Announcing Auditions for our
2020 Main Stage Season!

This year's auditions will be held Saturday, January 4th and Sunday, January 5th at the theatre at 101 North Johnson Street, Cumberland, MD 21502.

This year's schedule includes:

  • Assassins (February)

  • The Great Gatsby (March)

  • The Flick (April)

  • The Cake (June)

  • Chicago (July)

  • August: Osage County (August/September)

  • Clue: Live On Stage (October)

  • Elf the Musical (December)

You will only need attend one day of auditions. Video submissions will also be accepted and can be emailed to

EVERYONE who wishes to be considered should fill out the digital audition form on the right to either reserve your audition time or provide us with the shows and roles for which you would like to be considered.


11:00 am - 3:00 pm General Auditions*

3:00 - 4:00 pm Dance Call

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Invited Callback Auditions**

*General Auditions
If you have never worked at the Cumberland Theatre before, you will be asked to make an appointment for the general auditions and possibly attend the dance call.
After filling out the online form, you will receive an email to confirm the time of your appointment.
Please prepare 16 bars of both an uptempo song and a ballad that showcases you at your best. If you are not auditioning for a singing role, you may prepare a short contemporary monologue.
Please wear or bring comfortable clothes that you can easily move in as well as appropriate shoes for dance.
You may be asked to attend the callback auditions in the evening.

**Invited Callback Auditions
If you have worked at the Cumberland Theatre within the past two years, you may submit your audition materials and attend the invited callback to read and/or sing for specific roles. You may also be asked to attend the dance call if necessary.
After filling out the online form, you will receive an email to confirm your callback time.
Please be familiar with the characters for which you are being called and any songs that may be required.
Please wear or bring comfortable clothes that you can easily move in as well as appropriate shoes for dance. (if attending the dance call).

Any other questions can be emailed to

Break a leg!


John Wilkes Booth, (Male, 25 - 35)

(1838-1865) Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln during a performance at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. on April 14, 1865. Foreman and inspirational celebrity to the other assassins.

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: F2

Charles Guiteau,(Male, 35 - 45)

(1841-1882) Assassinated President James Garfield in the waiting room of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, Washington, D.C., on July 2, 1881. Dashing but mad.

Vocal range top: Ab4

Vocal range bottom: A2

Leon Czologosz, (Male, 25 - 30)

(1873-1901) Assassinated President William McKinley at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. on September 6, 1901. A young poverty-worn radical.

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: G#2

Giuseppe Zangara, (Male, 30 - 35)

(1900-1933) Attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt as he greeted well-wishers in Bayfront Park, Miami, FL on February 15, 1933. An angry, heavily-accented immigrant.

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: B2

Samuel Byck, (Male, 40 - 45)

(1930-1974) Attempted to assassinate President Richard Nixon by hijacking a commercial jetliner. Hysterically irate schlep in a Santa Claus suit.

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: D3

Lynette "squeaky" Fromme, (Female, 25 - 30)

(1948- ) Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the Capitol Park in Sacramento, CA on September 5, 1975. A pixie hippie in love with Charles Manson.

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: A3

Sara Jane Moore, (Female, 40 - 50)

(1930- ) Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA, on September 22, 1975. A frazzled housewife with little sense.

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: F3

John Hinckley, (Male, 25 - 30)

(1955- ) Attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981. A love-obsessed and depressed college student.

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: A2

Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald, THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST

(1939-1963) Assassinated President John F. Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963. A suicidal, dejected shipping clerk.

Vocal range top: C4

Vocal range bottom: G3


The Proprietor, (Male, 30 - 50)

A mysterious man who runs the shooting gallery at a carnival.

Vocal range top: F4

Vocal range bottom: Gb2

Billy, (Male, 8 - 10)

Sara Jane Moore's whiny son.

Ensemble, (Males and Females, 25 - 50)

Strong singers and character actors needed to play several supporting roles

The Great Gatsby

Jay Gatsby, (Male, 25 - 35)

Mysterious. A romantic idealist with a disarming smile. Gatsby is a larger-than-life character who is eloquent and sophisticated yet mysterious and captivating. He has been in love with Daisy for years and leads a glamorous lifestyle of wild parties in order to woo her back.

