Auditions

Now Accepting Submissions for
our 2022 Season

The Cumberland Theatre will hold in-person auditions for our 2022 Main Stage Season on January 14th - 16th at the theatre. 

 

For the safety of our staff and potential cast members, only a limited number of slots will be available each day. To reserve your appointment, please fill out the form on this page. Online submission will also be accepted.

This year's schedule includes:

  • The Cake (February)

  • Macbeth (March)

  • Company (May)

  • True West (June)

  • Rock of Ages (July)

  • August: Osage County (August)

  • The Haunting of Hill House (October)

  • Elf the Musical (December)


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.

 

You will only need attend one day of auditions unless you are auditioning on Friday and you are asked to attend a dance call. Video submissions will also be accepted and can be emailed to kim@cumberlandtheatre.com

Schedule:
Friday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm General Auditions/Invited Callback Auditions**

Saturday/Sunday
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 three 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).



Show Breakdowns

*please note, if a role is not listed below, it has either been cast or an offer has been extended and is still pending. 

**please note, that unless specifically noted, all ethnicities will be considered 

The Cake

 

Jen (female, 25 - 35) 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 wedding to Macy in her hometown brings that tension to a crisis point.

Macy (Black female, 25 - 35) 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 (White male, 50 - 60Della’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.

Macbeth

Macduff (male, 30 - 45) powerful, vital soldier, who mistrusts Macbeth and his rise to the throne, even before Macbeth arranges the murder of Macduff’s wife and child. A formidable and worthy opponent, he leads the movement to remove Macbeth from the throne, in order to avenge the death of his family and to put the rightful heir on the throne. Athletic and fierce. In every way the ultimate protagonist.

Duncan (male, 40+) the King who is brutally murdered by Macbeth. A strong and just ruler and a figure of indisputable authority. Generous with praise for Macbeth and Banquo, who have fought bravely for him. This actor will also play Siward.

Malcolm (male, 20+) the eldest son of Duncan and heir to the throne, seen initially as an attractive and somewhat inexperienced young man, with a reserved air of mystery about him. Eventually, he ascends to the throne and should seem like he belongs there. A sensitive, young leading man of great potential and star quality. This actor will also play King/Ghost 3.

 

Three Witches (all genders, 20+) Three very powerful, otherworldly creatures who prophesize that Macbeth will be king, setting into motion the plot of the play. They can cast spells and influence people and events.  Blended with some of smaller parts, which they subsume, they are major players in the drama.

 

Ross (all genders, 30 - 40) a nobleman, serves Duncan and later Macbeth, because he must, but comes to understand Macbeth’s moral corruption. In the meantime, serves as a kind of consigliere, often bearing difficult news. Subsequently joins with Macduff and Malcolm to remove Macbeth from the throne.

 

Angus (all genders, 30 - 40) a nobleman, serves Duncan. Of good breeding with an essential goodness and an innocent, sweet quality. 

 

Fleance (male, 13 - 16) Banquo’s son, who survives Macbeth’s attempt to murder him. This actor will also play Ghost 2/Young Siward

 

Seyton (all genders, 18+) serves Macbeth, he’s torn, as he must remain loyal to Macbeth, but sees his corrupt motives. Smart, intuitive, not a natural fighter, but not a wimp.

Ensemble Actors (all genders, 18+) will play a variety of smaller roles including ghosts, murderers and noblemen

 

Company 

Robert (male, baritone, 30 – 40) The story's protagonist, a keen observer who appears to be happy. He is the only one in his circle still single. Terrified of marriage, but fears a lifetime of loneliness.

Sarah (female, Alto, 30 – 40) Harry's hypercritical wife. She is an avid learner of karate and tends to overeat. Open, accepting, and loving.

Harry (male, baritone, 30 – 45) Sarah's husband. He is a recovering alcoholic. Believes the advantages of marriage outweigh the disadvantages.

Susan (female, mezzo, 25 – 40) A delicate southern belle. Peter's wife and ex-wife. Motherly in her affections towards Robert.


Peter (male, baritone, 25 – 40) Susan's husband. The perfect husband and ex-husband. He is very liberal in his view of relationships.


Jenny (female, soprano, 30 – 45) Quietly manipulative, simultaneously square and wise. Loves her husband, David, and will indulge him from time to time.


David (male, tenor, 30 – 45) Jenny's husband; relaxed and always in control. Believes a man should be married and that the sacrifice of freedom is worth what you get in return.


