Theatre Elision 2019-2020 Season Auditions


AEA ACTORS:  Email us at [email protected] to schedule an audition time.  You are also welcome to send us a video submission before 6/1.

NON-UNION ACTORS:  Email us at [email protected] to be placed on a waiting list.  You are also welcome to send us a video submission before 6/1.

PREVIOUS CAST MEMBERS: Email us at [email protected] to let us know you would like to be considered for a call-back appointment, and in which show(s)/roles(s) you are available/interested.


Theatre Elision 2019-2020 Season Auditions

Theatre Elision is seeking Equity and Non-Equity actor/singers for our 2019-2020 season (September – May).   The season will include five productions requiring a wide range of acting and singing styles.  Strong vocal skills and parts singing are required for all shows.  There is one non-singing male role in Anne and Will.  


Auditions: Saturday 6/1 - 10:00 – 3:00 pm; Monday 6/3 - 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Callbacks: If needed, callbacks will be held Wednesday 6/5 - 6:00 – 9:00 pm, with possible additional callbacks for each show closer to the production dates.                  

Location: Elision Playhouse, 6105 42nd Avenue North, Crystal 55422  

Prepare: Bring headshot, resume and sheet music. 

Please prepare one 16 to 32-bar cut of a song. Have a second contrasting cut prepared if requested. Accompanist will be provided.

Please highlight any musical instruments you play proficiently on your resume.


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Feel free to email us with any questions you may have.  Local actors who are unable to attend these auditions are welcome to submit video auditions to [email protected].  Updates on the casting process will be posted on our website at

Note to AEA actors:  If on-line audition slots are full, please email us at [email protected]to schedule an audition time.   

Actors of all ages, gender, abilities, races and ethnicities are welcome and encouraged to audition.  

Theatre Elision operates under an AEA SPT Tier (1) contract.  AEA Actors are paid $263 per week for full productions, and Non-Equity Actors are paid a stipend of between $500-800 depending on the role and the show.  Total time commitment for each show will be between three and six weeks, with between 3 and 8 performances per show.  

Our budget cannot accommodate travel expenses or housing for out-of-town actors.


The 2019-2020 season includes:


If the Spirit Moves

Book and Lyrics by Germaine Shames; Music by Erin Murray Quinlan

7 performances - September 14-22

A disillusioned expat Dadaist artist returns after World War I. Needing to earn a living, she sets out to impersonate a spirit medium—only to discover that she is the real deal.  A shell-shocked war hero, a charity matron mourning her daughter, and a young war widow flock to the reluctant medium and are spontaneously healed. A wealthy male client falls in love with her. When her former love comes courting in the form of a directionless Dada poet, she must choose, not only between two men, but two radically different outlooks on life.  If the Spirit Movesis a tender tale of recovery and healing in which rich and poor, living and dead, transcend their differences through laughter, tears, and hope for a brighter tomorrow. 

Rehearsals begin August 26

Seeking 4 women / 2 men

Daphne: young artist - 20s, Desiree: emotionally scarred actress - 20s, Mrs. Barnes: young widow - 20s (legit soprano), Lady Aspen: bereaved society matron - 40s – 60s (legit soprano), Kurt: disillusioned Dadaist - 20s, Edward: wealthy, shell-shocked ex-soldier - 20s.


Ghost Quartet

Book, lyrics and music by Dave Malloy

6 performances - October 25-31

A camera breaks and four friends drink in an interwoven tale spanning seven centuries, with a murderous sister, a treehouse astronomer, a bear, a subway, and the ghost of Thelonious Monk.  The story draws from several fairy tales and "ghost stories", including Snow White and Rose Red, Edgar Allen Poe's Fall of the House of Usher, and One Thousand and One Nights (commonly known as Arabian Nights). Cast members present the story and music as a "concept album" and accompany themselves on keyboard, violin, ukulele, guitar, mandolin, and percussion.   

Rehearsals begin October 7

Seeking 2 women / 2 men. Available cast members from last year’s production will be offered their roles, but we are auditioning for possible replacements.   Please highlight whether you play guitar, mandolin, ukulele, cello and/or percussion. 


A Flight of Short Musicals

3 readings - January 24-26

We’ll present several ten to twenty-minute musicals. The musicals will include:

My Boyfriend is an Alien (and I’m OK with that) by Christine Toy Johnson and Bobby Cronin – 1 F/1M

The Manifesto by Germaine Shames and Nadav Amir-Himmel – 2F/2M

Der Strunkenwhitenleider by Scott Guy – 1M/1F

Missing Karma by Timothy Huang – 2F/1M

Rehearsals begin January 6

Seeking 2 women / 2 men with versatile voices (contemporary MT to operatic) to rotate through the musicals.


First Lady Suite

Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa

8 performances - March 19-29

First Lady Suite is an enthralling look into the lives of some of history’s most neglected figures, the wives of U.S. presidents.  The musical is presented in four vignettes.  The first piece, Over Texas, takes place aboard Air Force One on November 22nd, 1963.  Mary Gallagher, the First Lady’s secretary, and Evelyn Lincoln, secretary to the President, are relaxing as they fly into Dallas.  While napping, Mary’s dreams become portentous nightmares as they are haunted by a ghostly Jackie and an eerie Lady Bird.  Where’s Mamie?is a time-travel fantasy as Mamie, melancholic and alone on her birthday, is paid a visit by the celebrated opera star Marian Anderson.  They travel to Algiers to confront Ike about an affair and warn him of the racial strife he’ll face later as President.  Oliopresents first daughter Margaret Truman singing at a recital but constantly upstaged by First Lady Bess.  Eleanor Sleeps Here, is a heart-rending examination of the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok as they’re flown over Washington by Amelia Earhart.   

Rehearsals begin February 17

Seeing 4 to 6 women / 1 man to play multiple characters across the four vignettes.

Over Texas: Mary Gallagher, Evelyn Lincoln, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Aide

Where’s Mamie: Mamie Eisenhower, Marian Anderson, Kay Summersby, Dwight Eisenhower/Aide

Olio:  Margaret Truman, Bess Truman

Eleanor Sleeps Here: Eleanor Roosevelt, Lorena Hickok, Amelia Earhart


Anne and Will

Book by Sandra Hochman and Cindy Polich, Lyrics by Sandra Hochman, Music by Galt MacDermot and Gary William Friedman

Staged Reading with dates to be announced

A staged reading of a new musical by Pulitzer-prize nominated poet Sandra Hochman and local playwright Cindy Polich, with new music by Grammy-winning composer of Hair, Galt MacDermot, and Tony-nominated composer Gary William Friedman.  Much has been written about William Shakespeare and his illustrious career. Less is known about the women in his life. This musical imagines that four women were instrumental in putting Shakespeare on the path to literary greatness – his mother, his wife, Queen Elizabeth, and a plucky barmaid who may have saved his life in a treacherous London. 

Seeking 2 women / 2 men

Anne Shakespeare, Will Shakespeare, Mother/Queen Elizabeth/Barmaid, Marlowe/King James/Scribe





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