Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre 2023 Auditions!

General Audition Information

Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre is committed to growing our diversity and inclusion at all levels: on our stage, in our audience, on our staff, and within our leadership. We seek to be inclusive not only in our casting but also in the works we choose to present. We aim to keep performers from historically underrepresented backgrounds visible and valued in the casting process. As such, we encourage performers of all races and ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, abilities, and ages, to attend auditions.

Audition Dates:
Saturday, March 18, 2023 | 10am – 2pm
Sunday, March 19, 2023 | 12pm – 4pm

You must pre register to audition. Visit our Sign-Up Genius at:

All auditions are held at CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21237

Mainstage and Cabaret auditions will be held in the AHUM Building.

For campus map and directions, visit:

For musicals, bring sheet music; accompanist will be provided.

Dance auditions will be held; dress appropriately.

For plays, no monologue necessary; be prepared to read from script.

Headshots and resumes welcome, but not required.

Contact Cockpit with questions, additional information:
Call: 443-840-ARTS (2787)



Something Rotten! logoSomething Rotten!

A Very New Musical 
Book By Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell
Music and Lyrics By Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick

Conceived By Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick

Directed By John Desmone

Show Dates: June 9 – 25

Something Rotten! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Show Synopsis: 
Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz. Something Rotten features large song and dance numbers requiring talented singers and dancers, and a wacky cast of over-the-top characters, each given his or her own special moment in the show to shine.

Character Descriptions / Audition Songs

  Any ethnicity, male identifying character, mid-20s to 40s.  Is the fun-loving charismatic narrator of the show and sings the opening numbers of each act.  Must sing and dance well.  Tap dance skills a plus.  Could be included in Nick’s Troop, Bard’s Boys, A Musical, and other numbers and roles.  High Baritone / Tenor to solid A4
Audition Song: Actor’s choice but should be familiar with “Welcome to the Renaissance”

Nick Bottom: 
Any ethnicity, male identifying character, mid-20s to 40s. A struggling renaissance writer at the end of his rope. Nigel’s older brother. Incredibly jealous of the success of Shakespeare and will do anything to beat him. Seeking a great comedic actor who sings and dances well.  Tap dance skill a plus. Baritone / Tenor (B2 – A4)
Audition Song: Actor’s choice but should be familiar with “Bottom’s Gonna Be on Top”

Nigel Bottom:
  Any ethnicity, male identifying character, mid 20’s to 30’s.  Nick’s younger brother.  A sweetly naïve young writer and poet, perhaps a little awkward.  He falls in love with Portia and ultimately finds confidence in himself through art and love.  Seeking a great comedic actor who sings very well.  High baritone/tenor solid to G#4

Audition Song: Actor’s choice but should be familiar with “To Thine Own Self Be True”

William Shakespeare:  Male identifying character, mid-20s to 40s.  Over-the-top and cocky renaissance rock star.  Seeking a great comedic actor with a killer pop/rock voice who dances well. Tap dance skill a plus.  Must handle various British accents.  Rock tenor solid to A4
Audition Song: Actor’s choice but should be familiar with “Hard To Be the Bard”

Thomas Nostradamus:  Any ethnicity, male identifying character, 30s to 50s.  A soothsayer who “almost” sees the future correctly.  A bit loony with expressive face and hands.  Seeking a great comedic actor who sings and dances well.  Tap dance skills a plus.  Baritone/Tenor 2 (C3 – F4)
Audition Song: Actor’s choice but should be familiar with “A Musical”

Bea:  Any ethnicity, female identifying character, mid-20s to 40s.  Nick’s wife.  She loves and supports him despite his questionable decision-making and lack of success.  Bea resorts to dressing up like a male to make ends meet but also to prove to Nick she can be an actor.  Seeking a comedic actress who sings very well. Mezzo with belt (D3 – D5)
Audition Song: Actor’s choice but should be familiar with “Right Hand Man”

Portia:  Any ethnicity, female identifying character, 20s.  An adorably perky Puritan girl whom Nigel meets on the street. They fall madly in love with each other over their mutual love of poetry. Seeking a comedic actress who sings very well.  Youthful Soprano with a strong mix (G3 – F5)
Audition Song: Actor’s choice but should be familiar with “I Love the Way”

Brother Jeremiah:  Any ethnicity, male identifying character, 40s to 50s. Portia’s father.  He despises playwrights, poets, and all things “ungodly.” Seeking a great comedic actor with tent revival preacher voice who sings well.  Rock Baritone solid to G4
Audition Song: Actor’s choice but should be familiar with “We See the Light”

Shylock:  Male identifying character, an older Jewish man, 40s to 60s.  Loves the theatre.  Nick and Nigel are in debt to him.  He invests in their musical.  Seeking a comedic actor that sings well.
Audition Song: Actor’s Choice (upbeat in the style of the show preferred)

