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Audition requirements and character descriptions located at the bottom of this page.



When: Sat., January 24 from 10:00 - 5:00 and Sun., January 25 from noon – 5:00

Where: Homer Junior High School, 53 Clinton Avenue in Homer, NY.

How: By appointment. Call 607-753-6161 to sign up. Walk-ins will be seen if time allows. 

Primarily seeking non-union actors. All roles in all shows open.  Seeking a variety of types and ages, all nationalities. CRT is an equal opportunity employer. If cast, actors must be available for daytime and evening rehearsals.

Paid internships available for college students.

Youth Auditions: CRT is also seeking one local boy, age 12 - 15, who is an excellent actor/singer for the role of Pugsley in “The Addams Family”.  This actor should be on the shorter, huskier side.  Some movement/dance is required for this role.  In preparation for this audition, youth actors should prepare a song; familiarity with this musical and Pugsley’s songs is best.  Actors may sing a song from the show if they like, but must provide their own sheet music, clearly marked with the section of the song they know.  A prepared monologue in the style of the “creepy Addams Family” is very helpful.  Youth actors must be available for the entire rehearsal process: June 22 - July 8; and the entire run of the show - July 8 - 25. 

This is the only role for youth under 18 years of age that we have available in this year's season.

These will be the only local auditions CRT will hold this year. Due to time restraints, CRT rarely arranges private auditions.

Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival in Auburn and The Hangar Theatre in Ithaca will also hold auditions on January 24 - 25 for their summer seasons.

FMTF auditions will be held at 17 William Street in Auburn. Please visit for details.

The Hangar's auditions will be held at 801 Taughannock Blvd. Ithaca, NY.  Please visit for details.



Where: Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue at 36th Street.


Tuesday, February 24 - OPEN CALL - Monologues only. Men and Women  10:00 - 5:00

Wednesday, February 25 - OPEN CALL - Musical Theatre/Monologues - MEN ONLY  10:00 - 5:00

(Women will be seen if time permits.  A sign up list for women will start at noon.)

Thursday February 26 - OPEN CALL -  Musical Theatre/Monologues - WOMEN ONLY  10:00 - 5:00

(Men will be seen if time permits.)

Callbacks will be held on Feb 27 and 28.


CRT will also attend






  • Primarily seeking non-union actors. All roles in all shows open.  Seeking a variety of types and ages, all nationalities.
  • Paid internships are available for college students.
  • Please bring a current, non-returnable photo and resume, with phone number and email address.
  • For the plays: Please prepare one 1 - 2 minute comedic monologue. British dialect required for “Sherlock Holmes”. 
  • For the musicals: Please bring your own sheet music.  Pianist will be provided. Prepare 16 measures of an uptempo and ballad in an appropriate style of the shows.  Be prepared to sing more if asked.
  • Auditionees may be asked to read from provided scripts, and may be asked to attend a dance callback for “The Addams Family”.
  • Note that CRT is particularly seeking adult men between the ages of 30 – 70 of all shapes and sizes who are excellent actors and singers for “1776” and women between the ages of 40 – 60 who are excellent comedic actresses for “Always a Bridesmaid”.


ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID: All female roles.

KARI AMES-BISSETT:  20’s, a kind-hearted spirited bride: a Southern charmer.

LIBBY RUTH AMES: 40’s, hopeless romantic, sweet country woman, plain-spoken and guileless.

SEDALIA ELLICOTT: 50’s-60’s, a gregarious, energetic, Virginia hostess and life-force.

MONETTE GENTRY: 40’s, kinda flashy, kinda trashy, Southern-to-the-bone flirt.

CHARLIE COLLINS: 40’s tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, acerbic Southern free spirit.

DEEDRA WINGATE: 40’s headstrong with a dry wit, no-nonsense Northern transplant.



JOHN ADAMS: 30s-40s tenor, passionate about his beliefs, commanding but “obnoxious and disliked”. Powerhouse, demanding role.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: 60s-70s, character singer; witty, playful, insightful.

ABIGAIL ADAMS: 30s, mezzo-soprano, warm, understanding; dignified, gentle.

