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Remaining Auditions in our 2018-19 Circus of a Season:

Carnival! Auditions - September 4, 5 & 6

See our Audition Facebook Page for more details on times and location!

We are so thrilled to be ANNOUNCING AUDITIONS for our upcoming Fall/Holiday Show 2018, Carnival!, the “Love Makes the World Go ‘Round” musical.

This show is a nearly forgotten Broadway treasure dear to my heart, filled with endearingly human characters looking for place, purpose and, yes, love. The score is vibrant, melodic and instantly captivating with heart-wrenching ballads and show-stopping chorus numbers that just keep coming at you.

ALL ROLES ARE OPEN, and require actors of diverse age, race, size, physicality and experience. This is a BIG-TOP SHOW needing a large singing/dancing/circus troupe of performers.  We will be turning the whole theatre into a carnival of color and light. There is magic, acrobatics, puppets and illusion. Complex themes include mental and physical woundedness, the inability to discern truth from hypocrisy and life’s call for change, healing and re-definition.  A show perfectly aligned with Near West Theatre mission!

Please help us spread the word far and near, Carnival! is coming… step into a fantastic world where anything is possible and love is found where you least expect it.

Bob Navis Jr
Artistic Director, Near West Theatre


Near West Theatre holds group auditions in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. No preparation or preregistration is required. Actors of all experience levels are led through multiple improvisational exercises providing every participant equal opportunity to create through word, movement and song. Auditions focus on the creative process, not the product; on working as an ensemble, not solo. After this first level audition, callbacks will focus on individual roles/songs and working from the script.


  • No experience or preregistration necessary. No prepared material needed.
  • A relaxed, playful and friendly atmosphere.
  • Wear comfortable clothing & shoes for dancing so you can move easily.
  • Group audition process. Actors are led through multiple improvisational exercises including acting, movement and singing.
  • All individuals should arrive 15 minutes early to register.
  • Auditions begin promptly at the designated time. Anyone arriving after the starting time will be asked to audition at the next scheduled time.

For more information, call the Near West Theatre office at 216-961-9750.

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