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Oldham County Youth Theatre

Trina Jackson, Artistic Director

Winter/Spring Theatre Auditions 2022/23

YOU MUST SIGN UP TO AUDITION FOR ALL MUSICALS AND PLAYS THROUGH "SIGN UP GENIUS"

No walk-ins.

Here are the links for all of the audition signups:

Auditions for A Year with Frog and Toad are closed.

Godspell: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4BAFA628ABFBC70-godspell

Mary Poppins Jr.:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4BAFA628ABFBC70-mary

The Odyssey: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4BAFA628ABFBC70-the

Murder on the 518 : https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4BAFA628ABFBC70-murder

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4BAFA628ABFBC70-the1


AUDITIONING FOR the Sr. Musical: Godspell and the Kid’s Musical: A Year with Frog and Toad will be done virtually by submitting a video audition tape via the Flipgrid platform. Flipgrid platform will allow students to re-record themselves as many times as they want before submission. If the submission is longer than the criteria it will not be accepted.

  • The DEADLINE to submit a Flipgrid audition tape for Sr. Musical, Godspell is December 5th at midnight.

AUDITIONING FOR the Jr. Musical, Mary Poppins and the PLAYS: Will be in-person auditions on various days.

AUDITION DATES & TIMES FOR Mary Poppins and the PLAYS:

  • Kid’s Play, The Odyssey: December 6th, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Jr. Musical, Mary Poppins, Jr.: December 5th, 6-8pm and December 7th, 4:45-8:45pm, December 10th, 9-11am
  • Jr. Play, Murder on the 518: December 7th, 6:45-8:45pm
  • Sr. Play, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: December 5th, 6-8pm

CALLBACKS:

If your student receives a callback, they are being asked to come back to read or sing for a specific character, as determined by the director. Callbacks do not guarantee casting, and likewise, NOT receiving a callback doesn’t guarantee you won’t be cast. Please plan to stay for the entirety of the callback time, but understand that students may be released early.

If your student is called back for more than one show, they will need to attend both callback times. If those times overlap, directors will coordinate to be sure that students have time to read for both.

CALLBACK DATES:

  • Kid’s Musical, A Year with Frog and Toad: December 2nd, 4:30-5:30pm and 5:30-7:30pm
  • Kid’s Play, The Odyssey: December 8th, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Jr. Musical, Mary Poppins, Jr.: December 10th, 11am-1pm
  • Jr. Play, Murder on the 518: December 10th, 1-3pm
  • Sr. Musical, Godspell: December 10th, 10am-12pm
  • Sr. Play, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: December 10th, 11:30am-1:30pm

KIDS Musical: A Year with Frog and Toad (Grades 2-5)

A hit on Broadway, A Year with Frog and Toad was nominated for three Tony Awards – including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books, and featuring a hummable score by Robert and Willie Reale, this whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons.

Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe... all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.

The jazzy, upbeat score of A Year with Frog and Toad bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant and enchanting musical for the whole family. It is a perfect show to be performed by an ensemble group of actors and can be produced with either simple or extravagant staging and sets.

  • Begins January 4, 2023
  • Rehearsals: Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Performances: March 2, 3 & 4 at 7pm
  • Tuition: $275

Directed/Choreographed by: Olivia Wolthoff & Elizabeth Bolls

KIDS Play – The Odyssey (Grades 2-5)

This fast-paced and funny adaptation brings Homer's original story to life for young audiences. Clever Odysseus and his crewmates Pete and Locke must overcome many perils on their long voyage home from Troy, including an nearsighted Cyclops named Polly, some Sirens crooning elevator music, and various other Gods, Goddesses and Monsters of Greek Mythology.

  • Begins January 4
  • Rehearsals: Wednesdays & Fridays, 4:30pm-6:30pm
  • Performances: February 23, 24 & 25 at 7pm
  • Tuition: $275

Directed by: Mary Einfeldt

JR Musical: Mary Poppins, Jr. (Grades 6-8)

Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical!

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins JR. is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers.

