Spring '15 Theatre Auditions!

Willamette University Theatre is holding auditions for both our spring productions along with fall departmental auditions. Helen the first play of the spring semester, will be cast before winter break; The Country Wife will be cast in January. 

General Schedule for Spring Auditions:

Monday, December 8, 2015

8:30 a.m.: Arrive at Pelton Theatre and fill out an audition form You will receive an individual audition time slot.

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: Individual auditions
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.: Callback list will be posted.

Tuesday, December 9, 2015

5:00 - 10:00.: Callbacks for Helen and The Country Wife.

What to Prepare:

Two memorized, contrasting monologues:

  • One of your monologues should be from a contemporary play, and it should contrast with the second monologue. Your second monologue must be from a Restoration comedy of manners play*.
    * See Jonathan Cole if you need clarification regarding your Restoration monologue. 
  • Each monologue should be no more than 1 minute in length. 
  • The total length of both monologues, including introduction, must not exceed 3 minutes. 

Details on the plays, roles available, and basic schedules:

Helen adapted by Ellen McLaughlin
Directed by Michelle Seaton

Rehearsal Schedule: January 19 - February 18; 
Performance Schedule: Preview February 19; performances February 20 - March 28, 2015. 
All roles available.


In this fresh take on Euripides’ tragicomedy, Helen never went to Troy but spent the war fought in her name in an Egyptian hotel room waiting for her husband Menelaus to come find her and take her home. In her odd exile, Helen receives visits from Io, a mythical figure who was once turned into a cow, and the goddess Athena, who informs her of the devastation that Helen’s empty image has wrought upon the world. Bewildered by her strange escape from her own story, even Menelaus’ final arrival cannot save Helen from the legend that has grown far larger than the woman who inspired it.

The Country Wife by William Wycherley
Directed by Jonathan Cole

Rehearsals schedule: February 23 - April 15; Performance Schedule: Preview April 16; performances April 17 - May 2. All roles available. 


A true gem of the Comedy of Manners genre, The Country Wife paints a frank picture of a rakish hero who will go to any length to engage in scandalous liaisons with the wives of his courtly colleagues. Ribaldry, sparkling wordplay, and old-fashioned dirty tricks abound in this gleefully wicked romp through the inner chambers of 17th century London’s upper crust.