General auditions are being held on Sunday April 30 and Monday May 1 for singers and non-singers, starting at 6pm both days, by appointment only at New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State Street, Carlsbad CA 92008.

Headshot and resume please. Please arrive early to complete the audition form.

For singers, please prepare 16 bars of a classic musical theatre song and 16 bars of a contemporary musical theatre song. (No pop please and no Hamilton). An accompanist will be provided, please bring sheet music.

For singers and non-singers, please prepare a one-minute contemporary comedic monologue.

If you are auditioning for Cloud Tectonics, please prepare a 2 minute contemporary urban monologue.


Callbacks for individual shows will be announced at a later date.

All roles are paid. Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story has been cast.

New Village Arts is committed to diversity and inclusion in all casting. Roles are open to all people unless specifically listed below.



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American Hero

By Bess Wohl

Directed by Kristianne Kurner


Rehearsals start 08/15/2017, previews begin 09/15/2017, opens 09/23/2017, and closes 10/15/2017.


* Sheri: 18. Awkward, soft-spoken, and weird. Doesn’t stand up straight, ever. Utterly exhausted.

* Ted: 40ish. Relentlessly positive. A Follower of rules. A true believer in the American Dream. Secretly in despair.

* Jamie: 30ish. Hot. Gum snapping. Sexy mini-skirts. Glittery eye shadow. Full of rage.

* Bob: 40s. New to America. Thick, unplaceable accent. Very anxious for unknown reasons. Also plays the Customer, Sandwich, and Gregory.


The Secret Garden

Musical Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman

Music by Lucy Simon

Based on the novel by Frances Hodson Burnett

Directed by Rosina Reynolds


Rehearsals start 09/26/2017, previews begin 11/03/2017, opens 11/10/2017, and closes 12/24/17.


* Mary Lennox: Female, 10 (Range: Young Voice, Ab3-D5) A ten year-old girl sent to live with her uncle, Archibald, when her parents die from cholera in India. Quite the curious explorer, and often finding herself in trouble.

* Colin Craven - Male, 10 (Range: Young Voice, A3-E5) Archibald's ten year-old son. Spent his life in bed due to a heart condition. He is very stubborn and throws temper tantrums to get what he wants. He believes his father hates him for causing Lily’s death.

* Lily: Female, 28-38 (Range: Soprano, Bb3-D6) Mary's aunt and Archibald Craven's wife. Died of a tragic accident within her garden and metaphorically haunts the walls of Misselthwaite Manor.

* Dr. Neville Craven - Male, 35-45 (Range: Baritone, C3-F#4) Archibald’s brother. Trapped by the idea that he is responsible for the caretaking of Colin. Even though he was never loved back by Lily, he is still in love with her. This adds to his unwillingness to move on and leave Misselthwaite.

* Martha- Female, 18-30 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano Belt, G3-D5) A faithful housemaid. Grew up near Yorkshire and has the accent to prove it. Although she is from a lower class family, her wisdom is often far beyond her age.

* Archibald Craven - Male, 35-45 (Range: Baritone, C3-A4) Mary's uncle and lord of Misselthwaite Manor. He has a hunch-back. Haunted by the past and afraid of the future, he locks himself away both physically and mentally.

* Dickon - Male, 16-25 (Range: Tenor, D3-G4) Martha's younger brother. Looks after the sick plants and animals within the Misselthwaite grounds—including Mary. He is a young man who is between the world of child imagination and adult reasoning.

* Rose Lennox - Female, 28-38 (Range: Soprano, A3-D6) Mary's mother. A “dreamer” from the past who doesn’t understand how her sister Lily could truly love Archibald.

* Captain Albert Lennox - Male, 30-40 (Range: Tenor, D3-A5) Mary's father. Tries to send Rose out of India during the cholera outbreak.

* Fakir - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Tenor, C3-B4) Itinerant Hindu ascetic.

These roles will be ensemble roles and will be doubled.

* Mrs. Medlock: Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Archibald’s housekeeper. As cold as the Misselthwaite Manor.

