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Youth Theatre Auditions

2020-2021 Season

WE ARE SO VERY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE AUDITIONS FOR OUR NEXT YOUTH SHOW SEASON!
 
CASTING for “The WIND IN THE WILLOWS”
Adapted and directed by Scott Dunlap from the book by Kenneth Grahame
Sign up for a time slot and fill out an audition form at Cast98.com
 
ABOUT AUDITIONS:
Auditions will be held January 25, 26, 27 and 28, with timeslots beginning at 4:30pm at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, in the Circle Lobby.
You must be between 6th grade and 12th grade to audition. (We have raised the age limit for this show.)
Parking is free. Obtain a parking pass upon your arrival for our parking lot, adjacent to CTC.
You only need to come to one initial audition. Please DO NOT come to both days.
You do not need to prepare anything. You will have instructions emailed to you the day before your audition. We do not need a headshot or resume.
Auditions will be in 30 minute increments.
Your picture may be taken as a part of the audition process. This helps track who has auditioned and gives us a record of proportions compared to other actors who are auditioning.
This is a highly competitive audition. It is understood that if you are auditioning you will accept any role assigned to you. A part of the process of learning about theatre is embracing the role you have been given and making it the very best you can.
Be prepared to introduce yourself. Be able to project your voice. Speak slowly and clearly. Project confidence, be careful not to fidget.
You must sign up for a timeslot and thoroughly fill out an audition form on Cast98.com. ANY conflicts must be listed there. The conflict list should specify conflicts from the rehearsal start date until the date of the last show. You should have NO CONFLICTS during show performances or the last week of rehearsals (“tech week”).
When you arrive, please make sure to read and/or listen to the audition instructions carefully.
Be prepared to wait. Due to the current guidelines, we will be taking actors into audition in small groups. Audition process in a long process, all productions hit snags, delays, etc. Don’t complain, be patient. A part of your audition is how you behave when others have the spotlight. Each person is given enough time for the professional staff to make a casting decision.
Bottled water is permitted during the audition and in the backstage area. ABSOLUTELY, NO FOOD, GUM/CANDY, or DRINKS in the theatre or rehearsal space.
No mobile phones, electronic games, laptops, tablets, iPads, etc. These items must remain in your backpacks/ purses/bag with the ringer turned to silent and NOT on your person!!
Directors agonize many hours over the casting process to ensure that the best choices are made for their particular production, trust the professional staff to do what is best for this particular production.
 
ABOUT CONFLICTS: ***NEW INFO***
Please be aware of any date you might have a conflict with our NEW rehearsal schedule. The BUBBLE Cast will rehearse on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The SQUEAK Cast will rehearse on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5-7pm.
Rehearsals most likely begin as early as Friday, January 29 at 5pm with a virtual meeting, this totally depends on the availability of the cast.
We might rehearse on holidays. This doesn’t mean you can’t have conflicts with those days, it just means that we will still rehearse and you will be responsible for getting any information you might’ve missed.
Casting can depend on conflicts, if you miss too many rehearsals then we can’t help you prepare and it puts your fellow cast mates at a disadvantage as well. But let us be the judge of that, it never hurts to audition.
Be certain there are no conflicts with performances or tech week. Tech Week for BOTH CASTS will be SUNDAY, MARCH 14 through FRIDAY, MARCH 19 from 4:30-7:30pm.
Please check with teachers and administrators to make sure that there isn’t some conflict with your child’s school.
When preparing your conflict list, include conflicts with sports, school activities, vacations, doctor appointments (avoid orthodontist appointments during tech and show weeks), birthday parties and other activities. Help your child decide which activities are priorities to him/her. Also, pay close attention to the “mandatory” rehearsal dates such as technical (tech) week rehearsals, school performances, dress rehearsal, and show days.
A full POTENTIAL rehearsal/performance schedule can be obtained at the audition.
 
ABOUT REHEARSALS:
The theatre is a big commitment of time and energy.
When making the decision to participate in our program please be mindful of our schedule and the importance of rehearsals.
Please note that not everyone may be called for every rehearsal.
Actors will only be called when they are needed to work. When the actor is not called to rehearsal, it is expected that he or she will continue to practice their scenes at home.
Attendance at ALL technical (tech) week rehearsals as well as ALL performances is mandatory. “Tech” involves actors and backstage crew, so it is vital that everyone participate.
Please note that two unexcused absences may result in the forfeiture of your child’s role.
All rehearsal schedules are made by the Director. These decisions are based on several factors such as cast and staff availability, space availability, progress made on scenes and blocking, etc. Each rehearsal builds on the next, so if one is missed, there will not be a “make-up” session.
A potential rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions, this isn’t definitive, because an actual rehearsal schedule is NOT made until we know your availability.
 
