Try On Theater Days
Try On Theater Days offer a welcoming introduction to theater making in the Princeton theater and music theater programs at the Lewis Center for the Arts. At scheduled times throughout the year, the programs hold informal community evenings and workshops to encourage student participation in our student-driven season in any capacity. This new process replaces traditional solo auditions with group workshops, and serves as an opportunity for students to find out about and get involved in non-performance capacities as well (such as stage management, design, sound engineering, backstage and so on).
Try on Theater Day: April 27
The next Try on Theater Day will take place on Wednesday, April 27 from 4-6:30 PM in the Drapkin, Kerr, Tilghman and Light Lab Studios on the second floor of Wallace Dance Building at the Lewis Arts complex. Sign up to participate!
Come learn, play, design, sing and move. Try-on a bit of everything in the theater-making process. No experience needed. Students are expected to sign up and join in for the whole session (4-6:30 PM) and should plan to attend the three performance workshops that also serve as casting workshops for our early fall shows. We hope that all students will participate in all three sessions and/or visit the design/production space, since no experience is required for any workshops — and the experiences are intended to be educational and enjoyable, whether or not you hope to participate in a particular project. However, students will be able to opt out of any session. Students who are signed-up for the Try On Theater day and all other students can walk-in to the design and production room at any time.
All students must wear a mask for all Try on Theater Day activities.
Casting for Theater/Music Theater Program Shows
If you are interested in performing in the early fall ’22 theater and music theater projects listed below, you should attend our performance workshops, hear the project leaders discuss their productions, and get to know each other while moving and making theater together. The productions will find their casts through these performance workshops. No preparation is needed and no student will be asked to perform alone. Sign-up required for Casting
Theater Design/Production Try-On
Try your hand at lighting! This is a hands-on drop-in event and conversation. Feel free to join us for as long or short a time as you have available. No prior sign-up required, however a sign-in at the door will be required.
Schedule for April 27
4:00 PM — Welcome and introductions in the Drapkin Studio
- Music Workshop #1 – Adamandi with Vince Di Mura, Elliot Lee ’23 and Mel Hornyak ‘23
- Performance Workshop #1 – Play with Aaron Landsman
- Performance Workshop #1 – Affecting Expression with Eliyana Abraham ’23
- Theater Making Workshop #1 with Tess James
4:50 PM — Break/snacks
- Music Workshop #2 – Adamandi with Vince Di Mura, Elliot Lee ’23 and Mel Hornyak ‘23
- Performance Workshop #2 – Play with Aaron Landsman
- Performance Workshop #2 – Affecting Expression with Eliyana Abraham ’23
- Theater Making Workshop #2 with Tess James
5:35 PM – Break/snacks
- Music Workshop #3 – Adamandi with Vince Di Mura, Elliot Lee ’23 and Mel Hornyak ‘23
- Performance Workshop #3 – Play with Aaron Landsman
- Performance Workshop #3 – Affecting Expression with Eliyana Abraham ’23
- Theater Making Workshop #3 with Tess James
6:20 PM — Reconvene all participants, fill in forms, ask questions
6:30 PM — End
* If you cannot participate in-person, contact Shariffa Ali at firstname.lastname@example.org to send in a short video and complete the Try On Theater questionnaire, both of which must arrive BEFORE 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, to be considered.
Early Fall Productions
Adamandi is a dark academia horror musical written by Mel Hornyak ’23 and Elliot Lee ’23. In the haunting shadow of old institutions, a coveted prize is promised to those who deserve it the most. Students go to horrific lengths to prove their worth. We are looking for actors for lead and ensemble roles, including several lead roles that are explicitly intended for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ actors. All are welcome — no preparation or prior theater experience is necessary! Performances on weekends of November 7 & 14, 2022.
Affecting Expression is a new queer tragicomedy by Eliana Cohen Orth ’21 to be directed by senior thesis proposer, Eliyana Abraham ’23. The play tells the tale of three queer women from history — Charlotte Cushman, Matilda Hays, and Hatty Hosmer — as they navigate their intersecting artistic paths and the complexities of their relationships with each other, within the increasingly unreliable walls of their home The process of creating this piece will be guided by questions such as: how can we transform historical queer experiences for modern artists and audiences? How do we, as theater-makers, maintain healthy relationships with theater-making, and make art in a way that is physically and emotionally sustainable? How can we come together to tell a story that we and other queer artists can look to and see our experiences, emotions, friendships, relationships, and artistry, reflected in an honest way? To tell this story, we are looking for 4 queer actors, 3 who are comfortable portraying women, and 1 portraying any gender identity. Come to Try-on Theater Day to get to know more about the play, and connect with the director and the playwright! All are welcome, no preparation or prior experience necessary! Performances on weekend of October 7.
Play is a devised performance directed by professional theater-makers Aaron Landsman and Associate Director/Choreographer Ogemdi Ude ’16, created in collaboration with athletes on campus. Our creative process will be fun and rooted in curiosity. What does it mean to dedicate your time to winning at all costs? To keeping your mind in the game? To making your body more ideal? What unexpected ways are art and sport similar? We welcome writers, performers, dancers, athletes and designers who want to find the theater in games and fields. Try out for the team you didn’t get to play before. Learn about what the arts and sports might have in common. Performances on weekends of December 2 and 9, with time off from tech for Thanksgiving.
Play and Adamandi are offered as THR 451 courses for credit, with enrollment during add/drop for participating students.