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Twelfth Night Auditions

General auditions:  Thursday, May 11, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m., PAHB 102 – Theatre Rehearsal Studio

Callbacks:  Friday, May 12, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, May 13, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Please click here to fill out your audition packet and sign up for a time slot.

Rehearsal & Production Dates:

1st Rehearsal: August 31, 2017

Rehearsal Schedule: M – F, 7:00 to 10:30pm

Tech Week Begins: October 30

Performances: November 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19

Strike: November 20, 21


About the play:  


Set during the twelve days of Christmas, Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece is a holiday concoction of music, love, mistaken identities, and joyful discovery.  Separated from her twin brother during a shipwreck, Viola disguises herself as a boy to serve the Duke of Illyria. Sent to woo a Lady Olivia on his behalf, she is stunned to find herself the object of Olivia’s affections.  What will become of this? Only time, chance and love can untangle the knot!  Done up in UMBC Theatre’s signature style, you can expect a new way of doing a classic—there will be lots of singing, clowning, sword fights, and special effects in our gender-bending, musical production Twelfth Night!


What to prepare:


Please prepare one monologue (14-30 lines of verse) from a Shakespeare play of your choice.  It may be from any play – dramatic, comic, romantic, or heroic – as you feel a connection to the character and it is well-prepared.  If you use a monologue from previous UMBC auditions, it must demonstrate growth and improvement. Naturally, you are expected to thoroughly understand both the play and the dramatic situation of the monologue.


UMBC Theatre Department Production Policies:


Casting:  As per Theatre Department policy, all BFA or BFA-intending students (students who are interested in becoming BFA students) are required to audition for all Department productions and take roles as cast. BA majors, minors, or any other UMBC student who chooses to audition for Department productions (and we hope many will!) are required to take roles as cast.


Rehearsal Commitment:  Regularly scheduled rehearsals are held Mon – Friday, 7:00 – 10:30 p.m. By auditioning, you are committing to being available for all scheduled rehearsals, for additional evening & weekend hours as scheduled prior to performance, and for any other rehearsals as called.  A detailed rehearsal and production calendar will be provided following casting.


Callbacks:  All students should be prepared to attend both days of callbacks.  During callbacks, actors may be reading from the scripts and/or other materials made available in advance, and/or during callbacks. You will be expected to have informed opinions about the characters and the world of the plays, and may need to prepare acting choices for multiple characters.


It is the expectation of the faculty and the director that all auditioning students will have read the play prior to auditions and have informed opinions about the characters and the world of the play.  The script of Twelfth Night is easily available in libraries on on-line.


Course Enrollment:  If you are cast, you must register for the appropriate course and section, and purchase the required edition of the play (and any other required texts) specified by your course instructor-director.




Questions or concerns about these policies should be directed to the Department Chair, Colette Searls—and only the Department Chair, prior to the general audition.

Questions regarding the specific audition should be directed to Eve Muson at

Questions regarding the audition form should be directed to Brittany Federici at

You can download a pdf of this information here.

We look forward to seeing you at auditions!!!