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 will have summer general auditions to welcome returning or new young performers.  We ask you to prepare a 1-minute memorized monologue and a 1-minute song (optional).   Please sign up for a 30-minute slot on any of the following days:

  • Tuesday, June 26  (note date change as of June 13)
  • Monday, July 30
  • Tuesday, July 31

Sign up for your audition

We have held our first round of auditions and call backs for NATE THE GREAT, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW, Roald Dahl’s MATILDA The Musical, and THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL.  Casting is happening between June 1-20, 2018.   Call backs for LOCOMOTION, BIG RIVER: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 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.

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  Audition in April, or Summer General audition, 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.

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!