News Stories 2013

Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre Announces Open Audition Date
Auditions for MSMT 2013 season, including Crazy for You and Jesus Christ Superstar will be held Feb. 17-18 Technical positions and high school internships also available.

Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre will hold open auditions for performers ages 16 and up on Feb. 17 and 18. Performers will be cast for the seasons mainstage productions: the Gershwin musical Crazy for You, performing June 12-30, and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar,  performing July 10-28.

The following audition details can also be found online, at www.muhlenberg.edu/smt.

Vocal auditions will be held Sunday, Feb. 17, from 2 to 6 and 7 to 11 p.m., and Monday, Feb. 18, from 7 to 11 p.m. Auditions will be held in the Studio Theatre, in the Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, on the Muhlenberg College campus. Vocal audition appointments are three minutes.

Dance auditions will be held Sunday, Feb. 17, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, at Muhlenberg. Dance auditions will take about half an hour. Auditioners will be taught a short dance sequence, which they will then perform. No preparation is required. Auditioners who own tap shoes should bring them.

All auditioners must register in advance and schedule an audition. All auditioners must sign up for both vocal and dance auditions. Auditioners should send an email to boxoffice@muhlenberg.edu before Friday, Feb. 15, indicating available dates and times within the scheduled audition, and providing a mobile phone number where the auditioner can be reached with questions.                                                                                                                                                        

Those without access to email should call the Muhlenberg Theatre & Dance office at 484-664-3087, during regular office hours before Thursday, Feb. 14. Voice messages should contain all of the above information.

All auditioners will be assigned a time for both a dance audition and a vocal audition, and should plan to dance and sing, even if they concentrate in just one area. All performers in both shows will sing and dance.

Auditioners who live too far away from the Allentown area or who are unable to attend auditions may submit a preliminary DVD audition. The DVD should consist of a comedic monologue not more than two minutes in length, one song (see guidelines below), and a 90-second dance solo. DVDs must arrive before the audition date listed to be eligible for consideration.

Auditioners who receive a callback must attend in person to be considered for a role. Callbacks will be held the week of March 11, and will include acting auditions, reading from the script.

Auditioners for both shows should prepare a memorized vocal selection of no more than 32 bars of a musical theater song written before 1975. An accompanist will be provided for the vocal audition. Auditioners must bring sheet music in the key in which they would like to sing, with the selection indicated and any cuts clearly noted. Please no accompaniment tapes or a cappella auditions.

Non-performing opportunities are available for technicians and costumers. Carpenters, electricians, props technicians, light board and sound board operators, and stage crew are needed for productions. Costumers, first hand, stitchers, and wardrobe running crew are needed in the costume shop.

High school stage management internships are available for those who will be at least 16 years old by the time they begin working for MSMT. Interns work alongside college students and professionals from the College, and guest artists from New York, learning valuable skills that they can take back to their high school programs. Interns receive a $400 stipend for the summer.

The application deadline for technicians, costumers, and administrative personnel is March 1. Applications can be found online at www.muhlenberg.edu/smt. Completed applications can be sent to boxoffice@muhlenberg.edu.