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Audition Information

Upcoming Auditions at the Backdoor Playhouse on the TN Tech Campus

Fall Production:   Carrie the Musical
Music by Michael Gore                                                Lyrics by Dean Pitchford                                              Book by Lawrence D. Cohen                                        Based on the novel by Stephen King

Auditions are being held on
Tuesday, September 5 and Wednesday, September 6 from 6 to 10 pm.

The Story:

Carrie White is a teenage outcast who longs to fit in. At school, she’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she's dominated by her loving but cruelly controlling mother. What none of them know is that Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it.

Set in the present in the small New England town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie: The Musical features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose).

Acting auditions will consist of cold-readings from the script.

Please prepare a song no more than 2 minutes in length. Please bring sheet music accompaniment of your song for the pianist to play.

Roles are available for 14 actors.  (8f, 6m)

Casting is open to all interested people. Minority performers are strongly encouraged to audition.

Directed by Mark Harry Creter

Musical Direction by Mendy Richards
Produced by the Tennessee Tech Theatre Program in conjunction with the Center Stage Fund.

For further information, or to borrow a script, please contact Mark Creter at (931) 372-3478 or 

Performance Dates: November 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 2023.

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Winterfest 2023: A Night of Student Directed Plays

Backdoor Playhouse on Campus of Tennessee Tech
Monday, November 28, 2022 at 7pm

All auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
All are encouraged to audition. Those who are considering working on the production in a non-acting capacity are encouraged to attend auditions to fill out an interest form.

Tech Week will run: February 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th*.
The production dates: February 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 17th, and 18th at 8pm*;
Late Night Performance: February 16th at 10pm*;
Matinee: February 18th at 2pm*.
*Call times for actors and crew will be determined at a later date. 

10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse 
A Short Comedy by Don Zolidis 
Directed by Aaron Ramsey
Cast: 5 f, 3 m, 2 any
(8-24 actors possible: 5-13 f, 3-11 m)

The Story:
It's the end of the world and hordes of rampaging zombies are about to kill you. What do you do? Try your hand at kung fu against the undead? Attempt to reason with creatures that would rather eat brains than use them? Turn to this handy and hilarious guide to survive the apocalypse! (Hint: sacrifice the weak is step number one.)

The Candidate
A Drama by Brent Holland
Directed by Chloe White
Cast: 5 any
(5 actors possible: 0-5 f, 0-5 m)

The Story:
Four people wake up in a room with no memory of who they are or how they got there – and no way out. As they are put through a series of increasingly dangerous trials, they start to realize they're actually part of a secret interview process.

Check Please
A Comedy by Jonathan Rand
Directed by Ashley Hale
Cast: 7 f, 7 m
(4-26 actors possible: 2-13 f, 2-13 m)

The Story:
Dating can be hard. Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother's bridge partner, or a mime. Check Please follows a series of blind dates that couldn't get any worse – until they do. Could there possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel?

The Autumn 2022 Production

A World Premiere of a New Musical

Crawlspace: A True Crime Musical 

Book and Lyrics by Jason Spraggins 

Music by Matt Glickstein

Auditions:   Monday,  August 29 and Tuesday, August 30 from  6 to 10pm.

The Story:
Crawlspace is based on the story of a convicted serial killer. Although inspired by his words and the public record of his life and crimes, this is a work of historical fiction. Certain names and identifying details have been changed to protect individuals' privacy, and liberties have been taken that differentiate this work from true-life events. Crawlspace is a theatrical re-imagining of the story and repercussions of the tragic crimes. 

Auditions will consist of cold-readings from the script.
Plus: Interested performers are encouraged to prepare a short singing selection.

Roles available for 17 actors, 12 main roles and 5 supporting roles:
5- women, 10-11 men.
Casting is open to all interested people. Minority performers are strongly encouraged to audition.
Directed by Mark Harry Creter.
Produced by the Tennessee Tech English Department

For further information, or to borrow a script, please contact
Mark Creter at (931) 372-3478 or    


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