Auditions and Casting
- All students enrolled at NMU, regardless of major, are eligible to audition for any production.
- At the discretion of the director, auditions for a production may be opened to NMU faculty, staff, and/or members of the community.
- Casting decisions are made by the director of each production, according to the needs of the production. All other factors being equal, students will be given preference in casting. The decision of the director is final.
- Theatre students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to be eligible to audition. All students cast in a production must maintain university eligibility requirements (sufficient academic progress).
- Theatre majors are encouraged to accept any role which they are offered.
- In the past, the FRT has held auditions for each individual production in its annual season. Though we occasionally may still hold auditions for an individual show (at the discretion of the director of that show), we have primarily switched over to holding general auditions at the beginning of each academic year.
- Rehearsals for productions are usually held in the evening. They usually start between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and may run for up to four hours. Weekend rehearsal times will be determined by the director of the individual production. Directors will make time changes as needed.
General Rehearsal and Performance Rules
These rules apply to all productions in the Forest Roberts Theatre and James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. Additional rules may be added by the director.
The following behavior is unprofessional and will result in dismissal from the cast or crew:
- One unexcused absence from a scheduled rehearsal or crew call.
- Three unexcused latenesses for scheduled rehearsals or crew calls.
- Possession, use, or abuse of drugs or alcohol on the premises of the Forest Roberts Theatre.
- Stealing, defacing, or destroying personal or university property.
- A major violation of the Forest Roberts Theatre Code of Ethics.
Each company member is expected to monitor the above behavior and, if necessary, to report a breach of conduct immediately to the director, the technical director, the production stage manager, or the director of the Forest Roberts Theatre.
Cast members may be removed from a production by the director or by action of the Theatre faculty. Crew members may be removed by the technical director or the production stage manager.
Q: Why is the FRT holding general auditions?
A: Our season is no longer divided into mainstage and studio productions, so a general audition is a much more efficient use of time and resources.
Q: Is this an audition for the FRT acting company? Does this mean I will be in all of the shows?
A: No. Each director will hold individual callbacks, and you can write on your audition form which shows you are and are not interested in.
Q: Do I have to sign up for a time slot?
A: No. General auditions begin at 6 pm, and you should arrive promptly and take a number.
Q: I want to audition, but I cannot attend any of the audition days. What do I do?
A: Please contact the Director of Theatre, Bill Digneit, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Who will be watching my audition?
A: For the general auditions, it will be the faculty, student directors, and assistants. Other actors will not watch your audition. Each director will determine the process for their particular callbacks which might include group work.
Q: How long do I have to be at auditions?
A: Please show up promptly at 6 pm to take a number and complete paperwork. After you audition, you will be free to go.
Q: I am not a Theatre major and I have never been in a show. Should I audition?
A: Yes! Many of our actors and technicians are not Theatre majors or minors. Remember, we WANT you to succeed. We want to make this process as easy and welcoming as possible.
Q: I’m a freshman. Do I stand a chance?
A: YES! We often cast freshmen!
Q: Can I be in more than one show?
A: Schedules permitting, it is possible, but keep in mind that appearing in more than one show requires good time management skills!
Q: Can I read the script before auditions?
A: Contact the FRT Box Office for details about scripts available to check out. You can call us at 906-227-2553 or email us at email@example.com!
Q: I just want to be on run crew.
A: Come to the Season Premiere Party at the beginning of the year or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I have other questions. Who can I ask?
A: Email us at email@example.com.