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Calling all performing artists!

Rock of Ages

AUDITIONS: UPDATED Sunday, March 19, 5pm-8pm + Monday, March 20, 6pm-9pm
LOCATION: Studio 1902, Paul J. Schupf Art Center, 2nd Floor.

Show + Character Descriptions

SHOW DATES: June 16, 17, 23, 24 at 7:30pm + June 18, 25 at 2pm

ABOUT THE SHOW: It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strip’s last legendary venues, a place where sex machine, Stacee Jaxx, takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner), Drew, longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl, Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri, and the gang save the strip – and themselves – before it’s too late? Only the hit music of Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake and many more hold the answer.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: Rock of Ages is a jukebox musical with adult themes and language. Auditioners should be 18+.

INTIMACY/COMBAT CONSIDERATIONS: The musical has moments of theatrical intimacy and will include revealing costumes. We will be working with a Movement coach as well as an Intimacy Coordinator to assure the work will all be done safely and properly. It is the Waterville Opera House’s goal to create collaborative storytelling work that will be consent-based and safe.

Click to download the complete list of Character Actions and Disclosures

ROLES: There are 9 named roles and 10-12 ensemble roles. This is an ensemble heavy show. These cast members will take on multiple roles and may be featured in several songs as prominent dancers and vocalists.

Click to download full Character Descriptions

Audition Process

Candidates must complete a printed audition form and return it to the production team. Download the form below to complete and print ahead of time, hard copies will also be available at the audition. Candidates will receive an audition number and are required to have their photo taken upon arrival. Please have your scheduling conflicts available. Candidates should review the audition materials and come prepared to perform as an individual and in group work.

Click to download the Rock of Ages Audition Form


Auditions will likely involve singing, book work, and dancing. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.


Depending on the show, there may be a specific audition time for children only. All parents will be required to wait outside of the audition space as part of the audition is demonstrating to the production team that a child can take direction without a parent present.


Performing in a show at the Waterville Opera House requires a serious time commitment. Performers should be prepared for 3-4 rehearsals per week (often 6:30pm-9pm on weekdays, and a weekend day). A detailed rehearsal schedule will be published once the cast has been finalized. Rehearsals will take place at Studio 1902 in the Paul J. Schupf Art Center (93 Main St, Waterville).

Performer Responsibilities

Waterville Opera House performers are required to provide their own undergarments, shoes, and basic hair and makeup products.


Each performer receives 2 complimentary tickets to the production. Performers should contact the Ed Harris Box Office to reserve their complimentary tickets.


Auditions will be announced on this page, in the Waterville Opera House email newsletter, and on our social media channels. Character descriptions and audition materials will be available on this page.


We are always looking for people to join our dedicated team of volunteers! Volunteering is a rewarding way to give back to your community and gives you the opportunity to see Opera House performances for free.

Time Commitment

Theatre events typically require a minimum 3 hour commitment, while concerts can run as long as 4 – 5 hours. Keep time requirements in mind when choosing which events to volunteer. All volunteers should plan to stay throughout the entire performance to help clean up the theatre once patrons have left.


Volunteers are required to arrive 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to event time. Arrival time is listed when you sign up. New volunteers should take care to arrive early so you can be trained prior to patron arrival.

Upon arrival, please meet in the Opera House lobby on the second floor of City Hall. You may keep your coat and personal items in the office adjacent to Concessions. A pre-show meeting will take place prior to all performances so volunteers can receive event-specific instructions.

In order to maintain a consistent and professional appearance, please observe our simple dress code by wearing: black and white clothing (patterns are acceptable), your Opera House name tag (provided), and a welcoming smile!

The following clothing is not allowed: T-shirts, jeans, mini-skirts, athletic apparel, brightly colored athletic shoes, and any graphics with political or controversial meaning.

More information can be found in our Volunteer Manual.

Volunteer Manual

Positions include ushering (directing patrons to their seats), scanning tickets, selling merchandise and concessions, among others. We ask that new volunteers sign up for Floor Usher.

If this is your first time volunteering with us or you need additional information about an event, please fill out the volunteer application!

If you have any questions please reach out to our volunteer coordinator, Sara Stewart, [email protected]

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If you are a returning volunteer you can find our list of volunteer opportunities here!

We rely on more than 200 volunteers annually! All of our community performers are volunteers, please see the Auditions section for more information. If you are interested in working backstage during a show, painting scenery, sewing costumes, playing in the orchestra, or getting involved in other ways, please contact us.

As an actress and avid theatre-goer, I love the professional approach WOH takes with every production. WOH presents community theatre at its finest! It is a wonderful proving ground for aspiring performers and theatre technicians, many of whom go on to professional careers.
Birdie Newman Katz

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