Bell Tower Theater
Donate
Brochure
Contact
Enews
Search
Find us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram
Handicapped Accessibility Hearing Accessibility
Bell Tower Theater
2728 Asbury Rd
Dubuque, IA 52001
View Map

563.588.3377
 E-mail

Audition

The Bell Tower Theater is always looking for talented individuals for our productions. If you act, sing or play an instrument, let us know, and maybe next time we'll see you on the stage. These are not volunteer positions; all actors at the Bell Tower Theater are paid. It's not a lot of money, but we believe that artists should be compensated for their time and talent.

Check out this page for up-to-date information on auditions for upcoming shows.

 

2023 Open Auditions for Adults Are Coming Up! See below.

 

Young Actors

Kids ages 7 to 18 can be involved in our youth programs.

 

For information on our youth theater classes for kids in Kindergarten through Sixth grades, click here.

 

For information on our Free Summer Musical Program for kids ages 7 to 18, click here

Actors

We are always looking for new talent!

 

Bell Tower Theater is holding open auditions the 4 plays in our 2023 season. Anyone aged 18 and over is invited to join us in October.

 

Dates/Times: Friday, October 7 beginning at 7:00 pm and Saturday, October 8 beginning at 12 noon. All auditioners should plan to arrive at the start time.

***Actors wishing to audition but who are unavailable to arrive at one of the times listed above should call the Bell Tower Theater at 563-588-3377 to make appropriate arrangements.

 

Location: Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Rd. Please enter through the front door (facing Asbury Rd).

 

Audition Forms: All auditioners are asked to complete an audition form. You can download the form here and fill it out ahead of time. Forms will also be available at the auditions. Audition Form

 

Age Range: Please note the ages listed below are the age of the characters not necessarily the age of actors.

 

Audition Monologues: Each auditioner is asked to prepare a 2-3 minute comedic monologue. Samples are posted here but auditioners are free to prepare any comedic monologue of their choice.

***Auditioners may be asked to do a cold read or improv exercise as well.


Female Monologue

 

Male Monologue

 

Callbacks: Since these shows cover all of 2023, callbacks are not yet scheduled. If callbacks are needed, auditioners will be contacted to schedule a time.

 

Rehearsals: The Bell Tower Theater typically rehearses Sunday afternoons and Monday-Thursday evenings but no dates or times are set in stone. Final rehearsal schedules will be determined in part by the availability of cast members. See each show below for anticipated rehearsal start dates.

 

Performances: See the listing below for details on dates. Performer call time is typically 90 minutes prior to the start of the performance.

 

Payment: All Bell Tower Theater actors are paid. For 2023 the stipend is $40 per performance. All of these shows have 11 performances so the stipend will be $440.

 

2023 Shows

 

Weekend Comedy By Sam Bobrick & Jeanne Bobrick, February 10 to 26, 2023

Director: Sue Riedel                  Anticipated Rehearsal Start Date: January 3, 2023

A three-day weekend, two couples and one double-booked cabin is the recipe for a hilarious predicament. Young couple Jill and Tony booked a romantic cottage. The happily married middle-aged Jacksons did too…the same cabin. After the couples decide to share, it’s a clash of generations. A comedy about aging, marriage and happiness, it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day!

 

Roles:

Frank, male, early 50s, married to Peggy (these two are a typical older married couple)

Peggy, female, early 50s, married to Frank  (these two are a typical older married couple)

Tony, male, mid 20s, handsome (and knows it), wealthy and stylish

Jill, female, mid 20s, attractive and stylish

 

Performances Times

Thursdays         February 16, 23                           7:30 pm

Fridays               February 10, 17, 24                    7:30 pm

Saturday           February 25                                  2:00 pm

Saturdays         February 11, 18                           7:30 pm            

Sundays             February 12, 19, 26                    2:00 pm

 

Ken Ludwig’s A Fox on the Fairway                                          April 21 to May 7, 2023

Director: Michelle Blanchard               Anticipated Rehearsal Start Date: March 12, 2023

When two rival country clubs get involved in the golf tournament of the decade, things go from bad to worse! Enjoy the fun as these zany characters do whatever it takes to save face, win their bets and get their love lives in order.

