By Barbara Robinson
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!
Directed by Lani Brockman
Casting: This is a double cast for up to 36 actors, ages 7-15
Audition Information: Auditions are taking place in-person at Studio East. If you are unavailable to attend the in-person audition date, you may submit a video audition for this production. However, you must be available to come in-person for callbacks. If you have questions, please contact Cassie Fitzgerald at email@example.com.
All casting notifications will be made by end of day Friday, October 22.
Parent/Cast Meeting: Monday, October 25, 7:30pm
Tech/Dress (no conflicts allowed): Monday – Friday, November 29-December 3, 5:30pm-9:30pm
Performances (no conflicts allowed): December 4-19, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm, 4pm, and 7pm
Cast A performs Saturday, December 4; Sunday, December 12; Saturday, December 18 | Cast B performs Sunday, December 5; Saturday, December 11; Sunday, December 19
Rehearsal schedules and updates will be sent out via email to all cast members and their families.
We encourage anyone who needs tuition assistance to apply.
Tuition Assistance: Please submit an application to our main office before callbacks on Tuesday, October 19. 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:
Video Audition Instructions:
Begin by stating your name and age. Speak clearly and project. Please put the unlisted youtube link in your audition form.
If you have questions, please contact Cassie Fitzgerald, Production Stage Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Call the office to make an appointment a few weeks in advance.
Students auditioning for a musical should prepare a contemporary monologue and song, not to exceed 2 minutes total. Both should be memorized and well-rehearsed. Auditions for a non-musical production require a monologue, not to exceed 1 1/2 minutes.
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 break through that wall of fear! You can also check out our Audition Tips and Resources (at the bottom of this page) for valuable information.
Serious theater students ages 10 to 19 may audition for Studio East’s Foundations and Intensive training programs during the school year and in the summer. Studio Foundations & 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.
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 Aid here.
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. Read any instructions on the audition page 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?
Find a quiet place to film make sure it is free of background noise.
We offer audition workshops throughout the year that teach you the basics about auditioning. Select from Audition Monologue, Musical Audition, or Callback Audition workshops, or take all three for a well-rounded look at the full audition process. Call our office if you have any questions!
Audition information will be posted on our website well before the audition dates.
Just call the Studio East main office at 425.820.1800 and we will schedule an audition time for you. The office can also answer any questions you have about auditioning.
For a non-musical, prepare a memorized monologue, not to exceed a minute and a half. For a musical, prepare a memorized song and a contrasting monologue, not to exceed two minutes total. Check the audition listing for any other specific requirements, such as a Shakespeare or classical monologue. Be expressive, confident, and positive!
Sheet music for your song, a resume listing your performing experience and performing arts training, a recent, disposable photo, and the audition form which can be downloaded from the audition page for that show. The photo can be a school picture and it should not be precious – you will not get it back.
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.). You can come to the Studio East office and ask to look through our “Young Actor Audition Book” for ideas. Please come by 4:00 to allow enough time to peruse the materials. We charge $.50 per monologue copy. Come to our quarterly Audition Monologue Workshops for examples and more details!
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 come to the Studio East office and ask to look through our “Young Actor Audition Book” for songs from summer camps you might have performed in. Please come by 4:00 to allow enough time to peruse the materials. We charge $1.00 per song copy. You can often find scores or song books at the library or sheet music on websites. You can also find songbooks to purchase online that come with accompaniment CDs that are very helpful. Come to our quarterly Musical Audition Workshops for examples and more details!
If you can sing the song well AND ACT it 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!
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.
Songs with very difficult piano parts (Jason Robert Brown, some Sondheim, etc.) are a no-no at auditions. 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 Directors will decide which roles they might see you in and invite you to sing those songs at callbacks.
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 quarterly Callback Workshops for practice reading scenes and more details! After callbacks, you’ll receive a call letting you know whether or not you’ve been cast.
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.
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 our Audition Workshop series for more information!
https://www.musicnotes.com/– A great website for finding sheet music for your audition song.
$550 – $650
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.