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 adult performers 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.
Open Auditions for 2024 Season
October 6 & 7, 2023
Bell Tower Theater is holding open auditions for all 5 of the shows in our 2024 season. Anyone aged 18 and over is invited to join us in October.
Dates/Times: Friday, October 6 beginning at 7:00 pm and Saturday, October 7 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. The form can be accessed below and can be filled out ahead of time. Forms will also be available at the auditions.
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 below, 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.
Callbacks: Since these shows cover all of 2024, 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 2024 the stipend is $40 per performance. All of these shows have 11 performances so the stipend will be $440.
Adult Singers and Musicians
We are always looking for new talent, but we do not have any adult musicals scheduled through 2024. Once we have a musical scheduled, 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.
A Doublewide, Texas Christmas
by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten
December 1 to 17, 2023
Director: Sue Riedel
Anticipated Rehearsal Start Date: October 16, 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.
Georgia Dean Rudd, female, late 30s-early 50s, gregarious ball of fire, owns the diner
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
Baggage By Sam Bobrick February 9 to 25, 2024
Director: Sue Riedel Anticipated Rehearsal Start Date: January 7, 2024 Two demanding, single strangers get their luggage mixed up at the airport. After a disastrous first meeting, they decide to force a friendship to help each other heal their past heartbreaks. These two are too difficult for everyone else to date, but are they perfect for each other? This witty romantic comedy is great for Valentine’s Day!
Phyllis Novak, female, 30s, demanding and opinionated
Bradley Naughton, female, 30s, demanding and opinionate
Dr. Jonathan Alexander, male, 40s-50s, therapist, egotistical know-it-all
Mitzi Cartright, female, 30s, Phyllis’s best friend, bold, daring and a little kooky.
Thursdays February 15, 22 7:30 pm
Fridays February 9, 16, 23 7:30 pm
Saturday February 24 2:00 pm
Saturdays February 10, 17 7:30 pm
Sundays February 11, 18, 25 2:00 pm
Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery April 12 to 28, 2024
Director: Doug Donald Anticipated Rehearsal Start Date: late Feb/early Mar
Holmes and Watson are on the case in this fast-paced comedy mystery! The world’s greatest detective must solve the case of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as they try to escape a dizzying web of deceit, silly accents and disguises. Can our heroes discover the truth in time?
Sherlock Holmes, any gender, 30s-60s, moody but a bundle of energy and intelligence
Doctor Watson, male, 30s-60s, solid, reliable, Holmes’ right-hand man
Actor One, male, plays multiple, varied roles
Actor Two, male, plays multiple, varied roles
Actress One, female, plays multiple, varied roles
Thursdays April 18, 25 7:30 pm
Fridays April 12, 19, 26 7:30 pm
Saturday April 27 2:00 pm
Saturdays April 13, 20 7:30 pm
Sundays April 14, 21, 28 2:00 pm
Is There Life After Fifty? By Cynthia Haynes DiSavino August 9 to 25, 2024
Director: Sue Riedel Anticipated Rehearsal Start Date: June 23, 2024
See what happens when three wives trick their unsuspecting husbands into spending their yearly vacation at a “health resort.” Will pizza, beer and The Godfather win out over salad, sparkling water and jazzercise? This battle of the sexes divides the cabin in half as they answer the question, is there really life after fifty?
Barb Banner, female, 50s- early 60s, list-driven, too organized, feels slightly superior to everyone
Doug Banner, male, 50s-early 60s, set in his ways, doesn’t like physical activity and wishes everyone would just not talk so much
April Hoffman, female, 50s, very emotional and uncertain about her future
Gary Hoffman, male, 50s, constant joker and his jokes are often inappropriate
Martha Stewart, female, late 50s-60s, frank and earthy with a few aches and pains
Ed Stewart, male, late 50s-60s, heavy set and a bit persnickety
Tonia, female, 20s-30s, disgustingly fit resort employee
Lance, male, 20s-30s, disgustingly fit resort employee
Thursdays August 15, 22 7:30 pm
Fridays August 9, 16, 23 7:30 pm
Saturday August 24 2:00 pm
Saturdays August 10, 17 7:30 pm
Sundays August 11, 18, 25 2:00 pm
Love, Lies and the Lottery By Jim Hesselman October 11 to 27, 2024
Director: Sue Riedel Anticipated Rehearsal Start Date: August 27, 2024
Peter is an unlucky guy. With a treacherous soon-to-be ex-wife, an overbearing mother and a not-so-bright best friend, he just can’t catch a break. When he finds a winning lottery ticket worth $510 million, his luck seems to turn around, but with just a couple of days left to cash in the ticket, this bizarre band of characters must navigate mistaken identities, psychics and the home shopping network to secure the grand prize!
Peter Oostendorp, male, mid 40s to early 50s, mild-mannered, fair and honest
Beatrice Oostendorp, female, late 60s-early 80s, Peter’s mother, very Scandinavian but with a racy side
Rachel Oostendorp, female, late 30s to 40s, Peter’s soon-to-be ex. Seems sweet but is really a narcissist and can’t be trusted
Martin Gillete, mid 20s to early 40s, Peter’s best friend. Great looking, well meaning, not too bright.
Alfred Otch, male, 70s-80s, Beatrice’s skinny, slow-moving fiancé.
Monica, female, 20s, beautiful and sweet, works for the “Psychic Network” (a front for an escort service)
A Plumber/An Orderly, male, 20s-60s, stereo-typical burley blue collar worker as the plumber. Well-meaning, overworked caregiver as the orderly.
Thursdays October 17, 24 7:30 pm
Fridays October 11, 18, 25 7:30 pm
Saturday October 26 2:00 pm
Saturdays October 12, 19 7:30 pm
Sundays October 13, 20, 27 2:00 pm
Seasonal Allergies By Katherine DiSavino and Kevin Mead December 6 to 22, 2024
Director: Sue Riedel Anticipated Rehearsal Start Date: October 29, 2024
What are the holidays without a little chaos? Julia’s life is turned upside down when her soon-to-be-divorced brother shows up unexpectedly and stays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Don’t miss this funny, heartwarming comedy about friends, family and holiday stresses.
Julia Shelby, female, late 30s-early 40s, professional chef, confident, nurturing
Thomas Shelby, male, late 30s-early 40s, Julia’s very successful husband, web designer who works from home
Charlie Shelby, male or female, 8-10, Julia & Thomas’s child. This role will be cast at a later date, and auditions will be by invitation only
Pete Dumbowski, male, mid 30s, Julia’s younger brother, getting divorced, a bit lost
J.D. Cusimano, male, late 30s-mid 40s, Thomas’s best friend, huge Jets fan
Alison Cusimano, female, late 30s-early 40s, lawyer, 8-months pregnant, constantly complaining but loving every minute of it
Emily Cantwell, female, 30s, widow, neighbor, loves recycling and Pinterest
Thursdays Dec 12, 19 7:30 pm
Fridays Dec 6, 13, 20 7:30 pm
Saturday Dec 21 2:00 pm
Saturdays Dec 7, 14 7:30 pm
Sundays Dec 8, 15, 22 2:00 pm