Auditions

“The Steadfast Tin Soldier”

In 1934 Youtheatre opened our doors with “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” our very first production! Hans Christian Andersen’s heartwarming story of a toy soldier’s struggle to win the heart of his ballerina true love! Staged in the beautiful Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab  featuring an original dance by the Fort Wayne Ballet. Sunday’s performance will feature Fort Wayne Children’s Choir Chamber Singers!

Auditions November 11th & 12th , 4-6 pm

Performances in the Parkview Physician’s Group ArtsLab (Auer Black Box Theatre):
Dec. 19 @7 pm (Pre-Show Party at Artlink @6pm),
Dec. 20 @11:00 & 2:00, Dec. 21 @ 2:00

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“The Kid From Kokomo; The Ryan White Story”

(An original Youtheatre Premiere by Gregory Stieber)

In 1985 Hoosier middle-school student and AIDS patient, Ryan White, was denied an education in Kokomo. What transpired was a heroic story of overcoming obstacles and what counts for true character.

Auditions January 6th & 7th

Performances in the Parkview Physician’s Group ArtsLab (Auer Black Box Theatre):
Feb 6@7 pm, , Feb 7@ 11:00 & 2:00
Feb. 8@ 2:00
Feb. 9@9:30 & 11:30 (School Shows)

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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 music 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.

Auditions April 7th & 8th

 

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!