Theatre Oxford Auditions

Welcome to Theatre Oxford auditions. We look forward to seeing you! Below you’ll find thorough information about our next audition, as well as basic information about auditions for other shows in the season. If you have questions or concerns, email us at

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Graphic for The Peppermint Bear and the Toy Elves, Theatre Oxford, 2023

Auditions for Peppermint Bear and the Toy Elves

At the Powerhouse Oct 15 from 4-7 pm

At the Library Oct 16 from 5-7 pm

A family friendly musical set at the North Pole and starring Santa!

Performs November 30-December 1 @ 6 pm & December 2 @ 2 and 6 pm

Sponsored by Neighborhood Realty

Mississippi: Poetry in Photography graphic, Theatre Oxford, January 2024

Auditions for Mississippi: Poetry in Photography

Auditions by video through October 8th | Live Auditions October 8th, if needed.

Performs January 30, 2024 | 7:30 pm

A poetry jam in celebration of Governor’s Award Winner Ann Fisher-Wirth featuring works inspired by Maude Schuyler Clay’s photos of Mississippi. Words and images weave a complex tapestry rich in history, culture, and imagined voices.

Mississippi: Poetry in Photography and Peppermint Bear and the Toy Elves will be directed by René Pulliam, who is a Professor Emeritus of Theatre and Film at the University of Mississippi, where she was the head of the BFA program in Musical Theatre. She has directed and/or choreographed hundreds of musicals across the United States, including the West Coast premiers of Smile, Closer than Ever, and Over Here. She has been awarded the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for her choreography for No, No Nanette and Good News. She is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voice Work and published her research, “Training the Musical Theatre Performer: Finding a Unified Breath,” in the Voice and Speech Review.

More Info for Peppermint Bear Auditions

Time Commitment

All people will not be needed for every rehearsal.

  • November 5th-8th (Note: Daylight Savings Time ends on 11/5)
  • November 12th-15th (Note: Diwali is 11/12)
  • November 19th-22nd (Note: Thanksgiving is 11/23)
  • November 26th load-in after 4 pm
  • November 27-29 tech and dress. 
  • Performances: November 30-December 1, doors open at 5:30, curtain at 6 pm
  • Two shows on December 2nd at 2 & 5 PM
  • Tours to other areas of Lafayette County for adults only; Dates TBA.

Audition information

  • Fill out our Audition Form and bring to the auditions.
  • We’ll have some forms at the audition, as well, but please bring your calendar to list conflicts!

What to Prepare

Coming Soon

Cast Breakdown

MERT Santa’s very put upon Head Elf
GERT Outspoken rival to Mert
MORT Brother to Mert
PEPPERMINT BEAR (non-speaking)
CHARLIE Charming young person with mechanical skills (any gender)
SANTA Head toymaker
SJ LIVERWOTH Over-the-top villain (any gender)

ELF ENSEMBLE ages 8-14 to perform pre-show skits and songs.

More Info for Poetry in Photography Auditions

Time Commitment

Initial rehearsals are scheduled from October 22-30 (approximately 5 hours rehearsal total during this period). Remaining rehearsals will be in January 14-29, approximately 8 hours per week in the evenings. Schedule will be solidified once we have cast the show and received conflicts. We may also ask you to schedule a time for a filming session in January or February (an additional hour based on your availability).

Video Audition information

Please create and submit an audition video by October 8, 2023.

  • Fill out our Audition Form.
  • Record one or two of the poems under “what to prepare.”
  • Provide a link to your audition video at the end of the form.
  • If you have difficulty, send a document version of your audition form and a link to your audition video to

What to Prepare

The event consists of a series of poems woven together to create an intricate impression of Mississippi based on history, landscape, environment, people, and cultures. Please choose one or two of the poems located HERE to record for your audition. These are not all the poems in the show.

Cast Breakdown

We are casting ages 16 and up, all genders, all abilities, and all ethnicities. Each person will be assigned approximately four, character-driven poems to perform.

Future Auditions

2024 Ten Minute Play Festival

Auditions on January 16 & 17 (6-8 pm); place TBD. Approximately eight 10-minute plays with roles for approximately 24 people of various ages, genders, and ethnicities.

The Old People are Revolting

Auditions March 17 (4-6 pm) & 18 (6-8 pm); place TBD. Cast consists of four female retirees, two male retirees, and one 20s/30s female.

What to Prepare

Audition requirements will vary depending on the show and the director. For updates, follow us on social media (@theatreoxford), join our mailing list, or check back here frequently.

Along with a synopsis of the show and a character breakdown, we will often provide monologues or scenes for you to prepare in advance. If you do not have time to prepare, we are happy for you to deliver a cold reading from the script.

Please print and fill out this Audition Form to bring with you to the audition. If you cannot print, no worries. We will have forms at the audition. Please bring your list of conflicts between now and show time!

If you need to deliver a monologue, and you do not already have one prepared, you can choose one from The Monolog List to prepare and present. The director may have you read with other actors from the play scripts after your monologue.

Virtual Audition Option

We strongly encourage live auditions. If you are unable to attend auditions in person, please send us and audition video. Fill out our Audition Form, record a monologue (your choice) or scene provided under “what to prepare.” Email your audition form and a link to your audition video to by the end of in-person auditions (day and time).

Time Commitment

Rehearsals usually take place Sunday through Wednesday evenings, with the exception of the final week. Technical and dress rehearsal week, actors will be at the theatre each night.

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