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Studio East Mainstage Auditions General Information


MEAN GIRLS: High School Version

Book by

Tina Fey

Music by

Jeff Richmond

Lyrics by

Nell Benjamin

Based on the Paramount Pictures film Mean Girls


Audition Notice


Directed by Carolyn Agan Choreographed by Mackenzie Neusiok Musically Directed by Kim Dare

Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady and her friends devise a “Revenge Party” to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.


Casting: Single cast of 46


Audition Information

Auditions are taking place in-person at Studio East- 10718 NE 68th Kirkland 98033. You may also submit a virtual audition if unable to attend auditions. Email unlisted YouTube link with your song & monologue to [email protected]


Auditions: Saturday, May 11, 6-9pm & Sunday, May 12 2-5pm.


PREPARE: Students should prepare TWO contrasting 16 – 32 bar selections from contemporary musicals or pop that show off your vocal range and acting ability. Please bring sheet music in the correct key properly marked with your starting a stopping points to the audition. Songs from the show are allowed. You may wish to bring your book if you have other selections as the team may as to hear something else. If any of this is a barrier to your auditioning or you do not understand these requirements, please email [email protected] for assistance.

  • If you are interested in the role of Damien, one of your selections should be from a golden age musical style.
  • 16-32 bars in length- approximately 30 seconds to a minute each. choose songs to show off your range.
  • Examples of contemporary musical theatre shows to pull audition songs from: Next to Normal, Bare, Legally Blonde, Bring It On, etc.

COMPLETE: Submit your audition form online including informal headshot photo and resume. Audition Form Link

VISIT: This audition resources folder has some recommended audition songs, as well as tips and advice for a successful audition. Also check out our website for our upcoming audition workshop and coaching offerings.


Callbacks: Friday, May 17, 6-10pm

  • You will receive Callback information regarding Friday the 17th by Wednesday, May 15 at 5pm.

If you have questions please contact Cassie Fitzgerald, Production Stage Manager, at [email protected]

All casting notifications will be made by May 24.

Rehearsal schedules and updates will be sent out through email to all cast members and their families. Rehearsals and performances will be at Studio East- 10718 NE 68th Street Kirkland 98033


Parent/Cast Meeting: Monday, June 2, 6:00pm



Monday – Thursday June 2-27, 6:00-9:00pm

Saturdays, June 15, 22, 29; July 13 1-6pm

Monday – Thursday July 1-18, 6:00-9:30pm

Sitzprobe Saturday, July 20, 6-10pm

No Rehearsal July 4th.

Tech/Dress Rehearsals (no conflicts):

Monday-Thursday July 22-25 6-10pm

Performances (no conflicts):

Friday, 7/26, 8/2 at 7:30pm

Saturday, 7/27, 8/3 at 2:00 & 7:30pm

Sunday, 7/28, 8/4 at 2:00 & 7:00pm

Tuesday, 7/30 at 7:00pm

Wednesday, 7/31 at 7:00pm

Thursday, 8/1 at 7:30pm

Tuition: $700 We encourage anyone who needs tuition assistance to apply.


Tuition Assistance: If you need financial assistance, please submit an application to our main office before callbacks on May 17. Due to processing time, we are unable to consider tuition assistance if you wait until the parent meeting to apply. Applying for tuition assistance does not impact casting decisions. Tuition Assistance Application Link


Withdrawal from Production: There are no refunds.


  • Withdrawals before 6/10/2024: Tuition paid, less a $100 recasting fee, will be held as a tuition credit and may be used for another Studio East production, class, or camp. You must use this credit by 12/31/24. Unused credits after this date will expire.
  • Withdrawals on or after 6/10/2024: There is no credit or refund.
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Studio East Mainstage Auditions General Information

+ Audition Information

Auditions for Mainstage Productions

Each season the Studio produces 6 to 9 shows involving hundreds of youth and playing to thousands of audience members. Production experience is a great way to develop teamwork, responsibility, and confidence. It demands that you focus, listen, follow directions, and take risks – all while having a lot of fun!

Each production is open to students of a particular age range with opportunities through the year for young actors. Every show is different! Please check the audition information posted above to see if your young actor is eligible.

Auditions are mandatory for each production and are held a few weeks before rehearsals begin. Each show rehearses for 5-7 weeks prior to performances.

Audition Workshops

Auditions can be intimidating if you’ve never done them before. Please consider enrolling in our audition workshops if you would like some guidance. Workshops are offered quarterly and are an inexpensive way to prepare and build confidence! You can also check out our Audition Tips and Resources (at the bottom of this page) for valuable information.

Auditions for Intensive Training

Advanced theater students ages 10 to 19 may audition for Studio East’s intensive training programs during the school year and in the summer. Studio Intensive offer 9 months of training from September to June. Learn more and to sign up for an audition visit. Learn more about our 6 week summer program, Young Actors Professional Intensive.

