All auditions take place at The Sauk (240 E. Chicago St. in Jonesville, MI) unless otherwise noted. ​​​​​​



The 24-Hour Theatre Project

Audition Date: Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m.
Performance Date: Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m.


Auditions are open to anyone age 15 and up. Actors are auditioning for plays that have not been written. Actors are given two minutes to do whatever shows off their talents best - a monologue, tell a story, sing a song, recite a poem, do a dance, etc. Playwrights and directors will then choose actors to write for. Actors who are cast are expected to be at The Sauk from 8 a.m. Saturday morning until the show is finished Saturday evening. Meal breaks will be included in the schedule. The playwrights will be MJ Dulmage, Sarah Gray, Scott Mullen, Tiffany Thatcher, G.M. (Bud) Thompson and Matthew Weaver. The directors will be Tim Ambrose, Andy Anderson, Bruce Crews, Chris Dube, Angela Forant and Josh Lightner. 




Tinker Bell 

Audition Dates: May 11 at 2 p.m., May 12 at 7 p.m. 
Performance Dates: June 28-30, July 5-7, 2024


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. No experience necessary. This production features a cast of seven (either gender). This production will be directed by Tim Ambrose. 


PLEASE NOTE: This production rehearses Monday through Thursday from 4-6 p.m. 

About the Play

Everyone thinks they know Peter Pan. But until you have heard Tinker Bell’s side of the story, you really have not heard it at all. When all the fairies in Neverland start dying, Tinker Bell comes to London to find a friend. There she meets a young boy named Peter Pan who has just run away from his family so he can be a little boy forever and have fun. When Tink takes Peter to Neverland, all sorts of wonderful and amazing things happen: flowers grow, animals appear and pirates arrive. But as Peter brings more Lost Boys and the Darling children back to her island, Tink finds she doesn’t like sharing her friend with anyone else. Especially that Wendy girl. This fresh and intensely theatrical adaptation of the classic story emphasizes play and fun as well as the complicated nature of friendship. A new, twinkling light shines on all the characters you love as J.M. Barrie’s story is reborn from this feisty fairy’s point of view. Approximately 60 minutes. Cast of 7 (either gender).


Available Roles

  • Tinker Bell: A green fairy, lonely, brave
  • Peter Pan: The boy who would not grow up
  • Mr. Smee: Hook's spectacled boatswain
  • Captain James Hook: Cadaverous and blackavised
  • Wendy: Eldest Darling child
  • John: Middlest Darling child*
  • Michael: Youngest Darling child*
  • The Lost Boys*
    • ​Tootles
    • Nibs
    • Slightly
    • Curly
    • First Twin
    • Second Twin
  • The Pirates: Scalawags the lot; they act and speak as a unit*
  • Nana: The Darling family nanny, also a dog*
  • Mrs. Darling: The most beautiful woman in Bloomsbury; she is an offstage voice
  • Crocodile: With a taste for one Captain James Hook*

*Can be either actor or puppet. Excepting the actors playing Tinker Bell and Peter Pan, all should double as puppeteers, other characters, flowers, birds, fairies, etc. 




Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Audition Dates: May 13 and 14. Times TBA.
Performance Dates: July 25-28, August 1-4, 2024


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. Trinity Bird will direct this production with musical direction by Kristi Gautsche. Stage management by Mandee Leigh Howard.


PLEASE NOTE: This production conflicts with THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT. 

About the Play
Based on the famous novel by Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features an original score composed by Marc Shaiman with lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) and a book by David Greig. The score also pays homage to the Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley score from the 1971 film with songs from the motion picture including "Candy Man," "I've Got a Golden Ticket," "Oompa Loompa Song," and "Pure Imagination." The world-famous Willy Wonka is opening the gates to his mysterious factory…but only to a lucky few. Young Charlie Bucket and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a life-changing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination including chocolate waterfalls, nutty squirrels and the great glass elevator, all to be revealed by Wonka's army of curious Oompa-Loompas.

Available Roles

  • Willy Wonka
  • Charlie Bucket
  • Mrs. Green
  • Grandpa Joe
  • Mrs. Bucket
  • Grandma Josephine
  • Grandma Georgina
  • Grandpa George
  • Jerry
  • Cherry
  • Mrs. Gloop
  • Augustus Gloop
  • Mr. Salt
  • Veruca Salt
  • Mr. Beauregarde
  • Violet Beauregarde
  • Mike Teavee
  • Mrs. Teavee
  • Ensemble




The Lifespan of a Fact

Audition Dates: June 28 and 30 at 7 p.m.
Performance Dates: August 22-25, 2024


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. 


PLEASE NOTE: This production conflicts with CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. 

About the Play
Jim Fingal is a fresh-out-of-Harvard fact checker for a prominent but sinking New York magazine. John D’Agata is a talented writer with a transcendent essay about the suicide of a teenage boy—an essay that could save the magazine from collapse. When Jim is assigned to fact check D’Agata’s essay, the two come head to head in a comedic yet gripping battle over facts versus truth. This production contains adult language.


​Available Roles

  • Jim Fingal, a fact checker, mid-20s
  • Emily Penrose, a magazine Editor-in-Chief, lates 40s to 60s.
  • John D'Agata, an essayist, 40s to 60s. 




