URI Theatre sets audition dates for two shows

KINGSTON, R.I. — November 25, 2015 — The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department is calling for actors to audition for two plays, “columbinus” and “Legally Blonde.” The auditions are open to the public. To register, call the URI Theatre Department at (401) 874-5921 or visit the theater office on the second floor of the Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston.


Written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli of The United States Theatre Project, “columbinus” examines the realities of adolescent culture by exploring the events surrounding the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. This play is a meeting of fact and fiction that weaves excerpts from discussions with parents, survivors and community leaders in Littleton, as well as police evidence, to bring to light the dark recesses of American adolescence. The New York Post said this drama is “a powerful and important piece about the churning rage that’s all too likely to bubble over again one day.”

Performances of “columbinus,” directed by Joe Short, begin Feb. 25, 2016, and run through March 6, 2016, in J Studio of The Fine Arts Center on the Kingston Campus.


The Theatre Department is seeking eight actors (five men and three women) to play multiple characters. All must be able to believably play 16- to 18-year-olds and some mature characters.?


Please prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue. Please read the entire play before auditions. We are looking to cast a strong, dynamic ensemble for this production. All actors will play multiple characters. Deeply truthful performances balancing simplicity and heightened sense of physicality are desired.

Auditions will be held in G Studio on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for URI juniors and seniors. All others will audition between 1 and 4 p.m. Call backs will be held in the Robert E. Will Theatre on Monday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Rehearsals begin Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at 5 p.m., the week before URI’s spring semester begins. There will also be a rehearsal on Monday, Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ?Once classes begin, rehearsals will run Tuesdays through Fridays, from 7 to 10:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Performances will be held Feb. 25 through 27 and March 3 through March 5 at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances Feb. 28 and March 6 at 3 p.m.

“Legally Blonde – The Musical”

Based on the MGM motion picture and novel by Amanda Brown, “Legally Blonde” is perfectly pink and infused with fun and frivolity. Nominated for seven Tony Awards, “Legally Blonde” is an upbeat musical comedy with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin that tells the tale of Elle Woods, a blonde sorority sister and valley girl who heads to Harvard Law School to win back her boyfriend, a big case, and the audience’s hearts while staying true to herself.


The Theatre Department is seeking actors for a large ensemble, with many featured roles. There is a dance requirement with musical staging/some dance.

Elle Woods, The quintessential Valley Girl; Female, 20-25 years old; Range: Gb2-G5 Soprano Belt.

Paulette, A brash, caring, optimistic hair stylist; Female, 35-45 years old; Range: A3-A5 Soprano Belt.

Vivienne Kensington, A smart, savvy, and uptight law student; Female, 20-25 years old; Range: A3-F5 Huge Soprano Belt.

Brooke Wyndam, An exercise video mogul who is also a former sorority girl; Female, 25-35 years old; Range: A3-G5 Alto or Soprano.?

Margot, Serena, Pilar, Elle’s sorority sisters; Female, 20’s; Range: G#3-F5 Soprano Belt.?

Enid Hoops, Feminist Law Student; Female, 20-25 years old; Range: G3-G5 Soprano Belt.

Emmett Forrest, A smart and sensitive law student; Male, 20-25 years old; Range: B2-A4 Tenor.?

Professor Callahan, A pompous, sleazy and manipulative law professor; Male, 45-55 years old; Range: A2- F#4 Baritone.?

Warner Huntington III, A good-looking but shallow and pompous guy; Male, 20-25 years old; Range: Eb3- Ab4 Tenor.?

Nikos Argitakos, Brooke Wyndham’s pool boy. Featured presence in “Gay or European”; Male, 20-30 years old.?

Aaron Shultz, Smug and arrogant Harvard law student; Male, 20’s.?

Sundeep Padamadan, Foreign Harvard law student; Male, 20’s.?

Ensemble Roles , Harvard Students, Delta Nu Members, Chutney Wyndham,

Elle’s Parents, Judge, Dewey (Paulette’s ex-husband, Carlos

The Theatre Department is also casting two dogs for the roles of Bruiser and Rufus. Please call 874-5922.


Two memorized songs from contemporary musicals, 32 bars each, one ballad and one uptempo. Please note that you must bring in sheet music for your songs, and it must be in a book or binder. No loose sheets.

Dance combination will be given during auditions and performed in small groups. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Auditions will begin Monday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 10 p.m. for juniors and seniors, while all others will be held? Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. Call backs will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. Individual audition sign up sheets will be posted outside the Theatre Office in the Fine Arts Center on Monday, Nov. 30th.

Rehearsals begin Saturday, Feb. 27. Performances of “Legally Blonde,” directed by Paula McGlasson, run April 21 through April 23 and April 28 through April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert E. Will Theater in The Fine Arts Center on the Kingston campus. There will be additional performances April 24 and May 1, 2016, at 3 p.m.

For additional information, please contact the URI Theatre Office at (401) 874-5921.