Auditions

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.

NorShor Theatre

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman

Directed by Anika Thompson

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

AUDITION DETAILS

  • All auditions will be conducted by video submission.

Video Submission must include:

  • Video Audition –
    • Record yourself performing one of the preselected excerpts from the book and the chosen monologue by the character you wish to be considered for. All audition material can be found here: The Diary of Anne Frank Audition sides
    • Memorization is optional for this video audition.
      • Some examples of how to share video submissions
        • Upload your video to google drive or Dropbox. Create a shareable link, copy and paste it to your email message.
        • Create a YouTube video with a viewable link
        • There are other ways to also share videos, these are just some examples
  • Headshot: Pleaseemail an up to date picture of yourself.
  • Resume: Please email a current resume.
  • Audition Form: Please fill out the audition form: HERE

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS must be sent to auditions@duluthplayhouse.org no later than Monday, January 31 at 12pm.

CALLBACK INFORMATION

  • Callbacks will be held in person the week of February 1st at the NorShor Theatre (211 E. Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802). A representative from the Playhouse will let you know if you are asked to attend callbacks.

ABOUT THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” This is a new adaptation for a new generation.

To read a digital copy of the play, please click HERE

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Otto Frank: Anne’s polite and practical father, Mr. Frank is the head of the “attic family.” His calmness and patience are an asset in the cramped attic and a comfort to Anne, who is very close to him.

Edith Frank: Anne’s reserved and nervous mother, Mrs. Frank loves Anne, but she wishes she were more proper and polite, like her sister Margot. Because of her reserved nature, Mrs. Frank and Anne are not close.

Margot Frank: Anne’s older sister, Margot is much more like her mother than Anne. She is quiet, modest, and reserved: the complete opposite of Anne.

Anne Frank: The youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank, Anne is a lively, curious girl of thirteen at the beginning of the play. She remains optimistic throughout the months they are in hiding and always makes the best of the situation she is in. As her diary reveals, she is very introspective and creative and has a vivid imagination.

Putti Van Daan: An irritable former business partner of Mr. Frank, Mr. Van Daan’s family is invited to stay in the attic with the Franks. He is selfish and openly critical of others, especially Anne.

Petronella Van Daan: Mr. Van Daan’s vain and finicky wife, Mr. Van Daan prizes the material things of life, including a fur coat she brought to the attic with her. These traits all make her the center of much of the conflict in the attic.

Peter Van Daan: The son of Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan, Peter is a shy, quiet teenaged boy. He soon becomes a friend and confidant for Anne, and they share first kiss together.

Jan Dussell: Difficult to get along with, Mr. Dussell joins the Franks and the Van Daans after they have been in hiding about two months.

Miep: A very well-liked, generous secretary in Mr. Frank’s office, Miep helps to protect the families in hiding. Along with Mr. Kraler, she brings to the refugees food, supplies, and news from the outside world.

Mr. Kraler: A businessman who works with Miep to help protect the people in hiding, Mr. Kraler risks his life to help his friends.

REHEARSAL & PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Rehearsal Dates & Times:

Sunday – Wednesday, March 21-April 15

Weekday evenings and Sunday afternoons

Monday-Friday, April 18-29

Weekday evenings

 

Tech:

April 30: 10 out of 12 Tech Day

May 1: OFF

May 2: 6-10pm

May 3: 6-10pm

May 4: Preview

May 5: Preview

 

Performance Dates and Times:

Friday, May 6 at 7:30pm

Saturday, May 7 at 2pm

Saturday, May 7 at 7:30pm

 

Wednesday, May 11 at 10am

Thursday, May 12 at 7:30pm

Friday, May 13 at 7:30pm

Saturday, May 14 at 7:30pm

Sunday, May 15 at 2pm

 

Tuesday, May 17 at 10:00am

Thursday, May 19 at 7:30pm

Friday, May 20 at 7:30pm

Saturday, May 21 at 7:30pm

Sunday, May 22 at 2pm

 

Where: 

NorShor Theatre & Rehearsal Spaces

211 E. Superior St.

Duluth, MN 55802

 

Questions?

