Callbacks for Once Upon a Mattress

Congratulations to all who auditioned! We are looking forward to seeing some of you at callbacks tomorrow from 4:00-5:30PM in the Recital Hall. Please note that if you are not called back that does not necessarily mean that you are not cast. Please look for the official cast list that will be posted within the next few days. Character Actors Being Called Back Prince Dauntless Teddy WilkinJackson PloofIan Manning Queen Aggravain Sorchae McMeelHaley SerafineLillian GrahamJoie LynchJoey Goldberg Princess Winnifred the Woebegone Joey GoldbergMeredith Hoole King Sextimus the Silent Colton SturgueMichael Aviles Bramer Lady Larken Meredith HooleJoie LynchOlivia ZottosHaley SerafineAlissa Cutting Minstrel Jackson PloofTeddy Wilkin Wizard Michael Aviles Bramer Sir Harry Teddy WilkinIan ManningCyrus Bowditch Important Note: Callback sides and cuts (materials) have been posted on the callboard in the lounge. Please reach out to Fran ( if you would like digital copies of the sides and cuts. Thanks, Hannah, Fran, and Justin

AUDITIONS for the Plymouth State University Spring Semester Theatre Productions

The Secret in the Wings, by Mary Zimmerman. STRAIGHT PLAYElizabeth Cheney Studio Theatre, February 29 – March 2, 2024.A frightening babysitter reads from a book of obscure fairy tales.  Dark and mysterious stories come to life with humor and looming disaster. Once Upon A Mattress, by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. MUSICAL.Hanaway Theatre, April 11 – 13, 2024.The classic musical with attitude.  Princess Winnifred, ungainly and brash, competes for the hand of Prince Dauntless, who must marry a “true” princess before anyone else in the kingdom can marry. Tuesday  Nov 28:  Auditions for both shows  4pm-9:00pm. SIGN UP HERE Wednesday Nov. 29:  Dance Call  for Once Upon a Mattress from 6:30-8:00pm. Thursday Nov 30:  Callbacks as needed from 3:30pm – 5:30pm. PREPARE AT LEAST TWO OF THE FOLLOWING: 1.  Monologue:  One selection not to exceed 1½ minutes. 2. A second monologue that contrasts with the first monologue, also not to exceed 1½ minutes. 3.  Song: Choose an approximately 1-minute cut of a golden-age piece of your choosing that compliments the first monologue. Please note that the dance call and a song are required for everyone auditioning for Once Upon a Mattress. Questions, email Matt Kizer, Director of Theatre:

A Minor You Very Much Should Consider

At Plymouth State, we offer a rare and pragmatic minor: Standardized Patient Training. Things you should note: Alumni Grace Gilbert and Lindsey Brunelle recently spoke about the minor briefly as a part of a longer interview. Some footage courtesy of WMUR Chronicle. This is a WMUR article on the program made in 2018: Reposted courtesy of WMUR Chronicle.

JANUARY: Gaeity School of Acting in Dublin

International Study-Abroad Intensive during January Break UPDATE: We recorded this session. It is available for viewing here. Tomorrow morning, Wednesday, September 6, from 10:10 to 11:25 we will be holding a panel discussion. We will be featuring performers who have attended the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. All of the performers featured will be alumni of Plymouth State University. The Gaiety School of Acting was founded in 1986 and trains actors for theatre, film and television. The school is in Dublin, Ireland. This year they are including a Design & Technology component. Please attend our Zoom panel live so that you have the opportunity to ask questions of participants. We will record the session so that any of you who cannot attend will be able to revisit the discussion.

