Audition Notice for The Wellstone Project


The Wellstone Project, a musical play written by NHCC theatre alumni Bryn Tanner, with music by NHCC theatre alumni Zach Miller, is a look back at the life and legacy of United States Senator Paul Wellstone from Minnesota, who was tragically killed in an airplane crash in Eveleth, Minnesota in 2002. An outspoken and fiercely progressive politician, Wellstone was a voice for those who were often ignored or discriminated against. He started his career as a political science professor at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he inspired his students to become politically and socially active to help create the change they wanted to see. After nearly 20 years of teaching, he decided that he could affect even greater change by running for political office, and eventually won election as a U.S senator, where he became known as ‘the conscience of the Senate.' The play takes us on a journey into Paul’s early life, his marriage to his wife Sheila, his successes and defeats, his short-lived run for president, and the legacy of his progressive politics.

Audition Format & Requirements

Given the ongoing requirements for social distancing and mask-wearing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this production will be conducted virtually, including auditions and rehearsals, to ensure the safety of everyone involved. For your audition, you will need to prepare the following:

  1. Complete the audition form attached to the email you received, then email it to Mike Riccii and Ryan LaBoy.
  2. Review synopsis of the play, and what is required for your audition.
  3. If you wish to get a better feel for the play, click here to read it. 
  4. Select a song of your own choosing that highlights your singing ability. A ballad or musical theatre song is preferred. You may accompany yourself if you play an instrument (guitar or piano), or you may find a karaoke version to sing along. We will need to hear about one minute of this song for the audition.
  5. Read the character breakdown so that you have an idea of the different characters appearing in the play.
  6. Select one of the characters you wish to read for, and prepare the monologue attached to that character. There are five options for you to consider: Paul, Stephen, Sheila, Hillary, and Jesse. You are asked to show an understanding of what is going on in that particular monologue, and to show a strong presence, both physically and vocally. You will be asked to read/perform that monologue for the audition.
  7. OPTIONAL: If you have some musical theatre background and wish to sing a short selection from the show, there are three selections included in the audition package. Select the one that would suit the character(s) you are auditioning for (Stephen-In Memory; Sheila-Let Me In; Paul and everyone else-We Shall Rise), and prepare that for the audition.

Dates & Audition Package

  • Monday, August 31, 4-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 1, 4-6 p.m.
  • If you want to audition, email with your interest, and he will send you the Zoom link.
  • Click here to review the audition package.