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Season 2022 Auditions

The Western Stage  is committed to inclusive casting practices. We believe in the value that diverse voices bring to telling a story, and the importance of casting that pushes against historical systems.
Artists of all ethnicities, genders, and abilities are encouraged to audition.

Now accepting video auditions for the 2022 season.

Video Submission Guidelines:

  • For musicals, please prepare a song that shows the quality and range of your voice. You may sing from the show you are interested in.

  • For plays, prepare a monologue in the style of show you are interested in.

  • Submit your video, resume and headshot HERE.

We require all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof of vaccination before rehearsals begin.

Character Breakdowns

STUDIO THEATER

Ken Ludwig’s

A Comedy of Tenors

First Meeting Tuesday, June 21 

Conflict Cutoff Friday, July 29 

Tech Starts Friday, August 5 

Performs Aug 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28

Strike August 28

Saunders (50-59) Show business producer. Self-made man, hard working, high-strung and had to fight his way to get to the top. He could stand to lose his fortune and reputation with his latest production.  

 

Max (30-39) Saunders former assistant and a rising American opera singer who has the potential for an international career. Smart and quick with a joke. Must sing well.

 

Maria (40-55) Tito’s stunning wife. Epitome of Italian fashion. Big personality and an explosive temper. Strong Italian accent.

 

Tito (50-59) One of Italy’s most famous opera singers. Dresses with style. He has a bit of a diva complex, and is insanely jealous. Strong Italian Accent. Must be a strong tenor. Also plays Beppo, a bellhop. 

 

Mimi (20-29) The daughter of Tito and Maria. Romantic, wide-eyed modern girl who hopes to make it in show business as an actress. Educated in the US with an American accent. In love with Carlo. 

 

Carlo (25-35) Italian-American from Brooklyn. Famous young tenor who is in love with Mimi but is also viewed as a threat to her father’s career. Must be a strong tenor. 

 

Racón (35-49) Famous Russian opera singer. Former lover to Tito. Very passionate woman with a strong Russian accent. Must also sing well.

Roles are open to people of all genders, ethnicities, and abilities. 

How Black Mothers 

Say I Love You

First Meeting Tuesday, August 30 

Conflict Cutoff Friday, October 7 

Tech Starts Friday, October 14 

Performs Oct 21-Nov. 6 (Oct. 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, Nov. 4, 5, 6)

Strike November 6

Daphne (54, Black) A former domestic worker from Jamaica who has terminal cancer. Very religious and proud. She has refused treatment for her cancer and is relying on God to heal her.

 

Claudette (37, Black) Daphne’s eldest daughter. A social worker and social activist, she is gay and her mother does not accept her sexuality. She is returning home after several years.

 

Valerie (35, Black)  Daphne’s middle daughter. She values tradition and is stiff and proper. Married into money and “works” at her husbands office. The peacemaker of the family.

 

Cleo (18-30, Black) Daphne’s youngest daughter. Although she died years ago, her spirit remains a presence in the house. She died at eleven years old of sickle-cell anemia. Must sing well.

Roles are open to people of all genders and abilities. 

MAINSTAGE THEATER

Floyd Collins

First Meeting Tuesday, May 24

Conflict Cutoff Friday, July 1 

Tech Starts Friday, July 8 

Performs July 16-30 (July 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30)

Strike July 31

Floyd Collins is an American story; to tell an ‘American’ story today is to acknowledge the rich diversity that makes up our country. For all roles, we encourage performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit. Do not feel bound by traditional casting requirements. 

 

Floyd Collins (30’s, Baritone with falsetto, B3-A5) An ambitious caver from Kentucky who gets trapped under a rock. A fearless dreamer.  

 

Homer Collins (20’s Tenor, B3-C5) Floyd’s hot-headed younger brother and best friend. He is tempted by fame and fortune but grounded by his devotion to his brother. He is determined to rescue his brother.

 

Nellie Collins (20’s Soprano, F3-F#6) Floyd’s ethereal sister. She has a childlike quality which others interpret as emotional immaturity, but she actually knows more than she lets on.  

 

Skeets Miller (20-40, Tenor) A reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal; eager, energetic, anxious to get his first big scoop, he is the only man small enough to reach Floyd; torn apart by guilt over the media circus he has created. 

 

Lee Collins (50-65, Baritone, A3-G4) Floyd’s Father. Stoic and taciturn, he is a God-fearing man who was raised on the rough soil of Kentucky, unequipped to handle the disintegration of his family.

 

H.T. Carmichael (45-60, vocal range flexible) The engineer assigned to get Floyd out of the cave; arrogant, overbearing and disdainful of the uneducated locals he is forced to deal with, he is an outsider in a very tight-knit community.   


Miss Jane (50-65, alto/mezzo, F#3-F#5) Floyd’s Stepmother. The heart of the family with a quiet strength.