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCES:
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS will performed on the MAINSTAGE with PUBLIC PERFORMANCES:
MARCH 19 through 28 (Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm) and will VIDEO PERFORMANCES to be shown in schools MARCH 23 through 25 (at normal rehearsal time 5-7pm). The CAST will perform in the following rotation:
FRIDAY, MARCH 19 at 7pm (BUBBLE CAST)
SATURDAY, MARCH 20 at 2:30pm (BUBBLE CAST)
SATURDAY, MARCH 20 at 7pm (SQUEAK CAST)
SUNDAY, MARCH 21 at 2:30pm (SQUEAK CAST)
 
FRIDAY, MARCH 26 at 7pm (SQUEAK CAST)
SATURDAY, MARCH 27 at 2:30pm (SQUEAK CAST)
SATURDAY, MARCH 27 at 7pm (BUBBLE CAST)
SUNDAY, MARCH 28 at 2:30pm (BUBBLE CAST)
 
In order to be in the cast, you MUST be available for all the performances in at least one of the casts.
 
ABOUT THE SHOW:
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS has been adapted for stage and screen countless times. This beloved and heartwarming story of friendship has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. Laugh along with the gentlemanly Ratty, endearing Mole, conservative Badger and most marvelous Mr. Toad on their “wild ride” along the riverbank. High-jinks abound as Mr. Toad’s love of all things “fast and furious” land him in the clink and cost him his beloved home, now taken over by weasels. Join this band of merry misfits as they attempt to reclaim Toad Hall and right the wrongs of the notorious Mr. Toad.
 
ABOUT THE ROLES:
There are up to 16 ROLES AVAILABLE: There will be two casts (The BUBBLE cast and the SQUEAK cast) of 8 Actors. The show can be quite funny with lots of physical comedy, so dancers, gymnasts and athletes are welcome. Special skills such as tumbling, unicycle riding, and juggling aren’t required, but can be great assets to the show.
MOST ROLES can be EITHER MALE or FEMALE, and FLEXIBLE in AGES. Auditions are limited to students in grades 6th through 12th.
 
F.A.Q.
“Where do I park?”
You can park in the lot right across from the Theatre Centre. It is FREE to park there. You will be given a number to call or text when you arrive and we will bring a parking pass to you.
 
“There are several days of auditions, do I come to more than one?”
The short answer is: “no.” You can come to any day of your choosing, whatever works best for you. Please don’t come to more than one day, it doesn’t help your chances of getting a role and takes a slot from someone else. With our guidelines, we are trying to have as few people in the building as possible.
 
“Do I need to fill out anything to audition?”
Yes. You need to go to Cast98.com. Create a profile and fill it out completely. Please be thorough as it helps with matching actors to roles. You will receive instructions at least 24 hours before your audition. Audition dates and times will be closed 24 hours before, so please do not sign-up for same day auditions.
 
“How old do I need to be to audition?”
For this show, because we are limiting our capacity and have more detailed requirements, we are limiting the auditions to students in grades 6 through 12. When things open up and we are back to normal, we will return to our original “4th grade and up.”
We are committed to “non-traditional casting,” or “color-conscious casting” of ethnic minority actors in roles where race or ethnicity is not germane. Which means young actors of all races are encouraged to audition.
 
“Do I need to prepare a monologue or a song?”
For this audition, we may send you a short poem or monologue. It does NOT need to be memorized, but you should be familiar with it. We will work with you at the audition and give everyone the same opportunities. We often play theatre and improve games. The attitude with which you work on these is just as important, if not more so, than the way you perform them or the lines you read. Behavior during the audition tells the professional staff a lot about what your behavior will be like during the rehearsal. If there is a scene we want you to read, we will provide that too. The only preparation necessary is that you have a list of ANY conflicts you might have with rehearsal. This is vital! We MUST know any days you will miss in ADVANCE of casting. Rehearsal for this show might begin as early as the Monday, March 30 and our normal rehearsal schedule will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 5-7pm.
 
If you have any questions that haven’t been answered here, please email the Youth Theatre Director, Scott Dunlap at [email protected]
 
Hope to see you there!