Traveling Players Ensemble - Great Theatre in the Great Outdoors

Commedia Troupe Auditions 2017

Dates and Times

Audition 1: Sunday, January 15th, 2017, 7:30 – 10:00 pm
Audition 2: Sunday, February 19th, 2016, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Audition 3: Saturday, April 1st, 2:00 – 4:30 pm
NEW – Audition 4: Sunday, May 7th, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Audition 4 will be after the TPE Open House at The Madeira School, 8328 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA.

Please prepare to be at the audition for the whole time.

PLEASE NOTE: Commedia Troupe auditions are binding.  This means that you agree to come to camp if accepted.

Auditions are also open for Traveling Troupe 2017.

Commedia dell'Arte in action

2010, The Fake Madwoman

Register here for an audition.

There is a $60 non-refundable audition fee ($50 if registering on or before December 29th, 2016).

What to Bring

Please prepare a 90 second audition piece (see below for details).
Come dressed in comfortable clothes.  Wear contacts if you need them (if you only wear glasses, just wear those; it’s not a big deal).  Auditions will include improvisational games and physical work.  If you have not registered in advance, the audition fee is $60 at the door.  Bring a bag lunch or dinner; we’ll have some snacks as well.  For more information, call 703-987-1712 or email us at

What to Prepare

Please prepare one of the following

  • A ninety-second physical comedy routine using an object.  This should be performed without words, although you can certainly make sounds.  You can use any object you like (bring it with you).  The piece should follow this general structure: 1) you try and use the object for it’s intended purpose; 2) for some reason (malfunction, incompetence, accidents, etc.) it doesn’t work; 3) you end up using the object for another purpose entirely.
    • Example 1: You enter with a broom, intending to sweep the floor.  unfortunately, there’s a piece of paper lying on the floor, which is impossible for you to sweep up with the broom.  You get increasingly frustrated with the broom, scold it, regret that you’ve scolded it, and apologize to it.  To make up, you make it into a dance partner and waltz off with it.
    • Example 2: You enter with a kite, intending to fly it.  Since there is no wind, it does not work.  You try running around to generate wind, but keep hurting yourself.  Eventually, you realize that the kite makes a good fashion accessory and exit, wearing it like a cape.
  • A ninety-second story.  Tell us a story from your own life, but exaggerate it to make it ridiculous.  Remember, this is a performance piece, so give it some kind of build: start with a real story (“last summer, I went sailing with my brother and sister”), then begin to add details that are funny, but might still be true (“none of us knew how to sail, so we ended up stuck on the lake for two days.  All we had to eat was a pack of fruit roll-ups”), and, eventually, get to the ridiculous parts (“we were finally rescued by vikings, who would only take us back to shore if I bested their leader in a pie-eating contest.”)

You can prepare either of the above options.  Prepare only the piece you feel more comfortable with.

Questions about auditions?