Auditions

Fairy Tale Fest Double Feature

“Sleeping Beauty” 

The classic from the Brothers Grimm! A curse from an evil witch on a beautiful princess brings 100 years of sleep. Some fairies and a magical kiss from a handsome prince brings happily ever after!*

“Magic Pebble Gang”

An original musical written by local artists Nancy Carlson Dodd & Betsy Chapman for Youtheatre 20 years ago! A group of kids have a pirate adventure thanks to a magic stone!*

*Part of the 2nd annual Fairy Tale Fest.

NEW Audition Workshop! April 7 & 8

First audition? Youtheatre’s NEW Audition Workshop will guide you step-by-step in a fun, encouraging environment! Auditions for Sleeping Beauty and Magic Pebble Gang will be an experience leaving participants confident in their audition abilities!

  • Arrive anytime between 4-6 PM on Tuesday, April 7th or Wednesday, April 8th
  • To get the full benefit of the workshop please arrive by 5pm!
  • Sign-in and receive a number to wear
  • Groups of 20-25 students will be taken upstairs to auditions
  • Audition process should take an average of 45 minutes

Once upstairs, groups will be divided between two rooms:

  • East Rehearsal Hall: Vocal/Dance Auditions Heather Closson & Jeanette Walsh
    • Learn a short dance combination from one of the shows!
    • Get insider “tips and tricks” to a successful dance/vocal audition!
    • Learn how to communicate with a pianist!

*Please wear clothes that you can move in and please prepare 16-bars of your favorite musical theatre song to share with the group- bring sheet music if you have it. If you don’t know what to sing, “Happy Birthday” will work!

  • West Rehearsal Hall: Script Reading Leslie Hormann & Christopher J. Murphy
    • Explore the scripts of BOTH shows through a cold-read!
    • Learn key skills for any cold-read, including projection, diction, and more!
    • Get to know both directors and more about the audition process!

Every student that participates will be considered for both shows, with the final casting decisions made by Leslie and Murphy. Please bring all rehearsal conflicts at the time of your audition. And don’t forget- relax, put on a smile, and HAVE FUN!

 Audition Notice:

“Lord of the Flies” Directed by John O’Connell

June 10th 4-6pm

Frequently Asked Questions

It is ESSENTIAL that you bring ALL your scheduling conflicts to auditions!!

     Who can audition for shows?

Anyone from the age of 7 and up can audition for shows.  It takes all ages and all types to put on quality productions!

Do I need acting experience or be a Youtheatre student?

Absolutely not!  You may audition even if you’ve never been on stage before.  Our classes do offer a valuable advantage however, and they make you more familiar with the directors and how productions work.

What do I have to do to prepare for auditions?

For most auditions, we will provide you with all that you need.  For a musical, we do ask that you prepare 16 bars of music; this is typically a verse and chorus of a song– preferably NOT pop music, but rather a song from a musical or a classic piece. Most Disney songs would also work! We will provide a piano player if you bring sheet music.

What are auditions like?

You’ll do a brief, cold reading– which means we’ll provide you a script from which to read.  There may be simple movement too.  Parents are required to stay down in the Green Room while their child auditions.

  Do I have to come both days?

No, it’s your choice which day you would like to come.  We may inform you if we would like to see you again if there are call-backs.

Do I have to be there the entire time from 4-6pm?

You may come at any time during the two-hour period, and you may leave as soon as your audition is over!

Where are auditions?

Auditions are held at the Arts United Center at 303 E. Main Street (between the Art Museum and Freiman Square.)  This is also where we rehearse and perform most of the shows.  Drive around to the back of the building by the loading dock and use the “Stage Entrance” into the Green Room.  Check in with the guard there.

When will I find out if I made the cast?

Notifications are sent out via a combination of email and phone calls within the next 3-4 days in order to give families time to prepare their schedules for rehearsal the following Monday.

When do you rehearse?

Rehearsals take place Monday- Thursday 4:30-6:30pm until the week of the show.  That week, we rehearse on stage from 4:30- 7:30pm.  Shows take place Friday night, and Saturday & Sunday during the day, and we have 2 school performances for our Fall and Spring shows (9:30 & 11:30am).  You will receive a full rehearsal schedule when you are cast.

It is ESSENTIAL that you bring ALL your scheduling conflicts to auditions!!

TIPS: Wear comfortable clothing.  Speak loudly and clearly during your audition so everyone can hear you.  Use expression! Have FUN!