URI Theatre sets audition dates for spring shows

KINGSTON, R.I.—November 19, 2013—The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department announces the audition schedule for two plays, Crimes of the Heart and Chicago. 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:

Crimes of the Heart

Director: Bryna Wortman

Cast size: 4 Women, 2 Men

About the Show: Beth Henley’s very funny, touching Crimes of the Heart won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award. The play takes place in Mississippi where three sisters must “learn how to get through these real bad days.” It involves Lenny, the eldest sister, who is about to hit 30, Meg in the middle who is home from an unsuccessful try at a singing career and Babe, the youngest, who just shot her husband, must overcome the legacy of self-destruction stemming from their mother’s earlier suicide. With the help of the men who love them and their own better natures, the sisters reunite with love in this always quirky, unpredictable comedy.


Tuesday, Dec 3 (juniors, seniors and community), 6-11 p.m. , G Studio

Wednesday, Dec 4 (all others), 6-11 p.m., Robert E. Will Theatre

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition to complete paperwork.

Required: Prepare a two-minute monologue. It can be a comedic or dramatic monologue that conveys the truth of an event. Do not audition with material containing foul language. Please read the entire play prior to your audition. A copy is available in the URI Theatre Office. Be prepared to read sides at auditions and callbacks.

Callbacks: Dec 5, 6-11 p.m.


Lenny Magrath is a withdrawn, 30 yr old woman and is the oldest of the McGrath sisters and she carries most of the responsibility.

Meg Magrath: At 27 yrs of age she is the middle sister with an unsuccessful singing career.

Babe Botrelle: Youngest Magrath sister, age 24, suicidal, shot her husband

Chick Boyle: The Magrath’s 29 year-old, demanding cousin, who cares deeply about everyone’s opinion of her.

Doc Porter: Meg’s 30 year-old ex-boyfriend who remains a family friend and was badly injured in Hurricane Camille

Barnette Lloyde: Babe’s 26 year-old lawyer who has a strong attraction for her

Rehearsals: Scheduled from 6-11 p.m. weekdays, 1-5 p.m. , weekends.

Performances: Feb 20-22 & Feb 27-Mar 1, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Feb 23 and Mar 2, 2014, 3 p.m.


Director: Paula McGlasson

Cast: 2 males and 4 females, 12-20 singers and dancers

About Chicago:

Devilish and delightful, Chicago is an indisputable Broadway landmark that delivers one big musical showstopper after another. John Kander and Fred Ebb’s now classic score keeps the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses, Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart moving at a gunshot pace. A multiple Tony, Grammy ad Oscar winner, this stinging satire on corruption, crime and celebrity based on true crime stories of the period features Bob Fosse’s steamy and sexy moves during the “jazz hot” 1920’s.

Auditions for dancing and singing: Sign-up in the Robert E. Will Theatre Lobby the night of each audition. All auditions will be held in G Studio.

Dance Auditions – Dec. 4, 6 p.m. Those auditioning will sign up in groups of ten for 30-minute slots. Everyone must dance sometime this evening.

Singing Auditions – Dec. 5 and 6, 7.30 p.m. – Vocal auditions are on a first-come, first-called basis. Sign-up list determines order for auditions. Actor(s) who have been called-back for Crimes of the Heart on Dec. 5 may audition for vocals on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Required: Prepare 32 bars of two contrasting songs. One should be similar in style to Kander and Ebb’s style for Chicago. Bring sheet music in the right key. No transposing on site. No singing a cappella.

Come ready to move for your dance audition. Both men and women should be in form-fitting clothing and character shoes. Ladies, wear 2¼-inch heels minimum.

Callbacks: December 7, 1:30 P.M.


Roxy Hart: female, 20-30, mezzo-soprano, a wannabe vaudevillian that kills her lover and gets sent to jail.

Velma Kelly: female, 25-40, alto, a vaudevillian and murderess who is on trial for killing her husband

William “Billy” Flynn: male, 35-50, baritone, lawyer who represents both Velma and Roxy

Amos Hart: male, 30-50, baritone, Roxy’s loving, faithful husband who she ignores

Matron “Mama” Morton: female, 30-50, alto, Matron of the prison that holds both Roxy and Velma

Mary Sunshine: 25-55, soprano or tenor, reporter following Roxy and Velma’s trials

Ensemble: 12-20 singers and dancers.

Rehearsals will begin in late-February.

Performances: April 17-19 & 24-27, 2014