The Hippodrome State Theatre

22-23 Season

Auditions by VIDEO in Gainesville, FL

Gainesville, FL   SPT. 
Artistic Director: Stephanie Lynge 


Due Sunday, April 3, 2022 by noon

Hippodrome State Theatre
25 SE 2nd Place
Gainesville, FL 32601

For continued safety, we will be holding our auditions through video submissions.  Live callbacks will take place as they are able with health and safety in mind.  The Hippodrome is continuing to work closely with AEA to assure actor safety.

Please prepare two contrasting one minute monologues.

To be considered for Murder for Two Holiday Edition, please also sing one minute of a song while accompanying yourself on the piano.

Please attach a headshot and resume.  

Please submit the audition video with the requested material to HippAuditions  no later than noon on Sunday, April 3rd. The Hipp prefers youtube or vimeo links.

The Season shows will be live in-person and indoors.

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

Director: Ralf Remshardt  1st rehearsal: August 12th, 2022  Run: Sep 2 – Sep 18

In a dystopian future where the written word is forbidden, firemen are paid to burn books instead of fight fires. But when Montag starts to read the books he is supposed to burn, he begins to question the life he leads. Now he must choose between continuing his regimented existence or risking everything for the right to think. Published in 1953, this science fiction classic is even more relevant today.

  • Montag – A fireman.

  • Black – A fireman.

  • Holden– A fireman.

  • Beatty– Fire Chief.

  • Clarisse – A young girl.

  • First Paramedic

  • Second Paramedic

  • Mildred – Montag’s wife.

  • Mrs. Hudson – An old woman.

  • Faber – Clarisse’s grandfather.

  • Alice – The Montags’ neighbor.

  • Helen – Mildred’s friend.

  • Book People

Running Mates

by Beth Kander

Director: TBA   1st rehearsal: September 23, 2022  Run: Oct 14 – Oct 30

Sam Storm has been the beloved mayor of Anderson, Georgia for the past twenty years. Loved by the community and his doting wife, Sam’s name is usually the only one on the ballot come election time, but when an embarrassing video of him is leaked his seat in office is threatened. Sam has some real competition when the last person he ever expected to run against him puts her name on the ballot, his wife Sophia. Now it’s down and dirty as husband and wife duke it out. Can their marriage withstand the political fisticuffs? And what happens when an unexpected third candidate enters the race? This fast-paced political comedy brings new meaning to the phrase “family politics.”

  • Sofia Storm – Female, 52, any ethnicity; Longtime first lady of Anderson. Educated, articulate, left-leaning; polished, graceful, and tired of being underestimated.
  • Liddie Valentine – Female, mid-30s, any ethnicity; Sofia’s younger best friend and default manager. Take-no-prisoners, witty, far more leftist and far less graceful than Sofia.
  • Ted Wink – Male, 20s, any ethnicity; Sofia and Liddie’s yoga instructor. Peacenik and zen-lover.
  • Sam Storm– Male, 50s, any ethnicity; Mayor of Anderson, incumbent mayoral candidate. Good old Southern boy; smart, protective, often clueless about how to interact with the strong women in his life.
  • Jimmy Benjamin “J.B.” Jackson – Male, 20s/30s, any ethnicity; Henry’s campaign manager and lapdog. Nervous, neo-Conservative, jumps at loud noises.
  • Savannah Storm – Female, 22, any ethnicity; Sam and Sofia’s rebellious daughter. Bright, active, college senior; does not take kindly to the idea about being used for the political gain of either of her parents.

Murder for Two Holiday Edition

Book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair

Director: Stephanie Lynge   1st rehearsal: Nov. 8, 2022  Run: Nov 25 – Dec 23

One of Hippodrome Theatre’s most popular productions is returning with a festive twist. One actor plays the investigator, the other plays all 13 suspects, and both play the piano throughout! This ‘whodunit’ is the perfect blend of music, mayhem, murder, and mistletoe!  Don’t miss the return of this killer musical comedy – with a holiday twist!

