Auditions for Moonshine Abbey - Missed the Boat Theatre

Missed the Boat Theatre is holding auditions for Moonshine Abbey, a musical by Kyle Kowalczyk and Samuel Backman, directed by Mary Shaffer. The musical will perform at Helen Houle Auditorium at Saint Agnes School (St. Paul) for at least 6 shows from Nov 12-21, 2021.

Missed the Boat Theatre is a Catholic community theater based in St. Paul, MN. Actors do not need to be Catholic, but must be okay with working with lots of Catholics who love being Catholic, and performing for a largely Catholic audience. For more info see

Audition Location: Helen Houle Auditorium, Saint Agnes School, 530 Lafond Ave, St Paul, MN 55103

Audition Dates:
Friday, Sept 3, 5pm-9pm
Saturday, Sept 4, 10am-1pm
Callbacks: Monday, Sept 6 (Labor Day), 6pm-8pm

Click here to sign up for an in-person audition slot. If you’re unable to be present at auditions, please email us about submitting a video audition (due Saturday, Sept 4 at 1pm). 

We are casting 2 principals (2 men), 12 supporting roles (6 men and 6 women), and an ensemble of 8-13 members. We seek male and female adult actors of all races/ethnicities to play ages 21-90. There is one non-singing male role and one non-singing female role; all other roles including ensemble require singing. Most roles require dance ability. Stipends will be provided for principal and supporting roles commensurate with experience and size of role.

For the Audition:
Please bring a headshot (photo clearly showing your face); a resume is optional. We will audition groups of up to 6 in 30-minute slots; plan to be available the entire 30 minutes. Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time to fill out an audition form (or fill out form in advance by downloading here). Please prepare a 32-bar song excerpt; a musical theatre selection is preferred. You may also use this selection from the show. An accompanist will be provided; you must bring printed sheet music. You may also use an accompaniment track (downloaded on your phone with no need for internet, bring your own aux cable to plug into our speaker). You will also read from the script.

About the Show:
The monks at Saint Hippolytus Abbey have been distilling alcohol since its inception. With the onset of Prohibition, the anchored monks are in a pickle. What will they do to maintain their “pious” way of life?

Roy - Embittered lost man, looking to make it as a federal agent (M, baritone)
Conroy - an aspiring young man, looking to make it as a monk (M, tenor)

Fr. Abbot – overly pious and rule-stickling superior with a past (M, baritone)
Fr. Solomon – sleepy, old, jolly porter (M, bass)
Br. Boniface – hillbilly, playboy, goofball head-brewer (M, tenor)
Br. Lawrence - portly, lazy, weak-minded chef (M, baritone)
Br. Leonard – sophisticated, proud, defiant brother (M, tenor)

Captain - female police captain in a podunk precinct trying to prove herself (F, alto)
Ginger - (F, soprano)
Shirley - (F, mezzo)
Marge - (F, soprano)

Barbra - kindhearted bartender with good advice (F, non-singing)
Pappy - backwoods whiskey buyer looking for an easy way up (M, non-singing)
Ness - federal agent, who took down Capone and comes in to clean house (F, alto)

Rehearsal and Performance Dates:

  • Rehearsals begin with a readthrough on Sept 21 through tech week Nov 6-11.
  • Rehearsals are generally Mon-Wed 6:30-9:30pm, with intermittent Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday afternoons.
  • It is not permitted to miss a rehearsal during tech week Nov 6-11.
  • You must be available for all of the following possible performance dates:
    • Friday, Nov 12, 7pm
    • Saturday, Nov 13, 7pm
    • Sunday, Nov 14, 2pm
    • Thursday, Nov 18, 7pm (possible)
    • Friday, Nov 19, 7pm
    • Saturday, Nov 20, 2pm (possible), 7pm
    • Sunday, Nov 21, 2pm

Contact information

Missed the Boat Theatre
Erika Zabinski
Web site

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Saturday, September 4
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