HILLSDALE COUNTY'S COMMUNITY THEATRE
All auditions take place at The Sauk (240 E. Chicago St. in Jonesville, MI) unless otherwise noted. 
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Anne of Green Gables

Audition Dates: October 2 at 2 p.m., October 3 at 6 p.m.
Performance Dates: December 2-5, 12-15, 2021


Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. No experience necessary. Auditions are open to anyone age 12 and older. There are roles for 7 men and 9 females. Ron Boyle will direct this production. 


About the Play

A refreshing, contemporary telling of the classic story. Stern Marilla and her warm-hearted brother Matthew hoped to adopt a boy to work on their farm. But the orphanage sends young, befreckled Anne by mistake, and their lives will never be the same. Her warmth and wit affect everyone around her - even, eventually, the cold Marilla. We follow Anne through her rebellious years, her transformation into a young woman, and her romantic pairing with Gilbert. 


Available Roles

  • Anne Shirley, a young orphan about 12 1/2 
  • Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged spinster
  • Mathew Cuthbert, her bachelor brother
  • Rachel Lynde, a neighbor
  • Station Master, at Bright River
  • Mr. Spencer, from a nearby village
  • Mrs. Blewitt, his neighbor
  • Diana Berry, Anne's friend
  • Mrs. Barry, Diana's mother
  • Mr. Phillips, Avonlea teacher
  • Miss Stacy, new teacher
  • Ruby Gillis, schoolmate
  • Josie Pye, schoolmate
  • Moody MacPherson, schoolmate
  • Charlie Sloane, schoolmate
  • Gilbert Blythe, schoolmate




Cheaper By The Dozen

Audition Dates: December 6 and 7, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Performance Dates: February 3-6, 10-13, 2022


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. Director and production team to be announced. 


About the Play

Suppose you're an attractive high-school girl and you're not only a member of a large and unique family but your father is, in fact, one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency. Then suppose he decides, for no apparent reason, to apply his unorthodox methods to you and to the rest of your big family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and—it must be admitted—extremely effective! To Anne, however, the chief effect seems to be that of making them seem ridiculous to everyone else at school—especially to the boys! Dad pushes ahead with better organization for his large and delightful family. He puts up a chart for the young people to initial after completing each household task, uses a rung as an imaginary bathtub to demonstrate how to take a really efficient bath and appoints a utilities officer to levy fines on wasters of electricity. While the situations are often uproarious, there's a serious reason. Dad has a heart condition that he's keeping secret. The children don't understand them. Anne, the oldest, rebels. Both Dad and she are miserable at the lack of understanding between them. Then in a deft and moving scene, Dad becomes aware of how much Anne has grown up.

Available Roles

  • Mr. Gilbreth, Dad
  • Mrs. Gilbreth, Mother
  • Ernestine, part of their dozen
  • Frank, part of their dozen
  • Jackie, part of their dozen
  • Dan, part of their dozen
  • Bill, part of their dozen
  • Fred, part of their dozen
  • Anne, part of their dozen
  • Lillian, part of their dozen
  • Martha, part of their dozen
  • Mrs. Fitzgerald, the housekeeper
  • Dr. Burton, the family doctor
  • Joe Scales, a cheerleader
  • Miss Brill, a teacher
  • Larry, someone "special"




Sauk Shorts 2022

Audition Dates: March 6, 7 at 7 p.m.
Performance Dates: April 21-24, 2022


Auditions will consist of readings from the various scripts. Titles and roles to be announced. Directors and production team to be announced. 




The Secret Garden

Audition Dates: TBA
Performance Dates: June 9-12, 16-19, 2022


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. The production team will be announced later. 


About the Play

This enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of 'Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers," spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

Available Roles

  • Lily - Mary's aunt, Mr. Craven's wife, now dead. 
  • Mary Lennox - a ten-year-old girl.
  • Mrs. Medlock - Mr. Craven's housekeeper.
  • Dr. Neville Craven - Mr. Craven's brother. 
  • Martha - a housemaid. 
  • Archibald Craven - Mary's uncle, and lord of Misselthwaite Manor. 
  • Ben Weatherstaff - head gardener. 
  • Dickon - Martha's brother. 
  • Colin Craven - Archibald Craven's ten-year-old son. 
  • Mrs. Winthrop - headmistress. 
  • Rose Lennox - Mary's mother. 
  • Captain Albert Lennox - Mary's father.
  • Alice - Rose's friend.
  • Lieutenant Wright - officer in Mary's father's unit. 
  • Lieutenant Shaw - fellow officer. 
  • Major Shelley - officer. 
  • Mrs. Shelley - Major Shelley's wife. 
  • Major Holmes - officer. 
  • Claire Holmes - Major Holme's wife. 
  • Fakir
  • Ayah, Mary's Indian nanny. 




The 24-Hour Theatre Project

Audition Date: May 6 at 8 p.m.
Performance Date: May 7 at 8 p.m.


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. Playwrights and directors will be announced at a later date. 