Nick Carraway, (Male, 25 - 35)

The narrator. Kind. Gentle. Observer and confidant of the other characters. He is Daisy's twice-removed cousin next door neighbor, and friend to Jay Gatsby. Each character needs him for a variety of reasons.

Daisy Buchanan, (Female, 25 - 35)

Enchanting, delicate, magnetic and captivating with southern charm. She has a sadness yet a loveliness about her physically and vocally that proves very attractive to men.

Tom Buchanan, (Male, 30 - 40)

Daisy’s husband. Wealthy, self-important former college football hero. Tom is a severe and powerful man. He is a bully.

Jordan Baker, (Female, 25 - 35)

Daisy’s friend. A non-conforming athlete. She does not fit the mold for the typical woman of 1920’s America. She is an unmarried professional golfer who dates the narrator, Nick. She is depicted as attractive yet harsh and unethical.

Myrtle Wilson, (Female, 30 - 35)

The fleshy and sensual wife of George Wilson and the mistress of Tom Buchanan who lives in the filthy rundown area of the Valley of Ashes, which divides West Egg from New York City. She is a social climber who will do anything to escape her miserable and unsatisfying life of poverty and social shame.

George Wilson, (Male, 30 - 40)

A gas station and garage owner, living in the Valley of Ashes between West Egg and New York City. He is spiritless and weak. Wilson is a man defeated by his circumstances. He's poor and beaten down. George Wilson is a reminder to the audience of the realities of the common man struggling with poverty and the inherent consequences of an unprivileged life.

Meyer Welfsheim, (Male, 40 - 70)

A wealthy and mysterious older man who makes Nick Carraway uneasy. He is a gambler who wears cufflinks made from human molars. He fixed the World's Series back in 1919.

Lucille McKee, (Female, 25 - 45) 

The neighbor of Myrtle in NYC, silly and vapid.  Actor will also be part of the Gatsby ensemble.

Chester McKee, (Male, 25 - 45) 

a pale and feminine man who is married to Mrs. McKee. He is a photographer who tries to get Tom to invest in his business. Actor will also be part of the Gatsby Ensemble.

Ensemble, (Males and Females, 25 - 50)

Character actors needed to play several speaking roles.  Although, Gatsby is not a musical, there will be dancing in the party scenes, so strong dancer/mover types are needed.

The Flick

Sam, (Male, 30 - 36)

Amiable and a bit rudderless, a high-school graduate still living with his parents; with shaved head and beat-up Red Sox cap, he’s the kind of guy who was probably into heavy metal for a time, but isn’t so much anymore; he’s hopelessly in love with Rose, but far too intimidated to share his feelings. 

Skylar, (Male, 20 - 26)

The new hire; an untroubled young man who’s good at his job and probably has his own small passion for the movies; also plays Man, a drowsy movie patron.

Avery, (Male, 20 - 29)

African-American; educated son of a semiotics professor at a local liberal arts college; a movie geek obsessed with preserving 35mm film projection (as opposed to digital).

Rose, (Female, 20 - 25)

A projectionist, sexually magnetic, despite the fact that (or partly because?) her clothes are baggy, she never wears make-up, her hair is dyed forest green, and, while not unfriendly, she’s adept at keeping the others at a comfortable distance; Avery arouses in her a personal and sexual curiosity.

The Cake

Della, (Female, 45 - 55) - THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST

North Carolinian, born and raised. A religious and socially conservative woman. Warm, genuine, caring; she has a maternal instinct despite the fact that she has no children of her own. An old friend of Jen’s family. Married to Tim. She sees herself as openminded, but her life hasn’t brought her into contact with many people who challenge the world-view she grew up with. A prolific and enthusiastic baker, she has been chosen as a contestant for The Great American Baking Show.

Jen, (Female, 28- 34)

Born and raised in North Carolina, she has brought her southern manners with her to Brooklyn, where she has made a home with her fiancée, Macy. An experienced event planner with a compulsive attention to detail. Considerate, kind, and enthusiastic, she wants to see the best in people, though she doesn’t always see it in herself. Her traditional upbringing is often at odds with her newfound liberal lifestyle, and planning her lesbian wedding in her hometown brings that tension to a crisis point

Macy, (Female, 28 - 34)

African-American; Born and raised in New York. Progressive, sharp, outspoken. Very confident in her belief system, and she doesn’t hesitate to challenge those who think differently. Innately curious and inquisitive. She has a deep love for Jen, although she is impatient with Jen’s willingness to make allowances for her conservative southern friends and family. She is who she is, and she won’t make compromises to coddle people’s feelings.

