2013-2014 Youtheatre Season Audition Dates
A Little Princess (directed by Almi Clerkin) - March 10 and 11 at 4:00 PM
Open to ages 8-18 (Senior in HS). Will also be auditioning a few adults (male and female) for roles -- strong singing voice required. If interested in auditioning, please prepare a short monologue or poem and a song with accompaniment (sheet music or CD with no lyrics). Show dates are May 9-11 and 16-18, with school shows on May 14, 15, and 16. Auditions will be held at the Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall, 1158 East 12th Street. You only have to attend one day of auditions. If you have any questions, please email Emily.
ALJANA - Sara’s African-American nanny during her childhood in Africa. Kind, charismatic, and firm.
BECKY - A scrawny, underfed orphan and scullery maid working at the school where Sara lives. Becomes Sara’s first friend at the school but is picked on by the other girls.
CAPTAIN CREWE - An explorer and adventurer who adores his daughter. Sensitive, handsome, courageous, and deeply ethical.
ERMENGARDE - The first of the girls to befriend Sara. Sweet, simple, chubby, and very sensitive.
LAVINIA - The ring leader of the girls who dislike Sara. Nasty, condescending, calculating, and witty.
MISS AMELIA - Miss Minchin’s younger, kinder sister and a teacher. Easily flustered, perhaps a bit dim, but with a good heart.
MISS MINCHIN - Our story's antagonist, she is Head of the girls school. Domineering, unyielding, and bitter at times.
PASKO - Appealing, loyal and intelligent African-American male. Though he is Captain Crewe’s guide and confidant, he views the Captain as somewhat of a father figure.
QUEEN VICTORIA - Deft, dry sense of humor. Charming and kind, but stately.
SARA CREWE - Our story's protagonist. Intelligent, witty, sensitive, and pretty. Raised as an only child with privilege in a British colony in Africa, Sara at first finds herself out of place in London.
Additional Roles: Nora, Jessie, Jane, James, Lottie
Ensemble: Passengers, Africans, Dancers, Merchants, Students, Umbrella Man, Djembe Drummer
Summer Showstoppers - March 10 and 11 at 4:00 PM
Open to ages 12-18 (Senior in HS). If interested in auditioning, please prepare a song with accompaniment (sheet music or CD with no lyrics). A dance audition may be held, and some dance experience is recommended. Rehearsals will begin in March, with performances starting in late May and continuing through early September. Auditions will be held at the Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall, 1158 East 12th Street. You only have to attend one day of auditions. If you have any questions, please email Emily.
Let Me Be Your Star Concert - June 2 and 3 at 4:00 PM
Open to individuals ages 10 and up who have previously participated in a Youtheatre show. Youtheatre Alumni welcome. If interested in auditioning, please prepare a musical or dance number either by yourself, with a duet partner, or with a small group. These numbers should be completely prepared at the time of auditions, and rehearsals will be used to make minor adjustments. Broadway/show tunes will be primarily featured, but some mainstream music may be used as well. If your number is not chosen for the concert, you may be asked to participate in group numbers. Please bring sheet music if auditioning with a musical number, and CD if auditioning with dance. The concert will be comprised of acts presented at these auditions, as well as additional individual/group performances selected by the director (Emily) and musical director (Andrew). Concert dates are July 21 and 22. If you'd like help choosing music, or if you have any questions, please email Emily or Andrew
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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.
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
comfortable clothing to the audition and have a neat, physical appearance.
Have a lot of when you audition.
Be , 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.
yourself to the director, music director, choreographer, and piano player. These people will most likely be in your audition.
Say when the audition is over.
If you have any other questions about auditioning, contact Emily for more details.