New Line Theatre's 2024-2025 season willl close in June 2025 with the company's 100th show!

New Line Theatre will hold open auditions on two Monday nights, June 10 and 17, 2024, for all three shows in the company's 33rd season of adult, alternative musical theatre, AMERICAN IDIOT, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, and RENT. All three shows require strong fearless actors with strong singing voices. Chris Moore will direct American Idiot, and Scott Miller will direct Rocky Horror and Rent. We may be also casting for the two-night concert Broadway Noir.

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The auditions will be held at the Marcelle Theater, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive (63103), just three blocks east of Grand in the Grand Center Arts District. For the first time, New Line will audition by appointment. You can sign up to audition here.

For directions to the theatre, click here to go to our FAQs.

New Line is always looking for casts that are diverse in terms of race, body type, age, etc., people who are intelligent, fun, fearless, singing actors. We are very eager to cast actors of color, and we are open to cross-gender casting. We do not cast anyone under 17.

Performers should prepare a contemporary theatre song, in rock or pop style (no R&H, please), with printed piano music for our pianist (no karaoke tracks and no a cappella). We do not accept video auditions. Performers may be asked to sing from the score. There will not be a dance audition. New Line is a non-union professional theatre company. Performers will share a guaranteed 10% of box office receipts, with a minimum of $150 per actor for the run.

If we need to call actors back (we don't always have the need for callbacks), it will be on the same night. New Line continues its long-standing policy of considering people of all backgrounds for all roles that are not ethnically specified. We are proud to be part of a diverse community, and our stage represents that inclusivity. To read New Line's Diversity Statement, click here.


AMERICAN IDIOT will run twelve performances over four weeks at the Marcelle Thrater, Sept. 12-Oct. 5, 2024. All roles are open. You can find the character breakdowns and vocal ranges here. And you can read more about the show on our American Idiot webpage.

BROADWAY NOIR is a two-night concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall in Grand Center, Jan. 10-11, 2025. We are looking for 12-16 African American performers, all vocal ranges.

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW will run twelve performances over four weeks at the Marcelle Theater, Feb. 27-March 22, 2025. All roles are open. You can find the character breakdowns and vocal ranges here. And you can read more about the show on our Rocky Horror webpage.

RENT will run twelve performances over four weeks at the Marcelle Theatre, May 29-June 21, 2025. All roles are open. You can find the character breakdowns and vocal ranges here. And you can read more about the show on our Rent webpage.

We also may be looking for black performers for our January concert at the Sheldon, BROADWAY NOIR. You can read about that here.


New Line rehearses on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., plus every night the week the show opens. Most rehearsals are at First Congregational Church of St. Louis, in Clayton. For some shows, there are also dance rehearsals on Sunday nights at the Big Muddy Dance Studio, around the block from the Marcelle on Washington.

Rehearsals begin in late July for AMERICAN IDIOT, running in Sept./October; rehearsals begin in mid-October for BROADWAY NOIR, running Jan. 10-11; rehearsals begin in early January for ROCKY HORROR, running in March; and rehearsals begin in early April for RENT, running in June.


Any actor who has performed with New Line Theatre during the last eighteen months, does not have to audition for us, to be considered for casting. As playwright James Kirkwood has said, "The audition system, especially for musicals, is the closest thing to the Romans throwing the Christians to the lions. It really is brutal." So instead of throwing our actors to the lions, New Line actors just have to contact artistic director Scott Miller before the last night of auditions to tell him that they want to be considered. On the other hand, if an actor wants to be considered for a role that's very different from what they've done for New Line before, then they are more than welcome to audition and show us how perfect they are for that role.

To learn more about New Line, read our Statement of Philosophy and browse our past shows.

For more information, call us at 314-773-6526 or email us.


All auditions for future shows will be announced on this page. All details will be posted here when they become available.

What should I bring? You should prepare a song (sometimes we have preferences about what kind of song, noted in the audition announcement), and you should bring a legible copy of the piano music for our accompanist, in the key you want.

THIS IS IMPORTANT: If you want our accompanist to play your music well, do NOT bring unattached pages of sheet music. Do NOT bring a lead sheet (music with only vocal lines, no piano part). You should either put your music in a three-ring binder or bring a published book. Mark clearly any cuts or changes. If you're bringing a published music book, please break the binding ahead of time so your music lies flat on the music stand. If you put your sheet music into plastic sleeves, make sure the sleeves have a matte finish, not shiny.

Can I sing something from the show? The answer is almost always YES at New Line. Other companies often have different preferences.

Do you want me to sing only 16 bars, or more than that? Our best advice is to find a great piece of music about 32 bars, so we don't have to cut you off if we're running late...

What if I have conflicts with the rehearsal schedule? If you have one or two schedule conflicts, we may be able to make accommodations in the schedule. If it's more than that, we will not cast you.

Can I submit a video audition if I can't make it to the scheduled auditions? No, we do not accept video submissions. We audition only in person, and only on the dates announced.

Do I need a picture and resume? If you have those, bring them. If you don't, it's not a problem.

I've never worked with New Line before -- can I still get a lead? Yes! We often give leading roles to actors who have not worked with us, and we regularly practice colorblind casting.

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