School of Theatre and Dance
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Thank you for your interest in the audition process at the ECU School of Theatre and Dance. This page contains information pertaining to auditions for entrance into academic programs (acting, dance, and musical theatre), productions presented through our ECU/Loessin Playhouse and ECU/Loessin Summer Theatre series as well as information for Directing Classes, Senior Choreography, Storybook Theatre and more.

Production Auditions

ECU/Loessin Playhouse Auditions

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Storybook Theatre Auditions

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Directing Projects

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Senior Choreography

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Workshops and Special Projects

Alice in Wonderland

By James Armstrong


Directed by Nick Lease and Michael Eubanks


When: January 16th

Where: Room 202c (Theatre for Youth room)

Time: 5:30-6:30 pm

(with callbacks taking place Jan. 17th from 5:00-6:00 pm if needed.)


*Rehearsals will take place from 5:00-6:00 pm beginning February 19th

*Performances dates will be determined before auditions in January.


This adaptation of the beloved children’s story by Lewis Carroll incorporates major plot points and poems from the original books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Through the Looking-Glass. This script requires a strong ensemble cast. All actors that are cast WILL play multiple characters in Wonderland, except for the actor cast as Alice Liddell. We are looking for 7 to 8 actors who can create a diverse array of characters, have a strong sense of movement and characterization, and can collaborate well with other actors. REHEARSALS DO NOT CONFLICT WITH A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM OR REALLY ROSIE.


This showcase is being funded by the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Board through East Carolina University.


For any further questions please contact:

Nick Lease at

Michael Eubanks at


The Mischief Makers by Lowell Swortzell

Directed by: Christian Anderson

WHEN: Tuesday January 16th

WHERE: Room 202C TIME: 5:30-6:30 PM

Possible Callbacks January 17th from 5-6 pm as needed.


Rehearsals will begin Thursday January 18th with performances February 23rd and 25th. These rehearsals will not conflict with any Mainstage or Storybook commitments nor will they conflict with Alice in Wonderland rehearsals.

This delightful play introduces young audiences to Anansi the Spider from Africa, Reynard the Fox from Europe, and the Native American trickster, Raven. As the play opens, the three are found perched together sharing a totem pole, unknowingly brought together by Nyame, the god of the skies. As they argue over who among them is the best trickster, they play out stories that best demonstrate their finest acts of trickery. The piece brings infamous tricksters to life through comedic movement and great storytelling.


A character breakdown, audition sides, and a copy of The Mischief Makers script will be made available in the workroom.


For further questions, please contact: Christian Anderson (

Lovable Lunatic: The Life and Lyrics of Dorothy Fields

This brand new biographical musical, is fulfilling Caitlyn Leach and Talen Piner’s Senior Honor’s Project for the Spring of 2018.

Dorothy Fields was the most influential female writer in musical theatre from the 1920s to the 1960s; some of her songs include “The Way You Look Tonight”, “Pick Yourself Up”, and “Big Spender” to name a few. This biographical musical illustrates how Dorothy’s lyrics lifted and inspired listeners of all races and backgrounds. In addition to describing Dorothy’s impact on musical theatre, this story recognizes her path to overcoming social barriers during a time when women were only beginning to be accepted as equals. It’s a musical filled with beautiful music, compelling characters, and lots of dance breaks! If you would like more exposure or performance opportunities with Golden Age music, this is the show for you!

Auditions will be Saturday, January 27th in Messick Room 206 starting at 11AM. 

Sign Up Sheet will be posted on the ECTA bulletin board on the second floor of Messick. We will send out an email when the sign-up sheet is posted.

Please come prepared with a clean 16-32 bar cut of a Jazz Age or Golden Age Musical Theatre piece (1920s-60s).

Composers we suggest for auditions cuts are Jimmy McHugh, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin, and Cy Coleman, some of which are actual characters in the show. Please feel free to read through the character descriptions attached to this email to get a better sense of the characters involved in Dorothy’s life.


All of the characters in this production are based on real people! We aren’t looking for carbon-copy impersonations of these character but we do encourage research on these characters prior to auditioning. Above all, we’d love to see your interpretation of the characters! All roles are open to any and all ethnicities. This will be a color-blind production. 

THIS PRODUCTION/REHEARSAL PROCESS WILL NOT CONFLICT WITH HANDS ON A HARDBODY, REALLY ROSIE, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAMWe will also not be having rehearsals the weekend of UPTA’s (February 2-5) as well as Spring Break.

***As of right now, we do not have a date for the performance(s). TBA end of March-beginning of April on a Saturday and Sunday.***

If you have any questions, please email Caitlyn at  or Talen at

Character Descriptions