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The Main Stage Playmakers Presents Main Stage Playmakers Audition Information

Saturday, August 27th 9:00 AM Off Center Stage

Thank you for making our first production of The Emperor’s New Clothes such a success! Our Winter production will be just as much fun AND we are excited to watch our community of young actors and audience members grow! 


August 27th Auditions 

• Ages 8-15 
• 9am-1pm / Off Center Stage Theatre (located behind CFTA)
• Arrive 10-15min. early to complete required paperwork, have child’s picture taken & receive audition #.
• Those interested in Stage Management should participate ~ 10:30-11:30
• Play title announced by Aug. 21st!

Rehearsals & Performances 

• Rehearsal every Tue. & Wed. (4-6:30) 
• Rehearsals begin Sept. 13 (Full schedule given at Auditions)
• School breaks & holidays will be considered.
• Sept. 10 ~ Mandatory Parent/Cast Meeting & Script Read-Thru
• Nov. 28-Dec.1 ~ Mandatory Tech Week
• Performances ~ Dec. 2, 3 & 4 ~ Off Center Stage Theatre

*How old do you have to be to audition?  Child must be 8-15 years old on audition day. 

*How long will the audition last?  8-9 yrs. begin at 9am and will be released 1-2hrs. into audition. 10-15yrs. begin at 10:30. All auditions completed by 1pm.

*Will my child automatically be given a role? This is dependent on the number of children auditioning. We choose large cast scripts however, there are a limited number of roles. Additional characters may be added to the existing script only if we can keep the experience fun, safe and time-worthy.

*What should child wear? Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes that are easy for movement. No boots, flip flops or exposed toes; Rubber soles preferred.

*Does child need to memorize anything for the audition? No. Child may be asked to sing a familiar tune like “Happy Birthday” or “Row Your Boat”. They may be given a scene from the play to read. This is called a cold reading.

*Will audition be in front of anyone else who is auditioning? Yes, these are group auditions. Child may also be asked to do a cold reading, sing, dance or explore movement with others.

*What about stagehands or crew? Anyone interested will be asked to participate in part of the audition to see how you take direction, work with others and communicate.

*Do I need a head shot (picture) or a resume?  No. A photo will be taken during the process for the director’s use. You will be given an audition form to fill out. There is space on the form that asks you to list any theatrical or other experience.

*May guardians watch auditions? No. Adults are welcome to accompany a child before and after audition. There will be a place to wait, but it will be limited due to space.

*What happens if I cannot make the audition date? If you cannot make the audition date then you will not be able to audition. There are no individual auditions.

*What is a callback? A “callback” is a second audition where the selection process becomes more specific. Not every child will be asked for a callback. It is also an opportunity for the director to see and hear different combinations of actors. Child may be asked to read additional scenes, sing or learn a dance. 

*How will I know if my child is cast in show? Once casting is completed, a full cast email will be sent on Sept. 5th to email(s) on audition form.

4-6:30 / Off Center Stage Theatre 
Based on audition turnout, the director may need to see some children again before casting. A callback does not guarantee a role in our production. Likewise, not being called back does not mean your child has not been cast. A callback email will be sent Sept. 5th so you may plan accordingly. 
Guardians are responsible for providing child’s base costume. This base may be altered or embellished in order to achieve a cohesive look. Additional pieces or accessories will be provided by CFTA, if needed. 
The $150 fee helps to cover the cost of scripts, production royalty fees, Director and Set Designer fees, publicity, set and costume supplies and more! Scholarships are available. 

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