All auditions are open to the public. Complete audition packets are available at the NorShor Box Office or online approximately two weeks prior to each audition date (if not sooner). 

All auditions will be held at the NorShor Theatre Rehearsal Studios (located at 211 East Superior Street, on the 3rd Floor via the skywalk or the Lights on Duluth space) unless otherwise noted.

The Duluth Playhouse is committed to inclusive, color-conscious casting. Actors of all ethnicities, gender identities, and abilities are highly encouraged to audition.

Ragtime Audition Packet

The SpongeBob Musical Audition Packet




Book by: Terrence McNally / Music by: Stephen Flaherty / Lyrics by: Lynn Ahrens
Director: Phillip Fazio / Choreographer: Quinn Lorez / Music Director: Kyle Picha

Performed at the NorShor Theatre March 18 – April 3

IN PERSON AUDITIONS: October 9, 2021 from 2-4pm. The audition time will be extended if all slots get filled. Actors must sign up for a 5 minute audition time slot HERE

LOCATION: NorShor Theatre Rehearsal Studios, 211 East Superior Street, 3rd floor. Please enter through the “Lights on Duluth” door on Superior St next to the Box Office. Then take the stairs or elevator up to the third floor (N3). The rehearsal studios are down the hall to the right.

WHAT TO PREPARE: Actors will be asked to sing 32 bars (or 1 minute) of a musical theater song in the style of the show.

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring sheet music for your song (an accompanist will be provided) as well as your résumé listing performance experience and a headshot
(or current picture of yourself).  Before attending auditions, please fill out the audition form HERE

CALLBACKS: In person callbacks will be held Sunday, October 10 in the afternoon/evening for those asked to attend.

MASKS: Masks are currently required to be worn by everyone inside the Norshor Theatre. Actors will be allowed to remove their mask when they are in the room auditioning.

If you cannot attend in person auditions, please send in a video submissions:

Record yourself singing 32 bars (or 1 minute) of a musical theater song in the style of the show. Along with this video, please email a resume and picture of yourself. Also, please fill out the audition form HERE

Video submissions must be sent to no later than Friday, October 8th at 6pm.


Rehearsal Dates & Times: Monday – Saturday, Feb 7 – March 11
Mon-Fri: 6-10pm
Sat: 2-7pm
Sun: OFFTech:
March 12: 10 out of 12 Tech Day
March 13: OFF
March 14: 6-11pm
March 15: 6-11pm
March 16: Preview
March 17: Preview
Where: NorShor Theatre & Rehearsal Spaces
211 E. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802



Friday, March 18 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 19 at 2pm
Saturday, March 19 at 7:30pm

Wednesday, March 23 at 10:00am (School Matinee)
Thursday, March 24 at 7:30pm
Friday, March 25 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 26 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 27 at 2pm

Tuesday, March 29 at 10:00am (School Matinee)
Thursday, March 31 at 7:30pm
Friday, April 1 at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 2 at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 3 at 2pm

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN – All roles are open

Coalhouse Walker Jr: A proud and talented pianist. A Black man who believes that he can take part in the new America and will be treated fairly. (Male presenting – can play age 25 to 40)
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: G2

Sarah: A young Black woman with a strong will and innocent spirit. Falls deeply in love with Coalhouse and experiences tremendous loss in her life. (Female presenting – can play age 20 to 30)
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: G#3

Mother: A kind woman with incredible moral fiber. Refined, intelligent, graceful, and open minded. (Female presenting – can play age 30 to 40)
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Tateh: A Latvian immigrant. He wears the trials and tribulations of his past on his sleeve, but remains optimistic about the future. Full of genuine drive and heart. He lives for his little daughter. (Male presenting – can play age 30 to 45)
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Father: Mother’s professionally successful husband. Fancies himself an amateur explorer, he is commanding and a traditionalist. (Male presenting – can play age 30 to 45)
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Younger Brother: Mother’s younger brother. He is an erratic and passionate soul, a firework waiting to be lit. Influenced greatly by Goldman’s teachings. (Male presenting- can play age 20 to 30)
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: B2

