Young Performer Auditions

Important updates as of August 19, 2022:

We are excited to share Young Performer audition info for our upcoming 2022/23 season!

Callbacks for the remainder of the season will be held in September 7-13, and are by call back only. These shows include:

An additional callback audition will be held Tuesday, September 13, 4PM-7PM for any additional needs or clarifications, or young performances who may have missed the dates above.

If you are interested in any of these  shows, please email

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YP General Audition Information

New Students or Returning Students Wanting to Re-Audition

First Stage will be having OPEN GENERAL auditions for all roles in the 2022/23 season of six Mainstage productions and three Amplify Series readings.

The next general audition for new or returning students will be August 9-10, 2022.  Sign-ups will begin June 1, 2022.To sign up for an audition, please email with your preferred 30-minute time block between 3:30PM-8PM and your preferred date. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

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2022/2023 Season Young Performer Opportunities

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What is it like to be in a First Stage production?

Being cast in a First Stage show is a lot of work and a lot of fun!

Young performers are always “double cast”’ and share their roles with a “counterpart”, which is another young performer in which you will share duties, blocking, performance responsibilities and may be asked to switch rehearsals or performances on a limited basis.

Rehearsal schedule:
Young performers work with the adult, professional actors, professional stage management team, and directors to rehearse and perform the roles in any given production.

The typical rehearsal/performance commitment is between 8 – 9 weeks.

Young performers begin rehearsals on YP weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

Rehearsals are Wednesday through Friday from 4 – 8:30pm, with a 20-minute dinner break; Saturdays from 12:30 – 4pm or 5 – 8:30pm, and Sundays from 10am – 1:30pm or 2:30pm – 6pm.  

During the week, young performer casts will alternate rehearsal days. This keeps young performers fresh with their schoolwork and not at rehearsal every single night.  On the weekends, casts alternate between the first rehearsal block and second rehearsal block.  This adds up to four rehearsals per week in each cast. There will be three to four BOTH CAST rehearsals in which we call all of the young performers to have them work together or watch each other.

Rehearsals for the first three weeks are at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center. At the end of the third week, our Mainstage production rehearsals will move to the Todd Wehr Theater at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. All other productions will typically tech in Goodman Mainstage Hall at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center.

Once Mainstage shows move to the Marcus Center, pick up and drop off is at the Stage Door of the Marcus Center on State Street.  An Assistant Stage Manager will meet them at the door and wait for their rides with them after rehearsals or performances.

Performance schedules:
Our school matinee performances are in the morning and into the lunch hour.  Young performers should expect to miss between 7 and 9 days of school from 8:30am until 1:45pm.

Young performers to be at their show times one hour before their performance, and to be picked up 30 minutes after the final show of the day.  A typical show call is 9:00am until 1:45pm. If you are available, you will to go to school in the morning before 8:30am or after the shows from 2:00pm on. 

We work with schools and principals to make sure your attendance is excused as long as your work is being completed.  Because of the school commitment, we only cast young performers in one show during any season.

Once you are offered a role in a show, you are expected to have any outside commitments cleared for the duration of rehearsal or performances.  In very rare exception can we allow you to miss rehearsal – we only have three weeks to put a production together, and time is valuable.

If you’re cast in a show, it means you aren’t able to be on a sports team, competitive dance team, or in another show during those eight weeks.  It isn’t fair to either production or team and it usually makes the young performers have a poorer experience in both cases.

Please discuss any possible conflicts with casting or Stage Management at the time of the offer.  We have to replace young performers from time to time who have unexpected conflicts or conflicts that haven’t been communicated.

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Audition Process - What Do I Do?

If you are interested in auditioning for First Stage this season, please review our 2022/23 season shows and dates to choose the productions/opportunities for which you would like to be considered. Once you have made that decision, here are the next steps:

1. Prepare Your Audition

For your audition, you can share a monologue and 30 seconds of a song (if you are a singer) of your choosing.

Or, if you would prefer preparing a scene from one of the productions that you are interested in, look through the scenes available for your preferred show and choose a character and a scene to prepare (we will ask other auditionees to read with you at the audition). Please note that some of the shows you may be interested in auditioning for also ask for a song.

2. Schedule your Audition Date and Time

Once you have chosen a monologue or scene and song to prepare, schedule a time for an in-person audition at Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 West Walnut Street, by emailing and selecting your preferred date(s) and time(s).

You may also audition by video by submitting a self-video of your monologue, scene or song and sending it to

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have auditioned previously for First Stage? Do I need to audition again?

If you auditioned during our 2021/22 season, you do not have to do a general audition. Simply choose the role(s) and show(s) you would like to audition for, and send an email to We will respond with a time for your audition. Until then, look over the scenes and songs if applicable to prepare yourself for the audition.

What if I am interested and available for more than one show?
When you send in your audition information, include which shows you would be interested and available for, but you only need to prepare one audition. 

Do I have to sing or is sharing a scene or a monologue enough?
If you do not want to be considered for musicals, a scene or monologue is perfect. If you do want to be considered for any of the musicals, please share 30-60 seconds of a song that you feel represents you and your voice.

What happens next?
Based on your submissions, we will invite young performers to specific auditions, which will take place between April 19 - May 24, 2022, during which we will provide you additional show specific materials to prepare.

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Other Performance Opportunities

Auditions for First Stage Theater Academy’s Company Class (March/April), Young Company (August) and First Stage Theater Academy’s Performance Experience Classes are scheduled separately.

For more information about these auditions, please contact the Academy office at (414) 267-2970 or

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For further information about First Stage auditions, please email

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