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Youth Theatre Auditions

2019-2020 Season

AUDITIONS for The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

Based on the book by C.S. LewisDramatized for the Stage by Joseph Robinette
Directed by Chuck Tuttle

ABOUT AUDITIONS:
Auditions will be held December 16 & 17 @ 5pm at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, in the Circle Lobby.
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, either Monday or Tuesday. Please DO NOT come to both days.
You do not need to prepare anything. We do not need a headshot or resume.
Callbacks will be held on Thursday, December 19 at 5pm.
Auditions and callbacks should last about 2 hours.
We are looking for four to eight adults to play the parts of the four children as adults. These parts will need a minimum of rehearsal, but will need to be at the performances

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

  • 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.Be prepared to introduce yourself, then be asked to work on a series of improvisations, both vocal and physical.
  • Bring a list of conflicts with rehearsals. 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. The audition registration form will be available on site.
  • Be prepared to wait. 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!!
  • If you are not called back, you may already be cast, and we saw everything we needed to at the initial audition. If you are called back, we will give you some sides (short parts of the script) to read with a partner. You will be able to look them over when you arrive.
  • 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:
Please be aware of any date you might have a conflict with our rehearsal schedule; Our Rehearsals will include Friday, December 20 (also parent meeting); Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Januray 2, 2019 – February 14, 2020, 5:00PM-7:00PM.

Be certain there are no conflicts with performances or tech week. “Tech Week” begins on Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 1:30-5:30PM  We continue to “tech”  5PM-7PM Monday, February 17 through Thursday, February 20, 2020.
We will rehearse during  holidays like Martin Luther King Day, and Presidents’ Day.
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.

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 his or her text and songs 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.
Absences because of sickness or family emergencies are understandable, but too many may result in the forfeiture of your or your child’s role. Please contact the director if your child is sick, or there is a family emergency.

School closures for weather or other incidents does not mean that rehearsal is cancelled. That decision to cancel rehearsal will be made by the director and you will be contacted.

All rehearsal schedules are made by the Director, Musical Director and Choreographer. 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 Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe will performed on the MAINSTAGE with PUBLIC PERFORMANCES on February, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and March 1, 2020 (for performance day and time see below) and SCHOOL PERFORMANCES on February 25, 26, 27, & 28 at 9:30AM and 11:30AM (Call time will be one hour before curtain). It will be double cast, with actors under the age of 18 rotating performances. The casts will be divided in “The TIP-TOP CAST” and “The SPIT-SPOT CAST.” Adults MUST be available for all the performances.
The PUBLIC PERFORMANCE Schedule is as follows:
February 21 at 7:00PM (Clive Cast)
February 22 at 2:30PM (Clive Cast)
February 22 at 7:00PM (Staples Cast)
February 23 at 2:30PM (Staples Cast)
February 29 at 2:30PM (Staples Cast)
March 1 at 2:30PM (Clive Cast)

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES:
February 25 at 9:30AM & 11:30AM (Clive Cast)
February 26 at at 9:30AM & 11:30AM (Staples Cast)
February 27 at 9:30AM & 11:30AM (Clive Cast)
February 28 at 9:30AM & 11:30AM (Staples Cast)

ABOUT THE SHOW:
This is a stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic fantasy tale from the Chronicles of Narnia. It was the first written by Lewis, though later he wrote a prequel novel. It brings the four Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, from war-torn London to a large country estate. Here they find an enchanted wardrobe that is a gateway to the land of Narnia, where it is under the spell of the White Witch, who makes it “always winter, but never Christmas.” The children find themselves part of a prophesy which calls for them to liberate the kingdom from the witch with the help of the mythical Aslan.

ABOUT THE ROLES:
14+ Roles

Peter Pevensie – Young teen, the oldest of the siblings

Susan Pevensie – Young teen, the second oldest

Edmund Pevensie – Pre-teen, the third sibling

Lucy Pevensie – The Youngest of the siblings

Mr. Tumnus – A fuan

Maugrim – A wolf. Captain of the White Witch’s secret police

Other Wolves

The White Witch – Evil ruler of Narnia

Dwarf – The witch’s servant

Mr. Beaver – A talking beaver who helps the children

Mrs. Beaver – His wife.

Elf – Helper of Father Christmas

Father Christmas

Aslan – A great lion

Other animal followers of Aslan, Dryads, members of the witch’s army, reign deer.

Adult Peter

Adult Susan

Adult Edmund

Adult Lucy

 

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Youth Theatre Audition FAQ

“Where do I park?” 
You can park in the lot right across from the Theatre Centre. It is FREE to park there, though you will need to PICK UP A PARKING PASS inside the CIRCLE LOBBY and place it in your car before you audition.

“There are two days of auditions, do I come to both?”
The short answer is: “no.” You can come to either Monday or Tuesday, whichever works best for you. Please don’t come to both audition days, it doesn’t help your chances of getting a role. However, the Callbacks for the show will be held on the Thursday immediately following the audition (August 29 at 5pm), so if you have a conflict with that day, please let us know at the audition.

“Is it okay to arrive at 5pm for the audition?”
Sort of. Yes, if you have to hurry from school and/or work to get here by 5pm; that is fine. Just be aware that there is an audition form that must be filled out before you can audition, so if you can arrive 15-30 minutes early, it would be less stressful for you and more helpful for us if you can have that done by 5pm.

“How old do I need to be to audition?” 
The Youth Theatre is intended for students in grades 4 through 12.
It is recommended that you be in 4th grade to audition, though many times young actors aren’t quite ready and more likely to be cast as 5th graders. 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 anything?”
No, if there is a scene we want you to read, we will provide that. 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.