Lord Clapham or Lady Clapham:  Any ethnicity, male or female identifying character, 40s to 50s.  Posh patron of the theatre.  Seeking a comedic actor that sings well.
Audition Song: Actor’s Choice (upbeat in the style of the show preferred)

Troupe (Tom Snout, Robin, Peter Quince, Snug, and Francis Flute):  Any ethnicity, male identifying, 20s to 50s.  Nick’s acting troupe.  Should be able to act, sing, and move well.  Need to be able to vocally harmonize.  Depending on dance and tap skills, could be part of all large musical numbers.
Audition Song: Actor’s Choice (upbeat in the style of the show preferred)

Ensemble:  Various ethnicities, gender identities and ages.  Seeking large ensemble with traditional dancers and quirky character types who are strong singers and dancers both musical and tap styles.
Audition Song: Actor’s Choice (upbeat in the style of the show preferred)

Ensemble roles include the following:

Bard’s Boys, Puritan Woman, Francis Bacon, Walter Raleigh, Various Playwrights, Townspeople, Astrologer, Haggard Gypsy Woman, Eyepatch Man, Other Puritans, Workers, Foreman, Messenger, Announcer, Woman in Crowd, Man in Crowd, 2nd Woman in Crowd, Stage Crew, Lead Man, Party Goers, Waitress, Doorman, Panicked Woman, Man Servants (Bard’s Boys), Valet, Bea’s Friends, Horatio, Footman, Members of Court, Master of Justice, Members of the Gallery, and Clerk

Yes, there are plenty of roles to fill and double and triple casting likely for the many ensemble roles.



The Game's Afoot logo

Ken Ludwig’s

The Game’s Afoot

Directed by Thomas “Toby” Hessenauer

Show Dates: June 10 – 25

Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Show Synopsis:
 It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous.

Character Descriptions:

William Gillette:
age approx 40-55  Tall, Dashing, intelligent leading man, playwright created the common image we hold today of Sherlock Holmes

Martha Gillette:
somewhere over 60  William’s mother, a retired actress herself, a bit dotty, think Aunt Bea from Mayberry, or the Aunts from Arsenic and Old Lace

age 40-55. Gillette’s long time friend and coworker, portrays the villain Moriarty in Gillettte’s Sherlock Holmes play

age 40-55 Felix’s wife, also an actress, together they are a stereotypical older theatrical couple (older by comparison to the next couple, that is)

age 25-30 Pretty, charming, the damsel in distress in Gillette’s play. Has just been secretly married to Simon

age 20-30 Juvenile lead, playful, good looking, enthusiastic, but a bit dim too. Portrays an Eastern European nobleman in the Holmes play

age 35-45  Glamorous but catty theater critic, has had numerous past love affairs and is willing to have more

Inspector Harriet Goring:
age 40-55 British police inspector, enthusiastic but seems a bit oblivious, eccentric, a Margaret Rutherford sort.



The Prom logoThe Prom

Book & Lyrics By Chad Beguelin
Book By Bob Martin
Music By Matthew Sklar
Based On An Original Concept By Jack Viertel
Original Broadway Production Directed and Choreographed By Casey Nicholaw
Originally Produced on Broadway By Bill Damaschke, Dori Berinstein, Jack Lane
James & Catherine Berges, Nelda Sue Yaw, Natasha Davison, Joe Grandy, Kimberlee Garris, Lisa Morris, Terry Schnuck, Jane Dubin, Rosalind Productions, Inc., FAHS Productions, Seth A. Goldstein, Mike Kriak, Don & Nancy Ross, Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra & Stephen Della Pietra, Cliff Hopkins, Masie Productions, Vivek Shah, Three Belles & A Bob, Arment-Tackel, Armstrong-Manocherian, Fakler-Silver, Fox Theatricals-Mosbacher-Lonow, Palitz-Stern-Smedes, Nancy & Ken Kranzberg/David Lyons, Larry & Elizabeth Lenke/Elizabeth L. Green, Iris Smith/InStone Productions, Kuhlman-Ketner/Wallace-ATxRandomProductions, The John Gore Organization and The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President); Produced in association with Independent Presenters Network, Margot Astrachan, Darren P. DeVerna & Jeremiah J. Harris and Reagan Silber

Directed by Roger Schulman

Show Dates: July 21 – August 6

The Prom is presented through special arrangement with, and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036.

Show Synopsis: Four eccentric Broadway stars are in desperate need of a new stage. So when they learn trouble is brewing in small-town Indiana, they travel to help a lesbian student banned from bringing her girlfriend to their high school prom by putting a spotlight on the issue…and themselves. Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical, The Prom expertly captures all the humor and heart of a classic musical comedy with a message that resonates with audiences now more than ever.


Character Breakdown:
In reference to the character descriptions below–most characters are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the following descriptions. Our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible, and we invite actors of all gender identities to submit for the roles they most identify with. Unless otherwise indicated below, the roles are open to performers of all races.

