The Hippodrome State Theatre 2023-24
Equity Principal Auditions by APPOINTMENT in FL
Gainesville, FL SPT+6
Artistic Director: Stephanie Lynge (at all auditions)
Sunday, April 23rd, 9 AM to 5 PM
Monday, April 24th, 9 AM to 5 PM
Hippodrome State Theatre
25 SE 2nd Place
Gainesville, FL 32601
Guidelines for Auditions:
- To request an audition time, please email
- HippAuditions@gmail.com by Saturday, April 22rd, at noon.
- Please bring a headshot and resume
- Non union actors will be seen as time permits.
Maximum Capacity of the Holding room is 18
Maximum Capacity of the Audition room is 75
If you choose to submit an audition video, please send to HippAuditions@gmail.com no later than Tuesday, April 25th, 5 PM with the requested material.
The Hipp prefers youtube or vimeo links.
Please prepare two contrasting one-minute monologues or one monologue and one song in the style of the season.
To be considered for A Christmas Carol, please prepare a one-minute classical monologue with British dialect and sing one verse and chorus of a song
The Hippodrome Theatre operates under AEA Safety Protocol Guidelines.
by Selina Fillinger
Director: Stephanie Lynge
1st rehearsal: August 15th
Run: Sep 8 – Oct 1
When the President unwittingly spins a PR nightmare into a global crisis, the seven brilliant and beleaguered women he relies upon most risk life, liberty, and the pursuit of sanity to keep the commander-in-chief out of trouble. Selina Fillinger’s brilliant, all-female farce POTUS Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive, is a riotous comedy about the women in charge of the man in charge of the free world.
Harriet – she/her; late 40s-60s; any ethnicity; chief of staff; a political bulldog who has chosen every aspect of her life, appearance, and personality in service of her career; a sexless and humorless middle-aged woman who lives and dies by the polls; starts the play at a seven and skyrockets from there; everything is a means to the end.
Jean – she/her; late 40s-60s; any ethnicity; press secretary; a hawk in a turtleneck; a high-strung, quick-witted woman who can handle any pressroom and sterilize any scandal; a single working mother whose pristine life is threatened only by her knee-weakening attraction to disastrous sexual partners – one, in particular; Harriet’s more polished and more tactful counterpart; think CJ from West Wing, but with more bite, cynicism, and learned paranoia.
Stephanie – she/her; 20s-30s; any ethnicity; presidential secretary; an obedient and diminutive millennial, terrified of failure and perpetually on the edge of a nervous breakdown; deeply brilliant, just crippled by her own imposter syndrome; so much potential energy and rage just waiting to be set free.
Chris – she/her; 30s-50s; black; a journalist; overburdened, under-slept, postpartum, newly divorced, on the brink of irrelevancy; a dogged reporter with much to gain and everything to lose.
Bernadette – she/her; late 30s-60s; white; president’s sister; a total trash fire; strife and mayhem; a coked-up tornado with raw sexual charisma, fiery temper, and fantastic sense of humor; Jean’s kryptonite.
Margaret – she/her; late 40s-70s; black; the first lady; an impeccable combination of high fashion, corporate experience, and legal savvy; regal, sophisticated, brimming with bitterness and pent-up rage; goes for the jugular.
Dusty – she/her; 20s-30s; any ethnicity; president’s plaything; a glowing, curious, sex-positive girl with a multitude of skills and a bright future! Loves civic duty! Loves democracy! Determined to make the world better!
The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)
by Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor
1st rehearsal: Nov 3rd
Run: Nov 24 – Dec 23
Welcome to the Annual Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church, where all faiths are welcome because we’ll believe anything. But there’s a problem: None of the acts scheduled to perform have arrived, so the three church members are pressed into service to perform the entire Variety Show and Christmas Pageant by themselves. An irreverent yet heartwarming trip through the holidays, The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) is festive, funny, physical, family fun as these Three Wise Guys send up and celebrate our favorite holiday traditions.
All three actors have a deep understanding of comedic timing, physical comedy, and can hold a tune.
Matt – Any gender, any age, any ethnicity; Matt represents gift-giving. He is simple and one-track-minded.
