Open Call Auditions

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Accepting Audition Submissions
June 10 - July 20

Something Rotten!
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell
Music & Lyrics by Karey Kirkpatrick & Wayne Kirkpatrick

Directed by Tommy Malek
Music Direction by Rachel Sandler
Choreographed by Pauline Lamb
Stage Managed by Rebecca Hanauer
Produced by Ande Kolp

Live Performance dates November 5-21, 2021 at Slayton House in Columbia, MD


Non-Union/Non-Paid. We are seeking a multi-talented cast of strong comedic actor-singers with a dance background. Performers of all races, ethnicities, orientations, and gender identifications are welcome and encouraged to audition. Silhouette Stages strongly supports diversity and equality in our productions. Please see below for character descriptions.

Initial auditions will be virtual in the form of video submissions; there will be one callback day in person with company COVID-19 protocols in place. We expect vaccines to have made an even larger impact by the time we begin to gather, but will continue to update our policies as we feel appropriate in the coming months. Silhouette Stages is committed to the safety and health of our performers, production team, and audiences. Stringent COVID-19 protocols will be in effect for the entirety of this process. IF YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS PRODUCTION, PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION WILL BE REQUIRED BY JULY 31, 2021. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this request, please direct them to

Please send all audition requests to

In your email request, please include your name, which character(s) you wish to audition for, and a copy of your headshot (or clear picture of your face) and a theatrical resumé. If you do not have an official resume, please list your last few theatrical experiences in the email.

You should receive a response within 24 hours which will contain sheet music, instrumental track segments, and a link to an electronic audition form. From there, please submit your completed audition form and a video with the requested cuts by July 20, 2021.

If you have one, please also send a link to a dance reel OR a relevant clip of you dancing from a previous show or recital [no group dances please - solo work only!].

If you’re not familiar with this show, please listen to Original Broadway Cast recording and familiarize yourself with the style of music prior to auditioning. Once we’ve processed through the audition submissions, you will receive an email by July 25th, letting you know if we’d like to see you for a callback (you will hear something from us either way by that date).

Callbacks will happen IN PERSON at Slayton House on Saturday, July 31st. Company mandated COVID-19 protocols will be in place and you will be notified prior to the callback date of what that will specifically entail.


Nick Bottom [Male, 30-45]
a writer & director of a failing acting troupe; Nigel's older brother; he holds a grudge against Shakespeare. Seeking a great comedic actor who sings and dances well [with tap experience]. Principal. Baritone.

Nigel Bottom [Male, 20-35]
a writer; Nick's younger brother; sweet and a little awkward; he is in love with Portia. Seeking a comedic actor who sings very well. Principal. High Baritone/Tenor.

Shakespeare [Male, 30-45]
over-the-top and cocky; a true rock star of his time; he is essentially the Renaissance Mick Jagger. Seeking a great comedic actor who sings and dances well. Tap experience preferred. Principal. Rock Tenor.

Bea [Female, 25-40]
Nick's wife; she loves Nick despite his past lack of success; she dresses up like a man to prove she can be an actor & breadwinner for her house. Seeking a great comedic actress who sings and moves well. Principal. Mezzo Belter.

Portia [Female, 20-30]
a young puritan woman that Nigel meets on the street; loves poetry, sweet and a little awkward just like Nigel. Seeking a comedic actress who sings very well. Principal. Youthful Soprano with Strong Mix.

Thomas Nostradamus [Male, 30-60]
a soothsayer; he predicts that Nick and Nigel will write a musical. Seeking a great comedic actor who sings and moves very well. Tap experience preferred. Principal. Baritone.

Brother Jeremiah [Male, 40-55]
a Puritan; the father of Portia; he despises Nick and Nigel. Seeking a great comedic actor who sings very well. Principal. Baritone.

The Minstrel [20-40]
Seeking a charismatic actor with a thousand faces. The Minstrel sings the opening number to each act and serves as an ensemble member for the rest of the show. Supporting. High Baritone or Mezzo-Soprano.

Lord Clapham [Male, 45+]
older male; patron of the theatre; he's flamboyant and extremely posh. Seeking a great comedic actor who sings well. Supporting.

Shylock [Male, 45+]
an older Jewish man; Nick and Nigel are in debt to him; he becomes an investor in their musical. Seeking a great comedic actor who sings well. Supporting.

Ensemble [6M/6F, 18+]
a fun and very involved ensemble in a fast-moving and hilarious musical! Seeking a group of strong and experienced singers and dancers who move the show along and keep things exciting. Quirky character types needed! Tap experience strongly preferred.

Open availability and flexibility is of utmost importance for this project. Please do not audition if you are not available from about 6PM-10PM EST on most weeknights (Mon-Thurs) and/or do not have some weekend flexibility. While we will be creating a rehearsal schedule based upon cast availability, this is a huge production, and flexibility is crucial. No more than three major rehearsal conflicts will be accepted from August 23 through the performance dates (Nov 5-21).

Please send all audition requests and inquiries to:


Announcing Our 2021-22 Season

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May 3, 2021

Silhouette Stages returns to live theater!  More than a year after closing our doors due to COVID-19, we are thrilled to announce our 18th Season:

November 2021:

Something Rotten, Directed by Tommy Malek

March 2022:

Calendar Girls, Directed by Conni Trump Ross

June 2022:

Cinderella, Directed by TJ Lukacsina

Season tickets on sale August 1st.  We will continue to closely monitor venue capacity restrictions and other health and safety information.

Cast Announced!


February 1, 2021

Silhouette Stages is thrilled to announce the cast of our first-ever fully virtual musical, featuring cast members from Atlanta to Boston and a few locals as well.  BKLYN will be streaming online starting June 4th and will run for 6 performances.  Congratulations to this outstanding cast and thank you to all those who auditioned!

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An Update to our Patrons and Volunteers

September 1, 2020

To our loyal and supportive patrons and our talented and passionate volunteers: we miss you!  The Silhouette Stages Board of Directors has been working hard over the past few months to take an inward look at our organization to make improvements for the future.  While it was devastating to cancel our productions of Calendar Girls, Catch Me If You Can, Freaky Friday, and two Cabaret Nights, and to be without live theater for this long, we are using this down time to find ways to become a more inclusive and diverse organization that more accurately reflects the community in which we serve.  The stage may be dark, but our Board of Directors continues to discuss the implmentation of new policies and procedures that ensures Silhouette Stages is not only open to all, but actively anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-discriminatory in all respects in our organizational operations and our theatrical productions.  In addition, we are planning some exciting virtual content in the coming months, along with a new and improved website, logo, and ticketing system.  While it's been a while since you've heard from us, we remain hard at work! Please keep an eye on our website and social media pages over the next few months for some very exciting announcements!