Financial Assistance

Studio East has a Scholarship Fund to offer partial scholarships for all of our programs to students who could not otherwise participate. Apply for Financial Assistance here.

+ Audition Resources

+ How To Audition (FAQs)

How to Audition for Video Submission Auditions

What should I do when filming an audition piece?

Treat it as you would an in-person audition. Make sure you still slate your name and monologue or song name. Please read any instructions on the audition page to see if there are specifics about how they would like you to film.

Should I film more than once?

Yes, this is your opportunity to give us your best take. However, please don’t edit within your audition piece.

Do you have any other video audition tips?

We recommend you find a quiet place to film and make sure it is free of background noise.

How To Audition for In-Person Auditions

I’ve never auditioned before. Where do I start?

We offeraudition workshops throughout the year that teach you the basics about auditioning. Select from Audition 101 and Audition Coaching. Call our office if you have any questions at 425.820.1800!

How do I know when auditions will be held?

Audition information will be posted on our website 4-6 weeks before the audition dates.

What do I need to prepare?

Check the audition listing for specific requirements such as Shakespeare or classic monologue. Generally, for a non-musical, prepare a memorized monologue, not to exceed a minute and a half. For a musical, you’ll generally prepare a memorized song and a contrasting monologue, not to exceed two minutes total. Be expressive, confident, and positive!

What do I need to bring?

You’ll need sheet music for your song, a resume, and your performing arts experience and training. You will also need a recent, disposable photo, and the audition form which can be downloaded from the audition page for that show.

How do I find a good monologue?

For younger students, any piece of text that tells a story is appropriate. You can find these in monologue books at the library, on websites, or take a passage from your favorite novel. For older students (12 and up) you can find monologues from plays appropriate to your age, again in books at the library, on websites, or from plays with young characters (Anne of Green Gables, Annie, Oliver, A Little Princess, Alice in Wonderland, etc). Come to our quarterly Audition Workshops for examples and more details!

How do I choose a song and find sheet music?

This can be tricky, so it’s best to find a musical person to help you. You should choose a song that you enjoy, that fits your vocal range, and that is of a similar style to the show you’re auditioning for. It’s best not to use songs from the show you are auditioning for. Make sure you bring sheet music with the piano part as well as the vocal part, in your key.

You can use YouTube to see other performers sing the songs you’re interested in. You can often find scores or song books at the library or sheet music online. Come to our quarterly Musical Workshopsfor examples and more details!

Can I sing a song that was written for someone of the opposite gender to sing?

If you can sing and act the song well, go for it! The basic guidelines are to choose a song that is appropriate to your voice and the show you are auditioning for. What style of song does the character you are most likely to be considered for sing? If it is a sweet ballad, choose that kind of song for your audition. If that character needs a strong belt range, use a similar song in your audition. Your goal is to be called back and have the chance to sing and read from the script!

Can I sing my song a cappella (without piano)?

We would prefer you have sheet music in the correct key for your song. If you cannot get sheet music, tell the directing team you’d like to sing a cappella. The Musical Director may ask you to sing “Happy Birthday” or some other simple song with piano accompaniment after you sing your prepared song.

Are there any songs I definitely shouldn’t bring to an audition?

Songs with very difficult piano parts (Jason Robert Brown, some Sondheim, etc.) are not a good idea. Songs that are very popular and too difficult for you to sing well are also not a good idea (Defying Gravity, I’m Alive, etc). And as stated before, don’t bring a song to your audition that is from the show you are auditioning for. The director will decide which roles they might see you in and invite you to sing those songs at callbacks.

What happens after the audition?

You’ll receive a phone call letting you know if you’ve been “called back”. (For some productions, you may be invited to callbacks at your audition.) Callbacks are the second round of auditions, when you’ll read scenes and/or sing songs and/or learn a dance from the show. To help you prepare, come to our quarterlyCallback Workshopsfor practice reading scenes and more details! After callbacks, you’ll receive a call letting you know whether or not you’ve been cast.

How do the directors make casting decisions?

The directors come into auditions looking for actors to fit the specific characters in the show. Each director has a unique perspective and vision of what the characters are like, but they are all looking for confidence and expressive performance. Acting, singing and dancing skills are all considered when assessing which roles a student could fill. The callbacks give the directing team a chance to test their initial thoughts, and challenge students to bring their best efforts to a role. They are often surprised! Overall, the directors want to put together the best possible cast to make the show successful.

How can I get feedback on my audition?

Studio East staff will always be happy to give you feedback from the directing team. Call and ask to speak with Lani Brockman for details.

Sign up for ourAudition Workshop seriesfor more information!

+ Show Tuition

Show Tuition

Mainstage Tuition Range

$550 – $650

Scholarships Available

Studio East has a Scholarship Fund to offer partial scholarships for all of our programs to students who could not otherwise participate. Apply for a scholarship here.

More questions on tuition or scholarships? Contact our Production Stage Manager Cassie Fitzgerald.

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