July 20 & 24

Audition sign ups will be posted 2 weeks before auditions

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for a GREAT show! If you’ve auditioned for us before, welcome back! If this is your first time auditioning at GREAT, we’re thrilled to have you! We are in our 27th season and are excited to add new people, new talent, and new voices to our company as well as welcome returning volunteers to our stages! Whether you’re a seasoned performer or you’ve never been on stage before, we encourage you to audition!



Auditioning for Waitress presents the opportunity to be part of one of the first community theatre productions of the show. Sarah Bareilles’ music coupled with a lyrical/contemporary dance style promises a unique theatrical storytelling experience for each performer. With rich, multifaceted characters and a complex storyline, this show offers actors the chance to dive deep into their roles whether dramatic, comedic, or quirky. While a small cast (approximately twenty), ensemble and named roles are integral to the storytelling. 



Pre-Show Get Together: Tuesday, June 4th from 6-8pm
Join us for a conversation with GREAT’s Artistic & Education Director, Kendra Norton Dando, about what’s new and what to look forward to in the 24/25 Season. We’ll be chatting about artistic teams, understudying, process updates, and more. And, of course, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and connect with others! Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Register here

Information Session: July 10th from 7-8pm (via Zoom)
Auditions are nerve-wracking whether it’s your first or seventy-sixth, so join us for an optional Zoom meeting to ask questions and learn about this specific production and audition process from the creative team. Meet the director, choreographer, and music director and hear about the vision of this show and how to best prepare. Our hope is the info session with ease some of the unknowns so you walk into auditions feeling comfortable and confident!

Audition Sign Up: Link to sign up for a spot will be posted July 1st

Auditions: Saturday, July 20th (10am-3pm) and Wednesday, June 24th (6-9pm) at the Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre

Callbacks: Saturday, July 27th (10am-3pm)

Cast Meeting: Wednesday, August 21st (6pm – 9pm)

Rehearsals: Every Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday (6-9pm) and some Saturdays (10am-3pm) starting on August 26th. Please note that not everyone is called for every rehearsal.

Tech/Dress Rehearsals: October 14th-17th (5-10pm)


  • Friday, October 18th from 6:00p-10:00p (7:30p Performance)
  • Saturday, October 19th from 6:00p-10:00p (7:30p Performance)
  • Sunday, October 20th from 12:30p-4:30p (2:00p Performance)
  • Wednesday, October 23rd from 6:00p-10:00p (Hold) (7:30p Performance)
  • Thursday, October 24th from 6:00p-10:00p (7:30p Performance)
  • Friday, October 25th from 6:00p-10:00p (7:30p ASL Performance)
  • Saturday, October 26th from 12:30p-4:30p (Hold) (2:00p Performance)
  • Saturday, October 26th from 6:00p-10:00p (7:30p Performance)
  • Sunday, October 27th from 12:30p-4:30p (2:00p Performance)



Character breakdown, what to prepare for auditions, and the link to sign up will be posted July 1st. 



Director: Kendra Norton Dando
Choreographer: Talya Dozois
Music Director: Brandon Nordhues
Scenic Designer: Mark Hennigs
Costume Designer: Dana Svensson
Lighting Designer: Grant E. Merges
Sound Designer: Steven Sanders
Prop Manager: Bonnie Bologna
Stage Manager: Grace Wright

Calendar for Audition for Waitress

  • 10:00am CDT
  • 6:00pm CDT