General Audition Information

Outside of any required EPAs (Equity Principal Auditions), we cast our season on a show-by-show (as needed) basis. We hire union (Actors’ Equity Association) and non-union actors. You may submit your headshot, resume and cover letter at any time in the season. It is helpful to know what show(s) for which you’d like to be considered (refer to our current season link for show information).

2016-2017 shows, with all roles that may be on Equity contracts are listed below. All shows are produced under the Equity SPT Agreement.

Seeking Actors (all ages and types) for ROLES in

The Hippodrome Theatre and the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance are Seeking UF Actors for ROLES in 1984

Co-Pro UF Auditions—UF SoTD majors only – there will be auditions at another date for other actors

The Hippodrome State Theatre

Gainesville, FL   

1st rehearsal: Aug 11 Run: Sept 1-Sept 24

All shows are produced under the Equity SPT Agreement.

The Hippodrome State Theatre participates in the EMC Program


Auditions: Hippodrome State Theatre

Monday March 13th

2:30 – 6:30pm Gainesville, FL 32601

PLEASE choose the side that matches your type (age range, look, etc).

 Syme and Winston Side

Parsons and Winston Side

O’Brien and Winston Side

Julia and Winston Side

Instructor Side

Charrington Side



Please email with your time request and your year (Senior, etc)


1984 by George Orwell, Adapted by Andy White / Director: Lauren Warhol Caldwell

1st rehearsal: Aug 11  Run: Sept 1 – Sept 24

1984 by George Orwell, Adapted by Andy White.  Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston is caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence.  A ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.

WINSTON (AEA Role): A minor member of the ruling Party, he is a thin, frail, contemplative, intellectual, and fatalistic 39 year old. He works at the Ministry of Truth correcting “errors” in past publications. Winston is also an amateur intellectual who nurses a secret hatred of the Party.

JULIA: A 26-year-old Party member, Julia also secretly despises the Party, but accepts its rule over her and therefore outwardly appears to be zealously devoted to the Party’s causes. Julia rebels in whatever ways she can, including falling in love with Winston.

INSTRUCTOR: A large, booming woman who appears on the telescreen each morning to lead the citizens in exercise.

O’BRIEN: A prominent Inner Party member with whom Winston feels a fatherly bond. O’Brien is a graceful and clearly intelligent man who leads Winston to believe he is part of an underground movement against the Party.

SYME (female): A “friend” of Winston’s and a philologist working on the Newspeak Dictionary. Passionate about her work, superior in nature, a true party believer

PARSONS: Winston’s neighbor and coworker. Parsons is a heavy, sweaty, simple man with unquestioning acceptance of everything the Party tells him.

CHARRINGTON: The “Prole” owner of the antique shop, Mr. Charrington appears to be a kind old man interested in history and the past, but later reveals himself to be a member of the Thought Police.

Forever Plaid

The Hippodrome State Theatre

Gainesville, FL

Forever Plaid

1st rehearsal: May 12 Run: June 2 – June 25

All shows are produced under the Equity SPT Agreement.

The Hippodrome State Theatre participates in the EMC Program

Artistic Director: Lauren Caldwell


Monday March 6
10:00 – 6:00pm
Hippodrome State Theatre

25 SE 2nd Place

Gainesville, FL 32601

Please prepare a short song in the style of the show.
Please email with your time request.  Non union actors will be seen as time allows.  No video auditions will be accepted at this time..


Forever Plaid

Written and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Stuart Ross

Director: Steven Flaa

1st rehearsal: May 12  Run: June 2-25 w/ possible ext. til August


On their way to their first big concert, a singing quartet of young men – The Plaids – are killed in a car accident. Due to the alignment of space and time, The Plaids are able to return to Earth for one final concert. In between telling the stories of their lives, The Plaids perform some of the greatest hits from the 1950s, including “Three Coins in a Fountain,” “Shangri-La,” “Crazy ’bout Ya Baby,” and “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing.”
FRANKIE: Second tenor-Lyric Baritone. The leader, confident but humble, and always taking care of the rest of the group. He has asthma, which occasionally acts up if the tempo is too fast or if the choreography is too intense. Despite being humble, he is a “Romantic Crooner.”

SPARKY: Baritone. He is the clown and is always looking to crack a joke. He wears a retainer and has a slight lisp or speech impediment. Despite his speech, he loves telling stories and relishes every word he says. Also, he often repeats himself because of how fast he speaks.

JINX: Tenor. He is shy, and always terrified of being on stage. He often forgets what song or dance move is next. He is Sparky’s stepbrother. The other members of the group are very protective of him. He gets an occasional nose bleed when he sings above an ‘A.’

SMUDGE: Bass. He worries about everything from the props, to the running order, to the audience not liking him. Suffers from a chronic nervous stomach, and is very reluctant to perform. He is also dyslexic, and wears glasses. Underneath his glasses, however, is a great deal of good looks and sex appeal.

** All of these characters need to be seen as “real” people and not as a caricature. Age range: appear to be 18 – 50. All body types, races, & ethnicities are welcome to audition.