Auditions for Spring 2023 Shows

"Audition!  Get that part!"

- from Talking With..., by Jane Martin

lair-02.jpgAuditions for Spring 2023 productions will be held on Dec. 2, with callbacks on Dec. 6 and 9, 2022. Specific times, requirements and forms are below.

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 and/or scholarship holder, you are required to participate in Spring auditions. Details at bottom of page.

IMPORTANT: Please complete an audition and/or tech form
IN ADVANCE of the audition dates.

All Majors, Minors and Scholarship holders must fill out both forms.


Before auditions, please read our Disclosure Form regarding requirements and play content.

Disclosure form, the SECRETARIES 
 Disclosure form, BLITHE SPIRIT

Audition Dates & Times

General Auditions
  • Friday, Dec. 2, 2022  •  12:00 - 4:00 pm.
    Auditions will take place at Willamette’s Pelton Theatre building.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022  •  6:00 - 9:00 pm
    Callbacks for The Secretaries.
  • Friday, Dec. 9, 2022  •  12:30 - 4:00 pm
    Callbacks for Blithe Spirit.

Rehearsals for The Secretaries begin on Tuesday, Jan 17, 2023.
Rehearsals for Blithe Spirit begin on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023.

Audition requirements

Actors should come to the auditions prepared (memorized!) with two (2) contrasting monologues from plays reflective of the tone/stylistic demands/genres of the two spring plays. No dialect is necessary for the general audition.

The total audition time is two (2) minutes. 


All actors and technicians will need to complete Audition or Tech forms in advance of the auditions. Please fill out forms before the December 2, 2022 auditions.

All Majors, Minors and Scholarship holders must fill out both forms.


About the Plays

SECRETARIES LOGO, woman destroying computer

Secretaries text title

By The Five Lesbian Brothers  

February 16 – 26, 2023

Directed by Stephanie Mulligan 

There is a special kind of cattiness that rules the secretaries at Cooney Lumber Mill in Big Bone, Oregon. But could they also be luring people into a cult behind recent “accidental” lumberjack deaths? Oil up the chainsaws and buckle in for this hilarious, outrageous feminist satire of admins over the edge. 

Performances • M. Lee Pelton Theatre
FEBRUARY 16 – 26, 2023

Preview: Thursday, Feb. 16
Opening night gala:  Friday, Feb. 17 • Aftershow catering by Bon Appetit

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

  • Saturday, Feb. 18
  • Sunday, Feb. 19
  • Sunday, Feb. 26
The Secretaries is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

BLITHE SPIRIT logo, woman in crystal ball

Blithe Spirit text title

By Noël Coward

April 13 – 29, 2023

Directed by Susan Coromel

Charles Condomine invites his friends and the batty spiritualist Madame Arcati to his estate for a “research” séance. Only Charles can see what happens next — the ghost of his first wife returns from the dead! Did we mention his house mate ... his current wife Ruth?

Performances • M. Lee Pelton Theatre
April 13 – 29, 2023

Preview: Thursday, April 13
Opening night gala:  Friday, April 14 • Aftershow catering by Bon Appetit

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

  • Saturday, April 15
  • Sunday, April 16
  • Sunday, April 23
  • Sunday, April 29
Blithe Spirit is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. 

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 breast feeding, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by law.

* Significant involvement in each main stage productions 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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