CTOC’s 2021-2022 Season
 
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The NeverEnding Story

Straight Play

 

 
Told with all the thrills of a classic adventure, the story begins with Bastian, a lonely boy, who stumbles into a curious bookshop where he discovers a curious book—The Neverending Story. Bastian hides in the attic of his school and begins to read, and a huge adventure surges into life. Fantastica, a land of stories, is being destroyed by the Nothing. The Childlike Empress has chosen Atreyu, a young hunter, to be the Hero of the Great Quest. Atreyu, an orphan, is an unlikely choice, but he accepts and, with his horse and companion, Artax, rides to face the menace. First, he experiences the Nothing and discovers its thoughtless destruction. Then he is guided by a dream to the Swamps of Sadness where he meets Morla, the Ancient One, who reveals another solution. He must find the Childlike Empress a new name. With this new direction, Atreyu faces Ygramul the Many, befriends Falkor the Luck Dragon, and solves the riddles of the three magic gates to meet Uyulala. From her he learns that only a human child can give the Empress a new name. In despair he faces his final test—the werewolf Gmork—and returns to the Childlike Empress without a new name. However, his quest has attracted a human child. It is Bastian himself who calls out a new name for the Empress, and the story rushes to its triumphant and moving conclusion. Commissioned by Seattle Children’s Theatre and Imagination St 
 
 
We want to thank everyone who auditioned for our upcoming production of The NeverEnding Story. You were all amazing and we are excited to share the cast list with you. 
 
Congratulations to the cast!
 
The NeverEnding Story Cast
 
Bastian: Elijah Cinco
Bastian’s Father/Sassafranian child: ?
Bully 1, 2, 3/Troll & Falkor puppeteers:
-Ethan Hodge (can’t be a bully but can do the rest)
-Cassidy Smith
-Ariana Choueiri
-Gracie Pritt
Bookseller: Ethan Hodge
Gmork: Jacob Walker
*6 Nothing Ensemble Actors/Puppeteers (Morla and The Nothing)
-Sarah Saffer
-Elijah Kiser
-Emma Wesley
-Garrett Jenkins
-Jacobi Wesley
Caretaker: Kendall Walls
Teacher (voice only): Aeonna Dunn
3 Purple Buffalo: Bre Fisher, Lexi Fisher, Cassidy Smith
Atreyu: Thomas Ward
Artax: Garrett Jenkins
Elder: Beatrice Kime
Cairon: Elijah Kiser
Eribo (roller skate/rollerblade/heelies): Sarah Saffer
Sassafranian adult: Nate Pritt
Morla: Jili Arthur
Ygramul:
Braylie Smolder (voice)
Taleigh White
Sylvia Pierson
Caydn Donovall
Bre Fisher
Lexi Fisher
Engywook: Colton Sparks
Urg: Caroline McLaury
Maya & Tribe:
-Penelope Christian (Maya)
Tribe: Olivia Cipoletti, Carley Coleman, Thomas Bailey, Charles Neese, Lily Rhodes,
Evelyn Forget, Jamin Fisher, Raelyn Hanning, Poppy Hatfield
Uyulala: Braylie Smolder
*The Four Winds: Beatrice Kime, Aeonna Dunn, Jili Arthur, Caroline McLaury
The Childlike Empress: Caydn Donoval
 
 
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Musical

Playscritps, Inc.

70 Minutes

Auditions: October 9-10, 2021

Move-in: December 5, 2021

Performances: December 9-12, 2021

 The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be biting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites! Soon everyone is calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to cancel the whole thing. It’s up to Bradley and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story and the Herdman kids through new eyes in this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic.The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be biting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites! Soon everyone is calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to cancel the whole thing. It’s up to Bradley and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story and the Herdman kids through new eyes in this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic.

Audition slots will be available for reservation beginning on Setember 24th,

To register for a slot please visit ctoc.org. and click on this tab.

Auditions: October 9 & 10 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Auditions will be open to those ages 8 – Adult

Auditions will take place at the CTOC Workshop located at 115 Spring Street, Charleston, WV

Performances: December 9-12, 2021

All performances are at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center Little Theater

Director: Tim Mace

Musical Director: Seth Skiles

Assistant Director: Natasha Allen

Please bring a prepared 1 minute song to audition

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.

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Musical

MTI

65 Minutes

Auditions: January 15-16, 2022

Move-in: April 3, 2022

Performances: April 7-10, 2022

 

 


 

Below are tips and resources to help you prepare for a Children’s Theatre audition.

Please contact us if you have any additional questions.

 


Are actors paid?
Actors are not compensated, but gain valuable stage experience performing in a professional production.

Do I need to memorize a monologue for the audition?
Sometimes, but not always. After you sing (if the production is a musical) you may be given a copy of a scene from the play that you will be asked to read from. This is called a “cold reading.”