Emma Nolan:
Teenager in Indiana. A reluctant poster child for LGTBQ+ youth. Very smart. A bit of a tomboy quality. Must be a strong actor and singer—and some movement, with underdog energy and a charming sense of awkward/anxious humor. Ability to play guitar an asset but not a requirement. Female identifying. Vocal range: F3 – E5. Strong soloist – Needs to have a strong mix belt.

Dee Dee Allen:
Broadway diva. A huge ego to match her huge talent. Hilariously self-involved but yearns to do something good for someone other than herself. Known for her strong Broadway belt vocals and large stage presence. Strong actor and singer. 45-60’s. Female identifying. Vocal range: E3 – D5. Actor needs to have a strong belt or a very strong mix belt.

Barry Glickman:
A flamboyant, openly-gay Broadway star. Completely politically incorrect and doesn’t know it. Longs to give Emma the prom he was unable to have as a teen. Strong actor and singer. 45-60’s. Male identifying. Vocal range B2 – F#4.

Trent Oliver:
Pretentious Juilliard graduate. Handsome, charming, funny and loves to hear himself speak. Strong actor/singer/mover. 40’s-50’s. Male identifying. Vocal range: C3- Ab4. Actor will require a large vocal range. The top is most important but having the full gamut would be ideal!

Angie Dickinson:
A long running ensemble member in the Broadway production of Chicago. Jaded Fosse girl with a heart of gold. Strong actor/singer/dancer. Late 30’s-50’s. Female identifying. Vocal range: Ab3 – E5.

Alyssa Green:
Teenager in Indiana. A cheerleader and top student. Secretly Emma’s girlfriend. A little miss perfect who chafes under the pressure and isn’t quite as perfect as she seems. Must be a strong actor, singer and mover. Female identifying. Vocal range: Ab 3 – Eb5. Strong soloist.

Mr. Hawkins:
The straitlaced high school principal in small-town Indiana.  An ally to Emma. A big Broadway fan and a long-time admirer of Dee Dee. Strong actor and singer. 40’s-60’s. Male identifying. Preferably BIPOC. Vocal range G2 – C4.

Sheldon Saperstein:
A charismatic press agent who works for both Dee Dee and Barry. Dry wit a must. Great character actor. Late 30’s-60’s. Male identifying preferrably but possibly female identifying or non-binary. Vocal range: Open – Will be adjusted to fit the actor.

Mrs. Greene:
Alyssa’s intimidating, conservative, single mother. The head of the PTA. Strong actor. Late 30’s-50’s. Female identifying. Vocal range: A3 – C5. Primarily ensemble singing.

The Prom features an ensemble that plays many roles including reporters, party-goers, waiters, high school students, parents and community members, and the cast of the non-equity touring company of Godspell! We are looking for strong Singer/Dancers and Dancer/Singers of all ages, shapes, sizes, gender identities, races, and ethnicities. Actively seeking strong Dancer/Singers to play the high school students.



The Dinner Party logo

The Dinner Party
By Neil Simon

Directed by Albert J. Boeren

Show Dates: July 22 – August 6

The Dinner Party is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.


Show Synopsis:
 Here is a decidedly French dinner party served up in a chaotic mode that only a master of comedy could create: Five people are invited to dine at a first-rate restaurant in Paris. They do not know who the other guests will be or why they have been invited. Tossed together in a private dining room, they have a sneaking suspicion that this unorthodox dinner party will forever change their lives.

Character Descriptions:

Albert Donay: mid 30’s- mid 40’s; fast talking car rental salesman; wise cracking; likes to paint cars; think Jack Tripper in Three’s Company

Claude Pichon: mid 30’s – mid 40’s; rare book dealer; knows art; inquisitive; tries to figure out the meaning behind the dinner party

Andre: 50+; very successful clothing store magnate; has little patience; temperamental; on the aggressive side

Yvonne Fouchet: mid 30’s – mid 40’s; very shy; flaky; was married to Albert

Gabrielle Buonocelli: 50+; free spirit; charming; energetic; hard not to like; was married to Andre

Mariette Levieux: mid 30’s – mid 40’s; beautiful; strong; makes great first appearance; hides her flaws; was married to Claude and dated Andre

  • Taylor Williams

    Good afternoon,

    My name is Taylor Williams, and I am blind. I am interested in auditioning for one of the plays. Is it possible for you to email me a partial script, so that I may familiarize myself? Thank you for your time.

    • ckratovil

      Thanks for your interest, Taylor.
      Unfortunately, due to copyright we can not send a script. However, once we get the readings from our directors we can send those to you. Please email Lisa Boeren at the week before auditions and she’ll email you the readings. Also, you will need to sign up for a time slot should you want to audition. Visit

  • Michael Koehler

    Hello! I was interesting in auditioning for some future roles. What do I need to do first to start this process? Thanks!

    • ckratovil

      Thanks for your interest, Michael.
      Auditions for Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre are posted on our Facebook page and here, on our blog. Instructions for how to proceed are included in the posts. Hope this helps.

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