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Audition Annoucement for SoT's Spring Productions Leo Auditions Facepainter Needed for Pumpkin Festival
UP Dance Performance Stagehands Needed for School of Music USITT Newsletter
Miss Margarida's Way Actors Needed for Student Film: Stranger Danger  
FaceAge Middle Aged Actress Needed  
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Young Frankenstein    

Auditions for the School of Theatre's Spring Productions

Spring SoT Season Auditions will begin with a General Audition starting on November 12.
--IF you are auditioning for ALL PRODUCTIONS, please prepare BOTH the song AND the monologue as listed below.
--IF you are auditioning for the MUSICALS, please prepare the SONG as listed below; if you are auditioning for the PLAYS, please prepare the MONOLOGUE as listed below.

For those auditioning for Violet and Hands On A Hardbody:
*Please prepare one short song in the style of the show: folk, country, gospel, blues or honky-tonk rock.
*Length should be approximately two minutes, and the song journey should have a clear beginning, middle, and end.
*If, for example, your song has many repeats of the chorus, you may cut one or two, as needed, to bring you closer to approximately two minutes.

For those auditioning for To Kill A Mockingbird and Men On Boats:
*Please choose and prepare an approximately one minute, first person, section from the novel To Kill A Mockingbird and present it as a monologue.
*Alternately, you may choose and prepare a first person narrative in any one of Eudora Welty‘s stories.
***Southern accent please.***

*If you are an actor of color – you may ALSO sing a traditional spiritual or gospel song a cappella.
The full breakdowns of character descriptions for all productions, other audition and call-back information, and audition sign-up information will be on the online callboard soon.

UP Dance Performance

UP, is a site-specific dance performance conceived by Michele Dunleavy, and created in collaboration with dancers Diane Kim and Katie Carbone. We'll be performing this work in progress twice this week on the stairwell outside the Frizzell Room at the Pasquerilla Spiritual center. The stairs are located between the chapel and the main building just off the patio on Curtin Rd. 

Performance dates and times:

Wednesday Oct 17 at 10 PM (after Ballet Hispanico)
Thursday Oct 18 at 9:30

Bundle up and come on out and support these incredible humans!

Also looking for volunteers to help set up and/or video the performance. Email if you're interested!

2018 Pumpkin Festival - Seeks aspiring face painter enthusiast

The Arboretum at Penn State is in need of a face painter for our festival on Saturday, October 20th at the Arboretum at Penn State for our Annual Pumpkin Festival (flyer attached).

All supplies and gentle guidance will be provided - just need your time and enthusiasm to help out our community.   We have three face-painters and need one more to ensure we can meet the volume for this highly anticipated festival.

Arrive by 3:30 for setup/brief orientation.  Festival face painting will be offered from 4-6PM. For more information please visit:

Please contact Kelly Oleynik 867-2591 or send email: as soon as possible!

Miss Margarida's Way

Presented by and starring: Malena Ramirez

A teacher who runs her classroom with an iron fist, velvet glove not included! Banned, then censored in Brazil (the playwright’s homeland), Miss Margarida’s Way is a searing drama that looks deeply into the heart of power. Audiences and critics in over fifty countries have cheered this allegory about totalitarianism that uses a classroom as its central metaphor. Miss Margarida teaches, teases, and taunts her eighth-grade class through mathematics, geography, history, and her own private curriculum. Unbalanced by sexual frustrations she can only express in aggression toward her students, Miss Margarida is an engaging monster; a dictator with the audience as her student body.

Two performances, one day only! Saturday, October 20th 2:00pm and 8:00pm At the State Theatre 130 W. College Ave. State College, PA 16801
Adult - $20.50 (includes $2.50 fee); Senior - $14.50 (includes $2.50 fee)
*Due to mature content, this show is recommended for viewers 18+ *

To buy tickets click here - For more information please visit: 


Thanks to both a generous anonymous donation and sponsorship by Foxdale Village, FaceAge, the compelling inter-generational docu-drama will now premiere at The State Theatre at 7:00PM Thursday evening October 25, 2018, FREE to the public

FaceAge is an award-winning film, utilizing the lens of aging to challenge stereotypes and trigger self-reflection around deeply held personal perceptions of beauty, wealth, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and health. 

