Keystone Theatrics at The Playhouse At Allenberry Announces Auditions for Once the Musical!

Directed by Eric S. Mansilla
Choreography by Dena McKell
Stage Managed by Maria Petrilak

Keystone Theatrics is thrilled to announce the search for a group of well-rounded actor-musicians of any race, ethnicity, identity, body type, or ability to fill the cast of its 2022 production of the musical Once.

About the Show (from Music Theatre International):

“On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by emotionally charged music.

Featuring all of the magical songs from the critically acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly,” this achingly beautiful, joyously uplifting show strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all. A show like that only comes around Once. Source: 

We are now accepting submissions for our virtual ‘pre-screening’ process. Interested applicants should submit the following to

  • a headshot and resume
  • a video audition consisting of the following:
    • an audition song  in a folk/rock style demonstrating vocal ability, not exceeding one (1) minute (Accompanying oneself is encouraged when able.) 
    • if applicable, a demonstration of instrumental ability on any (or any combination) of the following: guitar, piano, violin, cello, electric bass, accordion, drums/percussion, melodica – not exceeding one (1) minute PER INSTRUMENT
    • a monologue, not exceeding one (1) minute 
  • any applicable band reels or other promotional material, if available

Pre-screen submissions will be accepted until 11:59PM on Sunday, July 18, 2021.

At that point, the production team will review all materials and make contact to schedule formal auditions by the end of July (tentatively). 

Once casting is finalized, materials will be made available to performers hired (stipended) for the production. 

The production team is anticipating a brief, intensive rehearsal period starting March 26th, 2022. 

Performance Dates:
April 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, May 6, 7, 2022 at 7:30 PM
April 24, 30, May 1, 7, 8, 2022 at 2:00 PM

Please direct any questions to

Find MTI’s casting information for roles in the show below. Please note that suggested instruments by character are based on casting in the original production. However, this is only a starting point. MTI has encouraged productions to assign instruments to best suit the strengths of the performers. (This does not apply to “Girl” and “Guy”.)

Similarly — in finding the best actors/musicians to tell the story Once, all races, ethnicities, identities, body types and abilities will be considered for all roles. No matter the show’s setting or the film or Broadway production’s casting, this is a story that can and should be told by anyone whose life has ever been impacted by the power of music.

A determined and witty dreamer. Girl has come from the Czech Republic to Dublin for a new life. She is passionate about playing the piano and making music. Plays piano.
Character Identity: Female    
Playing Age: 20 to 35   
Vocal range top: F#3 – B4

A down-on-his-luck musician in Dublin. He is lovesick and lost. He loves making songs and playing guitar but is ready to give up. Plays guitar.
Character Identity: Male         
Playing Age: 20 to 35     
Vocal range top: F2- G#4 (Falsetto up to C#5)   

A music store owner who allows Girl to play piano in his shop. Opinionated and loyal to those he cares about.
Character Identity: Male    
Playing Age: 30 to 50
Suggested Instruments: guitar, ukulele, cajon 

Girl’s vivacious and flirtatious roommate.
Character Identity: Female   
Playing Age: 25 to 30   
Vocal range top: D4 – A5
Suggested Instruments: violin 

Girl’s mother. Loving, generous, and idealistic.
Character Identity: Female   
Playing Age: 45 to 60
Suggested Instruments: accordion

Bank Manager
Corporate on the outside, but artistic on the inside.
Character Identity: Male    
Playing Age: 30 to 50   
Vocal range top: G3 – B4
Suggested Instruments: mandolin, cello, guitar

Guy’s father. A caring man who loves his son.
Character Identity: Male   
Playing Age: 50 to 70   
Vocal range top: G3 – E4
Suggested Instruments: mandolin

Girl’s quirky roommate.
Character Identity: Male   
Playing Age: 20 to 40
Suggested Instruments: banjo, mandolin, drums, guitar

Girl’s roommate. A big dreamer.
Character Identity: Male   
Playing Age: 20 to 30   
Vocal range top: A3 – F#4
Suggested Instruments: ukulele, electric bass, guitar

A Dublin music studio manager.
Character Identity: Male   
Playing Age: 20 to 50       
Suggested Instruments: guitar, piano, castanets, cajon, melodica

Host of an open mic at a Dublin pub.
Character Identity: Male   
Playing Age: 20 to 50   
Vocal range top: C3 – D4
Suggested Instruments: guitar

Guy’s ex-girlfriend. Wanting a better life, she’s moved from Dublin to New York.
Character Identity: Female   
Playing Age: 20 to 40
Suggested Instruments: violin, cajon

Girl’s daughter.
Character Identity: Female   
Playing Age: 6 to 10

Please direct any questions to