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This is a delightfully humorous and action-packed re-telling of some of the tales from THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS. The sultan, bewitched by a magic scimitar, decrees that he will marry a new bride every evening and chop off her head the next morning. To save her neck, clever Scheherazade tells her husband a tale which isn’t quite completed by the dawn’s early light. So he postpones the execution a day. Scheherazade keeps up the parade of stories for a thousand and one nights, finally winning him from the scimitars evil spell. The show is brought to life by an ensemble of actors that rarely ever leave the stage.

Audition Information:

The Tales From the Arabian Nights

Director: Chris Hamby

Auditions open to ages 8 – 19 (Please check dates)

Ages 8-12  - Auditions July 27, 2014 1 pm – 3 pm

Ages 13-19  - Auditions July 28,2014  5 pm – 7pm

Callbacks July 29, 2014 6 pm – 9 pm

First Rehearsal July 30, 2014 6 pm – 9 pm

Performances September 12-28, 2014

This is an OPEN  CALL.

No appointment needed

Please be on time! Late auditioners will not be seen.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please be prepared to sing and dance if needed at callbacks. (There are 3 short, simple songs in the show.)



Shariar-the Sultan

Scheherezade, a Stoyteller

Dalila, the Sultanna

Mustafa, a mysterious Saleman

Omar, the Soothsayer

Grand Vizier, advisor to the Sultan

Dunyazad, sister to Scheherezade

Khalifah, a Fisherman

Fatimah, a Wife and Mother

Ali Baba, a clever Thief

Kassim, dim witted brother to Ali Baba

Morgianna, a clever Servant

Captain, of 39 thieves

Thief, 1 of 39

Mohammed,  a Snake Charmer

Zubaida, his Nosey Wife

Shukat, a Prince

Ming, a Princess

Speedy, a Messenger





Auditions For 

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By Lori Allen Ohm

From the George Romero/John Russo Classic Film

Fallout from a satellite probe shot to Venus returns to Earth carrying a mysterious radiation that transforms the unburied dead into flesh-eating zombies. Seven people trapped in an isolated farmhouse, held hostage by the ravenous ghouls, begin to turn on each other as the dead encroach. A gripping terror-filled monochromatic play that brings all the fright of the cult classic to life. This blend of thrilling horror laced with touches of black humor envelops the audience in the action and unfolds into a shocking theatrical ending.


Directed by Layne Rackowsky

Auditions:   August 16

Ages 12-19 years of age

By appointment, Please call 623-815-7930

Please prepare a 1 minute monologue.

Callbacks August 18 6-9:00

Performances October 10-November 2, 2014

Character List



Harry Cooper

Helen Cooper

Karen Cooper





Radio Voice-over

News Anchor

Dr. Grimes

Bill Bardough

Chief McClellan

Deputy #1

Deputy #2


If cast there is a $100 production fee. Some scholarships available. There is no fee to audition.

General YouthWorks Audition Information 

What to bring with you:

  1. A current headshot
  2. Resume (optional for YouthWorks)
  3. Be prepared to do cold readings from the script, improvisation and movement
  4. Dress to move – including footwear

Audition ages change per production – please see audition call information.

Please note if an actor is cast – there is a $100 production fee for plays and $150 fee for musicals.

Theater Works does have some scholarships available.

*All auditions will be held at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.

 * Unless otherwise noted