Actors may audition for the fall plays, “Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery” and “Much Ado about Nothing.” Roles are available for all ages and are open to gender and ethnicity.

There are eight roles for African American females in Shay Youngblood’s story about a young black girl’s coming of age in the 1960s’ South and the “Big Mamas” who prepare her for womanhood.

Lundeana Thomas, theater professor and director of the African American Theatre Program, directs the play. Performances will be Sept. 26–30 in the Thrust Theatre. Rehearsals will begin immediately after callbacks.

“Much Ado about Nothing,” a “with-it” production of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy about gossip and getting played, has parts for citizens, soldiers and servants who can sing and dance. All roles are open except for Beatrice and Benedick. James Tompkins, associate theater professor (Shakespeare purists beware) will direct the play, which is scheduled for Nov. 14–18 at the Thrust Theatre. Rehearsals will be four nights a week beginning in September.

For more information, call 502-852-7682.