Seussical the Musical, Jr. (musical)
Auditions: August 10 and 11, 2013
Performances: October 10 - 13, 2013
Christmas in the Land of Oz
Auditions: October 18 and 19, 2013
Performances: December 12 - 15, 2013
The Little Mermaid, Jr. (musical)
Auditions: January 4 and 5, 2014
Performances: March 13 - 16, 2014
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:
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.
Please review the expectations of actors who participate in CTOC Productions here: Participation Information.