CenterStage Theatre Auditions

Auditions for CenterStage Theatre at the JCC


AUDITIONS: First Date, The Musical

Tuesday, September 5 at 6pm

Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, Book by Austin Winsberg

Directed by Ralph Meranto, Musical Direction by Matthew Wegman

AREA PREMIERE - When tightly wound Aaron is set up on a blind date with cool girl Casey, a quick drink turns into a hilarious dinner served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls and a slew of manipulative exes and protective parents.

ROLES: 3 Men and 2 Women. Ability to sing contemporary musical theatre a must. Please bring two 32-bar cuts of songs in the appropriate style with sheet music in the correct key. This is a musical with significant book scenes for Aaron and Casey. The ensemble characters require doubling and ability to play broad characters. Perfomer Stipend: $1,000. Performances Dec. 2-17. Rehearsals will start in October.

Aaron - Man, Age 20s/30s
Casey - Woman, Age 20s/30s
Man #1 (Gabe / YouTube / Stoner Guy)  - Age 20s/30s
Woman #1 (Grandma Ida / Lauren / Facebook / Female with Megaphone #2 / Aaron's Mother) - Age 20s-40s
Man #2 (Reggie / Aaron's Future Son / Instagram / British Artist) - Age 20s/30s
Woman #2 (Allison / Google Girl / Female with Megaphone #1) - Age 20s/30s
Man #3 (Waiter / Casey's Christian Father / Blaze / Twitter / Therapist) - Age 20s/40s

All roles open to all races.


AUDITIONS: Buyer & Cellar

Monday, October 2 at 6pm

A Comedy by Jonathan Tolins

Directed by David Runzo

AREA PREMIERE – Alex More is a gay, out-of-work actor, who has just been fired from a job as a costume character at Disneyland when he lands a job as the lone employee of the shopping mall in the basement of Barbra Streisand’s Malibu home. 

ROLE - One Man that can play age 24-40. This is a one-person show which requires a dynamic presence, great comic timing and the ability to embody multiple characters. Ability to do a "Barbra" imitation not required. She is implied, more than imitated. Performer Stipend: $1,000. Performances March 10 - 25. 

Because this is a one-person show, the rehearsal schedule is flexible and can involve days and/or evenings. Rehearsals will start January 28.


The Hit Makers: And the Beat Goes On - October 2017. Date TBA

The Bridges of Madison County, the Musical - January 2018. Date TBA


General Information for all JCC Auditions:

  • For musicals, come prepared to sing 32 bars of a prepared song. Accompanist provided. Please bring sheet music in the correct key. Please select a song appropriate to the style of the production. Please dress prepared for a dance audition as well. No bare feet. The audition will start with a dance audition for all audition candidates. Then, each person, will since their song in the order in which they arrived.
  • Auditions for plays will involve reading from the script. It is suggested you have read the script in advance and are familiar with the characters/context. Most scripts available by email upon request.
  • Rehearsals are typically weekday evenings and Sundays. 3-5 days per week depending on the production. No rehearsals or performances on Fridays. Please bring a list of all rehearsal conflicts. We try to work around minimal conflicts if identified at auditions.
  • Adult performers are paid a production stipend which varies, based on the role/track/etc. Youth performers are not paid. CenterStage casts Rochester-based performers. We do not provide housing.
  • CenterStage auditions are open to all performers regardless of race or religion. We practice color-blind casting whenever possible. JCC membership is not required.
  • Call backs (when needed) are generally the day after the open auditions.

Questions? Contact 585-461-2000 ext 235 or email us