URI Theatre sets audition dates for 2 shows

KINGSTON, R.I. – November 10, 2011 –The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department announces the audition schedule for two plays, Tartuffe and Singin’ In the Rain. The auditions are open to the public. To sign up, call URI Theatre at 401.874.5921 or visit the theatre office on the second floor of the Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston. Here are the scenarios and requirements:


Tartuffe by Moliere, translation by Ranjit Bolt: Clutching ever-present rosary beads, shifting uncomfortably within the hair shirt he wears for continual penance, and always eyeing the women as they pass—Tartuffe insinuates himself into a wealthy Parisian household and turns it into wickedly funny pandemonium. The play’s central character is a wily, opportunist and swindler. He affects sanctity and gains complete trust of the head of a wealthy family while everyone else sees what Tartuffe really is: crooked. Tartuffe is Moliere’s comic masterpiece that has been enjoyed by millions for centuries.

Director: Tom Gleadow

Cast size: 12 actors – 6 men, 6 women

Requirement: Prepare a classical monologue and be ready to begin on time

Auditions: Monday, Dec. 12, 7 to 10 p.m. (University juniors & seniors only) J Studio

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7 to 10 p.m., J Studio

Callbacks: Wednesday, Dec 14, 7 to 10 p.m., J Studio

Rehearsals begin: Monday, Jan. 16.

Performances: Thurs. through Sat, Feb. 23 to 25 and March 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 26 and March 4, 3 p.m.

Singin’ in the Rain

Singin’ in the Rain, based on the MGM film, which was based on the screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Experience all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s golden age. It’s 1927, and Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are the toast of Tinseltown until the “Talkies” come on the scene. You may remember Gene Kelly splashing his way through the famous MGM film but have you ever seen it live? Join us as our season finishes with a big splash featuring this spectacular and romantic musical comedy. There will be wonderful singin’ and dancin’ and, yes, it really will rain onstage!

Director: Paula McGlasson

Cast size: 30 actors – ages 16 to 60, singing and non-singing roles, and tap dancing for chorus

Requirements: Bring sheet music, memorized selection from a stage or movie musical, bring tap shoes and wear comfortable clothes. Be ready to begin on time.

Auditions: Monday, Dec. 12, 7 to 10 p.m. (University juniors and seniors only) G Studio

Tuesday, Dec 13, 7 to 10 p.m., G Studio

Callbacks: Thursday, Dec 15, 7 to 10 p.m., G Studio

Rehearsals begin: Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Performances: Thurs. through Sat., April 19 through 21 and 26 through 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 and 29, 3 p.m.