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.

You must prepare the following:

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

A one-minute song of your choice, to be sung a capella or with sheet music – either way is fine.

The song should best represent your voice strength. We want to hear your voice in the best range possible for you at this time. We do not have a preference as to what you sing.  Your song is great.  Or choose from one of the above songs listed. One minute is usually a verse and chorus.  If you start to repeat part of the song, that’s too long. Verse and chorus. Get to the good part. Show off your individual singing voice. You will be stopped after 80 seconds (don’t make us do that…!)

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.

In addition, we will be offering Audition Workshops to learn all the music for call backs on the following dates/times:    

  • Friday, April 20, 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 25, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 26, 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 28, 10:00 am-noon
  • Saturday, April 28, Noon - 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 1, 6:00-8:00 pm

SIGN UP FOR AUDITION WORKSHOPS   

These workshops, led by Jeff Schaetzke, will teach you all the call back music for the NATE THE GREAT, Roald Dahl's MATILDA THE MUSICAL, and THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL call backs, and give you call back techniques to help prepare you for whatever call back you have been invited to.  One of these is encouraged at one time. We will limit each session to 40 young performers.   Information will be sent to you about what you’re called back for, and mp3s will be posted to help you practice.  

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!