2023-24 Season Generals

  • Equity
  • Non-Equity
  • Anywhere

Website Citadel Theatre

A Non-Profit, Professional Theatre located in Lake Forest, IL

Pay Rate: Equity: CAT Tier 1 and Non-Equity: $150.00 rehearsal stipend; $30/show.
Audition Date and Time: Virtual Submission due Sunday, June 4th at 11:59 PM CST
Contact Person Email: auditions@citadeltheatre.org

Citadel Theatre would like to announce general auditions for their 2023-24 Season.

SEEKING: Equity & Non-Equity actors for all roles in Citadel Theatre’s 2023-24 Season.

Citadel Theatre is committed to welcoming artists of broadly diverse backgrounds. Actors of all ethnicities, gender identities, ages, and disabilities are strongly encouraged to audition for all roles.

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.

Equity: CAT $286 weekly minimum (Tier 1)
Non-Equity: $150 rehearsal stipend; $30/show

Citadel Theatre’s 2023-24 Season:

The Mousetrap
Sep. 15 – Oct. 15, 2023
1st Rehearsal: Aug. 14, 2023
Written by Agatha Christie
Directed by Scott Westerman

Show Description: Brimming with intrigue, sophisticated humor and surprising twists, Agatha Christie’s iconic murder mystery is the world’s most successful and longest-running play. Amidst news of a murder in London, seven strangers find themselves snowed in at a remote country guesthouse. When police arrive, they discover – to their horror – that a killer is in their midst!

Character Breakdown:
While the character descriptions are limited to binary pronouns, we encourage all gender identities to submit for the roles with which they most identify.

  • Mollie Ralston – Female; Age 20s to early 30s. New owner/hostess of Monkswell Manor; anxious about hosting the inn’s first guests; married to Giles for one year.
  • Giles Ralston – Male; Age 20s to early 30s. Owns Monkswell Manor with his wife Mollie; somewhat arrogant and jealous of the other guests’ attentions toward Mollie.
  • Christopher Wren – Male; Age 20s to 30s. The first guest to arrive at the hotel, Wren is a hyperactive young man who acts in a very peculiar manner. Wren claims to have been named after the architect of the same name by his parents.
  • Mrs. Boyle – Female; Age 40s to 60s. Mrs. Boyle is an imposing woman in a bad temper; she complains about everything. She is disapproving of every effort that Mollie and Giles produce to make her comfortable.
  • Major Metcalf – Male; Age 40s to 60s. Major Metcalf is middle-aged, squareshouldered, military in manner and bearing. He is friendly and very polite, and serves as a good counter to Mrs. Boyle during the play’s first act.
  • Miss Casewell – Female; Age 20s to 30s. A strange, aloof, somewhat masculine woman who speaks offhandedly about the horrific experiences of her childhood.
  • Mr. Paravicini – Male; Age 30s to 50s. A man of unknown provenance who turns up claiming his car has overturned in a snowdrift. He appears to be affecting a foreign accent and artificially aged with make-up.
  • Sgt. Trotter – Male; Age late 20s to early 40s. Detective Sergeant Trotter is a cheerful, common-place man who arrives at the guest house on skis to investigate a local murder.
  • Radio Announcer – Voice only; reads BBC News reports on local murder.

She Loves Me
Nov. 17 – Dec. 17, 2023
1st Rehearsal: Oct. 9, 2023
Book by Joe Masteroff
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Directed by Matthew Silar

Show Description: Set in a 1930s European perfumery, we meet shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, who, more often than not, don’t see eye to eye. After both respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters that they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown. Join Amalia and Georg to discover the identity of their true loves… and all the twists and turns along the way!

Character Breakdown:
Seeking: Actors of any gender, age, race and ability to play the roles in She Loves Me. Please submit for the role or roles you most connect with, regardless of the role’s “traditional” look or sound.

  • Amalia Balash – (Character age: 20s to late-30s) An eager new employee at Maraczek’s Parfumerie. Amalia is a confident and skilled sales person, but easily becomes intimidated and nervous, especially when it comes to “dear friend”. A sunny, strong person and a lover of literature.
  • Illona Ritter – (Character age: 20 and late-30s) Ilona is employed at Maraczek’s Parfumerie. Ilona is confident in her body and power over potential romantic partners. Ilona is learned in the ways of romance, but longing for something more from the game of love.
  • Georg Novak – (Character age: 20 and late-30s). An established employee of Maraczek’s Parfumerie who takes the work at Maraczek’s very seriously. Georg is softened only by “dear friend”. Georg is a bit of a shy, hopeless romantic with a harsh edge that shows itself when pressed.
  • Steven Kodaly – (Character age: 20 and late-30s.) A well respected and liked employee at Maraczek’s Parfumerie. Though Kodaly is considered dapper and occasionally charming, Kodaly is quite obsessed with optics and is overly confident regarding his perceived “power” over potential romantic partners.
  • Ladislav Sipos – (Character age: 40+) Not the brightest employee at Maraczek’s Parfumerie. A confidant to Georg, Sipos is an optimistic, lover of family who goes to extreme lengths to avoid stirring the pot.
  • Maraczek – (Character Age: 40+) The owner of Maraczek’s Parfumerie. With a commanding presence, Maraczek’s dedication to the trade is rivaled only by his faithfulness to his wife. He is not scroogeish but he is extra hard on Georg, his head clerk.
  • Arpad Laszlo – (Character is a teenager) Works at Maraczek’s Parfumerie doing deliveries. Arpad’s exuberance is infectious. Arpad is deeply committed to Maraczek’s. Arpad is ambitious and frankly, adorable.
  • Ensemble – To play shop customers, Head Waiter, Keller, carolers and dining guests…

Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish [TYA]
Dec. 20 – Dec. 31, 2023
1st Rehearsal: Nov. 26, 2023
Book & Lyrics by Denise McGowan Tracy
Music & Lyrics by Kathleen Butler-Duplessis
Directed by Gregg Dennhardt

Show Description: A holiday musical with heart, humor and eight original songs, Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish – The Musical tells the story of a rag doll who lives in the magical world of the North Pole surrounded by Santa, Mrs. Claus, Clara Claus and the elves Twinkle, Sprinkle and Sparkle. She loves her North Pole family but Eleanor’s wish is for a best friend and home of her own.

Character Breakdown:
Please submit for the role or roles you most connect with, regardless of the role’s “traditional” look or sound.

  • Eleanor – A rag doll who wants a forever home.
  • Santa Claus – The jolly old elf that everyone knows.
  • Mrs. “Cookie” Claus – Santa’s loving wife and quite the cookie connoisseur.
  • Twinkle the Elf – The Narrator and TOP VIE (Very IMPORTANT ELF).
  • Sprinkle – A second Very Important Elf, like the name says …always on top of things.
  • Sparkle – A third Very Important Elf, like the name says …always a shining star.
  • Clara Claus – Santa’s cousin; in charge of the Naughty or Nice List.
  • Noelle – “The” little girl in need of a best friend.
  • Holly – Noelle’s Mother

Silent Sky
Feb. 16 – Mar. 17, 2024
1st Rehearsal: Jan. 15, 2024
Written by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Beth Wolf

Show Description: The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific and heart-bound discoveries. With music and math bursting forth onstage, Henrietta and her female peers change the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

Character Breakdown:
Regardless of characters’ historical identities, ALL characters in this production are open to all races/ethnicities. Performers of the global majority are encouraged to audition.

  • Henrietta Leavitt – Female, 30s. Brilliant, meticulous, curious, energetic, excited, persistent. The scientist.
  • Margaret Leavitt – Female, 30s. Homebody, creative, musical, sweet, with a deep sense of loyalty and familial responsibility. The sister. Seeking a performer who can play piano onstage.
  • Peter Shaw – Male, 30s. The head astronomer’s apprentice; smart, well-meaning, torn between tradition and progress. The man.
  • Annie Cannon – Female, 40s. Terse and sure; grows into a firebrand. The leader.
  • Williamina Fleming – Female, 50s, Scottish. Brash, smart as a whip, and fun. The wildcard.

Apr. 19 – May. 19, 2024
1st Rehearsal: Mar. 18, 2024
Book by Sybille Pearson
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Directed by Scott Shallenbarger

Show Description: Three couples on a university campus deal with the painful, rewarding and agonizingly funny consequences of the universal experience of pregnancy and upcoming parenthood. There are the college students, barely at the beginning of their adult lives; the thirty-somethings, having trouble conceiving but determined to try; and the middle-aged parents, looking forward to seeing their last child graduate from college… when a night of unexpected passion lands them back where they started.

Character Breakdown:
While the character descriptions are limited to binary pronouns, we encourage all gender identities to submit for the roles with which they most identify.

  • Danny Hooper – Male, Age: 18 – 25. A composer and baseball player in his Junior year of college. Lizzie’s loving and supportive boyfriend. Vocal range: A4 – A2
  • Lizzie Fields – Female, Age: 18 – 25. A composer in her Junior year of college. Danny’s bright-eyed, loving, sincere girlfriend. Vocal range: F5 – G3
  • Alan Mcnalley – Male, Age: 45 – 55. A college administrator fighting for the youth and for a second chance. Married to Arlene. Vocal range: F4 – B2
  • Arlene Mcnalley – Female, Age: 40 – 50. Alan’s wife, a dedicated community volunteer, who is weighing the aspects of a patterned life with children or an empty nest. Vocal range: Ab5 – B2
  • Pam Sakarian – Female, Age: 30 – 35. A neurotic, eager, go-getting women’s collegiate basketball coach desperately wanting a child. Married to Nick. Vocal range: F5 – G2
  • Nick Sakarian – Male, Age: 30 – 40. Danny’s collegiate baseball coach and Husband to Pam. Quirky and playful. Vocal range: F#4 – B2
  • Ensemble (4 actors playing multiple roles) – Friends, Townspeople

Submission Instructions:

Please complete the google form: https://forms.gle/xbk4TSsT3SjZd2ns7

Through this form, please submit your headshot & resume as a single PDF file. Please submit a video (one link preferred) via Dropbox, YouTube, or Vimeo that includes a 60 second contemporary monologue. If you are interested in She Loves Me, Eleanor, or Baby, please include a 16-32 bar cut of a musical theatre selection of your choosing in your video submission. Deadline: Sunday, June 4th at 11:59 PM CST.If you have any questions or any trouble submitting, please e-mail us at auditions@citadeltheatre.org.

To apply for this job email your details to ellenp@citadeltheatre.org