CORVALLIS, Ore. – Open auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s popular summer event, Bard in the Quad, will take place at 6 p.m. May 14 and May 15 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. Call-backs may be held May 16, if needed.

This is the 13th season for Bard in the Quad, which features Shakespeare plays in a casual, outdoor summer atmosphere. The 2018 production will be the mysterious romance, “The Tempest.”

Prospero, a sorcerer and rightful Duke of Milan, conjures a storm to bring his usurping brother and various conspirators to his shores in an attempt to restore his daughter to her rightful place in the royal court. The production features sprites, monsters, young love and intrigue. A full-text version of this script is available online at

Those auditioning should read the script beforehand and be prepared to perform cold readings and movement exercises. Auditions are open to all students, staff, faculty and members of the community.

Rehearsals will begin with a read-through on May 25. Regular rehearsals will start June 18 and be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Technical/dress rehearsals are July 28 to Aug. 1. Performances run Aug. 2 to 5 and 9 to 12. All actors must be available for all of the technical/dress rehearsal week and performances.

For more information, contact Director Elizabeth Helman at [email protected].

College of Liberal Arts

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts encompasses seven distinct schools, as well as several interdisciplinary initiatives, that focus on humanities, social sciences, and fine and performing arts. Curriculum developed by the college’s nationally and internationally-renowned faculty prepares students to approach the complex problems of the world ethically and thoughtfully, contributing to a student's academic foundation and helping to build real-world skills for a 21st century career and a purposeful life.

Story By: 

Michelle Klampe, 541-737-0784, [email protected]


Elizabeth Helman, [email protected]


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