Theatre and performing arts at Keystone College can be enjoyed by all students from all majors. We offer theater courses, including a theatre minor, and provide opportunities for hands-on experience, both on- and off-stage with our performing arts group, The Keystone Players.
Taking a theatre course and being part of a performing arts production are wonderful ways to meet new people and establish lasting friendships, explore your creativity, develop skills in communication and gain self-confidence, poise, self-discipline, and a tremendous sense of pride. In addition, exploring the work of exceptional playwrights opens the door to understanding both our shared humanity and its rich diversity.
- Location: Theatre in Brooks
The Keystone Players Theatre Group
Participation in the annual Keystone Players’ theatre productions is open to all students, alumni, administrators, faculty, and staff, and we often invite community residents (including children) to audition for large-cast shows. We invite everyone to audition, regardless of experience. There are also opportunities for technical work, such as lighting and sound, as well set and costume design.
The Keystone Players present two theatre productions annually, as well as one-acts produced by the directing class. Open auditions are held for each production.
FAQs About Auditions
I’ve never acted or worked backstage before. Can I still audition?
Yes! We welcome newcomers, and will train anyone interested in working on the production staff.
Can people who are not taking theatre classes participate?
Yes! The Keystone Players’ productions are open to the entire campus community: students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni are welcome to participate.
Do I need to prepare a memorized monologue for auditions?
No. Everyone trying out will do a “cold” reading from scripts that will be available at auditions.
How are try outs conducted?
We have open auditions, which means that everyone trying out for a part will have the opportunity to watch others audition. You will be asked to fill out an audition form. You may be teamed with different people to read for various roles. You may try out for as many roles as you like, and will have multiple chances to read.
When are the auditions?
Auditions for the fall production are at the start of the fall semester and the auditions for the spring production are usually at the end of the fall semester before students go home for winter break. Audition announcements are posted on the College web calendar, in the KC Morning Notes E-newsletter, and on the Keystone Players Facebook page.
What does a director look for when casting?
Casting is a complicated process. The director looks at a number of factors, such as:
- Is the actor’s age, voice and physical appearance appropriate for the character?
- Can the actor be heard easily?
- Does the actor communicate an understanding of the lines?
- Is the actor energetic, enthusiastic and memorable?
- Can the actor take direction? This means that the director looks for people who are able and willing to adjust their readings and movements when asked to do so.
- Does the actor’s class and work schedule make it possible for him/her to attend rehearsals?
- And of course, does the actor have talent? The director can teach actors what they need to know to perform a role, but the basic talent has to be there.
How will I find out if I’ve been cast?
The director will contact you by phone and/or email if you’ve been cast. In addition, a cast list will be posted on the director’s office door (Brooks 104).
How often will we rehearse?
Normally, we rehearse three times a week for 8 weeks. Usually rehearsals are scheduled for two week nights or weekdays and one on Saturdays or Sundays. The director tries to schedule rehearsals at times that work best for the actors who have been cast. All cast and crew members must arrange to be available every night during production week, and obviously, for all performances. How many rehearsals you must attend depends on the role in which you are cast and the production job you’ve been assigned.
What production jobs are available, and how do I get one?
No show can be successful without a dedicated productions staff. We are looking for hard-working, reliable people to stage manage, construct and paint sets, find and manager props, run lights and sound, serve on the “run crew backstage, help with costumes and makeup, manage the house, usher, and man the box office. We prefer that anyone who wants to work on the production staff attend auditions and indicate job preferences on the audition form. We will train anyone interested in working on the play! While no prior experience is necessary, we’re always looking for people who can use power tools, sew, etc.