* Mrs. Winthrop - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Headmistress of a private school. Prides herself on nurturing girls with tempers.

* Ben Weatherstaff - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible, E3-D#4) Head gardener. Secretly entrusted to take care of the garden after Lily’s death. Knows a great deal about the history of the garden and the grounds it sits on.

* Alice - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Rose's friend.

* Lieutenant Wright - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer in Mary's father's unit.

* Lieutenant Shaw - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Fellow officer.

* Major Shelley - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer.

* Mrs. Shelley - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Shelley's wife.

* Major Holmes - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer.

* Claire Holmes - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Holmes' wife.

* Ayah - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Mary's Indian nanny.


Cloud Tectonics

Written by José Rivera

Directed by Herbert Siguenza


Rehearsals start 01/08/2018, previews begin 01/26/2018, opens 02/03/2018, and closes 02/25/18. The role of Celestina del Sol has been cast.


* Aníbal de la Luna: (Latino, 25-35 year old) He is a working class sensitive guy. Need fearless actor willing to experiment.

* Nelson de la Luna: (Latino,20-30 year old) He is Anibal's younger, sexier, brash soldier brother, Full of testosterone and swagger. Need fearless actor willing to experiment.



Men on Boats

Written by Jaclyn Backhaus

Directed by Melissa Coleman-Reed


Rehearsals start 02/13/2018, previews begin 03/16/2018, opens 03/31/2018, and closes 04/22/2018. The role of Powell has been cast. This is an ensemble show: all actors sing, move, and tell jokes. Note on casting: The characters in MEN ON BOATS were historically cisgender white males. The cast will be made up entirely of people who are not. We're looking for racially diverse actors who are female-identifying, trans-identifying, genderfluid, and/or non-gender-conforming.

* Dunn: hunter and trapper

* Sumner: former soldier, current explorer

* Old Shady: Powell’s older brother, Civil War vet

* Bradley: lieutenant, manic with youth

* O.G.: printer and hunter doubles as Tsauwiat, a Ute chief

* Seneca: OG’s quiet little brother, doubles as the Bishop, Tsauwiat’s wife

* Goodman: British, so excited, doubles as Mr. Asa. a desert settler

* Hall: mapmaker, old soul

* Hawkins: the cook



Avenue Q

Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

Book by Jeff Whitty

Based on an Original Concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

Directed by AJ Knox


Rehearsals start 04/10/2018, previews begin 05/18/2018, opens 05/26/2018, and closes 07/01/2018.


* Princeton: male, a fresh-faced kid just out of college and the protagonist. Puppet. Range: Bb2 - G4

* Nicky: male, slacker who lives with Rod. He always finds the silver lining. Puppet. Range: B2- B4

* Rod: male, a conservative investment banker who is struggling with his sexuality. Puppet. Range: A2 - G4.

* Trekkie Monster: male, a reclusive creature obsessed with the Internet and all it has to offer. Puppet. Range: Bb2 - Eb4

* Kate Monster: female, a kindergarten teaching assistant with big dreams and aspirations. Puppet. Range: F#3-F5

* Lucy: male or female, a voluptuous vamp with a dangerous edge. Street-smart, blunt, and knows what she wants. Puppet. Range: F3-F5

* Mrs. Thistletwat: male or female, an ancient, strict, impatient teacher at Kate’s preschool. Puppet.

* The Bad Idea Bears: male or female, two snuggly, cute teddy-bear types who are really excited about their bad ideas. Puppets. Male Range: Bb3 - G4; Female Range: Bb3 - C5

* Christmas Eve: female, 25-45 years old, a therapist who recently moved to Avenue Q from Japan. She is smart, blunt, and impatient, but also nurturing and kind. Human. Range: B3-F#5

* Brian: male, 25-45 years old, a laid-back guy whose dreams of being a comedian are fading quickly. Human. Range: B2-F#4

* Gary Coleman: African-American female or male, 25-40 years old. Yes, that Gary Coleman. Lives on the Avenue and is superintendent of the apartment buildings. He’s seen hard times, but he doesn’t let it get him down. Human. Range: D3-Bb5

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