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Audition for PRT!

Prairie Repertory Theatre is a wonderful educational experience which immerses students in the theatre experience by providing intense training in both the performance and technical components of theatre.  This summer’s season is sure to be one of great excitement and opportunity, and the staff thanks you for your interest in auditioning for our 2017 company.  Our season: Sister Act / I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change / Over the River and Through the Woods / The Full Monty.

Download Information on Auditioning for PRT

Download an Application and Audition Form

On-site auditions for PRT 2017 will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 in the South Dakota State University Performing Arts Center from 9am to 5pm. Auditions will consist of a prepared song and monologue, dancing and readings from the scripts. If you are cast, you will be contacted via email to let you know of your position in the company.  If you are not cast you will be informed via email, as well.  Contracts will be mailed to company members and must be returned prior to the beginning day of PRT on Monday, May 15.  Those wishing to submit audition videos may do so. Those materials should be received by Monday, March 13. Video auditions should be sent to:

General Information

PRT operates seven days a week from May 15 – Aug. 2, 2017.  The PRT day is divided into 3 sections: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.; 1 p.m. –4 p.m., and 6 p.m.-9 p.m.  These hours change somewhat as the four productions are up and running. Before the opening of our fourth show, we will take a few days off for the July 4th holiday. Company members are required to attend all sessions.  Sessions are dedicated to rehearsal and technical work. Company members not in rehearsal will be working in their designated work area and vice versa. On Sundays, PRT does not begin work until 1:00 p.m.

Work Areas

All students participating in PRT are assigned a work area.  This is in addition to any roles you may play. While most company members will work in more than one area throughout the summer, each student will have a primary work area.  These areas include: scene shop, lights/sound, costumes, properties, and box and publicity offices.  On your application form you will be asked to indicate which you would like to be your primary work area.

Registering for Credits

All students participating in Prairie Repertory Theatre will need to register for credit in THEA 480 at SDSU.  Students should not register for their credits until after the cast list has been posted. 

Student Status



Undergraduate student

THEA 480


The approximate cost of one credit/fees is around $285 for in-state undergrads, $325 for out-of state undergrads, and $340 for graduate students. (These fees are subject to Board of Regents change or increases.) We make arrangements for those fees to be deferred until after July 1, if necessary  Students not seeking a degree at SDSU need to complete additional paperwork and will receive these forms via e-mail. Student from other institutions may wish to make inquiries as to whether the summer credits will transfer to their home institutions. Single-credit registration for non-SDSU students will be arranged for you.

As with any SDSU course, students must be in favorable academic standing in order to register for courses, and thus, participate in PRT.  All students will be required to respond to a midseason survey and to write a paper or respond to a survey at the end of the season. Graduate students will be required to submit a portfolio of his or her work for the summer company.  This portfolio is also due on the last day of PRT.


Company members can be paid through two methods: work-study or scholarship.  Students who are approved for work-study may earn a salary of up to $3000 for the summer.  The amount of work-study awards is determined by your FAFSA.  All students are encouraged to apply for work-study via the “web” and the SDSU financial aid office immediately if they have not already done so.  The FAFSA website is: SDSU Federal School Code for the FAFSA is 003471. Only students who will enroll at SDSU for Fall 2017 are eligible for work-study funding. All SDSU students should apply for summer financial aid. Work-study is often granted to students who do not qualify during the academic year. Students who are not eligible for work-study will receive a scholarship of $2300. Once the cost of the credit(s) is deducted from the scholarship award, the balance is distributed as the student’s compensation.

Work-study students will be paid for the first 40 hours of work completed each week.  Work beyond those 40 hours is considered educational experience and is not paid.  Thus, based on casting, some students will report more hours during the rehearsal portion of the summer (May and June) and others more during the performance portion of the summer (July). Everyone will receive their full allocation. Scholarship students will technically “volunteer” their time in order to conform to state and federal legalities and to be covered under Workman’s Compensation.


PRT does not provide housing for company members.  Each member is responsible for their own housing.  There are numerous housing options for the summer, as many student renters will sublet at reduced rates.

However, the university has been kind enough to offer dorm space at a discounted rate. This rate is $40/week, and the accommodations are very nice. Many company members take advantage of the dorm opportunity.