Tim, (Male, 45 - 60)

Della’s husband. A good southern boy. He’s a plumber with a great work ethic, who takes pride in providing for his household. He is comfortable in his traditional values, and has never seen any need to question his beliefs. He is loving and loved, though perhaps not completely in touch with his emotions.


Roxie Hart, (Female, 30 - 45)

 As pretty as she is self-centered, Roxie Hart’s unrelenting search of fame and glory forms the spine of “Chicago”. Not very bright and never thinking about the consequences of her actions, Roxie makes bad decisions throughout the show – all in the name of public recognition. After she murders her ex-boyfriend, Roxie is sent to prison where she and vaudeville actress Velma Kelly compete for the headlines. Despite being a generally dislikable character, Roxie remains strangely sympathetic to the audience because we understand that her selfishness isn’t malevolent. Rather it is immaturity that propels Roxie’s fall from integrity. Above all, Roxie Hart is a character that embodies the corruption that fame can bestow upon a person. A strong singing voice and dancing ability is required for this character.


Velma Kelly, (Female, 30 -45) - THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST

Tough, sexy, and sarcastic, Velma Kelly is a vaudeville performer who resides in Cook County Jail after she murdered her cheating husband and sister. Used to being the “main attraction”, Velma fiercely competes with up and coming rival superstar Roxie for the attention of the press and to preserve her celebrity status. Ultimately, she is forced to compromise, becoming half of a “duet” with Roxie to save her vaudeville career. In Brechtian style, Velma often breaks the fourth wall and addresses the audience directly to explain certain events within the show. Must be a strong singer and dancer.



Billy Flynn, (Male, 35 - 50)

Suave, educated, and very manipulative, Billy Flynn is a lawyer who makes celebrities of his clients in order to gain them sympathy from the media and sway the public’s opinion – a perk that Roxie tries to take advantage of. Both Velma and Roxie hire Flynn to represent their cases and use him as their claim to fame. Flynn, however, doesn’t mind this one bit. With a perfect track record under his belt and good looks and charm to boot, Billy will take on any case as long as it means putting money in his pocket.  Must be a strong singer and move well.

VOCAL PART: Baritone

Matron Mamma Morton, (Female, 35 - 50)

The tough, sassy warden of the Cook County Jail, “Mama” treats the inmates under her watch like family and would do anything for them – so long as she gets something else in return. “Reciprocity” is her motto. “Mama’s” philosophy represents much of what is wrong with the justice system. A strong voice is required for this character.


Amos Hart, (Male, 30 - 45) - THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST

An auto-mechanic and the hapless husband of Roxie, Amos, though not very good looking and not very smart, is a
lovable and good natured man. He is the only character in the show whose motives are pure of heart and never selfish. Despite this, he’s also the only character who really loses out in the end. A victim of his own innocence, Amos represents the average man who pushes hard to do the right thing, but never gets any recognition for it.  Must be a strong singer and move well.

VOCAL PART:  Baritone

Mary Sunshine, (Male, 30 - 50)

A sappy, soppy tabloid columnist who relies more on emotion than thought when it comes to writing her stories, Mary Sunshine is a person who believes that no matter what horrible atrocities a person has committed, somehow there must be a little bit of good in them. Billy takes advantage of Mary Sunshine’s overly emotionality and status as a prominentmedia analyst to present Roxie in a favorable light. This character is usually played by a man in drag. Falsetto.


Featured Ensemble Roles

Fred Casely – Male
Roxie’s boyfriend at the beginning of the show, Fred Casely sleeps with, and is promptly murdered by Roxie after he walks out on her. Appears in flashbacks reenacting the incident.

Sergeant Fograty – Male
A police sergeant who investigates the murder of Fred Casely and interrogates Amos.

Liz – Female
One of the “merry murderesses” of Cook County Jail. Shoots her husband with a shotgun because he popped his gum too loudly.

Annie – Female
One of the “merry murderesses” of Cook County Jail. Found out her boyfriend had married several wives behind her back and poisoned him with arsenic.

