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Casting Call: Dance Nation

theatre KAPOW will hold auditions for its February 2022 production of Dance Nation by Clare Barron, directed by Wanda Strukus. To schedule an audition, please click here.

Auditions: Sunday, November 7 (starting at 1 pm); Limited availability alternate date Monday, November 8 at 6:30 pm at the Stockbridge Theatre (44 N. Main Street, Derry, NH) 

Callbacks: Monday, November 8 at 7:15pm, at the Stockbridge Theatre (44 N. Main Street, Derry, NH) 

Rehearsals: Saturday/Sunday afternoonsJanuary 8-January 16; Saturday/Sunday afternoons plus Wednesday/Thursday evenings January 22-February 10 at the Stockbridge Theatre, Derry, NH.Tech week February 13 - 17 at the Derry Opera House, Derry, NH/Bank of NH Stage, Concord, NH, plus a pick-up rehearsal February 24

Performances: February 18, 19 and 20 at Bank of NH Stage, Concord, NH and February 25 and 26 at the Derry Opera House, Derry, NH

Roles available for non-union:

  • 7 female-identifying actresses, ages 25 to 80+, including roles for one actress of South Asian descent, and at least two actresses of color.
  • 2 male-identifying actors, ages 25 to 80+.
  • The more diverse the cast in terms of race, age, sexuality, backgrounds, bodies, souls, etc., the better.
    Amina:  the star dancer
    Zuzu:  always second best
    Connie:  a talented dancer who thinks she should play the role of Gandhi
    Luke:  the only male dancer on the team
    Maeve:  the oldest and least talented dancer on the team
    Sofia:  knows what’s up
    Ashlee:  future president of a post-apocalyptic USA
    Vanessa:  could’ve been a phenomenon
    The Moms:  means well; grown-up Wendy (also plays Vanessa)
    Dance Teacher Pat:  the head of the dance studio

All artists involved in this production will be required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

Stipend: $400 with a modest travel stipend available for actors traveling more than 30 miles to rehearsals

Audition requirements: headshot/resume, 1 minute contemporary monologue, come dressed/prepared to move. Auditioners will be seen in groups of 6 for a 1 hour and 15 minute appointment

About the show: Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen, competitive dancers plots to unleash their POWER and take over the world. But in this unapologetically candid portrayal of the mysteries of adolescence, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds. Each plié and jeté puts them one step further from childhood and one step closer to discovering their own identities, amidst a raucous pageant of ferocious ambition. 

With all parts played by adult actors of middle age and beyond, focus is drawn to the memory of the body and the memories that live in the body.  A refreshingly unorthodox play, Clare Barron’s Dance Nation, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist in 2019, conveys the joy and abandon of dancing, alongside the changes to body and mind of its preteen characters as they peer over the precipice toward adulthood. 

*Content Transparency: This show contains coarse language, depictions of self-harm, simulated masturbation and descriptions of masturbation, sex and sexual violence.

To schedule an audition, please click here.

Questions? Please email us at!