FUSE Productions will hold auditions on Sunday, July 15 from 2-5 pm for it’s September production of CHESS, the 1984 musical by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. We’ll be producing the original UK version of the show. Richard Biever will direct, Connor Weigand will choreograph, and Alex Shields will serve as music director. Auditions will be held at Singing Onstage Studios, 1108 S. Pugh Street in State College. Park across the street at the Easterly Parkway Elementary School and walk across to the studio.

Prepare a 1-2 minute song from the musical theatre repertoire that shows off your voice. Bring sheet music in the proper key. An accompanist will be provided. (You may sing from CHESS.)

Sign up HERE for a specific 5-minute audition slot.

Please download, fill out, and return this Audition Form.

The ensemble will meet for music rehearsal on Sunday, August 19 from 1-5 pm and 6-9 pm. Full cast rehearsals will begin on Monday, August 20. We work Monday-Friday evenings from 6:30-10:30 pm and Sundays from 1-5 and 6-9 pm. There will be a 12 noon-12 midnight rehearsal on September 9, then dress rehearsals and performances September 10-15.

Character Breakdown

(Freddie, Florence, and Anatoly are cast. Matthew Hydzik, Natalie Weiss, and Kevin Toniazzo-Naughton will play those roles.)

We are seeing the following roles:

Arbiter – Head judge, serious, no-nonsense. High baritone/tenor rock voice. This role doubles as Florence’s father in the opening scene.

Svetlana – Anatoly’s wife, appearing only in the second act. Sings “Someone Else’s Story,” and the duet “I Know Him So Well.”

Walter de Courcey – head of the American delegation. Baritone.

Alexander Molokov – head of the Russian delegation.

Ensemble – Six men (3 Bass/3 Tenor) and Six Women (3 altos/3 sopranos), playing Citizens of Merano, Reporters, Delegates, Civil Servants, etc. All must sing very well.


Because of the success of the choir for HUNCHBACK and because the music for CHESS demands it, we will have a balcony choir for CHESS as well. All voice parts needed. The schedule is as follows:

Sundays from 3-6 pm, beginning July 29, and running August 5, 12, and 19. Then we’ll switch to Saturdays for August 25, September 1 and 8. Then:
9/9 12 pm-4 pm Sitzprobe
9/10 6:30-10:30 Dress 1
9/11 6:30-10:30 Dress 2
9/12 6:30-10:30 Dress 3
9/13-15 Three evening performances at 7:30 (No Saturday matinee)

The choir will dress in black and must provide a three-ring binder and a battery operated book light. If you were part of the HUNCHBACK choir or sing for an already established choir, you may join us. If you aren’t a part of an existing choir, please contact about a quick audition.