Production Info

Directed by Gina Kaufmann

Music by Kurt Weill, Lyrics by Langston Hughes, & Book by Elmer Rice


In a working class Manhattan neighborhood in 1929, tensions build as the people in this multi-ethnic neighborhood rub up against one another. The story centers primarily on an extramarital affair and a romance between a Jewish and a gentile teenager, but the rich undertones of longing and the layered relationships bring this entire complex little world to life. Weill called it “An American Opera”, interweaving jazz, musical theatre and classical opera esthetics with spoken word.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

STREET SCENE Fall Auditions 2013

Hello and welcome back! As the semester starts, we will be moving forward with the Five College Opera Street Scene.  Information regarding the fall audition process is below. If there are any questions regarding the audition process please e-mail Company Manager Arielle Herold at

In this round of auditions we will cast 14 men, 10 women and 3 children in a vari­ety of roles. There are singing roles and significant speaking roles that don’t require singing. To audition for singing roles please bring 32 bars from a piece of your own choosing. To audition for non-singing roles please bring a 2 minute contemporary monologue instead of a song. Please consult this website for musical and dialogue excerpts indicated for specific characters. We ask that you prepare these excerpts for your audition. An accompanist will be provided.

Auditions: Sunday, Sept. 22, 1-2 p.m. (children’s roles)
Sept. Sunday, 22, 2-6 p.m. (adult roles)
Monday, Sept. 23, 6-10 p.m. (adult roles only)
Callbacks: Tuesday Sept. 24- Thursday Sept. 26, 6-10 p.m.
Children’s callbacks: Sept. 26, 6-7 p.m.
UMass Fine Arts Center Rooms 204 and 206

Auditions will proceed in the following way:
Children will sign up for 1 of 2 half hour audition times on Sunday, Sept. 22, either from 1-1:30pm or 1:30-2pm

Men and women will audition separately in groups of 10. You will begin with your prepared piece; we will then pair you up with other members of your group to sing a piece from the opera.

Below are links to Doodle sign-ups divided into Men, Women, and Children. Please sign up accordingly, including your name, telephone number and e-mail.

Please review the involvement schedule here.

**Please Note** If you have already auditioned during the spring semester, you do not need to come to this round of auditions. Information regarding callbacks from both the spring and fall semesters will be posted on this website as well as e-mailed to everyone. Please make yourself available for all 3 nights of callbacks, though you might not be required to be there the entire time.  **

Callbacks for adult roles will take place on Sept. 24-26, 6-10pm, and will consist of singing pieces and reading dialogue from Street Scene, as well as a dance callback on Tuesday Sept. 24 from 6-7:30pm. More information regarding callbacks will be available after initial auditions are complete.

Once again, if there are any questions regarding the audition process, what to prepare, etc. please e-mail Company Manager Arielle Herold at Please also note that audition material will be available on this website within the coming days. We appreciate your patience with the uploading process. 

See you at auditions!