Stolen Shakespeare Guild Auditions

Stolen Shakespeare Guild Auditions

Kiss Me Kate

With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, Book by Sam and Bella Spewack

Production Dates: July 12, 2024 – July 28, 2024

Directed by Lauren and Jason Morgan

Music Direction by Lauren Morgan

Choreography by Jessica Peterson

Stage Manager: Katie Hill

Where and when is the audition?

Auditions will be on Tuesday, April 21st and 23rd at 7:00 p,m at First Christian Church, Irving South - 114 West Grauwyler Rd. Irving, TX 75061. You will need to make an appointment to audition.

How do I get an appointment?

Please email us at  to make your audition appointment. With that send us your contact information.

What Do I need to do or bring?

• Prepare to sing 32 bars of a Broadway song. Accompaniment will be provided, so bring sheet music for the accompanist or your own recorded accompaniment to play on your phone. A speaker can be provided if needed.

• Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for movement as we will be teaching a short dance combination.

• Don't forget to bring a copy of your headshot and resume to the audition.

• Be ready to participate in cold readings from the script.

Callbacks, Facebook Group, Video audition?

• Callbacks, if needed, will be announced later.

• If you wish, you may join the SSG Auditions Facebook group. In the group, we post sides, provide updates on the audition, and inform you when all parts have been cast. We will only contact you personally for callbacks or if a role is offered to you.

• Video audition: While we can accept video auditions if you are unable to attend the live audition, we highly recommend attending in person. Please note that those attending the live audition may have an advantage over video submissions.

Non-Equity Actors Compensation:

• We will provide a minimum stipend of $100.00 to non-equity actors.

• In addition, there will be a $50.00 bonus for SSG actor ensemble members. To become an ensemble member, you must have participated in at least 10 different SSG shows as an actor, actress, or performer."

• You will receive 2 complimentary tickets for the opening weekend only. Please note that once the opening weekend sells out, these comps will no longer be available.

• Furthermore, you will receive an actor’s pass, which allows you to attend our future shows on opening weekends for one year. Please note that once the opening weekend sells out, these comps will no longer be available. These passes are non-transferable and can only be used by you.

Equity Actors:

We regret to inform you that we are currently unable to provide equity contracts.

Things to know before you audition and accept a role:

• Rehearsals could begin as soon as May 15, 2024. They will initially take place in Irving and will transition to the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, specifically the Sanders Theater, during the week of the production.

• Our auditions and casting process prioritize the safety and respect of all participants. Bullying in any form is strictly prohibited, and we maintain a zero-tolerance policy for derogatory comments related to race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender, or identity. We enthusiastically welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds to audition and become part of our productions!

• Participation in the strike is mandatory for all cast members in order to receive stipends.

• We take precautions to safeguard the health of our cast, including measures to prevent illnesses such as colds and flu, in addition to COVID-19. This may include the requirement to wear masks and adhere to other protocols if someone falls ill. Our actor handbook, available in our auditions group, outlines our policies in detail.

• Certain roles or scenes may involve mild physical contact and intimacy, including kissing and hugging, as part of the performance.

THE PART OF Lilli Vanessi (Katharine) has been pre cast.


Principal Roles:

Hattie: Lili Vanessi’s dresser.

Paul: Fred Graham’s dresser, specialty dancer & leader of solo trio for “Too Darn Hot”.

Lois Lane (Bianca): A nightclub singer in her first featured role on the stage.

Bill Calhoun (Lucentio): A Broadway hoofer, Lois’ partner, and a chronic gambler.

Fred Graham (Petruchio): Writer, producer, director, actor, and superman; former husband of Lili.

First Man: Gunman-enforcer & half the donkey for Finale Act Two.

Second Man: Gunman-enforcer & half the donkey for Finale Act Two.

Gremio: First suitor; ensemble dancer & motorcyclist; doubles as Flynt, aide to Gen. Howell.

Hortensio: Second suitor; ensemble dancer & motorcyclist; doubles as Riley, aide to Gen. Howell.

General Harrison Howell: Career military officer, politician, and Lili’s “new” man.

Supporting Roles:

Pops (Stage Doorman): Ensemble; doubles as Padua Priest.

Ralph (Stage Manager): Ensemble singer.

Dance Captain: Doubles as Gregory, servant to Petruchio; ensemble dancer & recorder player.

Harry Trevor: A veteran character actor; doubles as Baptista Minola.

Stagehand #1 (Electrician & Cab Driver): Doubles as Nathaniel, servant to Petruchio.

Stagehand #2 (Assistant Electrician): Doubles as Philip, servant to Petruchio.

Stagehand #3 (Carpenter & Driver for Gen. Howell): Doubles as Haberdasher.

Wardrobe Lady: Ensemble singer.

Ensemble Singer: Part of the female quartet for “Bianca”; doubles as Padua Inn Waitress.

Two Women: Part of the female quartet for “Bianca”.

Four Women: Ensemble dancers.

Ensemble: Company SATB singers and dancers, Citizens of Padua.