All auditions take place at The Sauk.
Tony N' Tina's Wedding
Audition Dates: January 31 at 7 p.m., February 1 at 2 p.m.
Callbacks: February 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Performance Dates: March 26-29, 2020
Auditions will consist of readings from the script and improvisations. There are roles for 13 men, 10 women, a bass player and a drummer. Trinity Bird will direct this production. Joella Hendrickson is stage manager.
Also needed: bass player and drummer - both not afraid to do some acting.
Teen Theatre Project
Audition Date: Saturday, February 15 from 2-5 p.m.
This project will last for approximately 16 months.
Auditions will be held for students enrolled in Hillsdale County schools currently in grades 6-11 to become part of a theatre troupe that will create an original piece of theatre focusing on the topics of bullying and random acts of kindness. This will be a year-long project and students will be excused from their school to participate when necessary.
We are looking to cast between 8 and 12 people. In the spring of 2020, the troupe will travel to local schools to collect stories from local students. During the month of July there will be a two week workshop bringing these stories to life. In the fall, a piece of theatre will be created, designed and teched. Then, we will travel to schools around the county in winter 2020/2021 performing the play.
At the audition, teens are expected to perform a self-created original piece of theatre (it can include dialogue, dance, music, original songs, pantomime, puppetry, rap or any other unique art form) telling a story about their life. We will also do some group related improv activities. Not everyone will need to be able to sing, but those who can should be prepared to sing. If you play guitar, keyboard or any other instrument, please be prepared to perform.
To audition, you must currently be in grades 6-11. You must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. You must have a good attendance record at your school. You must have an open mind. You must be willing to participate in a group ensemble. This project only works if everyone works together as a team.
Please come to the audition in comfortable clothes as there will be a movement element. Everyone must be at the audition at 2 p.m. No late arrivals. Auditions may last anywhere from one hour to three hours in length.
This project is being led by Trinity Bird. The troupe will be responsible for the design and creation of technical elements in the play.
Audition Dates: February 21 at 7 p.m., February 22 at 2 p.m.
Performance Dates: April 23-26, 2020
Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. There are roles for 2 men and 2 women. Tami Hindes will direct this production.
The Sound of Music
Audition Dates: April 3 and April 4 by appointment.
Performance Dates: June 11-14, 18-21, 2020
Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. There are roles for 7 men, 7 women, 2 boys, 5 girls and a large ensemble of mostly women. Trinity Bird will direct this production. Kristi Gautsche is musical director. Gay Shaw is vocal coach. Jan Mackie is choreographer. Allison Cleveland is stage manager.
Boy/Teen Male Roles
Girl/Teen Female Roles
A Year With Frog & Toad
Audition Dates: May 1 at 7 p.m., May 2 at 2 p.m.
Performance Dates: August 13-16, 20-23, 2020
Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. Trinity Bird will direct the production. Kristi Gautsche is musical director. Gay Shaw is vocal coach. Allison Cleveland is stage manager.
Audition Dates: June 15, 16, 2020 at 7 p.m.
'Gravity: A Union' and 'Sebastian Rising' Reading: July 10, 2020
'Clear Blue Sky' and 'The Long Wait' Reading: July 11, 2020
Auditions will consist of readings from the four scripts. No preparation needed. No previous experience required. No memorization skills needed as these are staged readings. There are roles for 10 men, 4 women, 4 teenage boys (who can play 15-17) and two teenage girls (who can play 14 and 17).
Gravity: A Union
By Alex Wolfe (Nebraska)
Directed by Liz Pence
Gravity: A Union tells the story of a Father and Daughter recovering from the recent death of their Wife/Mother. A representative from Child Services has been assigned to their case, as there is some question of the Father's ability to take care of the Daughter. As the play continues, it is revealed that the Father has a fairly dark past as part of a military experiment to discover, and potentially contact, Heaven. Supernatural and psychological forces collide as each character eventually reveals their true motivations, and the play ends on a question: what is actually important to a family after a tragedy of this scale?
By Edward deBuvitz (of Albuquerque, NM)
Directed by Trinity Bird
Sebastian is a 17-year-old boy living with his Uncle Monte. Uncle Monte means well but is constantly working on “get-rich-quick” schemes by selling items he finds on the internet which usually end up causing problems and forcing he and Sebastian to flee in the middle of the night. When Monte partners with a blind Iraq war veteran to search for the location where, according to a talk show host, the wealthy of the country were planning to leave for Mars, their relationship is strained to the breaking point.