Additional questions should be directed to auditions@duluthplayhouse.org

Download THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK Audition Packet

 

FOOTLOOSE

Music by Tom Snow / Lyrics by Dean Pitchford / Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie / Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford / Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman

Director: Phillip Fazio / Choreographer: Andy Frye / Music Director: Kyle Picha

Performed at the NorShor Theatre June 24 – July 17

The Duluth Playhouse is committed to inclusive, color-conscious casting. Actors of all ethnicities, gender identities, and abilities are highly encouraged to audition. Seeking actors age 14 and up!

AUDITION DETAILS

  • All auditions will be conducted by video submission.
  • Actors who auditioned for SPAMALOT, ANNIE, or RAGTIME do not need to submit an audition video. For consideration, simply submit your headshot and resume to auditions@duluthplayhouse.org no later than Monday, January 31st at 12pm.

Video Submission must include:  

  • Video Audition – 
    • Record yourself singing one minute (or 32 bars) of your favorite song from the 1980s. Have fun with the performance and make it your own!
      • Some examples of how to share video submissions
        • Upload your video to google drive or Dropbox. Create a shareable link, copy and paste it to your email message. 
        • Create a YouTube video with a viewable link  
  • Headshot: Please email an up to date picture of yourself.  
  • Resume: Please email a current resume.
  • Audition Form: Please fill out the audition form: HERE

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS must be sent to auditions@duluthplayhouse.org no later than Monday, January 31 at 12pm. 

CALLBACK INFORMATION 

  • Callbacks will be held in person the week of February 1st at the NorShor Theatre (211 E. Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802). A representative from the Playhouse will let you know if you are asked to attend callbacks.

ABOUT FOOTLOOSE

The 80s are back with this rockin’ musical, jam packed with all your favorite powerhouse hit songs from the era, such as “Holding Out For A Hero,”, “Let’s Hear It For The Boy”, “Almost Paradise,” and of course, “Footloose!” Join Ren as he moves to a new town and shares his love of music and dancing. FOOTLOOSE is a celebration of youthful innocence, the importance of listening to one another, and the healing power of forgiveness. This explosive and dynamic production is a celebration of individual expression and the power of music and dance.

To read a digital copy of the play, please click HERE

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

REN MCCORMACK: Male presenting, 18-25. Energetic, emotional, rebellious, charming; emotes his pain through quirky sarcasm and dance; strong dancer.

ARIEL MOORE: Female presenting, 18-25. Smart with a bit of an edge, quick witted and caring; must be a strong singer/dancer.

REVEREND SHAW MOORE: Male presenting, 35-55. The powerful, traditional local church leader; strict, stern, and solemn, still struggling with the death of his son.

VI MOORE: Female presenting, 35-55. Reverend Moore’s loving, supportive, resilient wife.

RUSTY: Female presenting, 18-25.  Ariel’s friend; a bit scatterbrained, sweet, fun, knows everything about everything; role requires strong belt, strong comedic timing and dance.

WILLARD HEWITT: Male presenting, 18-25. A simple country bumpkin with a warm heart and a big smile; terrified of dancing.

ETHEL MCCORMACK: Female presenting, 35-50. Ren’s mother; had a tough go, just trying to make it…would do anything for her son.

CHUCK CRANSTON: Male presenting, 18-25. Ariel’s boyfriend; demanding, possessive, and jealous.

URLEEN: Female presenting, 15-25. Ariel’s friend; book smart and supportive.

WENDY JO: Female presenting, 15-25. Mezzo. Ariel’s friend; wise to the ways of the world.

FEATURED ENSEMBLE: Ages 14 and up. Townspeople, students, teachers; need strong character actors and strong dancers for many featured parts throughout the show.

