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Audition for our Shows

Spring 2020 Musical Auditions for The Mason Cabaret and the concert presentation of Spring Awakening

The Mason Players offer Unified Show Auditions each semester. 

Casting is open to all full-time degree-seeking Mason students, regardless of major, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Students audition for all shows to be produced in the semester in one session. Auditions for productions will be held during the first week of classes each semester. Contact the Theater office for more information. 

The School of Theater and the Mason Players strive to practice a casting policy of inclusion, regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, cultural heritage, or personal preference.

For a full description of each show, including all performance dates, times and locations, please visit the Performance Calendar online or look at the current Season Brochure.

Auditions will be held on Monday, October 14, 3:00-6:00pm in MTB 2013.

To schedule your audition slot, please sign up in the Theater Office, Performing Arts Building room A407, starting Sept 25.

There will be a conflict form next to the sign up sheets. Please complete the form and bring it with you to the auditions.

Please be sure to also fill out this audition form!

Please prepare:

Spring Awakening - 16 bars of a pop/rock song in the style of the show

The Mason Cabaret - 16 bars of an American songbook song (Berlin, Gershwin, Porter, Ellington, Rodgers, etc.)

If auditioning for both please prepare both.

Callbacks for all shows will be held on October 17, 4:00-6:00pm

Production Dates:

Mason Cabaret rehearses Jan 21 – 30, and performs January 31 at 8pm, February 1 at 2pm & 8pm (Harris Theater), and February 7 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, and February 8 & 9 at various times and locations.

If cast in Spring Awakening, you must be registered for academic credit*. Rehearsals will take place during class times, Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30-1:10, with a put-in the week of April 27, and performances on May 1 at 3pm & 8pm in the Concert Hall.

*Students accepting a role must make an appointment with Academic Advisor Sara Simanski to arrange required credit.

Contact the Theater Office with any questions.

Unified Auditions for the Spring 2020 Season will take place on January 22 and 23. Check back for details later this Fall.

Shows for Fall 2019

The Mason Players Originals!

Nine original student-written works!

Performance dates and times

Various Directors

Rehearsals:  Sept 3 - 12

Performances: Sept 13 & 14, in TheaterSpace

Cast Breakdown 

Many roles available for all looks, types, and gender identity for this series of ten-minute offerings.

Note: Participation in The Originals! does not conflict with any other Mason Players fall productions.

Looking for special skills in stage combat.


Rags, Book by Joseph Stein (with revisions by David Thompson), lyrics by Stephen Schwartz Music by Charles Strouse.

Performance dates and times

Directed by Rick Davis, Musical Direction by Joseph Walsh

Rehearsals: Sept 16 - Oct 30

Performances: Oct 31 - Nov 3, in the Concert Hall

Character Breakdown

9 men, 8 women, 1 boy, chorus

Rebecca Hershkowitz
David - her ten year old son
Nathan Hershkowitz (Harris) - her husband
Saul - a radical union organiser
Bella Cohen - a 17 year old immigrant, Rebecca's friend
Avram - Bella's father
Ben Levitowitz - a young immigrant in love with Bella
Rachel - a plump widow with her eye on Avram
Rosa - a co-worker in Rebecca's sweatshop
Tammany Politicians: "Big Tim" Sullivan, Frankie and Mike
Sophie Tucker
Morris's mother

Immigrants, Cynical Americans, Ellis Island Guards, Klezmer musicians, Yiddish Theatre Actors; Workers, Neighbours, Shoppers & Strikers


Composed by the creators of Wicked, Godspell, Annie, Bye Bye Birdie and other American classics, Rags is a heart-warming and powerful tale showcasing the grit and optimism of immigrants arriving in Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century. Mason’s School of Theater has a rare opportunity to work with the award-winning creative team on this new adaptation of a hidden musical gem. Be among the first to hear Rags’ newly revised libretto in this D.C.-area premiere, and take in the ravishing score and sweeping saga of American’s immigrant past blending with new American values.

Note: Auditions for this show include presenting a 32-bar cut from a song drawn from the musical theater canon in addition to a monologue.


Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Performance dates and times

Directed by Kayla Schultz

Rehearses: Oct 7 - Nov 20

Performs: Nov 21 - 24, in TheaterSpace

One of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, Twelfth Night comes to life in 1969 during the infamous “three days of peace and music”–Woodstock! Highlighting themes of music and love, the land of Illyria flourishes with vivid colors and an upbeat pulse that celebrates youth, challenges gender boundaries and social expectations, all while grappling with the spectre of the Vietnam War.

Cast Breakdown

Traditional character lists may be found on the internet, but this concept is anything but traditional. Specific details will be posted here once they are made available.

Looking for special skills: Facility with classical language/monologue, dance, singing, music experience, special skills of all kinds a plus. 


The Mason Players Reading Series

Cock, by Mike Bartlett, directed by Marcus Sharnoff

Performance dates and times

presented on Nov 8 at 3pm


HIR by Taylor Mac, directed by Jacob Horowitz

Performance dates and times

presented Nov 15 at 3pm

This new series offers an opportunity for directors to work on plays focusing on today's important issues, to be presented for one staged reading presentation. Minimal daytime rehearsal schedule and a Friday afternoon performance allows student participation free from conflict with our full productions.

These plays contains adult language and topics.

Mason theater students on stage

Scene from The Imaginary Invalid, Mason Players, 2018

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