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    2017-2018 SEASON AUDITIONS

    General Auditions – Adults (Ages 18+)
    Our general auditions for the season are over. Our 2018-2019 season general auditions in Dayton will be held in spring 2018.

    A Christmas Story auditions for children
    The Human Race and the Victoria Theatre Association are holding auditions for the young actors (ages 10 - 14) for the classic holiday comedy A Christmas Story on Saturday, August 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Metropolitan Arts Center, 126 N. Main Street, downtown Dayton. The production runs December 12 - 17, 2017 at the Victoria Theatre.
    Available seven roles include: our hero, Ralphie, his younger brother Randy, best friends Schwartz and Flick, bully Scut Farkas, Esther Jane and Helen.

    Audition appointments will be accepted by phone starting Tuesday, August 8 at 10:00 a.m. (Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST)
    Phone: Tara Lail, Associate Artistic Director at 937-461-3823 ext. 3113 No emails, please.

    See audition procedures and character breakdowns below.

    Unable to attend our Dayton general auditions?
    If you were unable to attend our Dayton General Auditions but still wish to be considered, submit your updated resume and headshot to with a letter explaining the show(s) and role(s) of interest to you (please be specific).

    New York City- and Chicago-based actors
    Auditions are by agent submission or invitation on a show-by-show basis. If you wish to be considered, please e-mail your headshot, resume and what show(s)/character(s) you are interested in (please be specific) to

    The Human Race Theatre Company is a professional theatre that works under a Small Professional Theatre Contract (SPT 6) and performs primarily in the Loft Theatre, a 212-seat thrust stage. Kevin Moore, President & Artistic Director. Tara Lail, Associate Artistic Director.

    Rehearsals are primarily Monday – Friday evenings, and daytime on weekends.

    Auditions are open to Non-Equity and Equity actors (unless otherwise noted), with Non-Equity actors having the opportunity to join the Equity Membership Candidacy Program.

    Procedures for Auditions

    Plays only: Come prepared with 2 one-minute contrasting monologues in the style of the show(s) or from the show(s) you are interested in OR 1 two-minute monologue tailored toward the specific show you are interested in.

    Musicals only: Come prepared with 1 song of up to 32 bars of music in the style of the show(s) or from the show you are interested in. Be prepared with a 2nd song in the event the producer asks to see more. Bring your sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. No a cappella singing or recorded music.

    Both: Come prepared with 1 one-minute monologue and 1 song (up to 32 bars) in the style of the show(s) or from the show you are interested in. Bring your sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. No a cappella singing or recorded music.

    You will be auditioning for Kevin Moore and Tara Lail.

    2017-2018 Season Dates

    Legendale (musical)
    1st rehearsal: August 7, 2017
    Production: September 7 - October 1, 2017

    The House
    1st rehearsal: October 9, 2017
    Production: November 2 - November 19, 2017

    A Christmas Story
    1st rehearsal: November 13, 2017
    Production: December 12 - December 17, 2017
    (performs at the 1,100-seat Victoria Theatre)

    Sex with Strangers
    1st rehearsal: January 8, 2018
    Production: February 1 - February 18, 2018

    Brighton Beach Memoirs
    1st rehearsal: March 11, 2018
    Production: April 5 - April 22, 2018

    The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]
    1st rehearsal: May 7, 2018
    Production: May 31 - June 23, 2018

    Musical Theatre Workshops (musical)
    Dates: To be announced

    New Play Workshops
    Dates: To be announced

    Character Breakdowns

    Roles for this production have been cast.

    The House
    Roles for this production have been cast.

    A Christmas Story
    Adult Roles:
    RALPH - Male. Age 30-50. Narrator, also plays a cowboy, deliveryman and Xmas tree lot owner and the grown up version of Ralphie; Jean Shepard’s voice, wry and satirical with affection for the time and the story he tells.

    THE OLD MAN - Male. Age 30-50. Ralphie’s father, 1930s family man; his may be a small world, but it is his just the same; obsessed with contests and the Bumpus hounds next door. Actor also performs the voice of Santa.

    MOTHER - Female. Age 30-45. Ralphie’s mother, is a patient parent with firm convictions – in particular, that her son should not own an air rifle. It takes a lot to ruffle her feathers, but the provocative leg lamp seems to do the trick.

    MISS SHIELDS - Female. Age 30-50. A teacher who’s a real stickler when it comes to punctuation, actor also plays the Wicked Witch of the West.

    Child Roles:
    RALPHIE - Male. Age 10-13. Preferably under 5’0” tall, a regular boy, appealing, but not necessarily a handsome boy, can have some extra weight on him, strong presence, honest actor, not “show-bizzy,” experienced on stage and a great strong speaking voice.

