All Adult and Youth auditions for Children’s Theatre Company shows are listed here and on MinnesotaPlaylist.com. CTC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We advocate for diversity throughout the organization and strongly encourage applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups.
Auditions for adult Equity and non-Equity actors are held periodically throughout the year. Preparation is needed and based on the specific needs of each production. Adult actor positions are paid.
Auditions for youths (student actors) between the ages of 8 and 18 are held at various times during the year depending on the needs of each production. Typically, we hold auditions anywhere from 6-9 months in advance of the production’s first rehearsal. Our auditions for student actors are usually group-style format. Each audition notice will detail the specifics of who we are looking for, what the actor will do (e.g. sing, dance, monologues, etc.) and how to schedule an audition. All auditions are by appointment only. The student actor positions are unpaid.
Some Theatre Arts Training classes and camps require an audition before enrolling.
Youth Casting Call
Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical
Children’s Theatre Company
Directed by Jenn Thompson
Children’s Theatre Company is encouraging students of any/all racial backgrounds, abilities, and experience levels to audition.
We are now accepting video auditions for the following roles for the original production of Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical through January 25th!
The theatre is especially looking for strong actor/singer/dancers grades 4-12 (ages 10-18). Must be available for rehearsals and shows beginning March 19, 2022 through June 18, 2022 (with a possible 2-week extension).
Things to Know About the Show
- This musical is based on the series of books by Jeff Kinney.
- This show premiered at CTC in an earlier form in 2016.
- Language is reflective of middle school and high school vernacular such as “sucks,” “turd breath,” “dork,” “butt munch” and “stupid loser.”
- Multiple characters suffer the pain of middle school bullying, feeling outcast and ostracized.
- Rodrick explores the boundaries of moving into the adult world with picking inappropriate reading material and questionable language (“Who wants their chestnuts roasted?!”)
CTC is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and justice in our organization and our community, and thus we seek a broad spectrum of young people to tell our stories onstage. We strongly encourage and welcome student actors who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color, performers with disabilities, as well as those who are from other underrepresented communities. We are gender-inclusive – all are welcome.
Due to our current COVID protocol, we will only be casting youth 10-18 who are fully vaccinated by February 1, 2022.
- CHIRAG GUPTA (SUPPORTING) – SOUTH ASIAN DESCENT Actor plays middle-school boy, Greg’s quick-witted and wily classmate, who is enthusiastically engaged in a years long prank-battle with Greg. Seeking strong, comedic young performer with a powerful unchanged singing voice.
- JOSHIE (SUPPORTING) – ANY ETHNICITY World Wide Eurovision type star, super wholesome and supportive. Every ten year old girl is in love with him.. Seeking strong, comedic young performer with a powerful singing voice.
- ROWLEY JEFFERSON (LEAD) – ANY ETHNICITY Actor plays 11 year-old boy, first year middle schooler, with a determinedly sunny disposition and über positive outlook on life. Almost blindly devoted to Greg, but ultimately capable of standing up for himself. Seeking strong, comedic young performer with a powerful, unchanged singing voice.
- RODRICK HEFFLEY (SUPPORTING) – ANY ETHNICITY Actor plays sullen, sarcastic 16 year-old, older brother of Greg, and his main tormentor. Brash and obnoxious, Rodrick is the front-man of the heavy-metal, garage band; Löded Diper and delights in torturing Greg and taxing their parents’ goodwill. Seeking strong, comedic young performer with a powerful, singing voice. High rock tenor mix to D5.
- ENSEMBLE – ANY ETHNICITIES Seeking additional performers to play a variety of roles, including Bryce Anderson (dreamboat classmate of Greg’s who enjoys unfettered adoration and popularity), Chris Hosey & Lionel James (elementary school buddies Greg is trying to move beyond), and Teen Thugs (members of Rodrick’s prank-playing, head-bashing crowd).
March 19, 2022 through June 18, 2022 (with a possible 2-week extension)
We rehearse/perform Tuesday through Sunday – after school and all day on the weekends. There would be an eight-week period in which students would be required to work with their schools to be out of school during our technical rehearsals and for student matinee performances. For the technical rehearsals (April 19-29), they would be able to attend school in the morning – needing to be at the theatre by 11:30am. For the student matinees (May 3 – June 9), they would be called at the theatre from 9:30am–12:30pm Tuesday through Friday.
We will be accepting video audition submissions through January 25th.
