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Charleston Stage Seasonal Auditions
For Roles In Charleston Stage’s 2017-18 40th Anniversary Season Beginning In September 2017

Charleston Stage’s annual seasonal auditions are for members of the community interested in performing with Charleston Stage. Roles in four shows are available for our 2017-18 season: Disney’s The Little Mermaid, A Christmas Carol, To Kill A Mockingbird and the Charleston premiere of Shakespeare in Love. Seasonal auditions are open to adults and high school students. While Charleston Stage has a Resident Professional Acting Company and employs guest actors, community actors make up a large portion of our acting company each season, playing leading, as well as, supporting roles. Charleston Stage has a colorblind casting policy. Roles in all productions are available to anyone regardless of race. Newcomers welcome!

2017-18 Seasonal Auditions (Auditions by Appointment Only:

Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017 • 3:00 - 9:00 PM
Time: High School Students 3:00 - 5:00 PM / Adults 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Charleston Stage Mt. Pleasant Studio (629 Johnnie Dodds Blvd Ste 7, Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Is There a Fee to Audition?

No. Charleston Stage auditions are free.

To Sign Up for An Audition Time:

Adults, please email Ashley Palmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. High school students, please email Jesse Siak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Who Can Attend May 7th Auditions:

• Adults (18 and over) and high school students interested in working with Charleston Stage and who are available for all rehearsals and performances.
• You may audition once and be considered for any or all shows.

What To Prepare

For To Kill A Mockingbird, A Christmas Carol, Shakespeare In Love

  • A monologue (less than 1 minute)

For Disney’s Little Mermaid, A Christmas Carol

  • 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song
  • Singers must provide neatly marked sheet music in the correct key for their song. Music should be in a book or binder for the accompanist.
  • An accompanist will be provided

Shows Being Auditioned

Disney’s A Little Mermaid

Director Marybeth Clark
Music Director Sam Henderson
Choreographer Cara Dolan
Rehearsals: August 1-29, 2017
Public Performances: August 30 - September 24

Roles Available
Mersisters/Princesses/Sea Creatures
Sailors/Sea Creatures

To Kill A Mockingbird

Director: Jesse Siak
Rehearsals: September 5 - October 17
Public Performances: October 18- November 5
Daytime School Performances: October 24, 25, 31, Nov 1

Roles Available

Tom Robinson--Simple black man wrongfully accused of a crime. Big, mildly crippled.

Helen Robinson--wife of Tom.

Rev. Sykes/Sister Sykes--Black Reverend in the town/ or Black woman leader of the church

Miss Maudy Atkinson--Kind, of strong moral compass.

Miss Stephanie Crawford--The town gossip.

Miss Henry Lafayette Dubose--Harsh, mean, racist, dying.

Mr. Gilmer--Prosecutor of the Tom Robinson case. Intelligent, heart in the wrong place.

Judge Taylor--Judge of the Tom Robinson case.

Sheriff Heck Tate--Sheriff of Maycomb. Friend to Atticus.

Bob Ewell- accuses Tom Robinson of attacking his daughter

Christmas Carol

Director: Julian Wiles
Music Director: Sam Henderson
Rehearsals: October 24 - November 28 (Note there are no rehearsals during Thanksgiving: Nov 22-25)
Public Performances: November 29 - December 21
Daytime performances for school groups: December 5, 7,12, 13

Roles Available
Most performers in A Christmas Carol play many roles (carolers, apprentices, townspeople, cripples, beggars, toymakers, mourners, partygoers, ghostly spirits, etc.) as well as, well known named roles.

Shakespeare In Love

Director: Julian Wiles
Rehearsals: March 6 - April 3
Public Performances: April 4 - April 22
Performances for School Groups: April 10, 11, 17, 18

Roles Available
Shakespeare in Love is an ensemble show with most performers playing multiple roles ranging from theatre owners, courtiers in Queen Elizabeth’s Court, tavern goers, prostitutes and Elizabethan actors rehearsing for Romeo and Juliet. A few roles require singing.






Performance Troupe (Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8)

Performance Troupe is the premiere student performance group at Charleston Stage. It is geared towards our most advanced, dedicated and experienced students in Grades 4-8 and meets once a week during the school year. Admission is by audition only, and auditions are held in April each year for the following year. Students meet weekly with Charleston Stage's Associate Artistic Director, Resident Music Director and Associate Director of Education to further develop their acting, movement and singing skills. Students in Troupe are given the opportunity to audition for Charleston Stage's MainStage and Family Series productions at the Dock Street Theatre and work on performance pieces weekly in class.

2017-18 Performance Troupe Auditions:
Performance Troupe auditions for our 2017-18 season will be held on Monday, April 24 at 6:30pm at our Mount Pleasant Studio (629 Johnnie Dodds Blvd Ste 7).

To Register for An Audition:
Online register will begin on April 3, 2017.
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What to Prepare:
Each student needs to prepare 1 monologue that is 1 minute or less. Students will also be taught a song and dance as a part of the audition.

Tuition (for those accepted): $650.00
A non-refundable deposit of $325 is due upon acceptance into Performance Troupe and the full balance is due August 1, 2017. Please login to pay your balance or contact our Education staff for assistance at 843.856.3822.








Resident Acting Intern Program

For our Resident Acting Intern Program, we hire actors from UPTA (Unified Professional Theatre Auditions) which is held in February of every year. All postions have been filled for the 2017-18 season. Please check back in December 2017 for more information about auditioning for our 2018-19 season.

Charleston Stage Company is South Carolina's largest professional (NON-EQUITY) theatre. Our Resident Acting Intern Program is an intensive 10 month program that allows its participants to combine multiple performance opportunities with a well structured and practical teacher training program. Our company is in residence at the Historic Dock Street Theatre, a 450-seat proscenium space which just underwent a 19 million dollar renovation, and does not tour.

Contract Dates:
July 5, 2017 - May 1, 2018

• $200 weekly 
• Furnished apartment with utilities provided
• Private bedroom and bathroom
• 10 days paid Christmas vacation
• $500 completion of contract bonus

Primary Responsibility:
• Acting - Resident actors are typically cast in 7 of the 9 shows within a season.

Secondary Responsibility:
• Teaching weekly acting classes for students in our Theatre School grades K - 8.
• In school workshops/residency using theatre to teach academic topics. No touring shows.

Additional Duties Include:
• May include strikes and load-ins

The Following Make You a Good Candidate:

• MUST have atleast an undergraduate degree in theatre or musical theatre
• Strong vocal and dance training
• Teaching experience, respect and appreciation for children and the willingness to be guided in teaching them theatre
• Strong work ethic
MUST have a working reliable car

For more information on Charleston Stage's Resident Acting Intern Program please contact Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2017-18 Season: 

Disney's The Little Mermaid

To Kill a Mockingbird
A Christmas Carol
Avenue Q
Shakespeare In Love

Family Series:
Junie B. Jones In Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
The Giver
The Three Billy Goats Gruff


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