JACKSON - New Stage Theatre, Mississippi's Professional Theatre located in Jackson, will be holding open auditions for non-Equity and Equity adult actors on Saturday, Aug. 9. Actors interested in roles during the 2014-2015 should attend the auditions. Auditions for youth ages 7- 17 will be held on Saturday, July 12.

The theatre is seeking all types of male and female adult actors and singers, from age 18 to 80 and child actors age 7 and up to portray roles in All the Way, Peter Pan (musical), One Man, Two Guvnors; 33 Variations and It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, and The Eudora Welty New Play Series.

"In the past nine seasons I have been very excited and pleased by the caliber of actors, singers and musicians who have come into to audition during our annual open audition call. Each year continues to impress me. We have frequently found new faces from the auditions and I have been amazed by the consistency of talent demonstrated by more established actors. It has been satisfying to employ so many of actors discovered through our open audition process," said artistic director Francine Thomas Reynolds. She continued, "We are looking forward to seeing the best actors, singers and actor/musicians that Mississippi and the South has to offer and finding a place for them on stage at New Stage Theatre during the 2014-2015 season."

The upcoming season's selection of plays offers the opportunity to cast a wide range and diversity of talent from the powerful male and female roles, in the recent Broadway hit and Tony award winning play All the Way to the varied youth and adult acting and singing roles in the musical version of Peter Pan. The upcoming season has a lot of roles for singers, musicians and dancers. The theatre is seeking a diverse group of strong actors, singers and musician/actors for It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues and One Man, Two Guvnors. The specific instruments needed are acoustic guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. All types of actors are needed for One Man, Two Guvnors and 33 Variations. Directors viewing the auditions will also be considering actors for other projects during the year, such as our Eudora Welty New Play Series in the Hewes Room Theatre space.

Actors must call the theatre at 601.948.3533 ext 222 for an audition appointment. A one to two-minute memorized monologue and a recent photo is required for the audition. Actors may also prepare 60 seconds of any song. New Stage will provide a CD/IPOD player and a keyboard. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments. Resumes are not mandatory but actors may provide one if they like. Actors should arrive 15 minutes prior to audition time to complete paperwork.

The auditions will be in the auditorium at New Stage Theatre, 1100 Carlisle Street, Jackson, MS 39202. Please call 601.948.3533 ext 222 for more information. Registration for the auditions will open on June 30 for the youth auditions and July 14 for the adult auditions. All interested in auditioning will need to call after those dates for an audition appointment. The deadline to sign up for an audition is Thursday, July 10 for children and teens and Thursday, Aug. 7 for adults.