Austin – Any gender, any age, any ethnicity; Austin represents family and togetherness. He is a welcoming and boisterous spirit.
Reed – Any gender, any age, any ethnicity; Reed represents respect for the religious roots of the holidays. He is taking this very seriously.
Adapted by Niall McGinty from Charles Dickens
1st rehearsal: Nov 7th – 10th
Run: Nov 24 – Dec 23
One of Gainesville’s favorite family holiday traditions returns. Popular Christmas carols and a twist of contemporary humor make A Christmas Carol come alive with delightfully fresh and fast past-paced storytelling.
Actor 1 – Male. Scrooge
Actor 2 – Male. Bob, Partier
Actor 3 – Male. Fred, Young Scrooge, Future
Actor 4 – Female. Solicitor, Belle, Ms. Cratchit, Partier
Actor 5 – Male. Solicitor, Present, Old Joe
Actor 6 – Female. Marley, Ms. Fezziwig, Fred’s Wife, Charwoman
Actor 7 – Female. Past, Stout Sister, Merchant
Actor 8 – Fezziwig, Topper, Merchant
Next to Normal
Book by Tom Kitt, Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
1st rehearsal: Jan 5th
Run: Jan 26 – Feb 18
Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling bipolar disorder for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.
Diana – Female, 30s-40s, any ethnicity; A sexy and sharp housewife, who is manic-depressive and delusional. She suffers from a worsening bipolar disorder that has been medicated for sixteen years. Seeking a strong singer/actress who capture the audience’s empathy, and can cover the full emotional range that this role requires, including a crucial and deadly sense of humor. Vocal Range (belt/mix to an E).
Gabe – Male, Almost 18, any ethnicity; Diana and Dan’s son, he is dashing, gentle, bright, and playful. He can be both an angel and a demon to his mother, who idolizes him as a superhero. Vocal Range (rock tenor to a B with a falsetto & comfortable mix).
Dan – Male, 30s-40s, any ethnicity; Diana’s husband and the father to Gabe and Natalie. An architect, he is handsome and genuine, and perpetually frustrated. He provides a non-ending support for his family as he fights to keep his wife’s mind and illness stable. A belabored, dedicated father, also with a wicked sense of absurdist humor. Vocal range (high baritone/tenor to A).
Natalie – Female, 16, any ethnicity; Diana and Dan’s daughter. Compelling, attractive in her own unique way, bright, contentious, and trying to be perfect. She is also a classically trained pianist who takes refuge in the practice room. Vocal range (belt/mix to an E).
Henry – Male, 17, any ethnicity; Jazz musician, romantic, stoner, slacker, philosopher king. A classmate of Natalie and eventually her boyfriend, he supports her during one of the roughest times in her life. Vocal range (high baritone/tenor to an A).
Doctor Madden – Male, 30s, any ethnicity; On the young side of ageless. Diana’s doctor. He is assured, charismatic, a rock star of psychiatry, on the young side of ageless. Vocal range (high baritone/tenor to A with a rock sound).
by James Ijames
1st rehearsal: March 8th
Run: March 29 – Apr 14
When a major museum seeks to showcase diverse voices in its next exhibition, Gus, an artist, enlists Vanessa’s help to create an audacious new artistic persona of color to get him in the show. From there it all spins out of control in this modern comedy, exploring white privilege, racial politics and the fine line between appropriation and opportunity.
Gus – Male, late 20s-30s, White; A mildly successful minimalist painter, desperate for more. Earnestly neurotic. Grad school friends with Jane. In a relationship with Tanner.
Vanessa – Female, late 20s-30s, African American. A mild mannered off-Broadway actress. Also Balkone Townsend, a charismatic and self assured artist. Also Diana Ross. The Boss.
Jane – Female, 30s-early 40s, White; The newly appointed curator of a prestigious New York gallery. Thriving in her liberal bubble? She is very enthusiastic and proud of her exhibit and by extension, herself.
Tanner – Male, Late 20s-30s, Asian; English teacher at a public school. Easy going, but not a push over. In a relationship with Gus.
Summer Musical TBA
1st rehearsal: May 14
Run: June 7 – Closing July 14, 2024