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SLT 2020 53rd Season Auditions

Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane, the Gulf South’s preeminent Summer theatre, is proud to announce auditions for its 53rd season, which includes FOLLIES IN CONCERT (May 30 & 31), LEGALLY BLONDE (June 18 - 21), EVITA (July 9 - 12) and ONCE (July 30 - August 2).

Auditions for all four productions will be held on the Tulane University campus Friday, February 7th - Sunday, February 9th. In addition, there will be auditions specifically for ONCE – This audition is for Actor/Instrumentalists only!

Deadline for video submissions is Friday, February 14.

Casting Breakdowns for 2020 Season

SLT 2020 Follies_Casting Breakdowns
SLT 2020 Legally Blonde_Casting Breakdowns
SLT 2020 Evita_Casting Breakdowns
SLT 2020 Once_Casting Breakdowns

Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane Audition Schedule

Saturday, February 1st

3:00 - 5:30pm: ONCE Actor/Instrumentalists Only
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Friday, February 7th

4:00 - 6:30pm: AEA & EMC Auditions
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*Experienced dancers only! Age Range: 18-25 – We have to believe you can pass for a college student a/o young adult.

Saturday, February 8th

8:00am: Registration Opens

9:00 - 10:15am: Movement Call

This is for Beginner to Intermediate Dancers – aka “Movers”. If you want to be considered for any of the shows, you at least have to come to this call.

9:30 - 11:00am: Youth Auditions (Ages 8-14) for EVITA
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10:30am - 12:30pm: Specialty Dancer Call

We are looking for dancers with the following dance style experience:
Tango and Latin (EVITA) and Tap (FOLLIES). We will also see advanced dancers who could not make it to the Friday night LEGALLY BLONDE dance call.

1:00 - 6:00pm: GENERAL VOCAL AUDITIONS - Adults Only (Age 15 & Up)
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Sunday, February 9th CALL BACKS – By Invitation Only

11:00am - 2:00pm: LEGALLY BLONDE

2:30 - 4:30pm: FOLLIES

6:00 - 9:00pm: EVITA

Monday, February 10th CALL BACKS – By Invitation Only

6:00 - 9:00pm: ONCE


VOCAL (Adult): Two (2) contrasting vocal selections, 16-32 measures, in the styles of the shows you are interested in this season. Please make sure your music is in the correct key and you have it organized in an audition book or binder. An accompanist will be provided**

VOCAL (Youth): One (1) song, no longer than a minute, showing range and pitch. Please bring sheet music in the correct key and organized in an audition book or binder.

**Please make sure your songs are cut and marked properly and neatly placed in a three ring binder. NO LOOSE PAGES! NO ACCAPELLA!

DANCE: Dance wear or athletic attire you can move in. Character, jazz shoes encouraged. Tennis shoes are ok. For those attending the Specialty Dance Call, please bring your tap shoes if that is your specialty.

Note: There is no Youth Dance/Movement call


Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University is committed to championing diversity in all our works and engages in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. SLT encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend the auditions.

Special Note on EVITA Casting

EVITA is a show that has had a long history of casting practices that have condoned inequality, exclusion and inappropriate representation (i.e. brown-face) to performers of color. We at Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane are aware of those histories and those practices and have made a sincere commitment to color conscious casting. In casting our production of EVITA, we will make every effort to engage with the Latinx community of the Greater New Orleans area regarding their representation and the portrayal of the historical figures in this production.


Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane functions under AEA’s Council of Stock Theatres contract (COST). We offer a certain amount of AEA contracts per production (an average of 3). We offer AEA contracts to out-of-town performers for specific roles, but we try to cast locally as much as possible.

All adult actors will receive compensation for their work during the season. If they are not already member of Actors’ Equity Association, they are also eligible to join the Equity Membership Candidacy program and earn points toward their Equity Card.

By practice, we do not pay younger actors (high school and younger), but these performers are also eligible for the EMC program.


Please send links to your reels to Artistic Director Michael McKelvey at Please indicate in the body of the email what show(s) role(s) you are interested in, as well as if you have local housing and if you are AEA.

For Legally Blonde, please make sure you display some contemporary dance. Finally, do not include your reel as an attachment in the email. Please send it as a link to a website (i.e. your personal website, Youtube, Vimeo, etc.)

Deadline for video submissions is Friday, February 14.


Summer Lyric will also be hosting audition workshops on Saturday, February 1st, The Audition Workshops are free-to-all and will cover basic audition information such as: Selecting Audition Material, Surviving the Dance Call, Strategies of Overcoming Nervousness, etc..

Audition Workshop Schedule:

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Youth Audition Workshop (Ages 8-13) – Saturday, February 1st, 9:00 - 11:00am

Adult Audition Workshop (Ages 14 and up) – Saturday, February 1st, 11:30am - 2:00pm