Clear Blue Sky
By Bruce Karp (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Directed by Jennifer Wagler
Clear Blue Sky is inspired by a news article about the person who was on duty at the Portland airport in Maine on 9/11. The day started out as a seemingly routine day, and he did not find anything unusual about the men who came along, dressed in business casual clothing. Having no reason to suspect who they were or their intended destruction, he allowed them to pass through security. Guilt-ridden and unable to maintain a job, he finally, after ten years, starts to experience some semblance of stability, until a 9/11 widow moves to his town, causing old wounds and guilt to resurface. That is when the play begins.
The Long Wait
By Sarah Gray (of Jonesville, MI)
Directed by Mari Nunez
Matt and Carrie are driving home from a party. When nature calls but traffic doesn’t cooperate, Carrie is in trouble. Will Matt help? Will Carrie make it? This short comedy is relatable to just about everyone.
Sauk Shorts 2020
Audition Dates: July 17, 2020 at 7 p.m., July 18, 2020 at 2 p.m.
Performance Dates: September 10-13, 2020
Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. There are roles for 15 men, 18 women, one boy (who can play 12) and one teen of either gender. Trinity Bird will coordinate this production. Joella Hendrickson is stage manager.
A Craigslist Play
By Ruben Carbajal
Directed By Ann Holt
Composed of "Missed Connections" from Craigslist, "A Craigslist Play" shows our desperate desire to connect.
At the Wall
By Bonnie Milne Gardner
Directed by Sandi Miller
It is morning on Veteran's Day at the Vietnam Memorial. Two strangers discover more than a love of country and Oreo cookies among the names and offerings "At the Wall."
By Scott Mullen
Directed by Mari Nunez
When a terrified Maria gets up the courage to go on a roller coaster, her boyfriend doesn't realize that it is because she has something else on her mind.
Date With Death
By Steven Hayet
Directed by Josh Hall
Dating is hell. Rather than deal with the awkwardness of turning someone down, Angela prefers murder. However, this time, her baggage does not go unnoticed.
Ghosts of Resolutions
By Ron Burch
Directed by Angela Forant
After watching A Christmas Carol on tv while eating most of a large pizza, Mary has a dream about an intervention staged by the Ghosts of Resolutions (as in New Year’s) in order to help her get over her ex. Or was it reality? No, it was probably the large pizza but the night is still young.
I Can Fly
By Gary Sironen
Directed By Liz Pence
A young student recalls a moment of self-discovery as a child, and the complications that come with keeping a secret. In the process, they learn the power, the value, the danger - and the importance - of sharing the secret.
By K. Alexa Mavromatis
Directed by Trinity Bird
The recent loss of a parent has magnified every experience for 12-year-old Henry, none more so than today's disappointing little league tryout. His grandfather is on hand for a pep talk and a taste test, but even his favorite comfort food isn't a comfort today.
The DMV One
By Nick Zagone
Directed by Ann Holt
The wait at the DMV may be long, but relationships are short. Two people meet at the DMV... simple enough premise, but the choices are endless.
By Arthur Keyser
Directed by Tami Hindes
Roger has just moved into Golden Acres Condos and is enjoying his afternoon reading when he’s interrupted by two uninvited guests, Frances and Phoebe. They are there to interview him for his profile for their database. His confusion only intensifies when he learns why they are interviewing him.
By Tony Targan
Directed by Ron Boyle
Two strangers on an airplane are unified by their dislike of airline travel, and by an obnoxious passenger they mutually despise. A condescending flight attendant, cocky pilot, and panicked passengers add to the bumpy ride. The main character Georgia is named after the real-life Georgia Graham (1950 – 2018), a free spirited woman that lived life to the fullest. Turbulence won the People’s Choice Award at 2019 Michigan AACTFest.
Untitled Bud Thompson Play
By G.M. (Bud) Thompson
Directed by Trinity Bird
Bud will continue a Sauk tradition by a writing a brand new play to be premiered at the Sauk Shorts. Watch this space for details and casting information.
Write Your Name Upon My Heart
By Matthew Weaver
Directed by Trinity Bird
Joshua asks Gretchen to sign his heart. Gretchen needs to pick a writing instrument.
The Curious Incident
of the Dog in the Night-Time
Audition Dates: August 17, 18, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Performance Dates: October 15-18, 22-25, 2020
Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. There are roles for 5 men and 5 women. Jennifer Wagler will direct this production. Michele Harmon will stage manage.
Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
Audition Dates: October 19, 20, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Performance Dates: December 3-6, 10-13, 2020
Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. There are roles for at least 12 men and 8 women. Angela Forant will direct this production.