Amy (female, alto, 25 – 40) A frantic neurotic engaged to Paul but terrified of marriage. After a mental breakdown, she finally realizes that Paul is, in fact, her soulmate.


Paul (male, tenor, 25 – 40) Amy's fiancé. Patient with her neurotic nature. Fully commits to the idea of marriage and encourages Robert to do the same.


Joanne (female, alto, 45 – 65) Acerbic and demanding. Too old to be part of the young crowd but would not fit well with the older crowd. Puts on a brassy front that melts when she is alone with her husband, Larry.

Larry (male, tenor, 45 – 65) Joanne's husband. Stoic and centered, but has moments of goofiness. Indulges his wife's behavior but knows when to put his foot down.


Marta (female, mezzo, 25 – 35) A girlfriend of Robert's. Intensely modern, seeking adventure and excitement in the City.


Kathy (female, mezzo, 30 – 40) A former girlfriend of Robert's, now considered a good friend. She plans to leave the City for a life of domesticity. Sweet and loving


April (female, mezzo, 25 – 35) A girlfriend of Robert's. She is a flight attendant who came to New York to live in Radio City. Ditzy and adorable.

True West

Austin (male, 25 - 35) to play early to mid-30s, attractive, appealing, has worked hard to escape the legacy of his alcoholic father, forged his own identity, went East to an Ivy League college and now lives in Northern California, but his initial early success as a screenwriter has stalled in the last several years and he is desperate to make a sale with this new script, questioning everything he has worked hard to achieve: professional success, his role as a husband and father, playing the game, feels stuck, his calm, arranged demeanor belies the simmering volcano within.

Lee (male, 30 - 45) to play mid-30s to early 40s, Austin's older brother, a drifter, con-man, jack-of-all-trades, scoffs at material and professional success and pretention even as he is deeply envious of his younger brother's accomplishments, identifies with their alcoholic father and feels he needs to save him, cunning, dangerous, charming, charismatic, funny, has reached the end of the line at the top of the play, arrives with nothing: no money, no car, no plans.

Saul (male, 40 - 55) to play 40s-50s, a Hollywood movie producer, probably worked his way up from the bottom over the years, a surrogate father to both Austin and Lee, a player, can be affable but is a shark and has to be underneath it all.

Mom (female, 50 - 60) to play early 60s, Austin & Lee's mother, a featured role only appearing in the final scene but a heartbreaking and layered character.

Rock of Ages

Drew (male, 20 - 30) an appealing, good-guy rocker, with great, easy comic timing. A boyish charm, vulnerability and a very strong rock tenor voice. (Vocal range: Bb3-D5)

Sherrie (female, 20 - 30) an in-shape, pretty, fresh faced, innocent Midwestern girl stepping right off the bus into a new world to pursue her dreams of stardom. Strong comedic timing, strong rock belt, good movement ability. Should be comfortable in revealing clothing. (Vocal range: G3-F5)

Dennis Dupree (male, 40 - 50) Classic stoner type guy who runs the Bourbon Room club. Torn about whether he should sell the club to Hertz, a German businessman. Very strong comedic timing. A laid back, easy going dude real dude. Bari-tenor rock vocals. (Vocal range: D3-G4)

Stacee Jaxx/Father (male, 30 - 45) A sexy rock star. Decided to leave his successful hair/metal-rock band to try it solo. Self important, confident intriguing in all the wrong ways, the ultimate bad boy; he is all about sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. Great strong comedic timing and strong rock tenor voice. (Vocal range: C3-Eb5)

Justice/Mother (female, 40 - 50) African American female, strong presence, an easy sensuality about her, once a performer, she now operates a strip club where Sherrie winds up working. Takes on the maternal role for the girls that work for her. Strong, soulful vocals and belt needed. (Vocal range: G3-Db5)

Hertz Klinemann (male, 40 - 50) An attractive older German male. Uptight, cold, intimidating businessman trying to buy up the Strip to develop it. The bad guy of the piece. Strong comedic timing and baritone vocals. (Vocal range: F3-G#4)

Franz Klinemann (male 25 - 35) Hertz’s son, young German male. Works for his father but not by choice. Pressured and intimidated by his father. Shy, gentle with a big heart. Could be perceived as being “gay” but is actually just German. Strong vocals and comedic timing. (Vocal range: Db3-E5)

Ensemble (all genders, 20+) Strong rock singers who move well

August: Osage County

Karen Weston (female, 30 - 35) 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 - 50) 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.

Steve Heidebrecht (male, 40 - 50) 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.

Johnna Monevata (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.