Bee Doyle (35-60, Baritone, A3-F4) Owner of the land that holds Sand Cave. Tough, weathered and severe, he is a local farmer who is forced to watch as his farm is transformed into a media circus.

 

Ed Bishop (30-45, Baritone, A3-F4) A local caver who is in over his head.

 

Jewell Estes (18-25, Baritone, A3-F4) A local teenager. Simple and good-natured, he is a big talker and the butt of the jokes around Sand Cave.

 

Cliff Roney (25-35, Tenor) A young filmmaker. An outsider to the community with big-City energy. Sharkish and slick talking. Also plays Reporter #1.

 

Dr Hazlett (25-50, Tenor) A doctor from Chicago. Practical and diagnostic. Also plays Reporter #2.

 

Frederick Jordan (25-55, Tenor) A local farmer. Also plays Reporter #3

Roles are open to people of all genders, ethnicities, and abilities.

Head Over Heels

First Meeting Tuesday, July 26 

Conflict Cutoff Friday, September 2 

Tech Starts Friday, September 9 

Performs Sept. 17-Oct. 1 (Sept. 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, Oct. 1)

Strike October 2 

Musidorus (18-29, Tenor) A guileless and fearless shepherd who adores Philoclea. A very offbeat hero who is great with physical comedy. 

 

Pamela (20-29, Mezzo) The eldest daughter. Favored and beautiful, she is obsessed with appearances, yet a good egg underneath it all. 

 

Philoclea (20-29, Soprano) The younger planer princess. Strong-willed but does what's best for the family. Would prefer not to be a royal if it meant she could settle down with her love, Musidorus.

 

Basilius (40-55, Baritone)  King of Arcadia. A hothead but not a despot; wants to do the right thing but ego gets in the way; blindly thinks all is well in Arcadia under his masculine rule. 

 

Gynecia (40-55, Alto) Queen of Arcadia. Sexy and wise. She knows how to get her way with her husband. Afraid of getting older. A playful spirit underneath. 

 

Dametas (40-59, Baritenor) Prime Minister of Arcadia. Father to Mopsa. Wise and patient, he is loyal to Basilius; a widower who still harbors sorrow.

 

Mopsa (20-29, Mezzo) The handmaiden to Pamela. Warm and skeptical. Growing up without a mother has made her wise beyond her years, which is why she is the (sometime) narrator to the show. 

 

Pythio (18-55, alto/bass, non-binary) The Oracle of Delphi. Mysitcal and powerful. Sexy and Demeaning. Can see through everyone’s falseness. 


Ensemble (18+) Strong singers and movers. Unique and charismatic Citizens of Arcadia.

Roles are open to people of all genders, ethnicities, and abilities. 

Tuck Everlasting

First Meeting Tuesday, September 27 

Conflict Cutoff Friday, November 4

Tech Starts Friday, November 11 

Performs Nov. 19-Dec. 3 (Nov. 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, Dec. 1, 2, 3)

Strike December 4 

 

Winnie Foster (plays 11-13, Soprano) A young girl, too skeptical for her age, longing for romance and adventure. She is obedient and sheltered, until she meets Jesse who opens a magical world of possibility.

 

Jesse Tuck (17-25, Tenor) The youngest and most optimistic of the Tuck family. Eternally youthful, he enjoys immortality, yet is lonely. Winnie is his first real friend and love. 

 

Miles Tuck (18-28, Baritenor) Jesse’s older brother. After losing his wife and child, he is bitter and eternally regretful. 

 

Mae Tuck (40-55, Mezzo) Mother to Jesse and Miles. The matriarch. Eternally beautiful with homespun wisdom, she is protective of her children and warm towards Winnie.

 

Angus Tuck (40-55, Tenor Father to Jesse and Miles. The patriarch. Eternally loving, he is a kind soul and has a deep and profound understanding of life. 

 

Man in the Yellow Suit (40-70, Tenor) Ruled by greed and ambition, he is obsessed with his search for the fountain of youth. A leader of a traveling carnival, he is vile and creepy. 

 

Constable Joe (40-65, Tenor) Head of the police force. He comes off as a buffoon but is actually good at his job and has a kind heart.

 

Hugo (16-25, Tenor) Constable Joe’s sidekick and son. Shy and observant, he is lovable and assists his father in finding Winnie. 

 

Betsy Foster (30-45, Mezzo) Winnie’s mother. Once a gentle woman, she has been broken by the grief at the loss of her husband, yet brave and unbending through adversity.

Nana (60+, alto) Winnie's grandmother, Betsy's mother. Sweet, sometimes mischievous.

 

Ensemble (18+) Strong singers, movers and dancers.  Townsfolk, Carnival Workers, Patrons, Travelers. Experienced dancers for dream ballet.

Roles are open to people of all genders, ethnicities, and abilities. 
ABOUT TWS
The Western Stage is a professionally managed community based theatre company, located on campus at Hartnell Community College in Salinas, Ca. Our productions join trained professionals, community performers and theatre students, to create theatrically rich and relevant productions.