School of Theatre and Dance
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Thank you for your interest in the audition process at the ECU School of Theatre and Dance. This page contains information pertaining to auditions for entrance into academic programs (acting, dance, and musical theatre), productions presented through our ECU/Loessin Playhouse and ECU/Loessin Summer Theatre series as well as information for Directing Classes, Senior Choreography, Storybook Theatre and more.

Production Auditions

ECU/Loessin Playhouse Auditions

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Storybook Theatre Auditions

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Directing Projects

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Senior Choreography

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Workshops and Special Projects

Lovable Lunatic: The Life and Lyrics of Dorothy Fields

This brand new biographical musical, is fulfilling Caitlyn Leach and Talen Piner’s Senior Honor’s Project for the Spring of 2018.

Dorothy Fields was the most influential female writer in musical theatre from the 1920s to the 1960s; some of her songs include “The Way You Look Tonight”, “Pick Yourself Up”, and “Big Spender” to name a few. This biographical musical illustrates how Dorothy’s lyrics lifted and inspired listeners of all races and backgrounds. In addition to describing Dorothy’s impact on musical theatre, this story recognizes her path to overcoming social barriers during a time when women were only beginning to be accepted as equals. It’s a musical filled with beautiful music, compelling characters, and lots of dance breaks! If you would like more exposure or performance opportunities with Golden Age music, this is the show for you!

Auditions will be Saturday, January 27th in Messick Room 206 starting at 11AM. 

Sign Up Sheet will be posted on the ECTA bulletin board on the second floor of Messick. We will send out an email when the sign-up sheet is posted.

Please come prepared with a clean 16-32 bar cut of a Jazz Age or Golden Age Musical Theatre piece (1920s-60s).

Composers we suggest for auditions cuts are Jimmy McHugh, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin, and Cy Coleman, some of which are actual characters in the show. Please feel free to read through the character descriptions attached to this email to get a better sense of the characters involved in Dorothy’s life.


All of the characters in this production are based on real people! We aren’t looking for carbon-copy impersonations of these character but we do encourage research on these characters prior to auditioning. Above all, we’d love to see your interpretation of the characters! All roles are open to any and all ethnicities. This will be a color-blind production. 

THIS PRODUCTION/REHEARSAL PROCESS WILL NOT CONFLICT WITH HANDS ON A HARDBODY, REALLY ROSIE, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAMWe will also not be having rehearsals the weekend of UPTA’s (February 2-5) as well as Spring Break.

***As of right now, we do not have a date for the performance(s). TBA end of March-beginning of April on a Saturday and Sunday.***

If you have any questions, please email Caitlyn at  or Talen at

Character Descriptions

 The Sour Sugar Sickness

I am excited to announce that on Thursday, January 25th at 7:15 PM in room 202c, I will be holding auditions for
 The Sour Sugar Sickness. This piece was written by recent SoTD Alumni, Rachel Isaac, and will be presented at the Turnage Theatre in Washington, NC on April 29th. 

The Sour Sugar Sickness tells the story of two friends Ruby and Oliver, who meet in a hospital play area. Together, still grappling with their many unanswered questions about their illnesses, they set out on a quest in an imaginary world of their own invention. The world is made up of sweets and treats and along their journey they meet the Muffin Fairy, The Big Cheese, and the dreaded Sour Bubble Gum Witch. 

Rehearsals for this production will not begin until April and will not conflict with Really Rosie or A Midsummer Night's Dream. 

If you are in the cast of Hands on a Hardbody and would like to audition, please email me soon so that we can schedule an alternate audition time!

A sign-up sheet is posted on the Theatre for Youth/ Theatre Ed. callboard which is located directly across from the mainstage callboard in the downstairs hallway of the main building of the Messick Theatre Arts Center.

A copy of the script and sides will be posted in the work room for your perusal. 

Please don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions or concerns!

Theatrically Yours,
Dylan Bailey