 

Roles:

Justin, male, mid-late 20s, eager to please, endearingly innocent

Louise, female, mid 20s, a little flighty but studious, wears her heart on her sleeve

Henry Bingham, male, 40s-60s, witty and cynical country club director

Pamela, female, 40s-60s, sophisticated and racy

Dickie Bell, male, 40s-60s, obnoxious but good natured country club director

Muriel Bingham, female, 40s-60s, a force of nature with a hidden flirty side

 

Performances Times

Thursdays         April 27, May 4                            7:30 pm

Fridays               April 21, 28, May 5                     7:30 pm

Saturday           May 6                                              2:00 pm

Saturdays         April 22, 29                                   7:30 pm            

Sundays             April 23, 30, May 7                     2:00 pm

 

 

Drinking Habits 2: Caught in the Act By Tom Smith            October 13 to 29, 2023

Director: Sue Riedel                  Anticipated Rehearsal Start Date: September 5, 2023

The Sisters of Perpetual Sewing pine for the excitement of the past when their secret wine making was saving the convent and bringing lost loves back together. When they discover that the local orphanage is in peril of closing, they resolve to act. Everyone pitches in to mount a play to raise money and hilarious hijinks ensue. Anything that can go wrong does. Can the sisters save the day again?

 

Roles:

Sr. Philamena, female, 20s-60s, dutiful nun

Sr. Augusta, female, 20s-60s, dutiful nun

Mother Superior, female, 50s-60s, forceful and in-charge. Also an aspiring actress.

George, male, 20s-30s, handyman, kind & helpful

Paul, male, mid 20s-mid 30s, nervous, recently left at the alter, studying to take over as pastor

Father Chenille, male, 50s-60s, retiring pastor who loves to do magic tricks

Sally, female, mid 20s-mid 30s, smart, newspaper editor, left Paul at the alter

Kate, female, 20s-30s, sweet, pregnant, married to George

 

Performances Times

Thursdays         October 19, 26                             7:30 pm            

Fridays               October 13, 20, 27                     7:30 pm

Saturday           October 28                                    2:00 pm

Saturdays         October 14, 21                             7:30 pm            

Sundays             October 15, 22, 29                     2:00 pm

 

 

A Doublewide, Texas Christmas by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten, December 1 to 17, 2023

Director: Sue Riedel                  Anticipated Rehearsal Start Date: October 23, 2023

Somewhere in the Texas heartland, lies the brand new town of Doublewide – Population, 10.  It’s Christmas time, and it’s beginning to look a lot like trouble. Doublewide is being double crossed by the county and might lose their status as a town. Maybe if they win the countywide “Battle of The Mangers,” their Christmas will be saved.

 

Roles:

Big Ethel Atterwhite, female, 60s, gruff no-nonsense

Georgia Dean Rudd, female, 40s-50s, gregarious ball of fire, owns the diner

Lark Barken, female, 20s, sweet, naïve, young mother

Norwayne “Baby” Crumpler, male, 40s-50s, large man, good ole boy

Haywood Sloggett, male 70s, grumpy old man

Jovetta Crumpler, female, 40s-50s, driven and overworked mayor of Doublewide

Caprice Crumpler, female, 70s, gaudy, loud, aspiring actress

Patsy Price, female, 60s-70s, snob

Nash Sloggett, 40s-50s, handsome, used to date Georgia Dean

 

Performances Times

Thursdays         Dec 7, 14                                        7:30 pm

Fridays               Dec 1, 8, 15                                   7:30 pm

Saturday           Dec 16                                            2:00 pm

Saturdays         Dec 2, 9                                          7:30 pm            

Sundays             Dec 3, 10, 17                                2:00 pm

 

 

We will not be auditioning for our summer musical on October 7 & 8.

You can find information on the show below.

If you are interested in auditioning, please call the Bell Tower Theater at 563-588-3377 so we can reach out when we are ready to audition for the show.

 

The Kids Left. The Dog Died. Now What? By Carole Caplan-Lonner, August 11 to 27, 2023

Director: Sue Riedel                  Anticipated Rehearsal Start Date: June, 2023

A comedic salute to those struggling with the effects of gravity on their bodies, of grandchildren on their self-images and of the dating scene on their egos. This laugh-out-loud musical follows the day-to-day concerns of the over-fifty “empty-nesters” crowd, where the ultimate goal is aging gracefully.

 

We will be casting 2 men and 2 women in the late 40s to late 60s range.

 

Performances Times

Thursdays         August 17, 24                               7:30 pm            

Fridays               August 11, 18, 25                        7:30 pm

Saturday           August 26                                      2:00 pm

Saturdays         August 12, 19                               7:30 pm            

Sundays             August 13, 20, 27                        2:00 pm

 

 

Singers and Musicians

We are always looking for new talent. We will hold private auditions for anyone interested. All of our auditions are one-on-one so you can choose a time that works for you.

 

To set up a private audition, call 563-588-3377.

 

Auditioners should prepare a song and can prepare a comedic monologue but are not required to. All auditioners will be asked to do a cold reading.

 


      The City of Dubuque   Live the Arts in Iowa