School of Theatre & Dance
Theatre at USF

Audition Info for Performance Classes and Productions

Students seeking admission into the Theatre program do not need to audition; however students in the Theatre Performance concentration will need to audition for the upper level acting sequence.

Audition information for:

Fall Staged Reading Series auditions
When: Tuesday, August 28th from 6pm - 9pm
Where: TAR 130
Sign Ups: Audition time sign up sheet is on the TAR Building call board (2nd floor hallway).   Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition time to fill out an audition sheet.

Auditions will be readings from the script with a reader – no monologue required.  All USF students welcome to audition.

The plays:
a "mystery" play  (Directed by Dan Granke)
  • Rehearsals – Friday, 9/7 in TAR 249 and Saturday, 9/8 in TAR 120
  • Performances: Saturday, Sept 8 at 7:30, Sunday, Sept 9 at 3:00
The Little Dog Laughed (by Douglas Carter Beane, Directed by Doug Hall)
  • Rehearsals – Friday, 9/14 in TAR 249 and Saturday, 9/15 in TAR 120
  • Performances: Saturday, Sept 15 at 7:30, Sunday, Sept 16 at 3:00
Las Meninas (by Lynn Nottage, Directed by Fanni Green)
  • Rehearsals – Friday, 9/21 in TAR 120 and Saturday, 9/22 in TAR 120
  • Performances: Saturday, Sept 22 at 7:30, Sunday, Sept 23 at 3:00

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

  • Auditions: Monday, Aug 20; Tuesday, Aug 21 -- 6pm - 10pm
  • Final Callbacks: Wednesday, Aug 22 -- 6pm - 10pm (be prepared to stay the entire time)
All USF students are welcome to audition

For the audition: Please prepare one monologue and one song in the style of the show.  Bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided.

Audition time sign up sheets are on the TAR Building call board (2nd floor hallway).   Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition time to fill out an audition sheet.

Rehearsals begin in early September of 2018.  Show performance dates are Nov 8 - 18, 2018 in Theatre 1.

All roles are open except Panch, who will be played by Prof. Dan Granke.

Chip Tolentino (also plays Jesus)
An athletic, social, boy scout and champion of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, he returns to defend his title, but he finds puberty hitting at an inopportune moment.

Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere (Schwartzy)
Logainne is the youngest and most politically aware speller, often making comments about current political figures. She is driven by internal and external pressure, but above all by a desire to win to make her two fathers proud. She is somewhat of a neat freak, speaks with a lisp, and will be back next year.

Leaf Coneybear (also plays Carl Dad)
The second runner-up in his district, Leaf gets into the competition on a lark and finds everything about the bee incredibly amusing. He is home-schooled and comes from a large family of former hippies. He has severe Attention Deficit Disorder and spells words correctly while in a trance.

William Barfee
A Putnam County Spelling Bee finalist last year, he was eliminated because of an allergic reaction to peanuts and is back for vindication. His famous "Magic Foot" method of spelling has boosted him to spelling glory, even though he only has one working nostril and a touchy, bullying personality.

Marcy Park
The ultimate over-achiever, Marcy has never been given another option. She comes from a family where excellence is expected and so simply produced. A parochial school student, she assumes God, too, expects perfection. She sees herself as a mass of problems but she keeps them to herself. Having moved often because of her parents' work, she knows she can beat the local competition. Her many talents include piano, dance, martial arts, baton twirling.

Olive Ostrovsky
A young newcomer to competitive spelling. Her mother is in an ashram in India, and her father is working late, as usual, but he is trying to come sometime during the bee. Having found comfort in its words and vastness, Olive made friends with her dictionary at a very young age, helping her to make it to the competition. She starts enormously shy, and shyly blossoms.

Rona Lisa Peretti (also plays Olive’s Mom)
The number-one realtor in Putnam County, a former Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion herself, and the returning moderator. She is a sweet woman who loves children, but she can be very stern when it comes to dealing with Vice Principal Panch and his feelings for her. Her interest in the competition is unflagging and drives it forward.

Mitch Mahoney (also plays Dan Dad, Olive’s Dad))
The Official Comfort Counselor. An ex-convict, Mitch is performing his community service with the Bee, and hands out juice boxes to losing students. He has no idea how to offer comfort, but does find himself wishing he could find a way to make the kids feel better.

Douglas Panch (ALREADY CAST Prof. Dan Granke)
The Vice Principle. Frustrated with his life, he finds the drive of the young spellers alien to him. After five years' absence from the Bee, Panch returns as judge. There was an "incident" at the Twentieth Annual Bee, but he claims to be in "a better place" now, thanks to a high-fiber diet and Jungian analysis. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but she does not return his affections.

