Preparing for Auditions

Auditions are held on stage at the Theatre.

For musicals, please bring prepare two songs of at least 16 bars. We suggest singers choose music in the same genre as the musical being cast (whether it is legit, traditional musical theater, pop, country, rock, etc).

Most non-musicals consist of cold readings. To enhance your chances, we encourage you to research the show and get an idea about the characters.

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Young Artist Showcase

Auditions: June 25th  7:00 PM

A long time standard here at Shoestring Theatre. Come to see and hear the area's finest young talent, ages ranging from early teens to the 20s. These are today's talent readying themselves for the Future Entertainment of America. Some past performers have gone on to professional carreers in Theater and Music. This is unique to Shoestring Theatre and a must see show. Most performances are the artist's own creation. Under the direction and combined efforts of Bob and Anne Sollien, these performers are eager to please and show off their dreams of tomorrow                                                         

Looking for talented youth.

Directed by Anne Sollien


Annie Get Your Gun

Auditions: July 8th & 9th 7PM
Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she's discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction which, while good for business, is bad for romance. Butler hightails it off to join a rival show, his bruised male ego leading the way, but is ultimately pitted against Annie in a final shoot­out. The rousing, sure­fire finale hits the mark every time in a testament to the power of female ingenuity.

Annie Get Your Gun is a classic Irving Berlin musical full of well known music.  In this 1999 revival version there is the strong female role as well as roles for children and specific ethnic roles.  We are looking for 3 Female leads, 7 Male Leads, 3 Girls and one Boy.  There is a large ensemble with numerous small roles.

Directed by Anne Sollien

Deadly Game

Auditions: September 17th & 18th 7PM

THE STORY:  "Three retired men of law on a remote mountain in Switzerland amuse themselves by going through the legal ceremony of prosecuting strangers who drop in. An American traveling salesman is their guest on a snowy evening. Although their 'deadly game' seems foolish to him, he agrees to it to humor his hosts. Since he has never been guilty of a crime in his life, he is unable to propose anything they can try him for. After a little amiable social conversation, the retired prosecutor discovers a plausible case. He accuses the traveling salesman of having murdered his boss. At first, this appears to be a wild improvisation. But Mr. Yaffe, using Mr. Dürrenmatt's novel as source-book, gradually makes something real out of phantoms. By ingenious questioning, he proves his case out of the witness' own mouth."

"…a tidy, literate piece of dramatic make-believe." —Chapman, NY News. "…provides a steadily engrossing evening in the theatre." —NY Post. "…an adult delight." —NY World-Telegram & Sun.

Directed by Chris Patterson

Cemetery Club

Auditions: November 5th & 6th 7PM
Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husband's graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun, and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife's grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt stricken when this nearly breaks Ida's heart. Funny, touching, emotional trio will bring tears of joy!
The Broadway production starred Eileen Heckart as Lucille. It was made into a film, starring Ellen Burstyn, Dianne Ladd and Olympia Dukakis.
Directed by Shelley Ackman



Auditions: January 7th & 8th 7PM
Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta's social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit. To avoid future embarrassment for her family-and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae-Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. At the sanitarium, a frantic Veta explains to the staff that her years of living with Elwood's hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also, and so the doctors mistakenly commit her instead of her mild-mannered brother. The truth comes out, however; Veta is freed, and the search is on for Elwood, who eventually arrives at the sanitarium of his own volition, looking for Harvey. But it seems that Elwood and his invisible companion have had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn't so bad after all!?
Directed by Deborah McShane

Dearly Departed

Auditions: February 25th & 26th 7PM


THE STORY: In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the Turpin's other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, "When I die, don't tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you." Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.

Not since STEEL MAGNOLIAS has a more colorful and dysfunctional group of Southern eccentrics gathered below the Mason-Dixon line. When the patriarch of the Turpin family keels over dead in the first scene, the struggle to get him buried involves the whole clan, including the not-so-grieving widow who wants to put "Mean and Surly" on the tombstone. "If you were amused by the kind of bucolic mayhem of…GREATER TUNA, this more ambitious trip down a rustic main street could be just your dish of cola." —NY Post. "Dearly Departed is drop dead funny." —NY Daily News

Directed by Sally Daykin