Little Boy: Mother and Father’s son. He is open-hearted and curious with inexplicable clairvoyance. Never passes judgement on others. (Male presenting – can play age 9 to 12)
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: E4

Little Girl: Tateh’s daughter. A vulnerable child in a brand-new home, she has lost her mother and is guarded and shy. (Female presenting – can play age 9 to 12)
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: C4

Grandfather: Mother’s patrician father. He is a retired professor, and easily irritated by nearly everything. (Male presenting – can play age 50 to 70)

Booker T. Washington: Brilliant Black social activist. He is an eloquent gentleman with no patience for Black Americans leading less than exemplary lives. (Male presenting – can play age 40 to 55)
Vocal range top: Eb4
Vocal range bottom: D3

Sarah’s Friend: A Black woman who mourns the loss of her dear friend with a powerful and heart wrenching song. (Female presenting – can play age 20 to 30)
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: D3

Emma Goldman: Social activist and charismatic public speaker. Originally from Russia, she is a leader, a fearless advocate for the oppressed. (Female presenting – can play age 35 to 45)
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Evelyn Nesbit: Beautiful vaudeville performer. Thrust into the limelight after the high profile murder of her lover, the entire world is her stage. (Female presenting – can play age 18 to 25)
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Harry Houdini: The famous magician, originally from Hungary, he stands as a symbol of the ‘American Dream.’ (Male presenting – can play age 25 to 35)
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: E3

Ensemble – Baseball Fans; Vaudeville performers; Dancers; People of Harlem; Firemen; Immigrants; New Rochelle Citizens; Reporters; Vacationers.



Based on the series by: Stephen Hillenburg/ Book by: Kyle Jarrow Performed at the Playhouse Family Theatre February 18 March 6, 2022

Director: Emily Parr       Choreographer: Amber Burns      Music Director: Tanya Moore

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!

Seeking a diverse cast of actors, singers, and dancers Ages 11-18.

Performers of all races, genders, and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.


  • SIGN UP HERE For a 5 minute time slot. Saturday, Nov. 6 from 1-3pm or Sunday, Nov 7 from 12:30-1:30pm.
  • AUDITIONS LOCATED at The NorShor Theatre Rehearsal Studios (211 E. Superior Street)
  • Audition Form: Please Fill out the audition form located HERE
  • Song: Be prepared to sing 16-32 bars (20-30 sec) of a musical theatre song (Songs can be from the show) Please bring piano sheet music to sing with a piano accompaniment. We encourage all actors to sing with the piano and not acapella so that we can hear the actors finding their notes.
  • Character Reading: Actors will also read for one of the characters. Choose 2 characters to read for. (See Audition sides)
  • CALLBACKS: Sunday, Nov. 7 from 1-4pm. At callbacks be prepared to sing, dance and act out scenes from the show.


Show up anytime from 12-1pm on Saturday, or 12-12:30pm on Sunday and practice singing through your audition!


If you cannot attend in person auditions please submit the following:

  • Character Reading: Choose 2 characters to read for. (See Audition sides)
  • Song: Sing 16-32 bars (20-30 sec) of a musical theatre song.
  • Headshot & Resume: Please submit your headshot and resume to

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS must be sent to no later than Saturday,

November 6 at 5:00pm


Rehearsal Dates & Times: Bootcamp Week: Mon-Fri: Dec. 13-17 from 6-9pm Mon-Fri: Jan. 3 – Feb. 11, 2022 from 6-9pm

Mon-Fri TECH: Feb. 14 – 17 from 5-9:30pm

Where: Family Theatre 506 W. Michigan Street


Friday, Feb. 18 6:00pm
Saturday, Feb. 19 1:00 & 6:00pm
Sunday, Feb. 20 2:00pm
Wednesday, Feb. 23 SCHOOL MATINEE 9:30am & 12:30pm
Friday, Feb. 25 6:00pm
Saturday, Feb. 26 1:00 & 6:00pm
Sunday, Feb. 27 10:00am Sensory Friendly Show 2:00pm
Tuesday, March 1 SCHOOL MATINEE 9:30am & 12:30pm
Friday, March 4 6:00pm
Saturday, March 5 1:00 & 6:00pm
Sunday, March 6 2:00pm


CHARACTER BREAKDOWN (All roles are open to actors of any gender identity)

SpongBob Squarepants Everyone’s favorite yellow sponge, and the hero of our story. Bright, cheery, and always optimistic, SpongeBob knows how to maintain a positive attitude, even when a deadly volcano threatens to destroy his beloved town.

