Students ages 8-17 are invited to audition for a current production. Auditions typically consist of a one-minute song performed for the Artistic Team, with the possibility to learn and perform a short dance routine. The audition process may also include a “callback” in which a student may be asked to read for a speaking role in the play.  Auditions are a wonderful way for students to gain self-confidence and to show the best of their talents!

How to sign up for an audition

Interested in auditioning for one of our upcoming productions? Signing up for an audition is a two step process.  (not applicable for a summer production)

First, you must have created a family account.  If you have not completed that step, stop and do that first.  You can find instructions HERE. Once you have created your family or if you already have a family account, simply log in and go to your dashboard.  There is a tool drop down menu next to each person on your family account to the far right.  Select the tool button next to the student that is auditioning (again, you must be between the ages of 8 - 17) and select Auditions.  Under their name you will find the button +New Audition Appointment and follow those steps.

Second, after you have signed up for your audition time, please fill out the Audition Form to provide your audition information.  This includes your headshot, audition track, body measurements (needed for costuming) and additional information.  Be sure to review the Audition Form and gather all information before submitting.

Both of these steps must be completed in order to audition for a show! If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Show Coordinator, Robyn Smith. robyn@cytsandiego.org

Quick Tips

  • You are limited to a one minute vocal audition. Your song must be between 30-60 seconds long. Show off the best of your talents!
  • Slate - this is when you introduce yourself with energy and confidence before you sing your song. 
  • Smile, project, make eye contact with the directors, be personal and be yourself! 
  • Be well prepared in every way, practice, practice, practice! 
  • Sing an appropriate song in your range – a children’s song or show tune is recommended.
  • Accompaniment requirements can include sheet music or an instrumental MP3 or MP4 only track.  Please check the show page and audition form for specific to the show for which you are auditioning to find out what you need.  Here is a "how to" edit your track tutorial provided by CYT Dallas: How to Edit your Audition Track
  • You will also be asked to learn and perform a short dance routine and short monologue.
  • You can find more tips on auditions here!

Love art in yourself, not yourself in art.


Konstantin Stanislavski

Casting

Not everyone is guaranteed a role after their audition. Unfortunately there are a limited number of spaces, and the number of students cast varies from show to show. However, if you are cast, here are some things to expect:
  • You must be at all rehearsals for which you are scheduled. If an absence is necessary, it must be clearly stated on your Audition Submission Form. Conflicts will be taken under consideration during casting. Any cast member missing more than two rehearsals may not be able to participate in the show. Conflicts (other than illness) presented after casting will not be allowed.
  • Leaving early or arriving late is considered a conflict, and must be approved prior to casting.
  • You must commit to approximately 40 hours of rehearsal time before move-in and dress rehearsal week.
  • You must attend Super Saturday and all dress/tech rehearsals.
  • You must be at all performances. This includes missing up to two days of school for field trip performances should they be scheduled for that production. These are approved absences according to California Education Code, Section 48225.5(a) (2). However, the School Days Absence Form must be filled out and submitted to your school.
  • More than two absences from your CYT class may result in dismissal from the show should class enrollment be required for participation in the production.
  • You must pay a Production Fee of $200 which includes a T-shirt.
  • Your parents must agree to attend two parent meetings and to serve approximately 20 hours on a production committee.
  • Each family is encouraged to sell at least 10 tickets to the show.
  • A student must be no older than 17 in order to participate & audition for the show. If student is turning 18 at anytime during the production, they are not eligible to participate. A student age 7, must turn 8 by the final performance to participate in the production.

Parents

Parents must agree to the following: 

I realize that if my child is chosen for the cast, I will be responsible to make sure he/she attends every performance and every rehearsal for which he/she is scheduled. In case of illness, I will notify the Chapter Coordinator in advance. In order to ensure the quality of rehearsals and the production, I understand that two or more absences from rehearsal may result in dismissal from the show. Additionally, I understand that my child may not be absent from more than 2 classes. More than 2 absences from class may also result in dismissal from the show.  I understand that students who audition are NOT eligible for a tuition refund. I understand that my child may audition for one chapter/show only each session. I understand that I will be charged a $100 Production Fee per child. I also understand that I will be encouraged to sell at least 10 tickets to the show that my child is cast in.  I am also responsible for personal items (i.e., shoes, tights, make-up). I understand that I will be required to attend two parent meetings and to volunteer 20+ hours as part of a parent committee.