Auditions for Fall 2023

"Audition!  Get that part!"

- from Talking With..., by Jane Martin


Willamette University Theatre proudly announces auditions for its upcoming fall musical production, Into The Deep by E. M. Lewis and Clarence Roscoe McDonaldWe are looking for talented individuals passionate about theatre and are excited to be a part of this world-premiere production.

Audition Information

Auditions will be held at the Pelton Theatre on the campus of Willamette University. 

General auditions: Wednesday, August 30, 2023 • 6:00 pm
Callbacks: Thursday, August 31, 2023 • 6:00 pm

Audition Requirements

  • Up to 32 bars of a song written during or after 1970. This selection can be from any time period or era of the musical theatre repertoire or another genre entirely, such as, but not limited to, rock, pop, gospel, etc.
  • One 60 – 90 second monologue from the contemporary theatre.
  • Memorization is required.
  • Audition songs may be device-accompanied or a cappella. No piano accompanist will be present at the auditions.

All auditions at Willamette University's Theatre department are "open calls." Any and every Willamette and Salem community member is welcome to come and play with us!

If you are a theatre major, minor or scholarship holder, you are required to participate in all auditions. Details are at the bottom of this page.*

About the Musical


World premiere musical! On an ordinary day in a small college town, a storm strikes and leaves destruction in its wake. In its aftermath, a group of friends unite at a cabin in the woods to discover, “When the water is over your head, who can pull you up?”

In the Deep is a new musical about friendship, family, and surviving in unknown torrents. Written and directed by three generations of Willamette University alumni.

Performances • M. Lee Pelton Theatre
October 26 — November 12, 2023

Preview: Thursday, Oct. 26
Opening night gala:  Friday, Oct. 27 • Aftershow catering by Bon Appetit

Evenings shows: Wed – Sat at 7:30 pm
2 pm Matinees:

  • Sunday, Oct. 29
  • Saturday, Nov. 4
  • Sunday, Nov. 5
  • Sunday, Nov. 12 

About our casting

Willamette University Theatre is committed to providing equal opportunity and prohibits all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment based upon age, color, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, military and veteran status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, including breastfeeding or medical condition relating to breastfeeding, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by law.

* Significant involvement in each main stage production each semester is required of all majors, minors, and scholarship students. If you received your scholarship based on an acting audition, you must audition for all main stage shows. If you interviewed as a design/tech student, you are welcome but not required to audition. Significant involvements include acting or a major contribution to technical aspects of the production. The faculty will assign students their production roles. It is the student's responsibility to check with the Production Stage Manager to confirm their assignments to crew positions. 

Willamette University


M. Lee Pelton Theatre
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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