Audition Philosophy:

Children’s Theatre Company cast members are selected after general auditions held before each production in the Fall and Spring and as needed in the Winter and Summer. These auditions are thorough and examine candidates’ interest and attitude as well as their aptitude in music, theater, movement and social awareness.

By Age-Group:

Once offered a role, young performers will NOT be divided by beginner, intermediate or advanced, NOR will each production be comprised of mixed age-groups, which typically places young cast members in non-central / non speaking roles. Placing the art-at-the-heart and the child at the center of each production, CTC casts each musical by age-group, thereby allowing each age-group to hold equal stage-time and speaking-roles to their older counter-parts. Each musical / cast size will be limited to 15-20 maximum players.

Four Musicals for Four Age-groups:
Group 1: 5-7 yrs old (Pre-K to K)
Group 2: 8-10 yrs old (Elementary age)
Group 3: 11-14 yrs old (Pre-youth)
Group 4: 15-18 yrs old (High School / Pre-College)

Pre-audition parent phone-interview:
Each parent or guardian will be scheduled for a pre-audition interview. The phone date will also address the following topics :

Calendar: Season dates; tech and rehearsal dates
CommitmentAt-home rehearsal kit (CD, Audio Book, Score, Script & DVD); Parent volunteer options
Casting Opportunities: Agent representation, audition opportunities and Industry Showcase
Content / Curriculum: Multi-disciplinary Program including: Acting, Dancing, Singing and Ethical / Values Studies; Industry Showcase auditions
Cost and Scholarships: Merit-based scholarships, Parent Service Scholarships, and Financial Aide Scholarships

Auditions are held at each CTC resident theater located:

  • New York (Flagship Theater)
  • Valley Stream, NY(performs in NYC and Valley Stream)
  • Peekskill, NY (performs in NYC and Peekskill)
  • Private and Public Schools (by invitation only)

Wardrobe Requirements:

  • Must wear dance shoes, ballet slippers or jazz shoes (no sneakers / no boots, no flip flops)
  • Dance or clothing permitting movement and physical exertion. (No tight jeans or tight clothing  shorts, mini-skirts, low cut shirts)

Group 1: (Pre-K-K Musical Productions: Ages 5-7yrs old):

These auditions are designed so that any child can audition. Children do not need to have any experience, however they should be prepared with following audition requirements.

Group 2: (Elementary Musical Productions: 8-10 yrs)

These auditions are designed so that any child can audition. Children do not need to have any experience, however they should be prepared with following audition requirements.

Group 1 & 2 AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • A fluent and favorite nursery rhyme which they will be asked to sing and speak.
  • To participate in a physical and vocal warm-up routine and play theatre games – as they are assessed for readiness and willingness to play in group environment.
  • Thoughtful response to: “What is one thing you would help fix if you were elected President?”
  • Will learn choreography and dance routine

Group 3 & 4 (Advanced Musical Productions: Ages 11-15 & 15-18 yrs):

Children and youth auditioning for this level should have some theatre, music, movement experience - whether from formal classes, community productions, church or school. High standards of discipline and commitment are observed.

Group 3 & 4 AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Prepare sixteen bars of a song from a musical
  • Be prepared to recite and read from CTC audition scripts
  • Will learn choreography and dance routine
  • Thoughtful response to: “What is one thing you would address if you were elected President?”

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