Auditions for Upcoming Productions

What to Expect at an Audition:

  • After signing in you will have some time to rehearse scenes from the show you are auditioning for. They will be provided at the audition

  • In the Audition room you can expect to be auditioned by three or more people, usually the Producer, the Director, and the Musical Director, sometimes the Artistic Director will be present

  • You will be asked to read lines and perform your prepared song (Song is ONLY for Musical Auditions)

What to Bring to an Audition:

  • Yourself (Obviously!)

  • Resume

  • Headshot

  • 16 Bars of Music Pre-Prepared (ONLY for Musical Auditions)


The Merrick Theatre & Center for the Arts will hold auditions for Tom Griffin’s play THE BOYS NEXT DOOR on Thursday, January 3rd at 7:30 pm and Saturday, January 5th at 11:00 am at the theatre. All roles are open. Please familiarize yourself with the play. Sides will be provided at the audition.

THE BOYS NEXT DOOR deals with the daily lives of four developmentally disabled men who live in a group home where “little things” often become momentous. This touching play is poignant yet funny and hits squarely on the truth of life with its constant interplays and shadings of triumph/tears and reminds us that everyone, regardless of mental of physical ability, wants to find some meaning and purpose in their life.        

Director: Tarmo Kirsimae

Performances for THE BOYS NEXT DOOR are from Saturday, April 6, 2019 to Sunday, April, 28 2019; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm. All actors must be available for all performances.    

Looking to cast:

Arnold Wiggins – 30’s to 40’s; ringleader of the group, has a mild mental disability and a persecution complex, obsessive-compulsive, anxious, hyperactive, over reactive and talks constantly; is fascinated with Russian culture and works as a janitor at a movie theatre.

Norman Bulansky – 30’s to 40’s; overweight, works in a donut shop, intellectual level of a twelve- year old, has a crush on Sheila (who lives in another group home), unable to resist the lure of donuts, very proud and possessive of a large set of keys.

Lucien P. Smith – 30’s to 40’s; an African-American man who has the intelligence of a five- year old who faces extremely debilitating mental disorders and is at risk of losing his disability funds; imagines he is able to read and comprehend agricultural books.

Barry Klemper – 20’s to 30’s; brilliant schizophrenic who believes he is a professional golfer, tries to teach golfing lessons, has had a very traumatic life growing up and has an abusive father.

Jack Palmer – 30’s to 40’s; the burned out but earnest and likeable social worker for the group home where the four men live.

Shelia – 20’s to 30’s; Norman’s “girlfriend” who lives in a nearby group home, intellectually and mentally and challenged, slight physical disability as well.

Mr. Klemper – 60’s; Barry’s one-armed father who has also had a difficult life, abusive and rough in demeanor.

Mr. Hedges, Mr. Corbin, Senator Clarke – 50’s to 60’s; three ensemble roles to be played by one actor. 

Mrs. Fremus, Mrs. Warren, Clara – 40’s to 50’s; three ensemble roles to be played by one actress.