Auditions for two Theatre Company productions

Auditions for two Theatre Company productions

Date(s) - February 13, 2024
7:00 pm

Reno Hall, Room 164

Student auditions for the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company‘s productions of “Kayak” and “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 13-14.

The auditions are set for Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. inside of Reno Hall, Room 164. Callbacks will be the following evening, Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. All gender identities will be considered for all roles.

For the audition, please prepare the two of the following sets of audition pieces:

  1. Two contemporary monologues (one comedic and one dramatic). Each piece should be two minutes or under.
  2. 12-lines of Shakespeare from any Shakespeare play. NO SONNETS. This can be on book (not memorized), but should be prepared and presented “as if” it is being performed. Any questions about this requirement, reach out to Andrew Papa.

The callbacks will consist of improv and cold readings from the scripts. Scripts and sides will be available through the DMTC Blackboard page. To request access, email

Character Breakdown — “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” (All gender identities will be considered for all roles)

  • Jess: The Scholar. Clearly wants to honor Shakespeare’s profound influence on literature and the theatre.
  • Adam: The Dunce. Adam wants to make Shakespeare fun and accessible, but oftentimes gets it WAY wrong.
  • Daniel: The Go-To. Daniel is reliable, wanting to keep the show flowing, and sometimes has to keep Jess/Adam on track.

Character Breakdown — “Kayak”

  • Annie (female identifying): Middle-aged homemaker who lives comfortably with her husband Herb and her son Peter. She wants what is best for her son, but heavily treads the line of being a ‘helicopter mom.’
  • Peter (male identifying): College graduate, little bit of a ‘mama’s boy,’ but seeking to claim his independence and find his place in the world.
  • Julie (female identifying): College student/environmental activist and outdoor enthusiast.
  • Female & Male Newscaster: Associated press presence…experience with dialects a plus.
  • Narrator: Will be cast from auditions (no sides for this role).

If you have any further questions about the processes listed above, please reach out to Andrew Papa at

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