Auditions

Beauty & the BeastNWCT’s casting process begins each year with Season Auditions, where over 400 performers are seen for consideration for the next season of NWCT programming, including Mainstage casts and Second Stage programs. As part of our mission to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of young audiences, students and professional adult actors appear on the NWCT stage.

2017-18 Season Auditions

The 2017-18 Season Audition dates are MAY 19, 20 & 21, 2017.
 
NEW THIS SEASON, most performers will schedule an Audition Appointment online beginning April 18. Please note: You will only be able to use the online scheduling tool until 8:00pm on May 12. After that please contact the Production Manager to schedule your appointment.
 
Use the Quick Links above to download the Youth or Adult Season Audition Packet. Follow the instructions in the Audition Packet for preparing your documents. Bring the completed Forms with you to the audition; please do not send them to NWCT prior to your audition. 
 
Current Audition Class students: If you are enrolled in an Audition Class (Spring term), you will perform your audition pieces for the Studio and Studio JR Auditions Panel during one of your scheduled class sessions. However, if you want to be considered for the NWCT Mainstage shows, you will need to schedule an audition appointment for MAY 19, 20 or 21. Ages 10 and up for the Mainstage. 
 
Current Studio NW students: If you are a current member of Studio NW you may perform your pieces during the Studio Group Auditions, and it will count as your Mainstage and Second Stage audition. Contact your Studio teacher to sign up for one of the group auditions. Do not schedule your audition online. 
 
Below, please find general information about auditioning at NWCT. Season audition packets will be available for download soon.

What am I auditioning for?

NWCT will hold General Auditions in MAY, followed by callbacks in JUNE to cast the next year’s season of Mainstage productions and Second Stage programs. More details are provided in the Season Audition Packet along with a complete Season Performance Schedule.

Mainstage productions are fully-produced plays cast with professional and amateur adult and youth actors. NWCT's 2017-18 season of plays will be announced at NWCT's Annual Auction on March 3rd, 2017.

Second Stage programs are professional training programs for advanced student actors, including Kid’s Company NW, Studio JRStudio NW, and Interns NW.

What should I prepare for an audition at NWCT?

All auditioners (adult and youth) are asked to memorize and present:
  • An age-appropriate monologue (30-60 seconds long)
  • A song 16-32 bars long (musical theater-style preferred)
What kind of material should I prepare?

Monologues selected from a play (rather than from a book of monologues), and standards or musical theater song selections (rather than pop songs) are preferred.  Above all, choose material you like that best shows your abilities. Adults, there will be children present at your audition so please select appropriate materials. 
 
Where can I find audition materials?
 
Your local library and the internet are good resources for audition material. Audition classes are held at NWCT each spring. Asking your music or theater teacher for suggestions may be helpful. 

Who will watch my audition?

NWCT auditions are closed to all except our directors, guest artists, and Interns NW members who are assisting the event. Parents, siblings, and friends are not permitted to watch the auditions.

What do I need to bring to the audition?
  • Your completed Season Audition Form (in the Season Audition Packet)
  • A current headshot (a clear photo of your face, any size, in black and white or color). A school photo is fine. Industry headshots are also accepted.
  • A Resume or Experience Form (available in the Season Audition Packet)
  • Sheet music to the song you will sing, with the beginning and ending clearly marked. An accompanist will be provided. Auditioners may also bring recorded accompaniment on CD or sing a cappella.
What and when are callbacks?

Callbacks are further auditions for specific shows or programs. Information is sent by US mail to let auditioners know what they are being considered for. You will receive callback information via US mail within approximately two weeks following your audition. If you do not receive your form in the mail within two weeks of your audition, contact the Production Manager

NWCT will hold general callbacks for the Mainstage season during the first three weeks of June. Callbacks for other programs will be held on various dates throughout the summer and season. Sometimes there is more than one callback date per show. If you are called back for any show or program you will be notified via email closer to the callback date with details for preparation, and the opportunity to attend or decline.

If any of your contact information changes after Season Auditions, please be sure to update NWCT's Production Manager, with your new information.

How will I know if I’m cast in a Mainstage show or Second Stage program?

You will be directly notified during the callback process or after the final callback is held whether or not you are offered a role in a show or program.

When are rehearsals and performances?

The production schedule varies for each show. Rehearsals are typically afternoon/evening on Sundays, and afternoon/evenings Monday-Thursday until Tech Week (the week before opening). Each Mainstage and Second Stage production schedule is distributed at the time of callbacks. Conflicts are considered during casting. 

What if I still have a question not answered here?

Contact the NWCT Production Manager, or 503-222-2190 x 21. 

NWCT’s mission is to educate, entertain, and enrich the lives of young audiences. Your audition experience is an important part of fulfilling that goal. If you have questions about your audition or casting following your callback, you are encouraged to contact NWCT.

Just for Adult Performers

Adult performers attend NWCT general auditions at the same time as youth performers.

Adults who have performed in a Mainstage cast during the past five years are not required to schedule an audition appointment. Please send your completed Adult Season Audition Packet (PDF is preferred format) to NWCT's Production Manager no later than May 20, 2017. 

Adult performers who are NEW to NWCT should schedule an appointment online and bring the completed Adult Season Audition Packet to the audition. 
 
Other information for adult actors:
  • NWCT typically hires non-equity actors.
  • Casting is usually age appropriate. 
  • Most main stage roles are paid a stipend. All performers receive complimentary tickets to the show.
  • All performers ages 18+ must pass a Background Check before starting rehearsals. If offered a role in a production you will be given instructions for completing a Background Check, and your casting will be contingent upon approval from DHS. 
  • Rehearsals are typically Sunday-Thursday afternoon/evenings until Tech Week. Calendars are distributed with the final callback announcement so actors have the opportunity to verify availability before RSVPing for the callback.
  • Our performance schedule includes School Matinees (daytime performances during the week) and Public Performances on evenings and weekends. Full performance schedules are provided at the callback. 
  • All conflicts are considered during casting.

 

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