Auditions

Studio Foundations and Studio Intensive at Studio East

2022-23 Auditions

Information About Our Auditions

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka – Auditions

Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley | Adapted for the Stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald | Based on the Book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl

Directed by Kaysy Ostrom | Musically Directed by Rebecca Herivel

Performing live at Studio East in Kirkland October 7-16, 2022

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory… or suffer the consequences.

Casting: This is a double cast for up to 46 actors ages 8-19.

Audition Information: Auditions are taking place in-person at Studio East. You may also submit a virtual audition if you are unable to attend auditions. Email your YouTube link with your song & monologue to Cassiefitzgerald@studio-east.org.

Auditions: Monday, August 22, 6pm-9pm and Tuesday, August 23, 6pm-9pm. Please follow this link to sign up for your audition slot: Audition Sign Up Link

  • PREPARE: One contemporary theater song, about 16 bars in length AND one comedic monologue, not to exceed one minute in length. Actors are encouraged to choose songs and monologues with larger than life characters and to make big physical choices.
  • BEFORE YOUR AUDITION: Submit your audition form online including informal headshot photo and resume.  Audition Form Link There is no need to bring it with you in-person as long as you submit before your audition. 

Callbacks: Thursday, August 25 6pm-9pm. You will receive callback information no later than Wednesday, August 24, 12pm, including what to prepare and what times to attend.  

Production Schedule: 

All casting notifications will be made by end of day August 26 

Rehearsal schedules and updates will be sent out through email to all cast members and their families.   

Parent Meeting: Monday, August 29, 6pm-9pm

Rehearsals: Monday – Thursday, August 29 – September 22, 6pm-9pm; Saturday, September 24, 2pm-6pm; Monday – Thursday, September 26-29, 6pm-9:30pm

Tech: Saturday, October 1, 12pm-8pm; Monday – Thursday, October 3-5, 5:30pm-9:30pm

Performances: October 7-16 at Studio East, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, & Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm

Mandatory/No Conflicts: September 25 – October 16

Tuition Policy:

Tuition: TBA 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 August 24. 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: Unfortunately, we are not able to provide full refunds. 

  • Withdrawals before September 4, 2022: 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 August 30, 2023. Unused credits after this date will expire. 
  • Withdrawals on or after September 4, 2022: There is unfortunately no credit or refund. 

‘Twas the Night… – Auditions

Adaptation by Lani Brockman & Susan Bardsley | Music and Lyrics by Susan Bardsley

Directed by Lani Brockman | Musically Directed by Kimberly Dare | Choreographed by Megan D. Connell | Presented by The Barr Family

Performing live at Kirkland Performance Center December 2-4, 2022

Studio East presents the delightfully entertaining Eastside Holiday Tradition, ‘Twas the Night… where chaos, craziness and cuteness reign. ‘Twas tells the famous poem through the eyes of, not only the humans involved, but the run-away mice, hungry cats, ‘hoofing’ reindeer and the Big Guy himself. ‘Twas is great for all ages and guarantees the whole family will exit the theater with big smiles on their faces and ready for the holidays.

Casting: This show will be casting ages 6-19. Toys & Sugarplums will be double cast for ages 6-10. The rest of the roles will be single cast for ages 9-19. There are roles for about 40.

Audition Information: Auditions are taking place in-person at Studio East. You may also submit a virtual audition if you are unable to attend auditions. Email your YouTube link with your song & monologue to Cassiefitzgerald@studio-east.org.

Auditions: Monday, October 10, 6pm-9pm and Tuesday, October 11, 6pm-9pm. Sign Up Link

  • PREPARE: A contemporary comedic or light monologue no longer than one minute AND a contemporary musical theatre song no longer than 32 bars.If auditioning for a toy/sugarplum, prepare a short memorized poem, such as Shel Silverstein, Mother Goose, or Dr. Seuss AND the song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or Happy Birthday.
  • BEFORE YOUR AUDITION: Submit your audition form online including informal headshot photo and resume. Audition Form Link

Callbacks: Monday, October 17, 6pm-9pm

Production Schedule: 

Parent Meeting: Monday, October 24 6pm-9pm

Rehearsals: Monday – Thursday, October 24 – November 18, 6pm-9pm; Monday – Wednesday, November 21-23 6pm-9:30pm

Tech: Saturday, November 27 12pm-8pm; Monday – Thursday, November 28 – December 2, 5:30pm-9:30pm

Performances: Friday, December 2 at 7:30pm; Saturday, December 3 at 11am, 2:30pm, and 5:30pm; Sunday, December 4 at 11am and 2:30pm at Kirkland Performance Center

TUITION POLICY:

Tuition: TBA 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. 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

Quilters – Auditions

Book by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek | Music and Lyrics by Barbara Damashek | Based on the book “The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art” by Patricia Cooper Baker and Norma Bradley Allen

Directed by Lani Brockman

Performing live at Studio East in Kirkland February 3-5, 2023

QUILTERS blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories contained in various patches or “blocks” with music, dance and drama, the action depicts the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death. But, with this, there is also love, warmth, rich and lively humor and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity.

Casting: This show will be single cast for 10 roles for female identifying individuals ages 13-19.

