Auditions for a Live Celebration of Jim Steinman’s Musical “The Dream Engine”


Seeking 10 student actors—all gender identities – Must appear to be 16 – 21 years old


Wednesday evening, April 17th with audition appointments starting at 5:30 PM.

Thursday evening April 18th with audition appointments beginning at 4:30 PM.

AUDITION PLACE: Webster Studio 3

All are invited to audition. The director will work with you on a monologue from the show. Just show up, or make an appointment. For more information, contact Liz Adzima at

Speeches from the play will be provided at the audition—or you can download from:

Singing is NOT REQUIRED. But if you would like to bring a song, you are welcome to do that – a capella. Only a few cast members will be required to sing. Most will be cast for their ability to deliver the spoken material in an exciting way.

You must be available to rehearse on April 26 and 27 (time TBA) and May 27, 28, 29, and 30. The performance will be at 8 p.m. on Thursday May 30, 2019 at Kirby Memorial Theater.

Student actors will be offered a $300 stipend for their rehearsal and performance time.


“During Jim Steinman’s final year at Massachusetts’ Amherst College, as fulfillment of an Independent Studies project, he conceived, wrote and scored a rock -n- roll musical called The Dream Engine. In the spring of 1969, Steinman starred in an explosive production of that piece which was staged, directed and choreographed by Barry Keating, who also electrified the role of the oracular Historian. The Dream Engine was met with a great deal of attention…both of the positive and negative variety. Joseph Papp, the innovative helmsman of The New York Shakespeare Festival, optioned immediately for professional rights to stage the work…”

For more background on this ground-breaking and controversial show go to:

Jim Steinman (Amherst Class of ’69) went on to write “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” “Paradise By the Dashboard Light,” “Holding Out For A Hero,” “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” and other mega-hits, winning The Grammy, and being inducted into The Songwriters’ Hall Of Fame.

Barry Keating (Amherst Class of ’69) wrote the Broadway superhero musical “Starmites” which was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical. He worked with Jim Henson and The Muppets, and directed magicians Penn and Teller (Amherst Class of ’69) in their first live stage show.

For this Dream Engine event, Barry will using techniques he used with the original student cast: Grotowsky, The Living Theater, Viola Spolin Theater Games, Peter Brook.

Also participating in rehearsals and performance will be actress Mimi Kennedy, currently starring with Allison Janney on the TV series “Mom”, Andrew Polec, winner of the West End Debut Award for his performance as Strat in the musical Bat Out of Hell, Jessica Hendy, Grisabella in the latest Broadway “Cats,” and Ellen Parks, teacher and former casting director known for promoting the early careers of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, Ashton Kutcher among many others. (Ellen starred in the original student cast of The Dream Engine.)

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