Fall 2023 Cast Lists: War of the Worlds & Godspell

War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast Cast Calle Bisaillon– Jake Laurents, Orson Welles, Narrator, & Professor Pierson Cicely Richardson– Freddie Filmore Daniel Sleeper– Dan Seymour, Carl Phillips, Secretary of the Interior, Father, & The Boston Globe Newsboy Sorchae McMeel– Lana Sherwood, Ora Nichols, 22nd Field Artillery Officer, Wife, Sylvia Homes, & Jingle Quartet Singer Michael Aviles Bramer– Howard Koch, Brigadeer General Smith, Stranger, CBS Announcer, Listener 3, 1970’s Reporter, & Jingle Quartet Singer Ian Manning-Studio Announcer, Husband (in commercial #2), & Jingle Quartet Singer Lillian Graham– Studio Manager, Mr. Wilmuth, 22nd Field Artillery Observer, 8X3R Radio Operator, Daughter (in commercial #3), The Daily News Newsboy, Woman with Poison, 1940’s Reporter, & Jingle Quartet singer Colton Stergue– Harry Haywood, John Houseman, Captain Lansing, Langham Field Radio Operator, Son (in commercial #3), Columnist #1, & 1950’s Reporter Megan McFadden– Sally SoundFX, Meridian Room Announcer, 22nd Field Artillery Gunner, Mother (in commercial #3), Walter Winchell, Dorothy Thompson, & 1990’s Reporter Nicholas Bailey– Mercury Stage Manager, Policeman at Wilmuth Farm, Lieutenant Voght, Reporter 1 at CBS, Listener 1, Campbell Playhouse Announcer, & 2010’s Reporter Felicity Felix– WBFR Stage Manager, Bayonne Radio Operator, CBS Employee, Reporter #2 at CBS, Listener 2, & 2000’s Reporter Read More

Fall 2023 Audition Info: War of the Worlds & Godspell

Fall 2023 Auditions for War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast & Godspell May 2-May 4, 2023. All auditions and callbacks are taking place in the Smith Recital Hall Instructions: Please sign up for one five-minute audition slot on the ‘sign-ups’ tab on the callboard and fill out the audition form linked below by noon on Tuesday, May 2. There will be a limited number of Acting Only audition slots available where you will not be required to sing (and an accompanist will not be available during the acting only slots), these slots are labeled ‘Acting Only’ on the sign up sheet. Callbacks for Godspell will take place 6:45-7:30pm on Wednesday, 5/3. Callbacks for The War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast will take place 4:30-6:00pm on Thursday, 5/4. Audition Form Link Audition Requirements, Please prepare: -a one-minute contemporary monologue -approximately 32 bars or one minute of a song, in the style of the show (*bring the music with you for the accompanist) Production Information: War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast by Joe Landry is looking to cast 10-12 actors (though exact doubling and number is flexible due to the nature of this script). I will be casting singers and non-singers, as a few cast Read More

Plymouth State University
Theatre Season 2023 – 2024

War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast adapted by Joe Landry Directed by Jessie ChapmanOctober 12 – 14, 2023 • Hanaway TheatreAn alien invasion throws humanity into chaos in the classic sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds–but all it took to cause real-life panic in the streets was Orson Welles’s 1938 radio adaptation, which listeners took for news. Now, ten years later, the WBFR radio ensemble recreates the colorful events surrounding the infamous evening, including the full original broadcast. Complete with vintage commercials and live sound effects, this radio-play-within-a-radio-play is a thrilling homage to the form’s golden age and timely reminder of what fear can do to a society. Godspell composed by Stephen Schwartz with book by John-Michael TebelakDirected by Elizabeth DailyNovember 16 – 18, 2023 • Cheney Studio Theatre A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life. Read More


GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM   Now Accepting Applications for the 2023 Summer Season!   The Glimmerglass Festival is a summer destination in Upstate New York where audiences from across the country and world come to experience world-class opera, musical theater, and cultural events in a beautiful, relaxing setting. We invite students and early career professionals toapply today for one of our highly competitive, paid apprenticeships!   Glimmerglass Apprentices experience growth through practical professional training, hands-on experience, personal mentorships with skilled and knowledgeable professionals, and access to a wide range of workshops and weekly seminars. All Apprentices receive $14.20/hr + OT and receive free housing.     Apprenticeship Opportunities Include:   ADMINISTRATIONBox Office, Communications, Company Management, Development, Events, Finance, Front of House, IT, Operations PRODUCTION A/V, Costume Admin, Crafts, Costume Design, Stitcher, Electrics, Hair & Makeup, Lighting, Prod Admin, Rigging, Scene Design, Paints, Props, Carpentry, Stage Management, Stage Ops, Tech Direction, Wardrobe ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATIONArts Admin, Music Library, Music Operations     Don’t miss this opportunity to join a performing arts company that has made acommitment to offer a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse experience for the next generation of theater professionals! The 2023 Festival includes Puccini’s La bohème, Bernstein’s Candide, Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Handel’s Rinaldo and a world premiere youth opera, The Rip Van Winkles.  Click here to explore details about available opportunities and to learn more about how to apply! Read More