- To submit your materials, please use this link: https://airtable.com/shrIiIK9DpzA0mn7B
WHAT TO PREPARE
- Download and practice the song and scenes for the roles you will be auditions for here:
HEALTH & SAFETY
To ensure the safety of our company and audiences from COVID-19, we will follow all CDC guidelines, along with our industry union approved protocols throughout the production period. All company members must be fully vaccinated by February 1, 2022 and provide proof of vaccination.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions to Tina Hermosillo at email@example.com
Youth Casting Call
Something Happened in Our Town
Children’s Theatre Company
Written by Cheryl West
Directed by Timothy Douglas
Friendships challenged, a world changed, and two young people struggling to make sense of it all. Follow best friends and next-door neighbors, Josh and Emma, as they navigate their way through an experience beyond their control and understanding. Emma’s family is white, and her beloved uncle is a police officer; Josh’s family is Black, and his teenaged brother Malcolm is fired up about being an activist.
Josh and Emma have many questions about the tragic killing of a Black man by a white police officer. Real questions that deserve real answers. But during conversations over dinner, at bedtime, before and after school, their families find answers don’t come easily. As tensions rise, Emma and Josh learn painful lessons about patterns of injustice. Can they save their friendship and start a new pattern in their community?
Things to Know About the Show
- The play is based on the picture book of the same name, which was written by a bi-racial team of child psychologists.
- This show is a world premiere.
- Honest conversation, from multiple perspectives, centered around a police shooting of a Black man.
- Snatches of the news coverage are heard.
- Concern among adults and young people about family members getting hurt. Young people see the possibility of themselves getting hurt.
- Discussion of looting/burning/rioting in protest of the shooting.
- Young people verbally bullied by their peers.
Children’s Theatre Company is looking for Black, White, Asian American, Southwest Asian, North African and East African actors to be at this audition call.
All of the children are about 8 years old in the play – however, we will be casting only youth 10 and up, anticipating those cast under age 12 will be vaccinated prior to rehearsals beginning. We are looking for students who may play younger, in terms of height and appearance. See below for more details:
- Daniel – Emma and Josh’s classmate. Opinionated.
ROLES (Black/African American)
- Josh Perkins – Thoughtful, cautious. Wrestling with his world that is being shaken.
- Sophia – Emma and Josh’s classmate. Opinionated.
ROLES (Asian American) – Only looking for understudy
- Ling – Emma and Josh’s classmate. Stands up for herself.
ROLES (Southwest Asian/North African/East African)
- Omad – New student whose family recently arrived from out of country. Timid. Comes in at the end of the play.
All roles are understudied. We will be casting 5-7 youth understudies as well.
January 25 through March 27, 2022
We rehearse/perform Tuesday through Sunday – after school and all day on the weekends. There would be a five-week period in which students would be required to work with their schools to be out of school during our technical rehearsals and for student matinee performances. For the technical rehearsals (February 22-March 4), they would be able to attend school in the morning – needing to be at the theatre by 11:30am. For the student matinees (March 8-25), they would be called at the theatre from 9:30am – 12:30pm Tuesday through Friday.
Sunday, November 14 – 2–4pm (additional time will be added if needed)
- We will be holding these auditions in person at the Children’s Theatre Company at 2400 Third Avenue South/Minneapolis 55404.
- We share the building with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). Our entrance for auditions is through the Stage Door on the south side of the building across from the parking ramp.
- We will be following our COVID protocol for these auditions – everyone will be masked. More information will be sent closer to the audition date.
- To sign up for a time slot, follow this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A054FABAA23A5FA7-ctcstudent6
What to Prepare
- Please follow this link https://airtable.com/shrjRYNjrsxeJTMex to fill out our audition form.
- You will be reading a section of the script (“sides”) along with CTC Artistic Director, Peter Brosius. The director of the production, Timothy Douglas, and the playwright, Cheryl West, will be attending by video call. A member of the stage management team will also be present, watching and participating.
- You can find the sides to practice in advance in the airtable link above.
If the director, Timothy Douglas, would like to see you again to spend more time with the script, those callback times will be Tuesday, November 16 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Please be aware that we will be contacting people Saturday afternoon and evening to set up callback times. It will be a quick turnaround.
To ensure the safety of our company and audiences from COVID-19, we will follow all CDC guidelines, along with our industry union-approved protocols throughout the production period. All student actors must be fully vaccinated by January 15, 2022 and provide proof of vaccination.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions to Domino at firstname.lastname@example.org.