  • Marcus – 20s-30s, any ethnicity; an ambitious young officer, and provides voices for two characters in flashback: THE CHIEF, Marcus’s grizzled boss, and VANESSA, Marcus’s former partner.
  • The Suspects (all portrayed by the other actor): 20s-30s, any ethnicity
    DAHLIA WHITNEY – The victim’s loopy widow
    MURRAY & BARB FLANDON –  the Whitneys’ bickering neighbors
    STEPH WHITNEY – an overeager grad student
    BARRETTE LEWIS – a self-incriminating ballerina
    DR. GRIFF – a friendly local psychiatrist
    TOMMY, YONKERS, & SKID – members of an antiquated boys’ choir
    HENRY VIVALDI – a late arrival

Christmas Carol

Adapted by Niall McGinty from Charles Dickens

Director: TBA   1st rehearsal: November 11th, 2022 Run: Nov 26 – Dec 22/23

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

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

by Kristoffer Diaz

Director: TBA   1st rehearsal: January 3, 2023  Run: Jan 27 – Feb 12

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity follows the life of wrestler Macedonio Guerra. As a lifelong fan, he has followed wrestling only to become a “jobber,” one who is paid to lose to bigger-name stars in the ring. Macedonio meets Vigneshwar Paduar, a young Indian man from Brooklyn, who he wants to team up with. The wrestling execs go for it, but pitch them as “terrorists” in the ring. Macedonio and Vigneshwar find a way to push the personas to the limits and say what needs to be said. Unspoken racism, politics, and courage are all woven into this play that leaves it all on the mat.

  • Macedonio Guerra (Also known as THE MACE)  – Male, Latine; A Puerto Rican professional wrestler. Good at what he does, undersized, our hero.
  • Everett K. Olson (Also known as EKO) – Male, white; The Caucasian owner of THE Wrestling. Brash, confident, ostensibly our villain.
  • Chad Deity (Also known as CHAD DEITY) – Male, African American; The African-American champion of THE Wrestling. Confident, handsome, not a very good wrestler.
  • Vigneshwar Paduar (Also known as VP) – Male, Indian-American; A young Indian -American Brooklynite. Charismatic, natural, effortless.
  • The Bad Guy – Male, any ethnicity; A nondescript professional wrestler (Non-speaking; also plays Billy Heartland and Old Glory).

Native Gardens

by Karen Zacarías

Director: TBA   1st rehearsal: March 5, 2023  Run: Mar 10 – Mar 26

Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. But a disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, privilege, and entitlement. The hilarious results guarantee no one comes out smelling like a rose.

  • Tania Del Valle – Female, early 30s, latine; smart, likeable, positive, passionate, highly-energized, pregnant PHD candidate and gardener.
  • Pablo Del Valle – Male, early 30s, latine; smart, likeable, assertive, direct, no-nonsense engineer.
  • Virginia Butley – Female, 60 to mid-70s; smart, likeable, assertive, direct, no-nonsense engineer.
  • Frank Butley – Male, 60 to mid-70s; smart, likeable, excitable, caring, detail-oriented federal employee and gardener.
  • Surveyor, Landscapers, and Building Examiner  – Latine; Two extras, silent roles.

Silent Sky

by Lauren Gunderson

Director: TBA   1st rehearsal: March 31, 2023 Run: Apr 21 – May 7

When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

  • Henrietta Leavitt – Female, 30s, any ethnicity; brilliant, meticulous, excited – almost always wearing a period hearing aid.
  • Margaret Leavitt – Female, 30s, any ethnicity; homebody, creative, sweet, sister.
  • Peter Shaw – Male, 30s, any ethnicity; the head astronomer’s apprentice… and the man.
  • Annie Cannon – Female, 40s, any ethnicity; the leader, terse and sure, grows into a firebrand.
  • Williamina Fleming – Female, 50s, Scottish; smart as a whip and fun, Scottish.

TBA Summer Musical

Director: TBA   1st rehearsal: May 12, 2023 Run: June 2 – July 9, 2023 with possible extensions.