Journey to a Trauma Informed Life

Auditions for Lyle the Crocodile

Audition Information


Ages 5+ (Youth & Adults)

Auditions: Dec 10 & 11 @ 4:30

Audition Workshop: Dec 9 @ 10:30

@ Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall 1158 E 12th St, Erie, PA 16503

Performances March 1 – 3, 6 – 10 @ LECOM Stage at the Playhouse

(including three school time matinee performances at 10 am on March 6, 7, & 8)

Auditioners are asked to arrive and to sign in BEFORE the posted audition start time. 

All roles are available. The Erie Playhouse practices color conscious casting.  All ethnicities  and newcomers are welcome. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for these events. Perusal scripts are available in the box office for 24 hrs. with a refundable $10 deposit.  Questions? Please contact 



Based on Lyle, Lyle Crocodile and The House on 88th Street by Bernard Waber

Adapted for the stage by Kevin Kling

Music by Richard Gray

Lyle is the story of a friendly crocodile who turns up in a bathtub in an apartment in New York City’s Upper East Side. Lyle becomes good friends with the folks in the building, except for Mr. Grumps, who hates Lyle, parades, people, and pretty much everything. However, when Lyle rescues Mr. Grumps and his cat Loretta from a fire, Mr. Grumps has to apologize for the way he’s treated Lyle. In the end, Lyle helps those around him learn that they should not judge others by how different they appear to be, but to love people (and crocodiles) for what they are.





If you have auditioned with the Playhouse before, we are changing things up a little bit for Youtheatre shows! See “Youtheatre Auditions” for a more detailed breakdown of how auditions will run.

Auditions will consist of a monologue, song, and dance portion. You will learn the dance at auditions but should have your monologue and song learned and memorized before auditions. Monologues and songs for auditions are from the show and can be found below. Please choose only one monologue and one song from the options to perform! 

There will be an optional (but encouraged!) audition workshop held at the rehearsal hall on December 9th @ 10:30 where you can learn the audition dance ahead of time, be able to practice your songs with an accompanist, and work your monologues in groups. This workshop is designed to alleviate some of the stress that goes with auditioning and also to ensure that anyone who wishes will have the resources to feel prepared for their audition.


Auditions start at 4:30 with everyone learning the dance together and performing it for the director. Arrive early to allow time to fill out audition forms beforehand!

Monologue Options

Song Options:



Life in the Pen


Rehearsal will take place 4 – 5 days a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at the Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall. Rehearsals typically take place from 4:30 – 6:30 on weekdays and 2 – 4 on weekends. Not every actor will be called to every rehearsal, but if you are called to a rehearsal attendance is mandatory! The show will move to the Erie Playhouse Stage the week of February 19. Attendance is required at all rehearsals and performances after this date. Please be sure to have any known conflicts with the anticipated rehearsal period for this show ready to provide on your audition form when you arrive!


Lyle – Loveable crocodile with significant dancing and physicality skills. Any age or gender.

Hector P Valenti – Star of stage and screen, Lyle’s original owner. Italian accent. Adult male.

Mr Primm – Great father and loving husband. Loves the newspaper and his pipe. Adult male.

Mrs. Primm – Great mother and loving wife. Proud housekeeper and Sales Expert. Adult female.

Mr Grumps – Grumpy business owner who adores his cat. Adult male.

Mrs. Nitpicker – Head of the neighborhood society, knows everyone’s business. Adult female.

Joshua – Son of the Primms. Upset about moving to New York but comes to love it and Lyle. Youth male.

Loretta – A persnickety cat belonging to Mr Grump. Youth of any age or gender.

Two Moving Men/Two crocodiles – Slapstick duo, any age and any gender

Two Firemen/Two Guards – A duo with questionable competence at their jobs, any age and any gender

88th St Kids – A group of kids who love Lyle and become friends with Joshua. Youth of any age and any gender

88th St Neighbors – The ensemble of the show taking on many different roles. All ages and all genders.