Fall 2018 Classes

Acting the Song

Auditions for Acting the Song (Doug Hall) have been moved to 2:30pm – 4:00pm on Sunday, August 19th in room TAR 120.

Professor: Douglas Hall
Tu/Th 1:30 - 4:15, TAR 120

WHEN: Sunday, Aug 19, 2018, 10am - 12pm
QUESTIONS: Please email Prof. Douglas Hall (

Audition sign-up sheet is located in the TAR Building audition call board, 2nd floor

Outline of the day:
  • Arrive 9:45am to fill out Audition Info Sheet
  • 10am - 10:15amIntroductions & Groun Warm-up
  • 10:15am - 12pm Individual Auditions
Audition Requirements:      
  • Please bring in two contrasting pieces of music (a ballad and an up-tempo) to sing for your audition with a combined time of no more than 4 minutes.
  • An accompanist will be provided.  You are responsible for bringing sheet music - which should be photocopied, placed in plastic sheet protectors, and put into a three ring binder.  If you have have made cuts to your music, please make sure that they are clearly marked.
  • Although the class will focus exclusively on music from musical theatre, any style of music is acceptable for the audition.
Course Description:
This course is designed to enable the actor to approach music and lyrics from the actor's point of view.  Lyrics are explored as monologues and music is explored as a technique to support the emotional life of the actor/character.  The course will address how and why songs occur in musicals, the requirements of different styles of music, and how to create a compelling acting journey through song.  Over the course of the semester, students will work on three songs from the musical theatre canon - starting with standards and traditional musical theatre, then progressing to more contemporary material. 

One-Credit class -- Vocal Technique /Private voice lessons (THE 4930) are being offered concurrently with Musical Scene Study.  Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for this as well.  Students will have private voice lessons over the course of the semester.  The official class time is T/R 11:15-1:15, but you will only be called for the times of your individual lessons.  

Please indicate on the sign-up sheet if you plan to take private voice.  Y=Yes, N=No 

Acting 2, 3 and Styles

WHEN: Sunday, Aug 19, 2018 1pm - 4pm
WHERE: TAR 120 & 130

Audition sign-up sheet is located in the TAR Building audition call board, 2nd floor

Outline of the day:
  • 12:45pm -- All student arrive and fill out audition information sheet
  • 1:00pm -- Mandatory warm-up and masterclass for all students
  • 1:30pm -- Acting II & III in TAR 120 // Styles in TAR 120
  • Wear clothes and shoes that allow you to move freely
  • Confirm per-requisites / equivalents with Nadine Niforos ( - Advising
Audition Material / Information


Acting II
One monologue from any published play (1950 - present)

Acting III
Prepare 2 monologues that contrast in character, style, and material - from any published play

With a partner, prepare a 3 minute cutting of a scene from a play of your choosing.  It may not be a scene that you have done before.  The scene should be fully rehearsed and memorized, with costumes and props.  PLEASE NOTE: Costumes and props for this audition should come from home - please do not ask the costume shop or the prop shop for assistance.  Costumes and props do not have to be exact or perfect, they just need to help you feel like you are in the world of the character and that you do not have to mime anything

Course Descriptions:
In Acting 2 the training includes defining/exploring Goals and Needs, Actions/Tactics and Expectation. We learn how to collaborate, to examine a scene and rehearse consciously. The first character you explore is ‘you’.  It requires commitment, honesty, boldness, trust, imagination and time.  The focus in the work is listening, responding, and an investing in your partner.

In Acting 3 the work focuses on methodologies of physical actions in which students will strengthen acting tools, improvisation practices, and scene and character analysis.  Course objective is to develop the ability to perform a complex, multi-layered character.  Student actors will be assigned 4 scenes and will be and required to rehearse outside of class with scene partner(s)/teams for in-class presentation throughout the semester. The process require discipline, commitment, and vulnerability.

In Styles of Acting varied acting styles from different genres and time periods are explored.  The regimen is vigorous and accelerated - from receiving the script, to its analysis, memorization/rehearsal, and presentation.  Course objectives are to expand your knowledge of plays, ground your dramatic presence, and enlarge your sense of play, daring and specificity.

Acting 2
Professor: Dora Arreola (
TPP 4140
Prerequisites: Acting 3 or equivalent; Your Audition

Acting 3
Professor: Dan Granke (
TPP 4180
Prerequisites: Acting 2 or equivalent; Your Audition

Professor: Doug Hall (
TPP 3155
Prerequisites:  2000 Core Courses or equivalent; Script Analysis; Your Audition

Advising Contact:  Nadine Niforos (

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