Theatre Under The Stars welcomes both union and non-union performers to audition for our productions. Audition locations vary from production to production, but are frequently held in Houston, Los Angeles and New York City. In each city, auditions will be conducted by members of the TUTS staff and production’s creative team including the director, choreographer and musical director.
Information on all TUTS auditions are advertised through Equity hotlines and other publications specific to each locale. The open call in Houston is additionally announced via press release, and is also noted in the StarMail newsletter, as well as here on the website. Information on how to submit your resume, headshot and schedule an auditions varies from show to show and will be detailed as auditions are announced.
To achieve diverse and high-caliber productions, TUTS invites and encourages interested performers from all walks of the profession to audition.
All performers over the age of 18 in TUTS productions are compensated.
PERFORMERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 should contact the training wing of Theatre Under The Stars, the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre. For more information on the school’s classes, touring troupes, week- and day-camps, and workshop performances call 713.558.8801.
TUTS regrets we do not have the staff time to review audition submissions sent on video or DVD. All auditions must be seen live and in person within the context of a regular casting call for best comparison of talent and suitability.
TUTS holds daytime and evening rehearsals at least six days a week for a minimum of two and a half weeks prior to the opening of each TUTS production. Rehearsals are 7.5 to 12 hours/day in length.
Location: TUTS Studios—1st Floor of the Arts and Education Building on the Walker Street side of The Hobby Center Complex (800 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002).
All Auditionees MUST
1. Be 18 years of age or older
2. Have 8X10 headshot (color or black-and-white accepted) and resume
3. Have 16 bars of music prepared. Please bring sheet music in your appropriate key.
A pianist will be provided at the audition. TUTS does NOT accept taped accompaniment. Please, no a cappella singing.
Theatre Under The Stars has rescheduled auditions for MEMPHIS due to street closures for the parade celebrating the Astros winning the World Series. Chorus auditions originally scheduled for November 3 will not take place on November 9th. Houston auditions will be held at Theatre Under The Stars in the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Administration Building located at 800 Bagby St., Houston, Texas 77002.
National auditions will be held in New York and Los Angeles, and will be overseen by Stewart/Whitley. Those interested in auditioning in New York or Los Angeles should submit a headshot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rehearsals begin on January 30, 2018, Previews will be February 20th and 21st, Opening Night is February 22nd, and the show closes on March 4th.
The schedule for the Houston auditions will be as follows:
November 9, 2017 Schedule:
10 a.m. Male Dance Call
11 a.m. Female Dance Call
12 p.m. Singer Call
Huey: (Caucasian, Plays 20-35) Our frenzied, bombastic, motor-mouthed hero who talks his way into becoming a DJ at a local "white" radio station, ignores race barriers and eventually falls in love with Felicia, a talented black singer, which causes a whole new set of problems for him in segregated Memphis. (Vocal range: tenor with a great feel for pop/rock/r&b styles, C3-B4)
Felicia: (African-American, Plays 20-35) Beautiful, wide-eyed, and a fiercely gifted singer, follows her heart and falls in love with Huey, despite knowing deep down that a relationship between a white man and a black woman in prejudiced Memphis is doomed. (Vocal range: high R&B belt voice, G3-A5)
Delray: (African-American, Plays 35-45), Felicia’s older brother who owns the club on Beale Street where she sings, realistic, cautious, protective, and aware of the realities of the segregation that exists in Memphis and the world beyond. (Vocal range: baritenor with a great pop/rock/R&B voice, Bb2-Bb4)
Gladys: (Caucasian, Plays 45-65) Excellent actor with comic skills, Huey’s stern, traditional blue-collar, southern mother who has worked her entire life to be able to support herself and her son, who she loves, but about whom she constantly worries. (Vocal range: strong singer with alto-belt mix, B3-A5)
Gator: (African-American, Plays 35-45), works as a bartender at Delray’s, hasn’t spoken since age 5, when he saw his father killed, as the story progresses, he finds his voice again, must be an excellent actor and singer and move well, comic timing a plus. (Vocal Range: great R&B baritenor, F#3-A4)
Bobby: (African-American, Plays 20-35) The janitor at Mr. Simmons’s radio station, full of personality and heart, role requires an actor who must dance well, as the character has a dance break in his show-stopping number “Big Love,” comic skills a plus. (Vocal range: great gospel voice, G3-C5)
Mr. Simmons: (Caucasian, Plays 40-60) The conservative owner of the radio station where Huey gets his start, a strong, southern, commanding businessman who becomes willing to take a chance on Huey when he realizes the audience Huey reaches and the money he can command. (Great actor who is comfortable singing.)
Wailin Joe/Beale Street Singer-Dancer: (African-American, Plays 20-40), Wailin’ Joe sings "Scratch My Itch" and is featured in both Act 1 and Act 2, must also dance very well; covers the principal roles of Delray and Bobby. (Vocal Range: excellent tenor voice, Eb3-Gb5)
Main Street Actor-Singer: (Caucasian, Plays 40-60) to play Mr. Collins, a department store owner, and Gordon Grant, a record company executive, and perform in the ensemble; dance ability a plus, but not necessary. (Vocal Range: Baritenor)
Beale Street Male Dancer-Singers: (Chorus / Ensemble: African American, to play teenagers) excellent dancers with great R&B/rock voices; comic abilities, partnering, and tumbling a plus. (Vocal Range: (Baritenors/tenors B2-B4)
Beale Street Female Dancer-Singers: (Chorus / Ensemble: African-American, to play teenagers) excellent dancers, great soulful R&B/rock voices, athletic and fierce, comic ability and partnering a plus, "Double Dutch" experience a plus. (Vocal Range: (altos/sopranos A3-A5)
Main Street Male Dancer-Singers/Huey Cover : (Caucasian, Plays 20-30) Excellent dancers with great pop/rock/crooner voices; comic ability and tumbling a plus; one of these actors will cover the lead role of Huey. (Vocal Range: Tenor and Baritenor)
Main Street Female Dancer-Singers: (Chorus / Ensemble: Caucasian, to play teenagers – 30 for different roles) excellent dancers, great singers, "Double Dutch" experience a plus. (Vocal Range: pop/rock/R&B belters)
*THEATRE UNDER THE STARS is committed to diversity in casting, and will not discriminate against any Actor or applicant for a part in a cast by reason of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, sexual or affectional preference, age, handicap, political persuasion, or belief.