College of Visual and Performing Arts

Upcoming Auditions - Shows in the 2019-20 Season

Audition Notice for Ghetto

A play with music by Joshua Sobel
In partnership with Violins of Hope Fort Wayne
Directed by Bev Redman
Musical Direction by Holly Knott

Auditions at 1:30 pm     Sunday, September 8, 2019

Callbacks later the same afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

Williams Theatre

is based on the true story of a theatre company that functioned in the Jewish Vilnia ghetto in Lithuania, amidst the darkest days of the Holocaust, where cabaret-style performance, music, and dance become a metaphor of the indestructibility of the human spirit. Founded as a tactic of survival by the ghetto’s Jewish council, the theatre’s vital and dynamic performances of scenes, songs, and dances become a center of solidarity for the oppressed community facing imminent annihilation. The performances in the theatre are a vigorous and moving reminder that there is a heroic life of the spirit, and of art, neither of which can be crushed.

Ghetto is being performed as part of Violins of Hope Fort Wayne (VoHFW) as one of the citywide art events being offered during this remembrance of the Holocaust. VoHFW will bring to town a collection of violins, to be played and exhibited, that survived the Holocaust, with each now carrying with it the story of their former owner. Other local venues also will contribute their own performances and concerts between Nov. 9–Dec. 1, 2019. For information about the events visit

Roles: Community actors/singers/musicians are encouraged to audition along with our students

2 large roles for women and several supporting and ensemble roles

5 large roles for men and several supporting and ensemble roles

Performance Dates: 

Williams Theatre, Nov. 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 2019        8:00 p.m.

Nov. 17           2:00 p.m.

Rehearsals: Start Monday, September 30. Plan on 4 to 5 nights a week with staggered call times.

For the Audition: One 1-2 minute monologue that is dramatic and contemporary (not from the play Ghetto) and one song. You do not need to learn something brand new. Do something that you know well and can polish off to be prepared. If you play an instrument, please bring your instrument and play something on it that demonstrates your skill level (45 second to 1 minute of playing, please). Readings from the script will follow.

Conflicts: All conflicts must be listed on the audition form the day of the auditions.


Copies of the script are available by contacting the Department of Theatre office at 260-481-6551.