REHEARSAL & PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Rehearsal Dates & Times:

Monday – Friday, May 9 – June 17

Mon-Fri: 6-10pm

Sat: OFF

Sun: OFF

 

Tech:

June 18: OFF

June 19: 10 out of 12 Tech Day

June 20: 6-11pm

June 21: 6-11pm

June 22: Preview

June 23: Preview

Performance Dates and Times:

Friday, June 24 at 7:30pm

Saturday, June 25 at 2pm

Saturday, June 25 at 7:30pm

 

Thursday, June 30 at 7:30pm

Friday, July 1 at 7:30pm

Saturday, July 2 at 7:30pm

Sunday, July 3 at 2pm

 

Thursday, July 7 at 7:30pm

Friday, July 8 at 7:30pm

Saturday, July 9 at 7:30pm

Sunday, July 10 at 2pm

 

Thursday, July 14 at 7:30pm

Friday, July 15 at 7:30pm

Saturday, July 16 at 7:30pm

Sunday, July 17 at 2pm

 

Where: NorShor Theatre & Rehearsal Spaces

211 E. Superior St.

Duluth, MN 55802

COMPENSATION

Duluth Playhouse operates under an AEA Guest Artist Tier II contract for equity actors. Non-equity salary is negotiated with the producer.

QUESTIONS

Additional questions should be directed to auditions@duluthplayhouse.org

Download the FOOTLOOSE Audition Packet


Family Theatre

A YEAR WITH FROG & TOAD TYA

Music By: Robert Reale/ Book and Lyrics By: Willie Reale/ Based on the Books By: Arnold Lobel

Performed at the Playhouse Family Theatre April 23 – May 1, 2022

Director:  Emily Parr Choreographer: Amber Burns     Music Director: Kyle Picha   

Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe… all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons. The jazzy, upbeat score of A Year with Frog and Toad TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant and enchanting musical, perfect for introducing theatre to youngsters while keeping adults entertained, as well. 

Seeking a diverse cast of actors, singers, and dancers ages 9 to adult. Performers of all races, genders, and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

VIDEO SUBMISSION AUDITIONS 

Please submit the following: 

  • Video Submission Of the following:
    • Character Reading:  Please pick one of the two TOAD monologues to perform, and then either the SNAIL or the MOLE selection. (The SNAIL and MOLE lines are from a song, but just perform them as dialogue.)
    • Song: Sing 16-32 bars (20-30 sec) of a musical theatre song. 
    • Video submissions may be uploaded to Drive, DropBox, YouTube or any other sharing platform and submitted to auditions@duluthplayhouse.org 
  • Headshot & Resume: Please submit your headshot and resume to auditions@duluthplayhouse.org
  • Audition Form: Please fill out the audition form HERE

Download A YEAR WITH FROG & TOAD TYA Audition Packet 

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS must be sent to auditions@duluthplayhouse.org no later than Monday, January 31 at 12:00pm

CALLBACK INFORMATION 

  • CALLBACKS: Will be in person and scheduled the week of Feb. 1-6. Please include any conflicts you have this week on your audition form  

REHEARSAL & PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Rehearsal Dates & Times:

Mon-Fri: March 14 – April 20, 2022

Rehearsals from 6:00pm-8:30/9:00pm

Where:

Family Theatre

506 W. Michigan Street

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES

Saturday, April 23, 2022                                                 1:00 & 4:00pm

Sunday, April 24, 2022                                                    1:00 & 4:00pm

Wednesday, April 27 – SCHOOL MATINEE                     9:30am & 12:30pm

Saturday, April 30, 2022                                                1:00 & 4:00pm

Sunday, May 1, 2022                                                       10:00am Sensory Friendly Show/1:00 & 4:00pm

Tuesday, May 3 – SCHOOL MATINEE                              9:30am & 12:30pm

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

(Casting 15-20 actors Ages 9 to Adult) 

The roles of Frog, Toad, Father Frog, Mother Frog, Turtle, Young Frog, Squirrel 2, will be played by returning actors from the canceled production in our 2020 season 

Forrest Animal Roles (All ages) Gender Neutral: Snail, Mouse, Large and Terrible Frog, Squirrel 1, Lizard, Lady Bird 1, 2, & 3, Mole 1 & 2. (some roles will be played by the same actor)


Underground Theatre

MAKE BELIEVE

By Bess Wohl

Directed by Wes Drummond

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

AUDITION DETAILS

  • All auditions will be conducted by video submission.

