Audition information for upcoming shows.

Detailed information will be available online
prior to the auditions.

The Grand Opera House seeks a diverse company of actors and is committed to equal opportunity and a flexible, non-traditional casting policy.

The Grand Opera House will present The Pajama Game, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, Book by George Abbot and Richard Bissell, based on the novel “7 ½ Cents” by Richard Bissell.  Performances are on July 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 2018 at 7:30PM and July 22 and 29, 2018 at 2:00PM. Based on the novel “7 ½ Cents” by Dubuque’s own Richard Bissel, the story of The Pajama Game traces its origin back to the old H. B. Glover Factory in Dubuque. The Pajama Game is brimming with songs and dances that have become musical theatre standards, including “Steam Heat” and “Hernando’s Hideaway.” Be a part of a piece of local history as it unfolds on stage at the Grand Opera House in this award winning Broadway Musical.

Director: Joe Klinebriel – Music Director: Kristen Eby

Choreographer: Megan MacLeod

6:30-9:30pm Friday, April 27, 2018
3:00-6:00pm Saturday, April 28, 2018

Callbacks (if needed) 3:00-6:00pm Sunday, April 29, 2018


Alternate arrangements will be made for individuals who are unable to attend auditions. Please arrange an alternative audition date with the director or submit an audition video to the director’s email:

Actors wishing to audition but are unavailable to arrive at the start of the audition time should call the Grand Opera House business office at 563-588-4356 to give an approximate arrival time.

Location: Auditions will be held at the Grand’s Rehearsal space in the Arcade Building, 880 Locust St., Suites 222 and 228.  Please enter though the alley entrance located between Locust and Main.  When you enter go up just past the first hallway and take the stairs on the left to the second floor.  The rooms are right at the top of the stairs.

Actors should prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre selection in the style of the show that best shows their vocal range.  Please bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided.  Actors will be asked to read non character specific scenes from the script.  All auditioning should be prepared to participate in a dance/movement audition.

Seeking Actors, Singers and Dancers to Play: 

Hines – (male) Time study man at Sleep Tite. He is the jealous type, but has a kind heart and a   talent in knife-throwing. Surprisingly soft around the edges.
Prez – (male) President of the union at Sleep Tite. He is not the brightest person. A notorious flirt and womanizer who constantly regrets his marriage.
Hasler – (male) The president at Sleep Tite. Fiscally conservative, he is demanding, stubborn, and uptight.
Gladys – (female) Mr. Hasler’s secretary. Her penchant for nights out on the town, along with her sexy demeanor, often lands her in hot water with men.
Sid Sorokin – (male) New superintendent at Sleep Tite. He is a charming, productive worker. Adamant about retaining his job and improving his job performance.
Mabel – (female) Sid’s secretary. Her earnestness can occasionally melt into crassness, but she is always very aware of the happenings at Sleep Tite.
Babe Williams – (female) The leader of the UNion Grievance Committee, who against her own will at first, falls in love with Sid.  Strong, feisty, a little stubborn, and full of pride for the union but also charming and sensitive. The unspoken leader of the workers and women who work at the factory.
Ensemble – Female Factory Workers (Brenda, Mary, Mera, Poopsie, Rita), Male Factory Workers (Charley, Joe), Other Employees Of Sleep Tite

Rehearsals will begin in early June.  Those auditioning should be prepared to list all conflict or potential conflicts between June 1 and July 29.  Availability for evening dress/technical rehearsals July 16-19 and all performances is mandatory.  Rehearsals will typically run from 6:30-9:30.

The Grand Opera House will present Madagascar Jr. Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture, book by Kevin Del Aguila, original Music and Lyrics by George Noriega & Joel Someillan. Performances will be August 17th at 7:30pm, August 18th at 2:00pm & 7:30pm, and August 19th at 2:00pm.

Auditions are open by appointment to children currently in 2nd-8th grades. 

Director: Michelle Blanchard – Music Director: Tom Taylor
Choreographer: Garrick Johnson, II

Beginning at 10:00 AM Saturday, May 19th
Beginning at 1:00 PM Sunday, May 20th
Call backs:
 6:30 PM Wednesday, May 23rd

For audition appointments please email or call 563-588-4356 Mon-Fri between 9:00 AM-4:00PM. If emailing for an appointment for yourself or your child please specify the date on which you would prefer to audition.  Include the full name of the student and current grade level. 

Location: Auditions will be held at the Grand’s Rehearsal space in the Arcade Building, 880 Locust St., Suites 222 and 228.  Please enter through Locust St. entrance located between 8th and 9th Streets.  There are two rooms, a registration room and the audition room.  Parents/Guardians may accompany children to the audition registration room but will not be allowed in the audition room.

Those auditioning will be asked to sing 1 verse of the song of their choice.  An accompanist will be provided, please bring sheet music in the appropriate key or songs can be sung A Capella.  Auditionees will learn a brief dance routine during auditions and may be asked to participate in a short acting exercise.  Those auditioning should wear proper footwear to be able to dance in: sandles and flip-flops are not recommended. Those Auditionees asked to attend Callbacks will receive a portion of the script to read from and may be asked to sing a selection from the score.

Rehearsals Schedule (subject to change):   

Exact rehearsal schedule will vary for individuals dependent on roles.  
6:00PM-8:30PM              Monday-Thursday, July 9th-August 9th
2:00PM-5:00PM              Sundays July 15th – August 5th
1:00PM-5:00pm              Sunday August 12th
6:00PM-9:30PM              Monday-Thursday, August 13th-16th

Performances (Call times TBD):
7:30PM Friday, August 17
2:00PM Saturday, August 18th
7:30PM Saturday, August 18th
2:00PM Sunday, August 19th

Those auditioning should prepare a list of conflicts for the above dates.  Attendance August 13th-17th and for all performances is mandatory.

The Grand Opera House seeks a diverse company of actors and is committed to equal opportunity and a flexible, non-traditional casting policy.


Alex the Lion
Marty the Zebra
Gloria the Hippo
Melman the Giraffe


King Julien

Zoo Friends:
Zookeeper Zelda
Zookeeper Zeke
Zookeeper Zoe
Mason the Monkey

Various New Yorkers, Zoo Guests, Foosa, and additional ensemble. 

There are no fees or tuition to take part in the production and participation will be limited to 50 students. Cell Phones and Game systems will not be allowed in rehearsals this year. Videotaping of rehearsals or performances is prohibited by copyright law.  For questions or additional information please contact the Grand Business office at (563) 588-4356 or   

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