Students ages 8-17 that are enrolled in CYT Classes are invited to participate and audition for CYT productions. Auditions typically consist of a one-minute song of your choice performed for the Artistic Teams, with the possibility to learn and perform a short dance routine and side (short selection from a script). 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!

What is the Audition Process?

The Audition Form will be included in the Class Confirmation Email once you have registered your student for their class of choice. All Participation Forms must be provided for that Session and can be found and submitted HERE. You will be unable to submit the Audition Form until all paperwork has been completed.

Auditions are held over 2 consecutive days: Friday evening and Saturday.
Friday- Auditions are open! This means family and friends can sit and watch and cheer on our students as they give it their all! The audition process for Friday is as follows:
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time to check in. You will select an audition time slot when you sign up via the Audition Form.
  • Student's will be given an audition number and placed in a group of 10 based on your audition time.
  • Auditioners will go in numeric order:
    • Slate- say their Name, how old they are and what song they will be singing
    • Sing- a one minute song of their choosing. This should be an appropriate song in their range – a children’s song or show tune is recommended. An accompanying audio track (MP3, MP4) is required.
    • Side- a selection from a Script provided by the Artistic Team
  • Once the group is finished, they are done! Students are welcome to leave or can stay to help support fellow Auditioners.
Saturday- Auditions are closed (if you are NOT auditioning you are NOT able to stay and watch. Parents are welcome to wait in the lobby area). The audition process for Saturday is as follows:
  • All Auditioners will arrive at the same time (TBD) for the dance audition. This time will be provided in the Audition Confirmation email after you submit your Audition Form.
  • Once the dance audition process is complete, some students will be asked to stay for further Callbacks if the Artistic Team needs to see more. Parents will be asked to be on "standby" for a phone call from either their student or admin to come pick their student up when they are finished.
These Audition Tips are a GREAT resource as you prepare for your Audition!

Love art in yourself, not yourself in art.

Konstantin Stanislavski


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 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 submitted prior to casting.
  • You must commit to approximately 40 hours of rehearsal time before move-in and dress rehearsal week.
  • You must attend Costume Fitting.
  • You must attend 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.
  • You must pay a Production Fee of $300 which includes a Show T-shirt.
  • Your parents must agree to attend two parent meetings and to serve approximately 20 hours on a production team.
  • 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 a 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.
We here at CYT are committed to keeping integrity, fairness, and impartiality at the center of our audition and casting processes. Please reference our Casting Integrity Policy.


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 Show 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 $300 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 as part of a parent committee.