New Batavia theater to hold open auditions for first season

The Batavia Theatre Project, a new professional theater in Batavia, is inviting those with a flair for the dramatic to audition for their summer season Friday, May 23, and Saturday, May 24.

Potential actors of all ages should expect to do cold readings from a Shakespearian play as well as at least one modern play. Actors should have a Shakespearian monologue or poem prepared to demonstrate a grasp of the language.

Memorized monologues are preferred, but they may be read. Performers may be asked to sing a few bars of music a capella, and those with musical ability are encouraged to bring their instruments.

“We are very excited to be bringing this opportunity to Batavia and Clermont County,” said theater President Adam D. Haskell. “We are looking forward to a large local turnout at the auditions.”

This summer the theater will produce shows in conjunction with the Batavia Bicentennial celebration. Currently, the theater has been granted permission from the Clermont County Parks District to use Sycamore Park to present Shakespeare in the Park and is working to secure a suitable indoor location to present more modern works.

“Batavia has a long and vibrant history of arts and community activities,” said Haskell. “We believe that a little nudge will rekindle the fire that once burned brightly for the arts in our community. Come on out and be part of the art movement in Clermont County!”

Auditions will be held at the City Council room, 389 East Main Street, from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday. The Batavia Theatre Project is deeply rooted in its community and wants to make Batavia a destination for lovers of the arts. If you don’t wish to act but would like to get involved, the theater can use your support.

Financial donations, and donations of time, materials and labor are being sought. Anyone interested in getting involved or volunteering, connect through Facebook, the website, or by emailing For more information, visit

Batavia Theatre Project strives to work with the community to bring high-quality live theatre to Clermont County and enrich our local arts culture while enhancing tourism and patronage of existing local businesses.