Audition Information


You don't have to be Jewish to love Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids!

Auditions are open to everyone. You do not have to be Jewish to audition or get involved with Jewish Theatre. In fact, most of our actors and volunteers are of other faiths. No previous theatre experience is required.

2021-22 Schedule

Auditions are generally held at Spectrum Theatre, 160 Fountain St. NE on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College. Check the specific show information for details. If you have audition questions, contact us at jtgr.admin@gmail.com Please allow sufficient time for questions to be directed to the proper individual.


Coney Island Christmas, by Donald Margulies
Directed by Todd Avery
Show Dates: December 9-19, 2021
Audition Dates: Sunday Oct. 3rd, 2:00 & 7:00 PM and Monday Oct. 4 at 7:00 PM. 1st hour for kids. Potential call-backs Oct. 5, 7:00 PM. Audition Sign-Up below.
Cast Needed: 

Setting: Present day Los Angeles, California and Brooklyn, New York during the Great Depression, the 1930s

Leading Roles:

Shirley Abramowitz: identifies as female, 60+ (playing 90s); Feisty grandmother to Clara

Clara/Misha: identifies female in the original script but could be gender-neutral, 10-14; Shirley's great-grandchild

Young Shirley: identifies as female (playing age 12); Loud, energetic, and self-confident

Mr. Misha Abramowitz: identifies as male, 35-50; Shirley's supportive, loving father and peacekeeper between Shirley and her mother; sings Yiddish folk song, "Mayn Shtetele Beltz"; Sideshow Hawker in Shirley's dream

Mrs. Clara Abramowitz: identifies as female, 35-50; Shirley's strict, but loving, very traditional mother; "Dream Jesus" in Shirley's dream

Mr. Patrick Hilton: nontraditional casting & identifies as male, 25-40; the VERY creative and encouraging drama teacher at Shirley's school; has a "thing" for Miss Glace; Gypsy Fortune Teller in Shirley's dream

Miss Celeste Glace: nontraditional casting & identifies as female, 20-35; the school's French music teacher who has a "thing" for Mr. Hilton; soft French accent and intermediate piano skills preferred

Supporting Roles:

Mrs. Kornblum: identifies as female, 40-80; somewhat grouchy neighbor; the "Bearded Lady" in Shirley's dream

Evie Slotnick: identifies as female, 12; Shirley's best friend, and performs in the school's holiday pageants

Jack "Jackie" Sauerfeld: identifies as male, 12; Shirley's crush and "coolest boy at school"; performs in school's holiday pageants

Ira Pushkov: nontraditional casting & identifies as male, 12; "the wisenheimer" of the class; performs in the school's holiday pageants

Henry Brown: nontraditional casting & identifies male in the original script but could be gender-neutral, 12; a classmate and performs in school's holiday pageants

Anna Ling: Asian/Pacific Islander & identifies as female, 12; a classmate and performs in school's holiday pageants

Pedro Maldanado: Hispanic & identifies as male, 12; a classmate and performs in school's holiday pageants

Giusseppe Sabatino: Italian & identifies as male, 12; a classmate and performs in school's holiday pageants

Lester: nontraditional casting & identifies male in the original script but could be gender-neutral, 12; a classmate and performs "tech" jobs in school's holiday pageants

Other Children (all children sing traditional Christmas carols)

Child 1, 2, 3: nontraditional casting & gender-neutral, 12; a classmate and performs in school's holiday pageants


Use this Audition Sign-Up link to sign up for an audition time slot.

Audition Material to download:

Young Shirley Miss Glace Mr Hilton Skip Shirley Lines

Young Shirley Mr Abramowitz Sings 22 Mayn Shtetele Beltz22

Shirley Clara

Evie Young Shirley

Jack Sauerfeld Miles Standish Evie Slotnick Priscilla 2 Pilgrims

Mrs Abramowitz Young Shirley Mr Abramowitz

Mr Hilton Miss Glace Mrs Abramowitz Mr Abramowitz

Young Shirley Mrs Abramowitz Mr Abramowitz

Young Shirley Grandmotherchild Angel Gabrielchild Marychild Josephchild

Mr Abramowitz Mrs Abramowitz

Shirley Monologue

Printed full scripts may be borrowed (with a $10 deposit). Email jtgr.admin@gmail.com to arrange for pick-up.




Dov and Ali, by Anna Ziegler
Directed by Ian Ruel and Danira Stanojevic
Show Dates: February 17-27, 2022
Audition Dates: TBA
Cast Needed: 

1 adult male, aged 30-50 (role is pre-cast)

1 adult female, aged 30-50 (role is pre-cast)

1 young adult female, aged 15-25

1 young adult male, age 15-25


Biloxi Blues, by Neil Simon
Directed by Carrie McNulty
Show Dates: May 12-22, 2022
Audition Dates: TBA
Cast Needed: 

1 adult male, age 30-50

5 males, age 16-40

2 females, age 16-40