1. Is there a fee to audition? No. Auditions are free. If you are cast in the show, there is a participation fee of $50 per show, capped at $150 per family. That fee helps us partly reduce the cost of cast parties and promotional efforts.
2. Is there an age limit to audition? Age limits are flexible, at the discretion of the directors, and vary from show to show. In keeping with our mission to provide a theatre experience that is family-friendly, we do favor casting the children of adults who are cast where possible. So if you want to give your child an extra edge in auditions, try out with them!
3. Do I need to be there the whole time, both nights? No; generally our auditions take an ‘open’ format; first-come, first-serve. Show up any time during those blocks, and once you have completed your audition you are free to leave. There may be some waiting, so stay flexible. But the reason for multiple hours on multiple nights is to allow as many people as possible to try out. Occasionally, we may use scheduled auditions – specifics will be included with the audition information.
4. What do we need to prepare for auditions? The audition format varies from show to show and from director to director. Typically, you will be asked to have 16 bars of a song prepared that demonstrates your singing ability, and you will be asked to read at the audition. Occasionally, the song will be the same for all participants, and it will be taught to you at the audition. There may also be a dance audition, where a choreographer will teach a short choreography set before your audition.
5. What if I can’t dance or sing? Even if you aren’t a singer or a dancer, we still welcome you at tryouts; there are non-singing and non-dancing roles. We still recommend you prepare to sing a few bars of a common tune such as “Happy Birthday”, just so we can get a feel for how you sound.
6. What should I bring with me to auditions? You don’t need to bring anything; if you have an acting resume and headshots, we welcome them. But you will be given a registration form at auditions that reviews any theater, music, or dance experience, and a photo is taken of each audition participant. If you have potential rehearsal conflicts, bring your calendar so that you can note them on the audition form.
7. How should I dress for the auditions? Expect to move around a lot; wear clothes and especially shoes that you would be comfortable dancing in. If you have character or dance shoes, they are welcome but not required.
8. What is the audition like? The audition is typically held in a school. When you arrive for auditions, you will sign in at a table where you will be provided with information, a draft schedule, and a registration form. When the registration form is complete, you will be given a number tag to wear; the number identifies you on your audition form. Your audition will begin when your number is called along with a group of other participants, typically 8 to 10 people. From there you will be led in a group to the several stages of the audition. The main phase of the audition is the reading and singing audition in front of the artistic and musical staff. Each participant will be asked to read from a script with another participant, and will be asked to sing in front of a group. Either before or after the main phase, there may be a song practice (if the song is being taught at auditions) and a choreography practice. The dance audition may be combined with or separate from the main reading and singing audition. Once all of the stages of the audition are complete as a group, you will also have your photo taken with your number. Then you are free to go.
9. Is the children’s audition any different? The format of the children’s audition varies from director to director. It may be combined with the adult audition or it may be held at a separate time. Unless they happen to be auditioning in the same group, parents are NOT permitted in the audition room.
10. How do callbacks work? Invitations to a callback audition are typically issued within a few days. If you have been selected for callbacks, you will be contacted at the phone number or e-mail address you provided on your registration form. You do not have to receive a callback to be cast; callbacks are mostly used to further explore the match between specific actors and roles, and the chemistry in their interactions with each other. The final cast lists are typically posted online within a week or so of the callback audition.
11. Can I submit a video audition? Some directors accept a video audition when an in-person audition is not practical. Requirements vary from director to director; typically you will be asked to include a monologue and 16 bars of solo singing. Contact us for additional information. Video auditions must arrive before the first night of auditions.
12. Are there other opportunities besides acting if I would like to participate with my family? Yes. We are always looking for volunteer help. Roles might include box office and ticket sales, stage handing or lighting and sound, “Child Wrangling” (helping with children offstage), ushering, set building and painting, costuming, acquiring props, and a variety of other supporting roles. Theater experience is not required; we will train you as you go. If you have experience in any of these areas, we’d love to know that as well.
13. What if I can’t make all of the performances? Then we’d love to have you serve on our support staff and help us in a non-stage role. Occasionally an understudy is required for unforeseen circumstances, and occasionally roles are double cast for specific circumstances, but generally only those who are able to commit to all performances and most of the rehearsals will be cast.