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 are excited to announce our 2018-2019 season, and can’t wait to have you audition with us. If you are a young performer of age 8-18 (in the school year 2018-2019), we would love to see if you can be considered for one of our seven plays and musicals for the upcoming season.

We have held our first round of musical auditions for young performers in April. If you are still interested in auditioning for NATE THE GREAT, THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICALRoald Dahl's MATILDA THE MUSICAL, and THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW, please email Jeff Schaetzke at auditions@firststage.org to discuss options.    

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 Musical Audition in April, past experience, Theater Academy experience, and the needs of each show.

Please print and complete the 2018-19 Young Performer Audition Sheet, and bring to your audition with a 4" x 6" photo.

CALL BACK DATES FOR MAY:   (all dates 4:00-8:30 pm)

  • May 8 and 9, THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL  
  • May 16 and 21, Roald Dahl's MATILDA THE MUSICAL
  • May 22, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW
  • May 24, NATE THE GREAT

Call backs are by invitation only and will be emailed out one week after your general audition.

Call backs for LOCOMOTION, BIG RIVER, and TINKER BELL will take place in August/September.   We will still hold a Summer General Audition schedule for new and returning students that want a full audition experience with a monologue and a song.

All audition and call back information is available on our website at www.firststage.org/ypauditions 

For any questions, please email Jeff Schaetzke at auditions@firststage.org.


FIRST STAGE 2018-2019 SEASON:

NATE THE GREAT
September 15 - October 12 rehearsal, October 12 - November 11 performances

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW
September 8-22 rehearsal,  September 22 – November 4 performances

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL
October 28 - November 23 rehearsal,  November 23 - December 26 performances 

Roald Dahl's MATILDA THE MUSICAL
December 8 - January 12 rehearsal,  January 12 - March 3 performances

LOCOMOTION
January 2-25 rehearsal,  January 25 - February 24  performances

BIG RIVER: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
February 16 – March 15 rehearsal,  March 15 - April 14  performances

TINKER BELL
March 30 - April 26 rehearsal,  April 26 – June 3 performances

Young Performers at First Stage, if cast, are only cast in ONE production a year.

All shows are double cast and rehearsal and performance schedules are alternated between casts to cut in half the schedule commitment for any one young performer.

Our rehearsal schedule is three weeks in the evenings 4:00-8:30 pm, weekends 12:30-8:30 pm.

Tech week and performances are during the weekdays and weekend days, with some evening performances.

Young Performers, if cast, should prepare to miss 5-8 days of school from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm.

Last year, we auditioned 412 young performers and called back 343. We cast 168 in any of our eight shows. 

Please join us for a very exciting season!