CenterStage Theatre Auditions

2018-19 Season


A Play with Music by Paula Vogel

Directed by Lindsay Warren Baker

Auditions: Wednesday, November 14 at 6pm

Performances: Mar 30-April 14, 2019

AREA PREMIERE - Inspired by the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, this play with music by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel explores a troupe of Jewish immigrant actors who risked their lives and careers to perform at a time when art, freedom, and truth were on trial.

Lemmml – Male, The Stage Manager

- 3 Women, 3 Men: All ages. Each play multiple roles under the categories of : The Ingénue, The Middle, The Elder.

- On stage musicians/ensemble: Clarinet, Violin. Any age or gender. Accordion player has been cast. Ability to play other instruments helpful.

Actors all need to be comfortable with accent work. Experience with Yiddish helpful but not required. All performers sing, so you must be able to carry a tune, but trained singers are not required. These are folk songs.

AUDITION PREP: Readings will be from the script. Additionally, please prepare a short folk song, spiritual or bedtime tune of your choice to sing a cappella. Script and auditions sides available by email request.

Actor Pay: $1,000 per performer


A Play by Wendy Kout

Directed by Sandi Henschel

Auditions: Thursday, November 15 at 6pm

Six actors tell the stories of ten Rochester-based Holocaust Survivors in a one-hour play for schools and community groups.

Survivors is a tour production.
Performers must be available for scheduled daytime performances March 23-mid June.

Public performances on March 23, March 24, April 24.
School shows the week of May 6 at the JCC at 10am and 12:30pm.

All other school shows will be planned based on availability. Please bring a list of all conflicts


2 Male Performers ages 20-35. The remaining roles are cast with returning performers from last season.

Actor Pay: $75 per performance.

The Boys in the Band, A Staged Reading

By Mart Crowley

Directed by David Henderson

Auditions: Tuesday, December 4 at 6pm

Performance: Monday, April 8, 2019

ROLES: 9 male characters ages 20-40. Actors must be available for a single rehearsal on April 7.

Actor Pay: $75 per performer

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Directed by Ralph Meranto

Musical Direction by Casey Filiaci

Choreography by Katie Keller Groat

Auditions: Date TBA

Performances: May 4-19, 2019


General Information for all JCC Auditions:

  • AUDITIONS FOR MUSICALS: come prepared to sing 32 bars of two prepared songs. Accompanist provided. Please bring sheet music in the correct key. Please select a song appropriate to the style of the production. Please dress prepared for a dance audition as well. No bare feet. The audition will start with a dance audition for all audition candidates. Then, each person, will since their song in the order in which they arrived.
  • AUDITIONS FOR PLAYS: involve reading from the script. It is suggested you have read the script in advance and are familiar with the characters/context. Most scripts available by email upon request.
  • REHEARSALS: typically weekday evenings and Sundays. 3-5 days per week depending on the production. No rehearsals or performances on Fridays. Please bring a list of ALL rehearsal conflicts. We try to work around minimal conflicts if identified at auditions.
  • Adult performers are paid a production stipend which varies, based on the role/track/etc. Youth performers are not paid. CenterStage casts Rochester-based performers. We do not provide housing. AEA members are considered for select roles. Please inquire in advance.
  • CenterStage auditions are open to all performers regardless of race or religion. We practice color-blind casting whenever possible. JCC membership is not required. Performers receive a free JCC membership during their rehearsal/performance period.
  • Call backs (if needed) are the day after the open auditions.
  • If you have a conflict for the audition date, please contact us at in advance and to submit a video audition or arrange a private audition time.

Questions? Contact 585-461-2000 ext 235 or email us