Anastasia: The Musical

Audition Dates: July 29, 30 at 7 p.m.
Performance Dates: October 10-13, 17-20, 2024


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. Trinity Bird will direct this production with musical direction by Kristi Gautsche. Stage management by Allison Tappen. 


About the Play

From Tony winners Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, creators of such Broadway classics as Ragtime and Once on This Island, this dazzling show transports its audience from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing con man and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family. Inspired by the animated film of the same name.


Available Roles

  • Anya/Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanov - Playing age: 26  - Range: G3-F5, Belt to D5.
    • Anya is brave, fiery, witty, and above all determined. With no memory of her life before age 17 and having lived through the horrors of the Russian Revolution, Anya jumps at the sound of gunshots and is distrustful of strangers, but there is steel hiding just beneath the surface. Anya is strong-willed and compassionate. Her mantra, “Home, love, family” is her goal. All she knows is her family is in Paris and she will find them however she can.
  • Dmitry Sudayev - Playing age: 28 - Range: A2-G4. 
    • Dmitry is a scoundrel with a heart of gold. A street rat who grew into a conman, Dimitry does all he does to get out of poverty and is not above lying, cheating, and stealing to do so–that is until he meets Anya. What starts as just another scheme (albeit much bigger than anything he’s tried to pull off before) turns into the adventure of a lifetime that requires Dimitry to look inward and figure out how to put the one he loves before himself.
  • Vladimir “Vlad” Popov - Playing age: Mid 40s-Early 50s (No age really specified) - Range: A2-F4
    • Vlad is Dmitry’s partner in crime (literally) and surrogate father. Before the revolution he scammed his way through society pretending to be a count. Vlad is dramatic, crafty, and a big softie at heart. While he, like Dmitry, is not above lying, cheating, and stealing, he cares greatly for his loved ones and is generally affable, though he can be calculating when he needs to be.
  • Deputy Commissioner Gleb Vaganov ● Playing age: Mid 30s - Range: A2-Gb4.
    • Gleb is the villain of the show, though not a bad person. He fully believes in the Communist ideals he follows. Loyal, honest, and hard working, Gleb almost has the potential to be a hero (he’s very much the hero of his own story). A deeply conflicted person, Gleb’s infatuation (and borderline obsession) with Anya leads to his battle with the idea of doing one’s duty vs. doing what is right.
  • Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch ● Playing age: ~40 - Range: G3-C5 (Briefly sings a B5 at the end of Land of Yesterday, but the rest of the role is very Mezzo)
    • Lily is the lady in waiting to the Dowager Empress. She has been by the Dowager’s side since before the revolution. Lily is clever, dutiful, and above all fun (when not working for the Dowager). She deals with her exile from Russia with a sort of resigned dark humor…and a LOT of vodka. She and Vlad were once an item (unbeknownst to her oblivious husband) and rekindle their romance upon re-uniting.
  • Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna Romanov - Playing age: 80 - Range: F3-Bb4.
    • The Dowager Empress has lost everything she once held dear and must now put up with imposter upon imposter never allowing her to grieve in peace. She is icy, proud, and regal (not to mention intimidating) to all but her family. Though, she does have a very shrap wit. She is especially warm with Anastasia both when a child and after it’s revealed that Anya really is the princess. She commands authority and attention the minute she enters a room.
  • Young Anastasia/Alexei (Doubles in Ensemble as well) ● Playing age: ~5 for Young Anastasia, (cast with an older child, normally between 9 and 14), 13 for Alexei - Range: C4-C5.
    • Young Anastasia is the willful, brave, proud, and precocious youngest daughter of the Tsar. She has a special bond with her grandmother (whom she calls Nana). Alexei was the Tsarevich (Heir to the throne) and only boy of the Romanov siblings. He suffered from debilitating hemophelia that often left him bed-ridden. Anya mentions that he was her best friend.
  • Featured Character Tracks:
    • Olga, Tatiana, Mariya (the other Romanov Sisters)/ Paulina, Dunya, Marfa (three prostitutes who audition for the Fake-Anastasia scheme)/Odette and Swans (Dancers in the ballet) ■ These tracks require dancing en pointe ■ Olga track also dances Odette and requires strong ballet ability
    • Teen Anya ■ A featured dance role in the opening sequence ■ May also be one of the prostitutes and ballet dancers (I’m not 100% sure with this track)
    • Commissioner Gorlinsky/Count Leopold/Drunkard 4
    • Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna/Female Reporter/Countess Gregory
    • Tsar Nicholas II Romanov/Count Ipolitov/Drunkard 3
    • Siegfriend (in Swan Lake sequence)/ Drunkard 1/Sergei the Doorman
    • Von Rothbart (in Swan Lake sequence)/Drunkard 2/Sergei the Doorman
  • ​Ensemble
    • All of the Ensemble plays Townsfolk, Royal Servants, Bolshevik Officers and Soldiers, Parisians, Reporters, and Aristocrats




Play-in-Development 2024

Audition Dates: August 16 at 7 p.m., August 17 at 2 p.m.
Reading Dates: September 13, 14, 2024


Titles, Directors and More to be announced at a later date. 




A Christmas Carol

Audition Dates: October 14, 15 at 7 p.m.
Performance Datees: December 5-8, 12-15, 2024


Character descriptions, audition requirements and production team to be announced. 

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