Young Performer Auditions
We are excited to share Young Performer audition info for our upcoming 2023/24 season!
A note from First Stage and our Belonging, Equity, Access and Diversity (BEAD) Committee
At First Stage we recognize that our audiences connect more deeply with our work when they see themselves on stage. To that end, we will list race/ethnicity/ability when specific to the character and/or story but are otherwise seeking all races, ethnicities and abilities. Additionally, while most characters we currently encounter in scripts are written with binary pronouns (he/him or she/her), our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible. We invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender, and non-binary actors to submit for the roles which most interest them. (adopted from language originally created by Kevin Kantor and Emily Trarquin of Actors Theatre of Louisville)
To Audition for the 2023/24 Season
Whether or not you have auditioned previously for First Stage, we are asking those interested to participate in our General Auditions this Summer (if you are only interested in shows rehearsing in the second half of our season).
If you are interested in auditioning for First Stage this season, please review our 2023/2024 season shows and dates to choose the productions/opportunities/roles for which you would like to be considered. Once you have made that decision, begin preparing for your audition.
For your audition, you can share a monologue and 30 seconds of a song (if you want to be considered for the musicals in our season, if not, you do not need to sing) of your choosing.
Or, if you prefer, prepare a scene and/or song 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 if needed. Review our listing of upcoming shows and audition materials here.
Please note: Though you may be using materials from a specific show, we will consider you for all options in our season for which you are available.
- Summer General Auditions, July 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 2023.
- Registration for Summer Auditions is available starting May 1.
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Summer General Audition Information
July 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 2023
If you attend the Spring General Auditions , you do not need to attend the Summer General Auditions; the Summer General Auditions are for those who did not attend the Spring General Auditions.
Sign Up for your Summer General Audition using the links below:
July 10, 2023: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094AACAD23A6FDC52-young6
July 11, 2023: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094AACAD23A6FDC52-young7
July 12, 2023: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094AACAD23A6FDC52-young8
July 17, 2023: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094AACAD23A6FDC52-young9
July 18, 2023: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094AACAD23A6FDC52-young10
July 19, 2023: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094AACAD23A6FDC52-young11
July 24, 2023: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094AACAD23A6FDC52-young12
July 25, 2023: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094AACAD23A6FDC52-young13
July 26, 2023: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094AACAD23A6FDC52-young14
In addition, you may submit a video audition by August 1 to be considered for the THE LIGHTNING THIEF, THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL; ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S "WE ARE IN A PLAY!"; and ESCAPE FROM PELIGRO ISLAND. Callbacks for these productions will be scheduled for the week and weekend following Labor Day. Exact schedule TBD.
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2023/2024 Season Young Performer Opportunities
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.
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.
Rehearsals are Wednesday through Friday from 4PM – 8:30PM, with a 20-minute dinner break; Saturdays from 12:30PM – 4PM or 5PM – 8:30PM, and Sundays from 10AM – 1:30PM or 2:30PM – 6PM.
Each Wednesday both casts of Young Performers are typically called to rehearsal, but on Thursday and Friday, 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 Performing Arts Center. 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.
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.
If cast in a First Stage production, you and your child understand and agree to the time commitment asked of you; including but not limited to transport to/from rehearsals and performances, attending all rehearsals when called, attending all performances your cast is scheduled for, and working with your counterpart should any conflicts arise for you or for them. If offered a role, you are expected to clear any outside commitments for the duration of rehearsal and performances. 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.
Past history tells us that Young Performers are generally not able to be on a sports team, competitive dance team, or in another show during the eight to ten weeks of rehearsal and performances. A dual commitment causes significant problems for both sides, and the young performers have a poorer experience in both cases.
Young Performers should expect to miss seven to nine days of school during performances. We work with schools and principals to make sure attendance is excused as long as you are completing all schoolwork.
Frequently Asked Questions
We ask that everyone attend general auditions this spring or summer. Please review the spring and summer audition dates and sign up accordingly.
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 late April and early May for the fall shows and after Labor Day for the Winter and Spring productions, during which we will provide you additional show specific materials to prepare.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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