The Little Mermaid Jr:
Every child ages 5-18 who auditions receives a role
Participation fee $75 due at auditions ($65 for 8-Event Subscribers)
Mandatory Parent Meeting
20 hours of family volunteer service required, in addition to working some performances
Completed Cast Registration Checklist must be turned in prior to receiving script
Double-cast with each cast performing six times in three weekends
Auditions for The Little Mermaid Jr will take place by appointment on Saturday, January 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Audition appointment will be scheduled after December 17. To schedule an appointment for an audition, send an email request with your name, age, and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a reply with your appointment time. Audition appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
PREPARING FOR AN AUDITION
AUDITION APPLICATION | The Audition Application may be downloaded and completed prior to auditions or may be completed at the audition, but must be signed by a parent or guardian for every child under 18 years of age. Please read the Actor and Parent Handbook for further information prior to auditioning.
PREPARING A SONG & MONOLOGUE | Those auditioning should prepare a monologue of 1-minute or less and an upbeat song of 1-minute or less from a contemporary musical in the style of the show. Examples include Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, Aladdin, Shrek, Tangled, Spongebob the Musical, and Seussical. Electronic accompaniment is preferred; a cappella is also acceptable.
CAST REGISTRATION CHECKLIST | You will receive a Cast Registration Checklist at the audition along with further instructions. It requires that paperwork, payment, and parent meeting attendance are complete prior to scripts being distributed. See copy below.
CALLBACKS | Callbacks will be held Tuesday, January 8 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. You will be notified by email if the director would like to see you for a callback. Being asked to attend callbacks is not an indication of how casting will occur.
CONFLICTS | All potential conflicts must be indicated on the Audition Application. A commitment to attend all rehearsals not indicated as conflicts will be required. Missing additional rehearsals beyond those indicated may result in removal from scenes. Attending all cast performances will be required. Performance dates are the weekends of February 22 - March 10. See the rehearsal and performance calendar above for dates and times. Conflicts submitted after casting cannot be accommodated.
CAST LIST | Once casting is complete, the cast list will be emailed to the email address listed on the Audition Application. The cast list will be posted on this website's Current Show page and emailed to the email address listed on the Audition Application on Wednesday, January 9 at 8:30 p.m.
CREW | Teens interested in tech or crew positions should submit an online Crew Application no later than February 2 for optimum placement and inclusion in the program. Placement will depend on availability and experience.
MANDATORY PARENT MEETING | Attendance at a Parent Meeting is mandatory and will take place Thursday, January 10 at 5:15 p.m. Scripts will be given to cast members once Parent Meeting attendance has been verified, if all other checklist items have also been completed.
SCRIPT DISTRIBUTION | On Thursday, January 10 a read-through of the script will take place to acquaint each actor with the musical or play, as well as with their role. Scripts will be distributed only to cast members who have returned their completed Cast Registration Checklist.
CHILDREN UNDER 10 YEARS OF AGE | All children under ten must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 or older at all rehearsals and performances.
HEADSHOTS | Please note only headshots taken by The ACT’s official photographer will be accepted for the program and will take place on Saturday, January 12 during the potluck.
MANDATORY VOLUNTEER HOURS | This is a volunteer-driven theatre. Your help and support are required and appreciated for the success of each show and in order to keep our participation fees low.
WHERE DO AUDITIONS TAKE PLACE? Auditions take place at the theatre, which is located at 359 Lake Park Rd, Suite 118 in Lewisville. Upon arrival, park in the east parking lot and enter through the main doors.
WHAT WILL AUDITIONS BE LIKE? Each director holds auditions differently. For this production, auditions will be closed. Those auditioning will be called individually before the director and casting committee. When a child takes the stage for the audition, he/she should give his/her name and age and tell the directors what he/she will be performing. After the audition, the child is free to leave.
WHAT SHOULD I SING IN MY AUDITION? For auditions where you are asked to prepare a song, choose one that showcases your vocal ability. If you are interested in a specific role, choose a song that will show the director that you can perform that role. It doesn’t need to be a song from the show for which you are auditioning. Younger performers can simply sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," their ABC’s, or can choose something more complicated if desired. Whatever you choose, make sure to remain under the 1-minute time limit.
I READ THAT EVERYONE WHO AUDITIONS RECEIVES A ROLE. WHAT IF I AM ONLY INTERESTED IN CERTAIN ROLES? There is a place on the audition application to state this. Make sure to write the word “only” after you’ve listed the role(s). If the director chooses not to cast you in the “only” roles you’ve chosen, one of two things will happen: 1) You will not be cast in the show, or 2) You will receive a phone call from the assistant director or stage manager offering you another role in the show. It is probable that if you do not receive the specific role(s) you listed, you will not be offered an alternate role (note school grade restrictions on the plays).
WHAT IF I AM OUT OF TOWN ON THE AUDITION DATE? Those who are not able to audition on the scheduled audition date will need to submit an Audition Application from this website and an audition video to email@example.com by the time the first audition begins. Include the show for which you are auditioning in your subject line.
HOW WILL I BE NOTIFIED OF A CALLBACK? Not everyone will receive a callback. Most of the time, the director sees what he/she needs to see during the audition and makes decisions based on the audition. If the director needs to see you again, you will receive an email with an invitation to attend callbacks and further instructions.
WHAT IS A CALLBACK LIKE? No two callbacks are the same. You could simply be asked to just show up, or you could be asked to prepare a specific song or memorize a few lines from the show. Try not to stress about it and just be yourself!
I AM INTERESTED IN A PRODUCTION CREW POSITION. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO? Submit the production crew application from this website by February 5. Teens 13 and older are eligible for production crew positions.
WHAT IF I HAVE ALREADY ATTENDED A PARENT MEETING? The Parent Meeting must be attended once per season, beginning with the summer production. If you have already attended a Parent Meeting in the 20th season that began with the summer production of Aladdin Jr., you do not need to attend another until next season.
MAY ADULTS AUDITION? Adults may audition, but are not guaranteed a role. An adult participant is an actor who is age 19 or older, unless the actor is age 19 and is still enrolled in high school. If an actor turns 19 during a season and the actor is still enrolled in high school at the beginning of that season, the actor remains eligible to audition as a child participant until the end of that same season. Adults also pay the participation fee.