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


Teen Male needed for 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

Video Submission Deadline: Friday, May 21 at 5 p.m.
Performance Dates: August 12-15 and 19-22


The Sauk is seeking a male teen actor between the age of 13 and 19 for an open role in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. The role of Ted, one of the three orphans, is available. Rehearsals begin June 1. 


Those interested in auditioning should submit a video performing two things:

  • a 1-2 minute fantasy story
  • a fairy tale in a musical style of their choice (opera, rap, country-western, showtunes, etc.)

Completed videos should be submitted to thesauk.hct@gmail.com by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 21. Please include contact information and a list of conflicts (between June 1 and August 22). Contact Director Trinity Bird at 517-849-9100 with questions.



Stuart Little

Audition Dates: May 21 at 7 p.m., May 22 at 2 p.m.
Performance Dates: July 16-18, 23-25, 2021


Those wishing to audition should memorize and prepare a one-minute comedic monologue that shows off a strong character. This production includes performances at 10 a.m. on Friday mornings. Rehearsals will be Monday through Thursday from 4-6 p.m. There are roles for 3 men and 2 women. Boys ages 10-14 will be considered for the role of Stuart. Men and women age 16 and up will be considered for the other four roles. Mari Nuñez will direct this production. 


About the Play

This is the endearing classic about a mouse named Stuart who is born into an ordinary New York family. All the charm, wisdom and joy of the E.B. White original are captured in this adaptation by Joseph Robinette, who also dramatized the highly acclaimed stage version of Charlotte's Web (produced by The Sauk in 2020). The many adventures—both big and small—of Stuart Little are brought vividly to life in this story-theatre presentation. The acting ensemble plays many human and animal roles in a series of delightful scenes that make up the marvelous maneuverings of a mild-mannered mouse trying to survive in a "real people's world." 


Available Roles

  • Stuart Little
  • First Actor - Male (Mr. Little, Dr. Carey, Malty's Voice, Angie, Harry, Repairman) 
  • Second Actor - Female (Mrs. Little, Woman, First Person, Second Dog, Tige's Voice, Pigeon, Mary)
  • Third Actor - Male (George, Snowbell, First Dog, Leroy, Mr. Clydesdale, School Superintendent, Henry)
  • Fourth Actor - Female (Doctor, Bureau Chief, Second Person, Margalo, Babette's Voice, Katherine)




Plays-in-Development

Audition Dates: June 4 at 7 p.m., June 5 at 2 p.m.
'Their Great Magic': Friday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m.
'Desert Song' & 'Pre-Existing Condition': Saturday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. 


Auditions will consist of readings from the various scripts. While this is only a small commitment of time, the commitment consists of rehearsals, book work, meetings with the playwrights and more. No memorization is required as these are play readings. There is a need for six men and four women. 


Their Great Magic

By Terence Patrick Hughes (of Lake Hill, NY)
Directed by Tim Ambrose

A year ago, acclaimed American novelist, John Irwin, and his wife suffered a terrible car crash near their mountain-top home in Woodstock, NY. He survived, she did not. After months of mourning, insurance litigation, and tabloid harassment, Helen’s ghost has returned to constantly haunt John and keep him from writing, sleeping, and staying sober. His daughter, Violet, and her new boyfriend arrive to try and rescue John from his downward spiral, only to be caught up in a wild war of words and wit that reaches far beyond our material world. A comic romp of a ghost story wrapped around a drama about love, death, and family. 

  • John - male, older
  • Violet - female, younger
  • Robert - male, younger
  • Helen - female, older
  • Samuels - male, older
  • ​Father - male, any age


Desert Song

By Mark Cornell (of Chapel Hill, NC)

Directed by Trinity Bird

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.

  • Carlos, late 20s
  • ​Elizabeth, 60s


Pre-Existing Condition

By Tiffany Thatcher (of Homer, MI)

Directed by MJ Dulmage

​Kate is doing her best to get over her fiancé Jonah, but he is not making it easy. He keeps popping in whenever her guard is down. As the couple tries to make sense of their separation, they quickly realize that their relationship is not at all what it seems.

  • Kate, late twenties to mid-thirties
  • Jonah, late twenties to mid-thirties




24-Hour Theatre Project

Audition Date: June 11 at 8 p.m.
Performance Date: June 12 at 8 p.m.


This is an audition unlike anything you have done before. Each person will have 1-2 minutes to show off what they can do (perform a monologue, tell a story, sing a song, dance, perform a special skill or a combination of these things). Anyone age 14 and up can audition. The five director/playwright combinations will choose performers from these auditions to inspire their writing. Actors cast in the shows must be available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 12. Directors/Playwrights to be announced.  




The Cemetery Club

Audition Dates: July 9 at 7 p.m., July 10 at 2 p.m.
​Performance Dates: September 9-12, 2021


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. There are roles for one man and four women. Angela Forant will direct this production. 


About the Play

​Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ 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.


Available Roles

All characters are in their late fifties to early sixties.

  • Ida – is the gentlest and most charming of the three widowed friends and the one who faces life the most realistically. She is ready to move on past grief and to accept new challenges.
  • Lucille – is the most brazen one, always looking for a good deal, good time and always looking to “get even” with her unfaithful husband.
  • Doris – is the most conservative of the three and the one who refuses to change any element in her life. She adheres to her strict principles of love and respect and expects her friends to do the same.
  • Sam – is the local butcher, whose dead wife he still mourns, but who realizes that life has much to offer. He is willing to take a chance on happiness again.
  • Mildred – is a show-off and a flirt. (smaller role, though BIG in personality) 



Clue: The Musical

Audition Dates: August 16, 17 at 7 p.m.
Performance Dates: October 14-17, 21-24, 2021


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. There are roles for 5 men and 3 women. Trinity Bird directs this production with musical direction by Kristi Gautsche. Michele Harmon will stage manage.

About the Play
The internationally popular game is now a fun-filled musical that brings the world’s best-known suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Body, in what room, and with what weapon. The audience receives forms to help them deduce the solution from clues given throughout the fun-filled evening. Three audience members choose from cards representing the potential murderers, weapons, and rooms; there are 216 possible solutions! Only one hard-nosed female detective is qualified to unravel the merry mayhem. Comic antics, witty lyrics, and a beguiling score carry the investigation from room to room. Even after the culprit confesses, a surprise twist delights the audience.

Available Roles

  • Mr. Boddy - Charismatic, handsome, playful host. 30s. Soaring baritone/tenor. 
  • Mrs. Peacock - Acerbic. manipulative, sexy socialite. Plays 40s. Mezzo with belt. 
  • Professor Plum -  Astute intellectual with a wry sense of humor. Plays 30s-40s. Baritone. 
  • Miss Scarlet - Shrewd, very attractive vixen. 20s. Wide vocal range with belt. 
  • Colonel Mustard - Pompous, randy military man. Plays 40s-50s. Baritone.
  • Mrs. White - Fun-loving cockney maid, portrayed by a man. Plays 40s-50s. Wide vocal range. 
  • Mr. Green - Slick, handsome wheeler-dealer. 20s. Baritone/tenor. 
  • Detective - hard-nosed, snappy, humorous female. 30s. Interesting singing voice. 




Anne of Green Gables

Audition Dates: October 1 at 7 p.m., October 2 at 2 p.m.
Performance Dates: December 2-5, 12-15, 2021


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. 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




Steel Magnolias

Audition Dates: December 6, 7 at 7 p.m.
Performance Dates: February 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.