Patrick Star – SpongeBob’s simple-minded starfish friend. He may be dumb and lazy on the outside, but inside, he just wants someone to listen to what he has to say.

Sandy Cheeks – A brainy and athletic Texan squirrel who came to Bikini Bottom for a research project. She acts as SpongeBob’s most trusted ally on their quest to stop the volcano from erupting, using her vast amount of scientific knowledge and brilliant inventions to aid the mission.

Squidward Q. Tentacles – SpongeBob and Patrick’s cranky, clarinet-playing neighbor. He has a very gloomy outlook on life, believing the world’s “a horrible place filled with fear, suffering, and despair”, but nonetheless, he dreams of becoming a famous stage star for the sake of his late mother, and is willing to do just about anything to achieve his big break.

Mr. Eugene Krabs – The greedy owner of the Krusty Krab, and employer of SpongeBob and Squidward. While everyone is off panicking about Bikini Bottom’s imminent doom, he decides to strike the iron while it’s hot and puts on a huge “apocalypse sale” at his restaurant, exploiting the fear of his fellow fish to make him even richer.

Pearl Krabs – Mr. Krabs’ teenage whale daughter. Even though her father spoils her silly, she deeply detests his greed and wants him to prioritize his family, not his profits. She’s also a huge fan of the famous rock band the Electric Skates, and eventually plans to run away with them after she’s had enough of her dad’s neglect.

Sheldon J. Plankton – The scheming owner of the Chum Bucket who has big plans for world domination. He uses the Mount Humongous disaster to his advantage by convincing everyone to leave Bikini Bottom and settle into a new town, where he’ll tyrannically take them over as their new Evil Overlord. But they don’t know that, of course…

Karen Plankton – A waterproof supercomputer who is Plankton’s snarky sidekick and wife. She aids her husband in his plot to take everything over after realizing that his Evil Plan is putting the spark back into their relationship.

Mrs. Puff – SpongeBob’s teacher at Boating School, an underwater school where students learn to drive boats like cars.

Patchy the Pirate – The pirate president of the SpongeBob fan club. Eager to see his idol star in his very own Broadway musical, Patchy sets up his own little VIP seat right in front of the stage, before getting booted out by security guards. He constantly tries sneaking his way back into the theater throughout the majority of the show.

The Mayor – The overbearing mayor of Bikini Bottom. She claims that everything is under control as the

apocalypse draws nearer, but it’s pretty clear that she has absolutely no idea what to do… so she decides to become a dictator.

Perch Perkins – The head anchor of Bikini Bottom News. He keeps everyone up-to-date on the current state of their doomed hometown.

Larry the Lobster – A muscular lobster who spends most of his time “getting his claws swole”. He eventually becomes the Mayor’s bodyguard.

Old Man Jenkins – A cranky old fish who leads an Angry Mob against Sandy for being a land creature.

Electric Skates – A famous rock band who’s hired to perform at the Bikini Bottom benefit concert. Pearl’s a huge fan of these guys. They’re known to rock out while zipping across the stage on skateboards and roller skates, hence the name.

Foley Artist Fish DJ – A stage role that produces all sound effects in the script.

Ensemble Roles include: Hip Hop dancers, Mob Fish, Sardines, Security Guards, Teen Fans, Sardine Devotees, Chorus of Sponges, Cowboy Fish, Gary, Johnny the Bartender, Fish, Plankton’s Backup Dancers, Pirates, The French Narrator, Sea Anemones, and Assorted Sea Creatures.