Auditions

Studio Foundations and Studio Intensive at Studio East

2022-23 Auditions

Information About Our Auditions

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 | Musically Directed by Kimberly Dare

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 1 adult woman and 10 roles for female identifying individuals ages 13-19.

Audition Information: Auditions are taking place in-person at Studio East and will be combined with The Wrestling Season, however the shows will have separate callbacks. 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

  • PREPARE: A one minute serious contemporary monologue and 16-32 bars of a golden age ballad. Please bring sheet music as our music director will accompany your audition. Note: Audition length should not exceed 2 minutes.
  • BEFORE YOUR AUDITION: Submit your audition form online including informal headshot photo (jpg, png, or pdf format please) and resume (pdf format please). Please fully answer all questions with as much detail as possible. Audition Form Link 

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

Production Schedule: 

Parent Meeting: Monday, December 12, 6-9pm

Rehearsals: Monday – Thursday, December 12 – January 19, 6-9pm (No rehearsals December 19 – January 1); Monday – Thursday, January 23-26, 6-9:30pm; Possible Saturday Rehearsals include January 7, 14 & 21 2-6pm.

Tech: Saturday, January 28 12-8pm; Monday – Thursday, January 30 – February 2 5:30-9:30pm

Performances: Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 5 at Studio East with shows at 7:30pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, and 2:30pm on Saturday & Sunday

Mandatory: January 23 – February 5

Tuition Policy:

Tuition: $650 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

The Wrestling Season – Auditions

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

Directed by VJ Orduna | Presented by Natalie Barney

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 and will be combined with Quilters, however the shows will have separate callbacks. 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: Tuesday, December 6, 6pm-9pm. Sign Up Link

  • PREPARE: A one minute serious contemporary monologue no longer than one minute.
  • BEFORE YOUR AUDITION: Submit your audition form online including informal headshot photo (jpg, png, or pdf format please) and resume (pdf format please). Please fully answer all questions with as much detail as possible. Audition Form Link

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

Production Schedule:

Parent Meeting: Monday, January 2, 6-9pm

Rehearsals: Monday – Thursday, January 2-19, 6-9pm; Monday – Thursday, January 23-26, 6-9:30pm; Possible Saturday Rehearsals include January 7, 14 & 21 2-6pm; Monday – Thursday, January 30 – February 2, 7:30-9:30pm

Tech: Monday – Thursday, February 6-9, 6-10pm

Performances: Friday, February 10 – Sunday, February 12 at Studio East with shows at 7:30pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, and 2:30pm on Saturday & Sunday

Mandatory: January 30 – February 12

Tuition Policy:

Tuition: $650 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

Comedy of Errors – Auditions

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Julie Grant

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: Sunday, January 8 5pm-8pm Sign Up Link

  • PREPARE: A short (approximately 1 minute) Elizabethan or Jacobean monologue
  • BEFORE YOUR AUDITION: Submit your audition form online including informal headshot photo (jpg, png, or pdf format please) and resume (pdf format please). Please fully answer all questions with as much detail as possible. Audition Form Link 

Callbacks: Sunday, January 22 5pm-8pm

Note: You may be asked to sing a brief song at callbacks.

Production Schedule: 

Parent Meeting/First Rehearsal: Sunday, January 29 5pm-8pm at Studio East

Rehearsals: Sundays February 5, 12, 26 5pm-8pm on Zoom; Sundays March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 21, 28 5pm-8pm at Studio East; Mondays May 22, 29 6pm-9pm at Studio East

No Rehearsal April 9 (Easter) & May 14 (Mothers Day)

Tech Week at Studio East or Juanita Park: Monday, June 5 – Thursday, June 8 5:30pm-9:30pm

Performances at Juanita Park: Friday, June 9 – Sunday, June 11 Times TBD

Tuition Policy:

Tuition: $650 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

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: A memorized contemporary comedic or light monologue no longer than one minute AND a contemporary musical theatre song no longer than 32 bars. Please bring sheet music as our music director will accompany your audition.
  • BEFORE YOUR AUDITION: Submit your audition form online including informal headshot photo (jpg, png, or pdf format please) and resume (pdf format please). Please fully answer all questions with as much detail as possible. 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: $605 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

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: A memorized contemporary comedic or light monologue no longer than one minute AND a contemporary musical theatre song no longer than 32 bars. Please bring sheet music as our music director will accompany your audition.
  • BEFORE YOUR AUDITION: Submit your audition form online including informal headshot photo (jpg, png, or pdf format please) and resume (pdf format please). Please fully answer all questions with as much detail as possible. Audition Form Link To Come

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

Production Schedule: TBA

Performances: May 19-28 at Studio East

TUITION POLICY:

Tuition: $650 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

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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