The Theater Department announces open auditions and crew positions for the fall productions of our 2017-2018 season, “Secrets and Surprises.”

Open Auditions

Monday September 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday September 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Studio Theater, 248 North Third Street

Casting: 8 woman and 9 men

Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison

Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar

Directed and Choreographed by Professor Mary Jo Lodge

Musical Direction by Tom DiGiovanni ‘96

This 2006 Broadway musical comedy is a love letter to Broadway and a silly spoof of musicals from the 1920s and 1930s. The main role of “Man in Chair” requires a strong comic actor, but involves only limited singing. Four roles for men require dancing; two specifically require tap dance (experience and/or willingness to learn required).

To audition, prepare 1 minute of a song that shows off your range, preferably from a musical (not pop or rock style). Men who wish to be considered for Man in Chair can do a cold reading of a comic monologue of the show that will be available at the audition. Sheet music is required for Lafayette students. A pianist will be provided.

Skillman library has sheet music available for students to check out. (Please only check out what you need so materials are available for other students.) You may also contact Professor Lodge if you are having difficulty locating sheet music for a particular song. The cast recording and video from several productions are readily available on the internet if you wish to familiarize yourself with the show before auditioning.

There will be a dance audition at callbacks

The Drowsy Chaperone will run in the Weiss Theater [Buck Hall, 219 North Third Street] November 2, 3, and 4 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2:00 p.m. on November 4 and 5. The show will typically rehearse Sunday through Thursday evenings. All cast and crew positions are open, except for stage manager; academic credit can be earned for major roles onstage and off. Night classes can sometimes be accommodated until the week before the show.

With questions or for more information, contact Professor Lodge: 
e-mail at or phone at 610-330-5662


Production and Technical Crews

The Theater Department is seeking students interested in joining the Technical Crew for our exciting fall productions of It Can’t Happen Here, The Drowsy Chaperone, and A Christmas Carol.
All positions are volunteer or are available for course credit via THTR 121 Practicum. For course credit, an add/drop form must be filled out and approved by the Department Head.

If interested in participating or if you have any questions, please contact:
Alexander Owens at