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Youth Theatre Auditions

The Topeka Civic Theatre (TCT) Academy hosts three plays and two musicals each season. Helen Hocker Theater (HHT) hosts four youth productions: two musicals and two plays, as well as one haunted experience know as Project Halloween. These are full scale productions that include a fun, immersive rehearsal schedule: 4 evenings and 1 Sunday afternoon each week. The TCT Academy and HHT youth productions are for the general public and tickets are sold for each performance. Auditions are required and have limited cast sizes. Our TCT Academy and HHT productions are also managed by students! So if a child isn’t in the cast, but wants to be involved behind the scenes, ask about our Technical Theatre program.

Next Auditions

Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2024
1:00-4:00 PM

Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Flexible size cast with multiple youth male and female roles available

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

TBA

SYNOPSIS
The delicious adventures of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film, in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory — or suffer the consequences.

Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2024
1:00-4:00 PM

Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Multiple roles for youth males and females ages 6 – 18 years

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

TBA

SYNOPSIS
It’s unusual for a modern work to become a classic so quickly, but Tolkien’s “ring” stories, which began with The Hobbit, clearly are in this very special category. They stir the imagination and intellect of everyone they touch. Bilbo, one of the most conservative of all Hobbits, is asked to leave his large, roomy and very dry home in the ground in order to set off as chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It’s the last thing that any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results—not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth—and the hearts of those children and adults who continue to enjoy this kind of magic.

Upcoming Auditions

HELEN HOCKER THEATER
Monday, October 21, 2024
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Multiple roles for boys and girls ages 10 – 13

TOPEKA CIVIC THEATRE & ACADEMY
Saturday, January 4, 2025
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Multiple roles for youth males and females ages 6 – 18 years

HELEN HOCKER THEATER
Saturday, January 18, 2025
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Multiple roles for youth males and females ages 6 – 18 years

TOPEKA CIVIC THEATRE & ACADEMY
Saturday, February 15, 2025
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Large cast with multiple roles for youth males and females ages 6 – 18 years

TOPEKA CIVIC THEATRE & ACADEMY
Saturday, May 17, 2025
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Multiple roles for youth males and females ages 6 – 18 years

HELEN HOCKER THEATER
Friday, May 30, 2025
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Multiple roles for youth males and females ages 6 – 18 years

HELEN HOCKER THEATER
Saturday, May 31, 2025
12:00 NOON – 4:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Multiple roles for youth males and females ages 6 – 18 years

Additional Audition Information

WHAT TO EXPECT
Those auditioning will be asked to read scenes in small groups. You will not need to have anything memorized and you will be allotted time to gain familiarity with the lines with your group/partner prior.
WHAT TO BRING

  • A Pencil
  • Music for Pianist (Musicals only)
  • Your Calendar of Availability – You will be asked to provide your availability and indicate any conflicts with the scheduled rehearsals at auditions
  • A Collaborative Attitude – Auditioning can be a vulnerable experience, bringing an exploratory and lively attitude allows the other cast members and production team to guide and support you through your audition.
  • Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes!
MUSICALS
Please come prepared with a song (16 measures or more). It is preferred that you sing a song from the show, though not required. An accompanist will be provided for auditions. Your audition will also contain choreography; you will be allotted time to learn and then perform a short dance routine with a small group
CHECK OUT A SCRIPT
If you are interested in auditioning for a production, you’re encouraged to preview its script beforehand. Scripts are available two to four weeks prior to auditions through the Box Office. Scripts may be checked out for three business days. A refundable fee of $10 is required for HHT or $25 for TCT. If the script is returned after 5 PM on the third business day, the deposit will be considered payment and is nonrefundable. Scripts returned on schedule will have their deposit refunded.
HOW TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION
SCHEDULE AN AUDITION AT TCT

Email Cassie Hermes or call the Box Office at 785.357.5211
Tuesday – Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM.

SCHEDULE AN AUDITION AT HHT

Email Kari Johnson or call 785.251.5990
Monday – Friday 10 AM – 5 PM.