Erie Playhouse

Youtheatre Auditions

Upcoming Youtheatre Auditions

Youtheatre Play Series

Charlotte's Web Adapted by Joseph Robinette, based on the book by E.B. White (Pending Rights Availability)
The Giver Adapted by Eric Coble, based on the book by Lois Lowry (Pending Rights Availability)
Numbers by Keiron Barry

Auditions for the 2016 Youtheatre Play Series will be held on June 6th & 7th from 4:00-6:00p at our rehearsal hall at 1158 East 12th Street. Please prepare a short (one minute or under) monologue to perform, and also be prepared that you may be asked to do a cold reading of a script provided at the audition. All performances will take place at Gannon University's Schuster Theatre and the show dates and available roles are as follows:

Charlotte's Web Adapted by Joseph Robinette, based on the book by E.B. White
Directed by Jenna Sulecki
Thursday, July 28th at 1:30p
Friday, July 29th at 10:00am
Saturday, July 30th at 2:00p
Sunday, July 31 at 2:00p

The Children's Literature Association named this "the best American children's book of the past two hundred years," and Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, has created a play that captures this work in a thrilling and utterly practical theatrical presentation. The story and relationships make the show—All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be "a true friend and a good writer." Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the "miracle" of her web in which she writes, "Some pig." It's the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship that will give audiences an evening of enchantment.

Available Roles:
Fern Arable…………..a young girl
John Arable……………her father
Martha Arable……….her mother
Avery Arable………….her brother
Homer Zuckerman….her uncle
Edith Zuckerman…….her aunt
Lurvy…………………….a hired hand
Wilbur…………………..a pig
Templeton…………….a rat
Charlotte………………a spider
Narrators
Farm Animals:
Goose, Gander, Sheep, Lamb
Ensemble:
Reporter, Photographer, Spectators, Judges, Fairgoers, Announcer, Uncle, Spiders

The Giver Adapted by Eric Coble, based on the book by Lois Lowry
Directed by Domenic Del Greco
Friday, July 29th at 7:00pm
Saturday, July 30th at 7:00pm

Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver—to receive and keep the memories of the community. The Giver is the only person who holds the memories of real pain and real joy. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life—and the hypocrisy of his utopian world. Through this astonishing and moving adaptation, discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny. The Giver was commissioned by Oregon Children's Theatre and has played to sold-out audiences at such theatres as Oregon Children's Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, The Coterie Theatre, People's Light and Theatre Company, Dallas Children's Theater, Stages Repertory, Nashville Children's Theatre, Lexington Children's Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, and Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Cast needed (can be performed by as few as six actors: 4 male/2 female):
FATHER: Jonas' good natured father
MOTHER: Jonas' good-natured mother
LILY: Jonas' 7-year old sister (may double as ROSEMARY)
JONAS: an 11-year-old about to grow older
ASHER: Jonas' best friend, 11 years old
FIONA: another friend of Jonas', also 11 (may double as ROSEMARY)
THE CHIEF ELDER: the master of ceremony
THE GIVER (OLD MAN): an old man abut to change. Looking for a mature actor for this role.
ROSEMARY: a young girl from the past
VARIOUS VOICES

Numbers by Kieron Barry
Directed by Jenna Sulecki
Friday, July 29th at 7:00pm
Saturday, July 30th at 7:00pm

Mean Girls meets Lord of the Flies. This brutal and hilarious one-act comedy, set in an all-girls' boarding school, depicts a vicious battle of wills among four Sixth Form girls in the hour before a new Head Girl is announced...

Cast needed:
The play takes place in the summer term when all four characters are reaching the end of their Lower Sixth year. Thus they are around 16 or 17 years old, and about to start their final year of school before university.

KATHERINE
ISABEL
JENNIFER
HETTY

Contact Kate with any questions.


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How to Prepare

Find a monologue. If you have been in a play/musical before, you may use a selection from there. Otherwise, you should find an age-appropriate (i.e. a young character) monologue from a play, musical, movie, or even a short poem. Monologues can be found online or in collections at bookstores. You should try to memorize your monologue - but it is not necessary (although it does show dedication!).

Find a song. You should select a song you like to sing in a comfortable key. Sheet music is available online, or at a music or book store. Whatever song you choose should have accompaniment - sheet music or a CD with NO lyrics. Bring this with you to the audition. There will be a pianist at the auditions to play your music for you.

Practice, Practice, Practice! Rehearse ahead of time in front of familiar people - parents, friends, or a music teacher. Practice with someone playing the piano for you. This is very important because the piano accompaniment may not be exactly what you're used to hearing on a recording or video. Take time to sing with a piano.

Know the play/musical you are auditioning for. Perusal scripts are available for checkout (with a $10 deposit) at the Erie Playhouse Box Office 2-3 weeks before auditions.

The Process

When you arrive at auditions, you will be asked to fill out an audition form. This form includes: contact information and previous theatre experience, a place to list scheduling conflicts, performance dates and times, and other important information.

After you have filled out your audition form, you should keep it with you. When you audition, you will be called by the number on the top, right-hand corner of your audition form. Please take your audition form, the song with musical accompaniment and your monologue/poem with you.

There may also be a movement or dance audition. The choreographer will teach a dance or movement combination to small groups. Each group will then perform the combination for the director.

Important Things to Remember

Wear comfortable clothing to the audition and have a neat, physical appearance.

Be ON TIME!

Have a lot of energy when you audition.

Be polite to everyone, starting with the first person you see at the audition, all of the others who are there to audition, and those in the audition room.

Introduce yourself to the director, music director, choreographer, and piano player. These people will most likely be in your audition.

Say thank you when the audition is over.


If you have any other questions about auditioning, contact Kate for more details.