Both the Performance Workshops and Mainstage Performance classes hold auditions on the first day of class. These are done in the form of cold readings from the script. Cold readings are read straight from the script with very little or no preparation time in class. The script will be emailed to you before the audition so that your student can familiarize themselves with the characters ahead of time. Please note that the director reserves the right to cut the script down before or after audition day.
For the musicals, students will be taught a musical number and dance combination with a song from the show. While we do not expect students to prepare ahead of time, some students prepare for the possibility of singing particular numbers. Since the directors will choose the audition piece to be used, we cannot guarantee that the student will be able to audition with a piece they have worked on.
We make every effort to ensure that all youth are engaged in the collaborative effort needed to put on a play. Some children, especially those who have less theatrical experience, or who are moving into a new age category, may initially be disappointed with their casting. Parents should understand that even if a child is disappointed with his or her casting, tuition cannot be refunded. We cannot promise specific parts to any student, and no student should expect a leading role or preferential treatment in any production. All of our directors are given the professional courtesy of casting the productions as they see fit. This is a subjective determination based on their experience, the composition of actors assembled, the specific needs of the play, and the outcome on the day of auditions.