Audition Notice: McGill Department of English, Drama and Theatre presents “The Cradle Will Rock”

Actors and singers called for political music theatre piece

The Department of English, Drama and Theatre at McGill University announces its fall production, “The Cradle Will Rock” by Mark Blitzstein.

  • Auditions: September 5-9, 2017
  • Rehearsals start on Monday, September 11
  • Sign-up sheets will be on the bulletin board in the Arts Building lobby in the last week of August.
  • Please bring a photo to the audition. Photocopy of non-professional photo is fine.

The Cradle Will Rock is a piece of political music theatre, rich in contemporary resonance, written in 1937. We will exploit that contemporary resonance in the production design and direction.

We’re looking for:

  • actors
  • singers
  • singing actors
  • actors who think they can’t sing but are brave enough to try
  • diversity in as many ways as you can imagine that word, including but not limited to race, fluidity of gender identity and sexual orientation.

You’ll need to be willing to: play; move; dance, maybe: and ready to challenge your ideas about what it means to sing on stage.

Please come prepared to sing a song that tells a story. This can be something you already know, e.g. folk song, pop song, etc… You may sing unaccompanied if you prefer; otherwise please bring an easily legible piano vocal score (in the key in which you’ll sing). A separate copy of the written-out song text is essential. Wear clothes for ease of movement.

Note: Our production will feature a singing and acting chorus. It will not require as much time commitment as for the principal roles.

Production Dates: November 22-24 and November 29, 30 and December 1, 2017 in Moyse Hall Theatre

Rehearsals will start September 11. Expect a large time commitment.

Musical Director: Paul Keenan
Director: Myrna Wyatt Selkirk

For more information, contact

Read the originally published audition notice at

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