by Danny Rubin, clever songs by Tim Minchin of Matilda fame, and directed by Martha Banta. Martha Banta directed Mamma Mia! for Broadway at the Ordway and the recent Rock of Ages national tour.


GROUNDHOG DAY  PRODUCTION DATES                                                                                                                       

First Rehearsal:                      Tuesday, June 23, 2020

First Performance:                  Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Closing Performance:             Sunday, August 9, 2020


Character Descriptions

Phil Connors   (Ages: 34-49) local weatherman who gets stuck in a time loop, living the same day over and over again; he projects charisma/charm, even when he is being sarcastic and verbally abusive; his range must extend to truthful pain and truthful sincerity; cantankerous and tenacious. Lyric Baritone, with an A5 Top.

Rita Hanson    (Ages: 30-46) love interest of Phil, Rita is a news producer for Pittsburgh television station WPBH-TV 9; she is open-hearted, yet strong and competent; she is a complex contemporary woman. Mezzo Soprano; Belt to at least an Eb5.

Ensemble       (Ages: 20+) Including featured soloists and small supporting roles; all ethnicities and genders; seeking great character actors with a strong pop/rock sound and good movement skills.

Contact information

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Sheena Janson Kelley
Web site

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