Sherriff Deon Gilbeau (male, 35 - 45) high-school classmate and former boyfriend of Barbara's.

The Haunting of Hill House

Eleanor Vance (female, 25 - 35) a troubled young woman. She hopes her visit to Hill House will help her break away from her controlling sister and enable her to start a new life. Once Eleanor arrives though, the house seems to focus its attentions on her .

 

Mrs. Dudley (female, 60's) the housekeeper and cook at Hill House. She is not interested in the ongoing investigations at Hill House. Her only concern is sticking to the letter of her agreement as caretaker of Hill House.

 

Theodora (female, 30 - 40), a bohemian who comes to Hill House at the invitation of Dr. Montague. Light-hearted and open-minded. She is believed to have a psychic sensitivity which the Doctor hopes will deepen his understanding of Hill House.

 

Dr. Montague (45 - 60) an anthropologist with a belief in parapsychology. He has rented Hill House for the summer to further his studies away from the judgmental eyes of his colleagues. He is protective of the people he has invited to Hill House but is determined to learn its secrets.

 

Luke Sanderson (30 - 35) a rakish young man who is a member of the family that owns Hill House. He is quick to make a joke and maintains a positive attitude throughout the events he encounters during the investigation.

 

Mrs. Montague (50 - 60) she has her own ideas about the paranormal presence at Hill House and little regard for her husband’s methods or companions. She only trusts her companion Arthur Parker and is determined to get to the bottom of the goings on at Hill House using her own methods.

 

Arthur Parker (40 - 50) Mrs. Montague’s traveling companion. He is a brash, imposing man who only listens to Mrs. Montague. He is the polar opposite of Dr. Montague.

 

Elf the Musical

 

Santa Claus (male 60+) Santa Claus has a lot on his plate during the Christmas season, and it is starting to show. He is annoyed with the Elves, tired of lying to Buddy and sad that people seem to be losing their Christmas spirit. He is still the same jolly old St. Nick underneath it all, but the job is getting to him. This is a great role for a character performer who can play an older (and somewhat cranky) man while trying hard to keep his holiday spirit. Must move well. Vocal range: Baritone (Bb2 – E4)

Buddy (male 30 - 45) Buddy is the perfect elf! He’s good-natured, he means well, and he’s happy all the time. There’s only one problem. He’s not an elf, he’s an adult human. This role is perfect for a young man who is an excellent actor and good singer who has the energetic earnestness and comedic timing that Buddy needs. Buddy is preferably taller than the other Elves. This will help differentiate Buddy and adds to the humor of the show. Must have strong movement skills.  Vocal range: Tenor (Bb2 – A4)

Walter Hobbs (male, 45 - 55) Walter Hobbs, Buddy’s real father, is so focused on keeping his job that he is not making time for his family. He can be stern and unemotional at times, but ultimately he learns to recommit to his family. Looking for a great actor with a strong, authoritative presence, but must also show his softer side. Strong movement and tap skills a plus. Vocal range: High Baritone (A2 – G4)

Emily Hobbs (female, 40 - 50) Emily Hobbs is Walter’s devoted wife who would prefer her husband to spend a little more time at home. She is a problem solver and an excellent mother who is doing everything she can to provide a positive family dynamic. Looking for an excellent actress and singer who effortlessly conveys a sense of maturity and warmth. Must have a strong belt up to a C. Vocal range: Alto (F3 – D5)

Michael Hobbs (male, 10 - 13) Michael Hobbs is the smarter-than-average 12-year-old son of Walter and Emily. He quickly befriends his new adult brother, Buddy, and does everything he can to make sure Buddy becomes a permanent part of the family. Lookng for a solid young actor and singer with an unchanged voice up to a E. Must move well, Tap dance skills a bonus.
Vocal range: Child Male Alto (F3 – E5)

Mr. Greenway (male, 50+) Mr. Greenway is one of the crankiest businessmen around. He is the big boss with a commanding presence to tackle this acting role. Vocal Range: Tenor (to A5)

Ensemble (all genders, 16 - 40) includes Elves, New Yorkers, Comforting New Yorker, Macy’s Employees, Macy’s Employee #1, Members of the Rockefeller Crowd, Office Staff, Business Woman, Flyer Guys, Teenager, Jogger, Carolers, Passerby, Children and Parents. The Elves are Santa’s special helpers who love their job making toys to meet their Christmas Eve deadline. Looking for strong technical dancer/singers and singer/dancers. Tap is a plus. Must be comfortable performing an entire sequence on the knees.