Young Performer Auditions

First Stage is the nation’s leader in age-appropriate casting. As such, we can’t do plays without amazing young performers. Each year, we audition over 500 young performers for between 150-180 roles throughout the season.

We have held a Spring and Summer Audition session for the 2018-2019 season.   If you are a young performer of age 8-18 (in the school year 2018-2019), and haven’t auditioned yet, please email Jeff Schaetzke at  All of our casting will be done by September 15, 2018.

We have held our first round of auditions and call backs for NATE THE GREAT, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW, Roald Dahl’s MATILDA The Musical, and THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL, and casting took place between June 1-20, 2018.

Call backs for LOCOMOTION, BIG RIVER: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and TINKER BELL will take place in August/September. All young performers who are called back for those shows have been notified.

Auditions will be held at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (MYAC), 325 W. Walnut Street. Parking is available on Third Street in the MYAC Parking Lot.  

Call backs are by invitation only and we will consider you based on your General  Audition in April, or Summer General audition, past experience, Theater Academy experience, and the needs of each show.