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2021-2022 AUDITIONS:


Directed by Darius Stubbs 
Music Directed by Lindsay Miller
Stage Managed by Kate Atherton

Music by Harvey Schmidt
Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
Based on Les Romanesque by Edmond Rostand.

Since its opening in May 1960 at the Sullivan Secret Street Playhouse in New York, and its subsequent revival at the Jerry Orbach Theatre, The Fantasticks remains the longest-running production of any kind in the history of American theatre.

THE FANTASTICKS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also provided by MTI. www.MTIshows.com

Seeking performers ages 16 and older of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, gender expressions, and physical abilities to perform in Near West Theatre’s first black box production, The Fantasticks. We strongly encourage artists of color to audition. Artists must be available for evening and weekend rehearsals and must have an enthusiasm for flexibility as we navigate an ever-changing COVID environment. This is an unpaid, volunteer opportunity that pays dividends in loving community and fun.  

A note from the director:  The rehearsal process for this show will consist of masked, in-person rehearsal and virtual rehearsals as needed to accommodate cast and/or crew.  Considering our commitment to create a safe community by following CDC recommendations, we are requiring that all actors be vaccinated.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  Near West Theatre will require proof of vaccination upon audition sign-up.  


  • The Narrator (El Gallo) – a rakish, handsome, sophisticated gallant and narrator of the show.  He is warm, cordial, and inviting to the audience, but has his own darker moments.  He aids the performers in orchestrating the story. Vocal range top: G4/ Vocal range bottom: Ab2
  • The Girl (Luisa) - A button maker's young and pretty daughter, she is a romantic idealist who falls in love with Matt. She is naive, yet honest and tender. Vocal range top: B5/ Vocal range bottom: B3
  • The Boy (Matt) - An innocent, young man who is searching for love and adventure. A bright guy, but naive and even foolish at times, approaching situations with a false bravado. Vocal range top: G4/ Vocal range bottom: A2 
  • The Boy’s Father (Hucklebee) - A former boisterous navy man and meticulous gardener who fakes a fight with Bellomy in hopes of getting their children to fall in love. Vocal range top: F#4/ Vocal range bottom: A2 
  • The Girl’s Father (Bellomy) - A fastidious button-maker and also a picky gardener who fakes a fight with Hucklebee in hopes of getting their children together.  Vocal range top: F#4/ Vocal range bottom: A2
  • The Actor (Henry) - An aging, over-the-top Thespian who specializes in reciting Shakespeare, he is a Commedia clown; his world is the stage and he knows no other reality.  
  • The Man Who Dies (Mortimer) - Henry's goofy sidekick and another former actor who specializes in stage deaths. A Commedia clown, his world is the stage and he does not live in reality.
  • The Mute - A speechless presence who watches, acts as the wall, and deals with props; the "invisible" stage assistant. Should be able to easily assist in the story or fade into the background unnoticed.

Beginning December 12 and will vary throughout the week.  A more detailed schedule will be provided at the auditions.

Run: February 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20, 2022
Performances: All shows 7:30pm except Sundays which are 2:00pm.

Due to CDC recommendations and for the safety of our production team and participants, registration is required for ALL auditioners. We are also limiting audition registration capacity to 10 people per hour, and these spaces will fill on a first-come, first-served basis.

Auditioners who do not register in advance may be asked to come on another night. Everyone must be masked during auditions AND throughout the rehearsal process. Eating before/during auditions/rehearsals will not be allowed in the theatre space. Read more on the NWT audition process here

Callbacks will be Sunday, November 28th and Tuesday, November 30, from 6pm to 9pm for select individuals. All auditioners will be notified by email of their casting status by December 5th, 2021. The email will come from stagemanager@nearwesttheatre.org.

Audition at Near West Theatre!

Participants are led through a group-based audition process that focuses on working as an ensemble. No experience whatsoever is needed. Part of what makes up the NWT "Special Sauce" is our unique audition process, where community-building is baked right into your first interaction with potential castmates. 

Auditioners do not need a headshot or resume or 16-bar cut. Simply come as you are, in comfortable clothes, and be ready to engage with your peers. 

Our audition process involves group work, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Actors of all experience levels are led through multiple improvisation exercises, providing every participant equal opportunity to create through word and movement. Auditions focus on play and the creative process, not the product; on working as an ensemble, not solo. 

All necessary direction and materials are provided at the audition, and no preparation is necessary. Auditioners are welcome to wear anything that is comfortable for movement. 

All individuals should arrive 15 minutes early to register. Anyone arriving after the starting time will be asked to audition at another open date and time. CASTING DECISIONS are posted on this website once final decisions are made.

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


  • 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.
  • All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask while in our building. 

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