The evening programming includes compelling presentations from:
Penn State Laureate Professor Andrew Belser, Producer of the FaceAge Films
Dr. Martin Sliwinski, Director of Penn State's Center for Healthy Aging
Dr. Celia Cook-Huffman, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College

To reserve tickets please visit: or call (814)272-0606

School of Theatre Apparel Sale

The School of Theatre's Annual Apparel Sale (sponsored by USITT) is happening now until Friday, October 26th. To see items and to order please visit/click here

If you are not local to State College and would still like to order apparel please email to determine shipping rates.

Leo Auditions 

Auditions for Leo, a student short film, will be held on Monday, October 15th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Pattee Library Knowledge Commons W126. 

Logline: When Leo returns to class after a school shooting tragedy, the harassment and abuse he faces from his peers upon his return only brings to the foreground the truth he was trying to forget: the shooter was his own brother.

Questions? Contact Director Nik Lanum at (908) 202-1123 or at


USITT at Penn State is starting a monthly newsletter showcasing projects that the chapter is working on throughout the year. If you'd like to subscribe please click here. Finally a great way to stay up to date on their many projects :) 

Middle Aged or Older Female Actress Wanted

Middle aged/older female actress wanted for a short crime film Compromise, about two young burglars who encounter a moral crisis once the elder owner of the house they've infiltrated catches them in the act. Shooting dates will be determined ASAP, but filming will begin late October/early November and will most likely be on weekends. I am flexible about scheduling time for an audition/read of the script.
For more information please contact Jake Jackson at or (225) 772-2543

Actors Needed for Student Film Stranger Danger

Logline: Stranger Danger is about a woman who is left stranded in the middle of nowhere, late at night, after her car breaks down. An ominous stranger offers her a ride into town, with a serial killer on the loose, can she trust this late night cruise? 

Who we are looking for: Sarah Peters, a young woman in her twenties and David, a man in his late twenties to early thirties or someone who gives the appearance of such. 

Auditions will be held October 27th-28th from 9am-12pm in 107 Willard.

For more information please contact Kyra-Nicole Barkley at

Young Frankenstein

Presented by Thespians

Oct. 18th-20th at 7:30 pm in Schwab Auditorium
(Additional matinee performance at 1:30pm Saturday)

Mel Brooks’ iconic comedy comes alive in the stage adaptation of his movie, Young Frankenstein! The show opens on the mundane life of Professor Frederick “Fronkensteen,” the grandson of the infamous Victor von Frankenstein, maker of monsters. Frederick unwillingly inherits his grandfather’s estate in Transylvania and must uproot his pleasant life in New York, including leaving his “adorable madcap fiancee,” Elizabeth, and his prized teaching position at Johns, Miriam and Anthony Hopkins School of Medicine. Once in Transylvania, Frederick meets Igor, his hunchbacked sidekick; Inga, his mysterious, irresistible, and witty laboratory assistant; and Frau Blucher, the Frankenstein family housekeeper. With the help of his new friends, Frederick learns to accept his true Frankenstein name, join the family business and make a monster of his own creation. Come see your favorite Mel Brooks’ characters come alive in a breathtaking piece of true musical theater comedy just in time for the Halloween season. Young Frankenstein is an unforgettable combination of witty dialogue, iconic characters, a monster on the loose and show-stopping dance production numbers that’ll leave you tap dancing your way out of Schwab Auditorium.

Reserve your seat here

School of Music Hiring Stagehands

The School of Music is looking to hire students to work as Stagehands and A/V Production Assistants. 

To apply, please use this link:

52 Pickup

by: Katie Nixon

52 Pickup is Katie Nixon's first full-length play that explores the coping process after trauma. What happens when you are left alone to pick up the pieces? The solo piece incorporates original choreography by Nixon and new music composered by Nixon and Alex Shallenburger.

Post show discussions will be lead by counseling professionals and the creative team five minutes after the show.

52 Pickup has been made possible through the Student Engagement Network and The Blackbox Theatre Company.

December 1st, 2nd, and 6th at 7:30 pm

Studio 6, Theatre Building

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