How to Eat Fried Worms

Audition Dates: Sunday, May 22 at 7 p.m.
Performance Dates: July 15-24


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. The director and the production team will be announced soon.


About the Play

Alan challenges Billy to eat a worm a day for 15 days. The winner gets $50. Tom prepares the worms in a variety of ways to make them more appetizing, using condiments such as ketchup, mustard, horseradish, and maple syrup. When Billy’s parents eventually find out about the bet, will they allow the bet to continue?


Available Roles

  • Tom, a young boy
  • Billy, a young boy
  • Alan, a young boy
  • Joe, a young boy
  • Mr. Forrester, Billy's dad
  • Mrs. Forrester, Billy's mom
  • Emily, Billy's younger sister
  • Peter, Tom's younger brother




Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Audition Dates: TBA
Performance Dates: August 11-14, 18-21


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. The director and production team will be announced at a later date. 


About the Play

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It's Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside an up-to-date, hilarious and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane.

Available Roles

  • Ella - Though no one notices her beneath her rags and quiet demeanor, she is opinionated, charismatic, passionate, beautiful and funny. 
  • Topher - A misguided and lost prince who longs to do something important with his life. 
  • Madame - Ella's selfish stepmother.
  • Sebastian - The kingdom's Lord Chancellor. 
  • Marie - A friend to Ella and the town's resident crazy lady and beggar woman, Marie is actually a fairy godmother in disguise. 
  • Gabrielle - Ella's stepsister and daughter of Madame. 
  • Charlotte - Ella's stepsister and daughter of Madame. 
  • Jean-Michel - A feisty, passionate peasant determined to make a change for the starving class. 
  • Lord Pinkleton - The Lord Chancellor's right-hand man. 
  • Giant
  • Fox (puppet)
  • Raccoon (puppet)
  • Footman
  • Coachman
  • Knights, peasants, serfs, townspeople, ladies and gentlemen of the court, servants, etc. 





Plays-in-Development 2022

Audition Dates: June 13, 14 at 7 p.m.
Public Readings: July 1, 2, 2022


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. Titles, character descriptions and directors will be announced at a later date. 




Desert Song

Audition Dates: July 8 at 7 p.m., July 9 at 2 p.m.
Performance Dates: September 8-11, 2022


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. Director and production team to be announced. 


About the Play

​Desert Song is about a young, struggling musician who seeks out the reclusive muse for one of the most famous love songs ever written, an early seventies tune called “The Ballad of Eliza.” It’s a song that he has loved all his life. This muse, a woman now in her sixties, has long retreated from public view, and lives as a simple maid. Set in the sparse lodgings at Ghost Ranch, a remote retreat in Northern New Mexico, the play explores the elusive and magical nature of inspiration. This play was workshopped during The Sauk’s 2021 Plays-in-Development. A world premiere. This play contains strong language and a brief moment of blood.


Available Roles

  • The Musician, male, late 20s.
  • The Maid, female, late 60s. 




Steel Magnolias

Audition Dates: August 15, 16 at 7 p.m.
Performance Dates: October 13-16, 20-23, 2022


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. There are roles for six women. Ron Boyle will direct this production. 


About the Play

​The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.


Available Roles

  • Truvy Jones - 40ish. Owner of the beauty shop.
  • Annelle Dupuy-Desoto - 19. Beauty shop assistant. 
  • Clairee Belcher - 66ish. Widow of former mayor. Grande dame. 
  • Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie - 25. Prettiest girl in town. 
  • M'Lynn Eatenton - 50ish. Shelby's mother. Socially prominent career woman. 
  • Ouiser Boudreaux - 66ish. Wealthy curmudgeon. Acerbic but loveable. 




The Nutcracker

Audition Dates: September 30 at 7 p.m., October 1 at 2 p.m.
Performance Dates: December 1-4, 8-11, 2022


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. Director to be announced. 


About the Play
The legend of the wonderful Nutcracker is now available in this captivating play. At a gala Christmas Eve party, Clara's godfather presents her with an amazing Nutcracker in the form of a wooden soldier. Too excited to sleep, she suddenly finds the Nutcracker brought to life. He tells her he is a prince under the wicked enchantment of the Mouse King, and she joins him in a series of adventures in strange lands as he seeks to regain his throne. When she wakes, she finds the Nutcracker gone. Was it a dream or not? Then her godfather returns with his nephew—who just happens to look exactly like the prince! This charming play is enhanced with dances to the music of Tchaikovsky.


Available Roles

  • Clara
  • Frank/Krakatuk
  • Aunt Harriet/Snow Queen
  • Mickey/Mouse King
  • Father
  • Mother/Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Godfather Dross
  • The Nutcracker
  • Four Mice
  • Two Snowflakes
  • Irmagarde - a candycane
  • Hildegarde - a candycane
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Daisy
  • Rose
  • BonBon
  • Prince/Ned
  • Ensemble who play toy soldiers, mice, snowflakes and flowers.