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Youth Production Auditions: Spring 2021


Berkeley Playhouse’s YouthStage will be continuing its creative online/in-person hybrid programming this Spring for a special Mystery Edition: "Who dunnit in this collection of Broadway characters?" Star Role Showcase gives actors the opportunity to develop Broadway characters, and actors will audition and be cast as Broadway’s most coveted roles. Once cast in a star role, each actor will learn that role’s signature song, delve into the character’s motives, and create their own original alibi from their character’s point of view.

These solos and character interviews will be recorded in-person on the Berkeley Playhouse stage one by one with lights, sound, and costumes, following strict health guidelines (masked and distanced). In addition, actors will be learning two group dance numbers in person in small groups on the outside patio of Berkeley Playhouse. All of our actors’ performances will be recorded and edited together into a musical mystery keepsake video that will keep us guessing!

New YouthStage Students: An audition is required to be admitted into the program. See below for audition information.
Returning YouthStage Actors: If you have participated in a Youth Production before, you do not need to audition again. Enroll here.

Please note: Berkeley Playhouse reserves the right to move programming to online-only if required by local health and safety mandates and if deemed the best and safest option for the community.


How to Audition:

New Students interested in joining Berkeley Playhouse's YouthStage Company must submit a video audition of one song and one monologue from the provided material.

Submit video and resume to youthstage@berkeleyplayhouse.org

Video submissions will be accepted until February 26th. Submissions submitted after this date may be considered if space allows.


Audition Materials

Monologues:  Choose one monologue from this list. Click the character to see the monologue.

AMARYLLIS from The Music Man
LEADING PLAYER from Pippin
MISS ADELAIDE from Guys & Dolls
JACK from Newsies

Songs:  Choose one from this list. Click on the lyrics and song tracks to rehearse for your audition.

"Thank You for the Music" - Mamma Mia!                                    Lyric Sheet    |   Rehearsal / Performance Track
"Pure Imagination" - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory              Lyric Sheet    |    Rehearsal / Performance Track
"Freeze Your Brain" - Heathers                                                    Lyric Sheet     |    Rehearsal / Performance Track

Video recording hints and tips:

  • Make sure your camera angle is from the waist up
  • Use the camera as your scene partner. Play directly to the camera
  • If at all possible please try to combine all of the elements (vocal, monologue) in one video
  • Use your phone to record video, and another device to playback accompaniment
  • Large files can be sent via dropbox or youtube (be sure to mark as unlisted). Just upload and send us the link
  • Material does not need to be memorized

You could be cast as one of these suspects:

Section 1, Grades 4-6

Section 1 actors will be cast in roles from Broadway shows like Anastasia, Matilda, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, Spongebob Squarepants, Annie, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia, Frozen, Wicked and more!

   
  
  

 


Section 2, Grades 6-8  |  Section 3, Grades 9-12

Section 2 & 3 actors will be cast in roles from hit musicals like Beetlejuice, Hadestown, The Prom, Mean Girls, Heathers, Wicked, Six, Kinky Boots, Be More Chill, Mamma Mia, Addams Family and more!

  
  
  


About the YouthStage Sections:

Take note of the rehearsal and showcase dates carefully. Actors may not be called to every rehearsal. One rehearsal a week will be in-person.

Please note that Section 1 is Grades 4th-6th and Section 2 is 6th-8th. 6th grade actors will be placed in sections by the Education staff (preferences will be taken into consideration).


Section 1: Musical Mystery
Grades 4-6
Rehearses: 4-6pm Tuesdays & Fridays & 10am-12pm Saturdays
March 23 - June 4
(No Rehearsal April 4-10 and May 29-31)
Performance recording day: 9am-4pm, Saturday, June 5



Section 2: Case of the Stolen Tony
Grades 6-8
Rehearses: 4-6pm Mondays & Wednesdays & 1-3pm Saturdays
March 22 - June 5
(No Rehearsal April 4-10 and May 29-31)
Performance recording day: 9am-4pm, Sunday, June 6


Section 3: Case of the Stolen Tony
Grades 9-12
Rehearses: 4-6pm Tuesdays & Thursdays & 12-2pm Sundays
March 21 - June 3
(No Rehearsal April 4-10 and May 29-31)
Performance recording day: 5-9pm, Saturday, June 5 & 5-9pm Sunday, June 6


How to Audition:

New Students interested in joining Berkeley Playhouse's YouthStage Company must submit a video audition of one song and one monologue from the provided material.

Submit video and resume to youthstage@berkeleyplayhouse.org

Video submissions will be accepted until February 26th. Submissions submitted after this date may be considered if space allows.


Audition Materials

Monologues:  Choose one monologue from this list. Click the character to see the monologue.

AMARYLLIS from The Music Man
LEADING PLAYER from Pippin
MISS ADELAIDE from Guys & Dolls
JACK from Newsies

Songs:  Choose one from this list. Click on the lyrics and song tracks to rehearse for your audition.

"Thank You for the Music" - Mamma Mia!                                    Lyric Sheet    |   Rehearsal / Performance Track
"Pure Imagination" - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory              Lyric Sheet    |    Rehearsal / Performance Track
"Freeze Your Brain" - Heathers                                                    Lyric Sheet     |    Rehearsal / Performance Track

Video recording hints and tips:

  • Make sure your camera angle is from the waist up
  • Use the camera as your scene partner. Play directly to the camera
  • If at all possible please try to combine all of the elements (vocal, monologue) in one video
  • Use your phone to record video, and another device to playback accompaniment
  • Large files can be sent via dropbox or youtube (be sure to mark as unlisted). Just upload and send us the link
  • Material does not need to be memorized

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