  • Begins January 4
  • Rehearsals: Wednesdays & Fridays, 6:45-8:45pm
  • Performances: April 13, 14 & 15 at 7pm
  • Tuition: $395

Directed/Choreographed by: Rachel Strader & Sabrina Robertson

JR Play: Murder on the 518 (Grades 6-9)

Red-eye travelers on the westbound 518 are in for a surprise when first one passenger, and then another, mysteriously drop dead right before their eyes — and just as the train is halted by a rock slide in an isolated canyon.  Because the pair appears to have been poisoned, anyone and everyone in the train dining car is a suspect!

Unable to call for help, the eccentric passengers — including two newlyweds, an astronomy professor, a sports recruiter, a CEO, a movie star, an aspiring musician, and others — try to work together with the waitstaff to find the murderer before they reach their destination and the killer escapes for good!  Unfortunately, not everything (or everyone) is as it seems.

This family-friendly mystery is sure to keep the audience guessing right up until the train pulls into the station.  Hold on tight — Murder on the 518 is quite the ride!

  • Begins January 3
  • Rehearsals: Tuesdays & Thursday, 4:45pm-6:45pm
  • Performances: March 23, 24 & 25 at 7pm
  • Tuition: $395

Directed by: Makayla Sharp

SR Musical: Godspell (Grades 9-12)

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, "Day by Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All for the Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."

A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.

Boasting a score with chart topping songs, a book by a visionary playwright (John-Michael Tebelak) and a feature film, Godspell is a sensation that continues to touch audiences. Because of its small technical demands and minimal cast size, it has become a staple of theatre companies, large and small.

  • Begins January 9
  • Rehearsals: Mondays & Thursdays, 4:45pm-6:45pm
  • Performances: April 20, 21 & 22 at 7pm
  • Tuition: $395

Directed/Choreographed by: Trina Jackson & Brandi Lavrich

SR Play: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Grades 9-12)

Adapted from the novel by L. Frank Baum. After Dorothy’s house falls and accidentally kills the evil ruler of the Munchkins, the Good Witch of the North gives Dorothy a pair of silver shoes and tells her she must travel down a path of yellow bricks to get to Emerald City, where she can seek help from the Wizard of Oz. At the Emerald City, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion meet the enigmatic Wizard of Oz, who appears as a large green head to Dorothy, a lovely lady to the Scarecrow, a hairy beast to the Tin Woodman, and a fireball to the Cowardly Lion. The Wizard agrees to help Dorothy and her friends but only if they kill the Wicked Witch of the West, who rules over Winkie Country. This adaptation features the back stories of the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion and some characters not included in the movie including Mr. Joker and the Princess of China Country.

  • Begins January 9
  • Rehearsals: Mondays & Thursdays, 6:45-8:45pm
  • Performances: April 27, 28 & 29 at 7pm
  • Tuition: $395

Directed by: Makayla Sharp

Theatre Classes

Musical Theatre Workshop (Grades 2-5)

This class is designed for training young actors in basic skills necessary to succeed in musical productions. Students will spend time learning the basics of choreography, singing, and acting in theatrical numbers. This class will culminate with an in-class performance on the last day to showcase what they learned!

  • Begins January 6
  • Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00
  • 10 weeks, $225

Instructors: Mary Einfeldt & Ellie MacWilliams

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Engage the Stage (Grades 2-4)

This is a class for young students looking to develop their acting skills! We will focus more in-depth on acting techniques through drama exercises, ensemble work, monologues, scene work, and some audition prep! Students will work to gain proficiency in order to expand their performance ranges, and take on more challenging roles with confidence. This class will culminate with an in-class performance on the last day!

  • Begins January 4
  • Mondays 4:30-6pm
  • 10 weeks, $225

Instructor: Makayla Sharp

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How to Write a Picture Book (Grades 8-12 and Adults)

This 10-week course will cover the following topics:

Intro to PBs / characterization

Plotting / external arc

Types of conflict / internal arc

Show vs tell

Writing with musicality

Leave room for your illustrator

Routine and revision

How to be a good critique partner

Querying

The business of picture books

  • Begins January 7
  • Saturdays 10:30am-12pm
  • 10 weeks, $150

Instructor: Shannon Stocker

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