Video Submission must include:  

  • Video Audition – 
    • Record yourself performing one of the preselected excerpts by the character you wish to be considered for. All audition material can be found here: Make Believe Audition Sides
    • Memorization is optional for this video audition.
      • Some examples of how to share video submissions
        • Upload your video to google drive or Dropbox. Create a shareable link, copy and paste it to your email message. 
        • Create a YouTube video with a viewable link  
        • There are other ways to also share videos, these are just some examples
  • Headshot: Please email an up to date picture of yourself.  
  • Resume: Please email a current resume.
  • Audition Form: Please fill out the audition form: HERE

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS must be sent to auditions@duluthplayhouse.org no later than Monday, January 31 at 12pm. 

CALLBACK INFORMATION 

  • Callbacks will be held in person the week of February 1st at the NorShor Theatre (211 E. Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802). A representative from the Playhouse will let you know if you are asked to attend callbacks.

ABOUT MAKE BELIEVE

For the Conlee kids, playing house is no longer a game when their parents inexplicably disappear. Thirty-two years later, their search for answers continues. Tony-nominated playwright Bess Wohl’s rich and moving contemporary drama invites the audience to rethink their own childhood experiences and explore the questions we carry with us. Defying all narrative expectations, MAKE BELIEVE is a glimpse inside the minds of children, their parents and the mysteries of childhood.

To read a digital copy of the play, please click HERE

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

YOUNG KATE
Female presenting, age 10-12; plays make believe with her siblings; takes academics and the rules seriously; impressive vocabulary.

YOUNG CHRIS
Male presenting, age 9-11; plays make believe with his siblings; throws soccer ball around the house when upset; looking for an escape; has seen his parents drink too much.

YOUNG ADDIE
Female presenting, age 7-9; plays make believe with her siblings; imaginative, and is often pulled into the worlds she creates; takes good, loving care of her dolls and is “Mom” to them.

YOUNG CARL
Male presenting, age 5-7; does not communicate verbally, possibly because he’s a make believe “Dog.”

ADULT KATE
Female presenting, mid-thirties to early forties; gastroenterologist; not over her childhood trauma; rules matter to her; married to a traveling salesman and does not have children.

ADULT CHRIS
Male presenting, early to mid-twenties; mature for his age; works at Equinox but aspires to more; romantically interested in Addie; he is a friend of the others’ sibling Chris from Narcotics Anonymous.

ADULT ADDIE
Female presenting, mid-thirties to early forties; successful actress working long hours on a crime show; ambitious; coping with anxiety; wealthy; single mom.

ADULT CARL
Male presenting, mid-thirties to early forties; major Silicon Valley entrepreneur; brilliant but socially awkward. Emotionally removed; a little afraid of Kate; ambivalent about attending a family funeral.

REHEARSAL & PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Rehearsal Dates & Times:

Monday-Friday, April 11-May 18

6-10pm (children released early)

Where: 

NorShor Theatre Rehearsal Studios

211 E. Superior St.

Duluth, MN 55802

The Underground Theatre

506 W Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55802

 

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES

Thursday, May 19 at 7:30pm

Friday, May 20 at 7:30pm

Saturday, May 21 at 7:30pm

Thursday, May 26 at 7:30pm

Friday, May 27 at 7:30pm

Saturday, May 28 at 7:30pm

Questions?

Additional questions should be directed to auditions@duluthplayhouse.org

Download the MAKE BELIEVE Audition Packet