June – Female
One of the “merry murderesses” of Cook County Jail. Stabbed her husband with a carving knife after he accused her of cheating on him.

Hunyak – Female
One of the “merry murderesses” of Cook County Jail. Accused of chopping off her husband’s head, Hunyak, unlike her fellow inmates, is actually innocent. However, she is found guilty regardless due to her inability to speak English and her refusal to plead guilty to her “crime”. Her execution illustrates the corruption of the justice system. Speaks Hungarian. Ballet skills required.

Mona – Female
One of the “merry murderesses” of Cook County Jail. Kills her boyfriend after finding out he was sleeping around.

Go-To-Hell Kitty – Female
A wealthy woman who inherited her parents’ money, Kitty kills her boyfriend, Harry, in her apartment after finding him sleeping with two other girls. Going crazy after the murder, she becomes quite vicious and uses the oft repeated phrase “go to hell” to those addressing her. Her story takes the attention of the press off of Roxie temporarily.



We need both male and female ensemble members. We are looking for both singers and dancers – especially dancers.  Roles in the ensemble include news reporters, policemen, inmates, tailors, shoe shiners, and other citizens of Chicago in the roaring twenties.

August: Osage County

Beverly Weston, (Male, 60 - 75)

Father and patriarch, an alcoholic and one-time world class poet, polite, soulful, melancholic and ultimately suicidal.

Violet Weston, (Female, 55 - 70)

Mother and matriarch, devious and cynical, suffering from mouth cancer, addicted to prescription drugs, mostly depressants and narcotics, experiences drug-induced episodes but is sharp-tongued and shrewd, aware of the family's many secrets and not hesitant to reveal them for her own benefit.

Barbara Weston, (Female, 35 - 50)

Eldest daughter, mother of Jean and wife of Bill, though they are currently separated, a college professor, tries to gain control of her chaotic mother, dilapidated marriage, and pot-smoking 14-year old daughter, wants to save her marriage, but has intense need to control everything around her as it falls apart.

Ivy Weston, (Female, 35 - 50)

Middle daughter, stereotypical quiet librarian, mousy, only daughter to have stayed back home, teaches at local college, calm and patient exterior hides a passionate woman gradually growing cynical, secretly having an affair with her "cousin", Little Charles, plans to move to New York with him.

Karen Weston, (Female, 30 - 45)

Youngest daughter, is newly engaged to Steve, whom she considers the "perfect man", lives with him in Florida, planning to marry him soon, can talk of little but her own happiness even at her father's funeral, chooses to lie to herself about her sleazy fiance.

Bill Fordham, (Male, 40 - 55)

Barbara's estranged husband and Jean's father, a college professor, he has left his wife for a younger woman, one of his students, but wants to be there for his family, his marriage is disintegrating and his patience is slowly running thin.

Jean Fordham, (Female, 16 - 20)

Barbara's and Bill's smart-tongued daughter, smokes pot and cigarettes, is a vegetarian, loves old movies and is bitter about her parents' split, more naive than she would like to believe.

Keith Heidebrecht, (Male, 40 - 55)

Karen's fiancé, a Florida businessman (whose business, it is hinted, may be less than legitimate), not the "perfect man" that Karen considers him; sexually molests Jean after the two smoke pot together.

Mattie Fae Aiken, (Female, 45 - 60) 

Violet's sister, Charlie's wife and Little Charles' mother, as jaded as her sister, constantly belittles her son and antagonizes her husband.

Charlie Aiken, (Male, 50 - 65) 

Mattie Fae's husband and presumed father of Little Charles, a genial man, was lifelong friend of Beverly, struggles to get Mattie Fae to respect Little Charles.

"Little" Charlie Aiken (Male, 30 - 40)

son of Mattie Fae and Beverly but, like everyone else, believes Charlie is his father, unemployed and clumsy, his mother calls him a "screw-up", is secretly having an affair with Ivy, his “cousin”.

Johnna Monevada, (Female, 20 - 30) 

Cheyenne Indian woman, whom Beverly hires as live-in housekeeper shortly before he disappears, Violet is prejudiced against her, but she wins over the other family members with her cooking skills, hard work, and empathy, the silent witness to much of the mayhem in the house. is the most compassionate and morally grounded of all the characters, at times swoops in saving characters from despair and destruction..

