Audition Information

30 Reasons Not To Be in a Play

MSP Summer Youth Productions

By Alan Haehnel


MSP's policy regarding Covid-19 will be followed for auditions, rehearsals, and performances.  For more information on the MSP Covid-19 Policy, please see the bottom of this page.  This policy is subject to change as state and local guidelines change.  

Audition Dates:  

Saturday June 4, 12 - 2 pm & Sunday June 5, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  Auditions will be held at the Basile Westfield Playhouse 220 N. Union Street, Westfield, IN 46074.  Please enter through the front lobby doors.  Auditions will be held upstairs.

Auditions are open to all school aged students through age nineteen.  Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script, no monologues required.  Please be prepared to provide all conflicts you may have between June 8 and July 22.  All cast members must be available for all rehearsals during tech week, July 24-27 and all performances.

Performance Dates: 

July 28 - 31 and August 4 - 7.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m.  Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m.


In the Uproarious Comedy “30 Reason Not to Be in a Play”, Stage kisses, pinkeye, inciting World War III -- these are only a few of the many things that can go wrong during the production of a play. From the author of “15 Reasons Not To Be in a Play” comes a full evening of the horrors and hardships that befall those who feel the call of the stage. In a series of hilarious examples, this play proves that drama can be a very dangerous thing and it must be avoided at all costs.

Rehearsal Information:

Rehearsals are planned for Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm until two weeks before opening.  At that time the schedule will change to include Wednesdays.  A read through is tentatively scheduled for Saturday June 11.  During rehearsals younger actors must be able to sit quietly when not onstage & memorize their lines.  Older actors will be asked to help mentor their younger castmates.

Roles to be cast: 

This show calls for a very small or very large or anywhere in between cast.  All auditioners will be guaranteed a role regardless of previous acting experience.






        1.  WPH will maintain signage at every public entrance (anyone entering the theatre to the lobby) that will display the following messaging:                 “If you are not fully vaccinated or do not have the antibodies, Please wear a mask.”  We would expect patrons who are not vaccinated or                 do not have reason to believe they have the antibodies to wear a mask at all times when in the building. 


        2.  We will have hand sanitizer in the dressing rooms, outside the actor bathrooms and back stage for actor/technician/volunteer use and in

             the lobby and lobby bathrooms for patron use.


        3.  Actors/technicians/volunteers should show up to all rehearsals prepared with all of their own materials, including, but not limited to,

             scripts, pencils, masks, water bottles.  No company members should share, including make-up and hair styling equipment.


        4.  There will be no reception lines or gathering of actors or company members in the lobby following the performance.  We would ask that

             patrons do not congregate in the lobby prior to or after the shows.  Any greeting or picture taking with friends or family should occur                     outside the theatre, at a safe social distance.  This will occur on the front porch, off to the side as to not block the exit doors.  Each show’s

             director has the option to choose whether their cast will do this or not.  Each actor in the cast will also have the option to participate or                   not, depending on their own personal comfort level.


        5.  If an actor, technician, or volunteer tests positive for Covid during the early portion of rehearsal, s/he will be removed from the

             production and the role will be reassigned.  Re-casting will also occur if this situation happens close to opening, and the role is small.  If a

             positive test occurs too close to opening night, the show may need to be delayed until any danger of Covid is obviously eradicated.  Any

             member of the company who believes they have been exposed to Covid should IMMEDIATELY contact their director who should

             IMMEDIATLEY contact the producer.  The producer is responsible for notifying the Executive Committee.


       6.  If the producer and director agree that they do not want to wear face coverings (shields,  masks) for rehearsals and performances the

            following rules will apply:

                  - If you have not auditioned your cast, the decision MUST be disclosed at audition time that the company will not be using face                                  coverings.

                  - If you have already cast your show, this agreement has to 100% unanimous by the entire cast and crew.  If one actor feels unsafe, it is

                    your responsibility as a director to make them feel safe.  If that means wearing face coverings, you must make that the rule.  The one

                   exception is:

                              -- If one actor wishes to mask up and personally doesn’t care if the rest of the cast does not, then they are allowed to without


                                            - Block as much social distancing into the show as is possible.

                                            - Watch your social media posts!  It is your responsibility to protect MSP/WPH image. 

                                            - If the board learns that any actor or technician feels uncomfortable and the director is not accommodating, the board

                                              will step in to rectify the situation.


This document will continue until such time that the CDC offers new guidelines which inform The Main Street Productions, Inc. Board to revoke or revise it.  As the Covid situation is ever changing, the Covid Committee can offer amendments to this document at any time which must then be passed by the entire board by majority vote.