RICHARD HENRY LEE: 30s, bari-tenor; Virginia aristocrat; ambling, gregarious buffoon, energetic, charming, overbearing. Sings "The Lees of Old Virginia"

EDWARD RUTLEDGE: 20s, bari-tenor, handsome, Deep South aristocratic, a “dandy”, but a force of fury when pushed.  Sings "Molasses to Rum"

THOMAS JEFFERSON: 20s-30s, bari-tenor; very tall, soft-spoken, contemplative, quiet exterior, pensive, intelligent.

MARTHA JEFFERSON: 20s, soprano, lovely, maidenly, playful with a little bit of a vixen in her. Sings "He Plays the Violin"

JOHN DICKINSON: 30s-40s; stylish man of property, theatrical, fiercely articulate, strong debator.

JOHN HANCOCK:  30s; caustic, intelligent but bored with Congress and their arguing.

COURIER:  late teens/20s; war-worn young messenger. thin, pale. Sings "Mama Look Sharp".

SUPPORTING MALE ROLES between the ages of 30 – 70; strong character actors/singers of all shapes and sizes including: Dr. Josiah Bartlett, Stephen Hopkins, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Lewis Morris, Rev. John Witherspoon, James Wilson, Caesar Rodney, Col. Thomas McKean, George Read, Samuel Chase, Joseph Hewes, Dr. Lyman Hall, Charles Thomson, McNair and the Leather Apron.



GOMEZ: Tenor; passionate, proud patriarch of Spanish descent. Theatrical sense of humor. Deeply devoted to his family.  Smart, commanding comedic actor.

MORTICIA: Alto/Mezzo soprano; strong dancer/mover. Sexy, leggy, an easy comedic actress with an extra dry wit.

UNCLE FESTER:  Tenor; Vaudeville style comedian, larger than life, energetic, joyous, child-like.

WEDNESDAY:  Strong pop belt; attractive, dry wit; feeling all the drama of a first time love.

GRANDMAMA: Character vocals, strong comedic actress;  a feisty 102 year old woman. Fun and quirky, but with an edge.

PUGSLEY: Strong, high vocals – plays a 12 years old. A charming, funny, husky boy.

LURCH: Low bass to Eb - VERY tall male character, speaks in moans and groans but has a burst of song.

MAL BEINEKE: High Bari/tenor. Stuffy father of Lucas, and exasperated husband of Alice.

ALICE BEINEKE:  Soprano/Belt. Strong comedic actress, devoted mother of Lucas, rhyming wife of Mal.

LUCAS BEINEKE: Pop tenor vocals; attractive, in shape young man. Feels all the confusion and drama of falling in love for the first time.

ENSEMBLE/ ANCESTORS: Strong singer/dancers with a fun, quirky sensibility. Knowledge of tango and flamenco dancing a plus.



SHERLOCK HOLMES: handsome, dashing, masculine enigmatic. Strong physical actor.

DR. WATSON: Character actor, a bit of a “dandy”. Enjoying his own popularity as an author.

SIX "PLAYERS":  actors who play multiple roles including Inspector Lestrade, George Bernard Shaw, Bram Stoker, Mrs. Hudson, Oscar Wilde, Gilbert and Sullivan, Miss Jessie Rutland, and many others…



CLARA NOWAK: 60’s. Born in Poland, brought to USA as a child, raised in an all-Polish neighborhood.  Very little schooling.  A charmingly naïve Old World peasant air about her.

BEVERLY NOWAK: late 30’s, older daughter, “on the go”, impatient, blue-collar, somewhat smart.

RUTH NOWAK: mid 30’s; younger daughter, gangly, awkward, but a positive energy. A playwright.

JIMMY NOWAK: early 30s; the son, blue-collar, casual, everyday kind of guy.


SUDS  All actors must be strong singers in the 1960’s “squeaky clean” pop-style. Songs include "Our Day Will Come", "Where the Boys Are", "Wishing and Hoping", "I Will Follow Him", etc.

CINDY: early 20’s, sweet, personable, somewhat gawky, innocent.

MARGE: 20’s-30’s; a tough cookie, larger than life, brassy, sharp tongue with a heart of gold. Flashy dresser.

DEE DEE: 20s-30s; eternal optimist, perky, slightly manic. Big hair, pointy 60’s bra, very put-together.

MR. POSTMAN / MRS. HALO / JOHNNY ANGEL, ET AL: 20’s: Male, versatile, good-looking comedic actor, portrays 6 characters, everything from a Washer Repairman to a Midwestern Housewife to Mr. Right.


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