What is 8 bars of sheet music?
For productions that are musicals, you will be asked to sing 8 bars of music. If you look at a piece of sheet music, you will see that the notes are on a series of 5 horizontal lines. You will also see vertical lines that separate those lines into a series of groups of notes. Each one of those vertical sections is a “bar” of music. You can choose any 8 bars for an audition, so try to pick the 8 bars that show off your voice the best. You can even sing “Happy Birthday.” You will be singing a cappella (without musical instruments).

Do I need a headshot (picture) and a resume?
When you arrive you will be given an audition form to fill out. You do not need a resume. There is space on the audition form that asks you to list any theatrical or other experience. If you have a resume we will attach it to the form. A picture is not required. A digital photo will be taken during the audition process for the director to use in casting. The photos will be deleted and destroyed after the casting process is completed.

Can my parents watch my audition?
No. Parents are welcome to accompany you before and after the audition. There will be a place for them to wait while you are in your audition.

How old do you have to be to audition?
CTOC is for children 8 years old and older. We do not allow children younger than 8 to audition.

What happens if I cannot make the audition dates?
Unfortunately, if you cannot make the audition date then you will not be able to audition. We are not able to set up individual auditions.

What should I wear?
An audition is much like a job interview, except in this interview you might be asked to dance or sing! You should wear clothes and shoes that are easy for you to move in and not trip or fall. CTOC suggests you wear tennis shoes for auditions.

Will I have to audition in front of anyone else who is auditioning?
Yes. You may also be asked to do a cold reading with other people for the scene.

What is a callback?
The “callback” is a second audition where the selection process becomes more specific.  At times you may be asked to appear for a callback audition. Not every person will be asked for a callback and not being asked for a callback does not mean you have not been cast in the show. At a callback you will be asked to read additional scenes from the show, prepare music from the score, or learn a dance.  The callback is also an opportunity for the director to see and hear different combinations of actors.

What if I am not called back?
Not being called back doesn’t always mean that you aren’t being cast in the show. Sometimes a callback is needed for a director to look at the way specific groups of people fit together.

I will be out of town or not available to attend a show date or dress rehearsal, can I still audition?
Dress rehearsals and show dates are must dates and are required for the entire cast; please join us next time when those dates are open for you.

What if I can’t make all rehearsals?
CTOC generally rehearses for 6-8 weeks prior to the show. Rehearsals are held at the CTOC workshop on Bigley Avenue in Charleston. Rehearsals are scheduled on weekday evenings between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Rehearsals are also traditionally held on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. On your audition form we will aske you to note any dates that you can’t rehearse. We are often able to work around the availability of the actors we cast. Always be honest about your availability. Excessive absences may result in you not being able to participate in the actual show or in future productions.

Can a parent stay during rehearsals?
Yes. Younger children may need a parent to stay with them during rehearsals to ensure the child knows when and where to be on stage. However, everyone who remains at a rehearsal must sit quietly so as to not disturb the rehearsal.

Can I just drop my child off, or does a parent have to stay?
A parent does not need to stay during the rehearsals. However, we do ask that children be delivered and picked up from rehearsals promptly, and that parents agree to supply transportation to and from rehearsals and performances. Cast members are required to remain inside the CTOC workshop until their transportation has arrived.

How will I know if I am cast in the show?
As soon as all casting decisions are completed, an email listing the entire cast list will be sent to everyone who has provided an email address. In addition, those not cast will receive a letter in the mail. Either way you will have an answer. Please do not call the CTOC to ask whether you have been cast or not.

What is expected if I am cast?
CTOC expects all actors and participants to exhibit the following behaviors at all times: respect, cooperation, reliability, courtesy, and safe practices.

CTOC also expects the following of all actors and their parents:

  • Parental cooperation is essential in order to make the production a rewarding and pleasant experience for all children
  • Actors are making a commitment to be present at ALL rehearsals needed and ALL performances. The only absences that are allowed are those excused by the Assistant Director or Director. If an actor will be absent from any rehearsal, CTOC must know in advance.
  • Actors must know their lines (if any) and blocking (where they need to be on stage). Parents need to help ensure all actors know their lines and blocking.
  • Younger children may require a parent to stay with them during rehearsals to ensure the child knows when and where to be on stage.
  • Actors are expected to sit quietly during rehearsals, even when not on stage.
  • CTOC has lots of costumes, props, and stage pieces in its workshop and backstage during performances. Actors should never play with, disturb or move this property, unless it is their actual costume or stage prop. Actors also should never play on any of the stage pieces.
  • Actors and their families are expected to respect the production staff, the facility and the property owned or used by the CTOC.

If I am cast, do I receive any free tickets to the show?
No. Income for CTOC comes from the sale of tickets from both our school and public performances. Except for a small amount of money received from donations and Fund for the Arts each month, ticket sale money is the only income that keeps CTOC able to provide theatrical opportunities for children and adults in the community. All family members wanting to watch the show, must purchase a ticket.

How do I purchase tickets?
When tickets go on sale you they can be purchased at the Civic Center Box Office. They will also be available on the prior to each performance at the Civic Center Little Theatre Box Office. All tickets are general admission.


Audition Resources

Please review the expectations of actors who participate in CTOC Productions here: Participation Information.