    RANDY - Male. Age 9-11. Ralphie’s brother. Plays about seven or eight, must be smaller than Ralphie, cute and funny little boy, funny in the sense that he is awkward and off-beat, must be physically comfortable onstage and have a lot of strong concentration, but, like Ralphie, not “show-bizzy.”

    SCUT FARKUS - Male. Age 12-14. The Bully. Taller than the other kids. Also plays “Black Bart.”

    FLICK - Male. Age 10-13. Ralphie’s friend and class mate. Must be funny. Flick gets his tongue stuck to a lamp post. Also plays “Desperado One.”

    SCHWARTZ - Male. Age 10-13. Ralphie’s friend and class mate. Also plays “Desperado Two.”

    ESTHER JANE ALBERRY - Female. Age 10-13. A classmate, who seems to have a particular interest in Ralphie.

    HELEN WEATHERS - Female. Age 10-13. A classmate, something of a child prodigy.

    Sex with Strangers
    Roles for this production have been cast.

    Brighton Beach Memoirs
    EUGENE MORRIS JEROME - Male. Age 15-17 (playing age). A normal 15-year-old boy who has recently discovered girls in a big way; he is obsessed with the female anatomy, which he’s never seen, and his other love of baseball; he wants to be a baseball player, but if that does not work out, he’ll settle for being a writer - he keeps a detailed journal of his family’s eccentricities. Eugene is concerned for his family, especially his overworked father, but complains about their demands on him; the play revolves around his memoirs, which are those of the young Neil Simon.

    STANLEY JEROME - Male. Age 17-21 (playing age). The older brother of Eugene; due to financial reasons, must work a factory job, which he hates; he tries to temper Eugene’s passions while attempting to please his parents, but he struggles with feelings of being trapped.

    JACK JEROME - Male. Age 45-55. Father of the Jerome family, who feels the pressure of supporting an extended family by working two jobs; in addition, all family members turn to him for advice and answers; he is patient, but very weary.

    KATE JEROME - Female. Age 45-55. The very strong mother who attempts to hold the family together and solve the hurts and problems of all of them; she is opinionated and very verbal, but also very loving.

    AUNT BLANCHE - Female. Age 40-50. Kate’s younger sister, recently widowed, very indecisive and dependent; she wants to have a life for herself and her daughters, but she does not know how or where to begin; she feels as though she has been buried with her husband.

    NORA - Female. Age 16-20. Daughter of Blanche, cousin to the Jerome boys; she is a very beautiful and ambitious 16-year-old girl with dreams of Broadway; often resentful of her younger sister who is pampered due to heart flutters; in addition, she is angry at her father for dying and leaving her with a weak mother.

    LAURIE - Female. Age 13-15. Blanche’s youngest daughter. Studious, yet quietly mischievous, who is all ears around adult situations. She appears innocent, but she really has a grasp on what the others around her are “up to.”

    The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]
    ACTOR 1 - The troupe leader; high-energy, quick-thinking, previous Shakespeare and improv experience preferred but not mandatory; creative, spontaneous, can handle some classical text, up for very immature jokes, and can pull off high-energy physical comedy. Plays Romeo, Caesar, Richard II, King Lear, Richard III, Horatio, Polonius, Laertes, Sampson, Prince, Nurse, Friar Laurence, Rapist, Witch.

    ACTOR 2 - This role has been cast.

    ACTOR 3 - The comedic relief; high-energy, quick-thinking, previous Shakespeare and improv experience preferred but not mandatory; creative, spontaneous, can handle some classical text, are up for very immature jokes, and can pull off high-energy physical comedy. Plays Juliet, Lavinia, Ophelia, Cleopatra, Gertrude, Benvolio, Othello, Macduff, Soothsayer, Henry VI, Bernado, Ghost, Claudius.

  • Jobs/Internships

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    If you are interested in internship possibilities, please contact Tara Lail at

  • Usher

    For our productions at the Loft Theatre and Victoria Theater, our front of house services and ushers are provided courtesy of the Victoria Theatre Association through their volunteer corps.

    If you are interested in becoming an usher, please visit the Volunteer page on the VTA’s website for more information.

  • Volunteer

    Production and Administration

    We are always interested in experienced craftsmen and craftswomen who would enjoy putting their skills to use in the theatre. If you have a background in carpentry, painting or sewing and are available during weekday business hours, we’d love to hear from you.

    The Human Race occasionally has need for administrative support around the office and out in the community, especially during special events and with our marketing campaigns. This work may require some evening and weekend hours. If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer opportunities, please send an email and a resume listing your specific skills to Associate Artistic Director Tara Lail at