Audition Information: Auditions are taking place in-person at Studio East. You may also submit a virtual audition if you are unable to attend auditions. Email your YouTube link with your song & monologue to Cassiefitzgerald@studio-east.org.

Auditions: Monday, December 5, 6pm-9pm and Tuesday, December 6, 6pm-9pm. Sign Up Link To Come.

  • PREPARE: TBA
  • BEFORE YOUR AUDITION: Submit your audition form online including informal headshot photo and resume. Audition Form Link To Come.

Callbacks: Thursday, December 8, 6pm-9pm

Production Schedule: TBA

Performances: February 3-5 at Studio East

TUITION POLICY:

Tuition: TBA 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 24. 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

The Wrestling Season – Auditions

Written By Laurie Brooks | Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois

Performing live at Studio East in Kirkland February 10-12, 2023

The Wrestling Season tackles subject matter seldom addressed but vital to youth and their families: the search for identity and the peer pressure that accompanies it. Using only the setting of a wrestling mat, eight young people struggle with the destructive power of rumors and how others see them. Using images, movement and sound, cast members function as a chorus and as individual characters whose stories are interwoven to create a theatrical event that challenges and reveals their search for identity.

Casting: This show will be single cast for 9 roles ages 13-19.

Audition Information: Auditions are taking place in-person at Studio East. You may also submit a virtual audition if you are unable to attend auditions. Email your YouTube link with your song & monologue to Cassiefitzgerald@studio-east.org.

Auditions: Monday, December 5, 6pm-9pm and Tuesday, December 6, 6pm-9pm. Sign Up Link To Come.

  • PREPARE: TBA
  • BEFORE YOUR AUDITION: Submit your audition form online including informal headshot photo and resume. Audition Form Link To Come.

Callbacks: Thursday, December 8, 6pm-9pm

Production Schedule: TBA

Performances: February 10-12 at Studio East

TUITION POLICY:

Tuition: TBA 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 24. 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

Comedy of Errors – Auditions

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Simon Pringle

Performing live at Juanita Beach Park in June 2023

In one of Shakespeare’s most farcical comedies full of slapstick and mistaken identity, The Comedy of Errors tells the story of twins separated in a shipwreck and the antics that ensue as they set off to reunite. Set in the Greek city of Ephesus, this comedy features a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities that lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of one twin, and plenty of false accusations. But will the twins be reunited in the end?

Casting: This show will be single cast for 14 roles ages 13-19.

Audition Information: Auditions are taking place in-person at Studio East. You may also submit a virtual audition if you are unable to attend auditions. Email your YouTube link with your song & monologue to Cassiefitzgerald@studio-east.org.

Auditions: January 2023 – More Details To Come

  • PREPARE: TBA
  • BEFORE YOUR AUDITION: Submit your audition form online including informal headshot photo and resume. Audition Form Link To Come.

Callbacks: TBA

Production Schedule: TBA

Performances: June 2023 at Juanita Beach Park

TUITION POLICY:

Tuition: TBA 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 24. 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

Ready! Player! Wonderland! – Auditions

Book and Lyrics by Samuel Jarius Pettit | Music by Justin Beal

Performing live at Studio East in Kirkland March 24 – April 2, 2023

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole into Wonderland in this new, modern, musical adaptation of a beloved children’s classic. See all the familiar Wonderland characters, like the White Rabbit and The Queen of Hearts, but with new twists in this story about the trials and tribulations of growing up. 

Casting: This show will be double cast for approximately 50 roles ages 8-19.

Audition Information: Auditions are taking place in-person at Studio East. You may also submit a virtual audition if you are unable to attend auditions. Email your YouTube link with your song & monologue to Cassiefitzgerald@studio-east.org.

Auditions: Monday, February 6, 6pm-9pm and Tuesday, February 7, 6pm-9pm. Sign Up Link To Come.

  • PREPARE: TBA
  • BEFORE YOUR AUDITION: Submit your audition form online including informal headshot photo and resume. Audition Form Link To Come.

Callbacks: Thursday, February 9, 6pm-9pm

Production Schedule: TBA

Performances: March 24 – April 2 at Studio East

TUITION POLICY:

Tuition: TBA 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 24. 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

Into the Woods – Auditions

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Book by James Lapine | Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine | Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Directed by Lani Brockman | Assistant Directed by Abby Duke Eagleson

Performing live at Studio East in Kirkland May 19-28, 2023

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. 

Casting: This show will be cast for ages 13-19.

Audition Information: Auditions are taking place in-person at Studio East. You may also submit a virtual audition if you are unable to attend auditions. Email your YouTube link with your song & monologue to Cassiefitzgerald@studio-east.org.

Auditions: Monday, March 27, 6pm-9pm and Tuesday, March 28, 6pm-9pm. Sign Up Link To Come.

  • PREPARE: TBA
  • BEFORE YOUR AUDITION: Submit your audition form online including informal headshot photo and resume. Audition Form Link To Come.

Callbacks: Thursday, March 30, 6pm-9pm

Production Schedule: TBA

Performances: May 19-28 at Studio East

TUITION POLICY:

Tuition: TBA 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 24. 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

Information About Our Auditions

+ 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.

+ 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 offer audition 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 Workshops for 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 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.

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 our Audition Workshop series for more information!

+ Audition Resources

+ 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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