AUDITIONS: Historic Haunts

July 29 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
July 30 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

AUDITIONS: Historic Haunts

Join the walking dead for the revival of Historic Haunts, Detroit Shoreway’s family-friendly interactive walking tour, designed to both fright and delight audiences with a selection of vivacious, nefarious, and hilarious Cleveland histories. Presented by the West Clinton Block Club in cooperation with Near West Theatre and the Detroit-Shoreway Community Development Organization, visitors will experience a lantern-lit, guided walking tour filled with artistic storytelling as they navigate the charming residential areas surrounding Gordon Square Arts District.

In the tour, flash back to one hundred years ago by stepping into a world of Cleveland’s most famous and infamous characters of a bygone, post-influenza-pandemic, era. The 1920s notably brought Cleveland some of its most beloved landmarks in Tower Terminal, The Gordon Square Arcade and the theatres of Playhouse Square. It marked an end to the long-fought women’s suffrage movement, the beginning of a highly-contested prohibition, and the Jazz Age. The Cleveland baseball team even won a World Series! No matter 1921 or 2021, Historic Haunts promises a fun and unique fall experience for audiences of all ages.


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Learn about our audition process here.

Roles available:

  • Near West Theatre is looking to cast 35-40 people, ages 14 and up, of all genders and ethnicities for this non-musical theatre acting opportunity. Prior theatre experience is not necessary, and both speaking and non-speaking roles are available. For supervision reasons, we are only able to cast ages 14 and up, however, youth ages 7 and up are invited to audition if a parent is also planning to audition and participate as a cast member. Individuals with special skills such as juggling, roller skating, sideshow, and street performer acts are encouraged to audition.


  • Rehearsals: start after Labor Day with all cast called September 7 & 8. Sunday – Wednesday rehearsals begin September 12th with individual scene work providing excellent flexibility for those will limited schedules. All cast is called October 4 – 7 for final dress and tech rehearsals and show dates the 8 & 9.
  • Performances: Friday, October 8 & Saturday, October 9.
  • We are able to offer flexible scheduling with actors. To do so, please submit all of your known conflicts.


  • As we enter into our 43rd season, we are remaining flexible and responsive to the state of public health conditions. In-person auditions are happening at the discretion of the show’s director. Video submissions will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Stage Manager to receive prior approval for video submissions.
  • Individuals who have received the full COVID vaccine are able to wear masks to the level of their comfort, while unvaccinated individuals are asked to wear a mask at all times while in the NWT space.

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Event Information


Friday, July 30, 2021
from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm


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