Sheriff Deon Gilbeau, (Male, 35 - 50) 

High-school classmate and former boyfriend of Barbara's.

Clue: Live On Stage

Wadsworth, (Male)

 A traditional British butler in every sense: uptight, formal and "by the book." He is the driving force in the play. 


Yvette, (Female)

 A sexy French maid with her own secret aspirations. 


Miss Scarlet, (Female)

 A dry, sardonic D.C. madam who is more interested in secrets than sex. 


Mrs. Peacock, (Female)

The churchgoing wife of a senator. A bit batty, neurotic, and quick to hysteria. 


Mrs. White, (Female)

A pale, morbid, and tragic woman. Mrs. White may or may not be the murderer of her five ex-husbands. 


Colonel Mustard, (Male)

A puffy, pompous, dense blowhard of a military man. 


Professor Plum, (Male)

An academic Casanova who woos women with his big ... brain. 


Mr. Green, (Male)

A timid, yet officious, rule follower. He's a bit of a klutz and awfully anxious. 


Ensemble Women to play: 

  • THE COOK: A threatening presence. 

  • THE MOTORIST: A benign gentleman who rings the wrong doorbell. 

  • AUXILIARY SCARLET: The back of Miss Scarlet during a scene of theatrical trickery. 

  • AUXILIARY WADSWORTH: Wadsworth during two scenes of theatrical trickery. 

  • SINGING TELEGRAM GIRL: A cute, perky tap dancer. 

  • AN AGENT: An FBI agent who helps to save the day.



Ensemble Men to play:

  • MR. BODDY: A slick, James Bond-type fella. 

  • THE COP: A "Regular Joe." 

  • AUXILIARY MUSTARD: The back of Colonel Mustard during a scene of theatrical trickery. 

  • AUXILIARY WADSWORTH: Wadsworth during two scenes of theatrical trickery. 

  • AN AGENT: An FBI agent who helps to save the day.


Elf the Musical

Buddy, (Male, 30 - 35)

Born a human but raised at the North Pole as a Christmas Elf, Buddy is eager to find his place in the world. He is a child at heart and that child-like curiosity makes him both endearing and gets him into trouble.

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Jovie, (Female, 25 - 30)

Buddy's girlfriend. She works at Macy's and has a bit of a cynical outlook on life and love because of the men she's dated. She is caught off guard by Buddy's genuinely big heart.

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: G3

Walter, (Male, 55 - 65)

Buddy's workaholic father. He is a Children's book writer, but lacks any of the childlike spirit that Buddy has. He is selfish, tense, and generally angry with life.

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: A2

Emily, (Female, 40 - 50)

Walter's wife. Though she is sweet and willing to take him in, she thinks Buddy is crazy at first. Wishes her husband would spend more time with the family.

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: F3

Michael, (Male, 12 - 16)

Buddy's stepbrother who is excited to have a new friend and brother. Unlike his mother, he doesn't take much convincing to have Christmas spirit, but like his mother, he wishes his father would spend more time with the family.

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: F3

Deb, (Female, 25 - 50)

Walter's secretary. Takes an instant liking to Buddy simply for the novelty of it. Though she aims to please and is a bit of a suck-up, she feels under appreciated.

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: D4

Manager, (Male, 35 - 40)

A heavy-set manager at Macy's. He is a good, friendly guy just trying to do his job and get by.

Vocal range top: F#4

Vocal range bottom: B2

Greenway, (Male, 55 - 65)

Walter's boss. He is what Walter will become if he continues down the path he is on. A tyrannical, workaholic who cares nothing about the people around him or who work for him.

Santa, (Male, 65 - 80)

Just another workingman. Loves his job and Christmas, but also likes to kick-back and watch the game when a rare opportunity arises. A natural storyteller.

Vocal range top: E4

Vocal range bottom: A2


Chadwick, (Male, 40 - 50)

One of Walter's right-hand men. He is desperate to keep his job, and perhaps the dumber of the two.

Matthew, (Male, 35 - 40)

One of Walter's right-hand men. He is desperate to keep his job and is the schemer of the two.

Ensemble, (Males and Females, 25 - 50)

Strong singers, dancers and character actors needed to play several supporting roles.

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