AUDITION NOTICE - 2023-24 Season Auditions

NMU students are invited to audition for all productions in our 2023-24 academic season. Please read all of the below information carefully and email us at with any questions. All auditions are open only to NMU students with the exception of the holiday production and North Coast Theatre and Dance Festival productions.

You must fill out an audition form prior to auditioning for a production. Audition forms for each show can be found below under each show title. Please upload your headshot and resume on your audition form; you do not need to bring a physical resume/headshot to your audition(s). All theatre and dance majors and minors are required to upload resumes/headshots for each audition they attend.

Students should arrive 5-10 minutes before the start of auditions to take a number. Those auditioning will wait quietly outside of the audition room until their number is called. When you have completed your audition, you may leave. 

If you are unable to attend auditions, please email

All BFA Acting, BFA Musical Theatre Majors, and BA/BS Theatre and Entertainment Arts (Performance) students must audition for every production in the season (excluding auditions for CO/LAB Dance Company). If you are an acting or musical theatre major who has already been cast in a show and your schedule will not allow you to be cast in another production, you must still audition; please note any conflicts on your audition form.

All Dance Majors are required to audition for CO/LAB Dance Company and are expected to present themselves professionally and appropriately.

PLEASE NOTE: If there are multiple audition days for a single production, you only need to attend one day. If a show has a DANCE CALL, attendance is mandatory to be cast.

Please scroll to the bottom of the page for general audition and callback information.

For more information on each show, including synopses and show dates, please click here.


2024-2025 Season Auditions


Cabaret (1998 Version)

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920's draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin's natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken with English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally's boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. 

Cast Size: 8w, 8m plus ensemble

Please note that many of the characters in Cabaret are defined in binary terms. Performers of any gender identity should audition wherever they feel most aligned.



Audition Schedule

AUDITIONS: Monday, April 15th & Tuesday, April 16th | 7:00PM-9:00PM

Location: Rehearsal Studio (McClintock 117)

Audition Requirements:

  • Please prepare 32 measures of a Kander and Ebb/Cy Coleman/Marvin Hamlisch/Stephen Schwartz-style musical theatre song (1960s-1980s). 
  • Please do not sing any Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jason Robert Brown, or any contemporary musical songs.
  • If you are auditioning for the role of Emcee, please also prepare a short monologue.
  • Please be sure to arrive 5-10 minutes early for auditions. You will wait quietly outside the studio until you are called into the audition room. Once you are finished, you may leave.

DANCE CALL: Tuesday, April 16th | 4:00PM-6:00PM

Location: Rehearsal Studio (McClintock 117)

Dance Call Requirements:

  • Please wear audition/Cabaret-appropriate dance attire. 
  • Character heels are encouraged.


CALLBACKS: Friday, April 19th | 1:00PM-3:00PM

Location: Rehearsal Studio (McClintock 117)


Rehearsal Information:

Rehearsals will begin Monday, August 19, 2024. This is the week before NMU officially starts. Further information to come.


Further audition information can be found here:

How to Audition

The Department of Theatre and Dance holds separate auditions for each production in our season. Audition paperwork will be made available on this page prior to all auditions and must be filled out before audition day. Students should arrive to auditions 5-10 minutes before they are scheduled to start to take a number.

On audition day, performers will enter the space one at a time as their numbers are called and each performer will have about 90 seconds to present their audition materials. An accompanist will be available at auditions for musicals, and there will also be a speaker and an aux cord for those using instrumental tracks.

What to Prepare

This may change depending on the production, but the below is typically true:

  • For a play, actors should prepare two short monologues.
  • For a musical, actors should prepare one short monologue and a 16-32 bar cutting of a song in the musical theatre style.

Monologues may be comedic or dramatic. Those auditioning are encouraged to present contrasting pieces. If you are using an instrumental karaoke track, please remember to bring your phone and any adapter that you may need. If you are using sheet music, please bring it in the proper key and clearly marked.


If callbacks are held for a production, they are typically scheduled for the day after the final day of auditions for that production. Performers will be notified directly via email if they are needed for callbacks. A callback does not guarantee a role in the production. Similarly, if a student is not called back, it does not mean they will not be cast.

Cast lists for productions are posted as soon as possible following auditions and callbacks and will be made available via email and on our Facebook page.

For a full list of our audition and casting policies, please click here.