Audition Information

Audition at First Act!

All students ages 8-18 are invited to audition for a production at First Act Theatre Arts! Each session, we offer multiple exciting shows with opportunities for all ages, abilities, and experience levels. 

Students are not required to enroll in a class at First Act in order to audition for a production, but the Production Fee will be higher for students not enrolled in a class ($198 for class enrollees vs. $453 for students not in a class). See below for specific information about this session’s productions, including how to sign up for an audition, as well as detailed information about our Audition Process and audition tips.

Questions about auditions? Email artisticdirector@firstactkc.org or call our office at (913) 681-3318.

Information about Winter Auditions coming soon!

Winter Unified Auditions: November 18th from 4:00-10:00PM

Introducing: Unified Auditions!

Starting with the 2022-2023 Season, First Act Theatre Arts will hold Unified Auditions for productions in the same session. 

Bright Star (School Edition)

Artistic Team
Director: Jana Latchaw-Milbourn
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Becky Ochoa
Music Director: Hillary Talken
Choreographer: Mackenna Milbourn

Production Coordinator: Becky Talken
Production Assistant: Tricia Beaman
Content Warning: Please be advised that Bright Star features some sensitive or mature content, including a child born out of wedlock, drinking and smoking, and a depiction of violence. Please contact Artistic Director Patrick Graham with questions or concerns.

Annie

Artistic Team
Director: Gina Milbourn
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Elizabeth Phillips
Music Director: Nate Hancock
Choreographer: Amy Carson

Production Coordinator: Miranda Steffen
Production Assistant: Lizzie Robrahn

Les Miserables (School Edition)

Audition Process

  • SIGN UP & PREPARE: Make sure to sign up for your audition time slot and start practicing. You will need a 1-minute song and/or a memorized monologue if required.
  • AUDITION PAPERWORK: Be sure to submit the online audition form submission and the online medical release/behavior contract submission by noon on the day of auditions.
  • AUDITION DAY: Show up for your audition 20 minutes early to check in. Make sure to bring your karaoke/accompaniment track on a phone or other device to sing to at the audition.

Typically, auditions will be open for all to watch. We will take 10 at a time. For musical auditions, following the vocal audition, your group will learn a short dance routine to perform for the Artistic Team. Callbacks will be closed. Callbacks will be only for those we need to see again for any number of reasons.

First Act Audition Process

  1. Select the show you are interested in and follow the “Show Information” link for show specific dates, contact info, and important links. 
  2. Sign-Up for an audition time and fill out all the necessary paperwork. It is critical you complete paperwork prior to your audition in order to expedite your check-in process!
  3. Plan to arrive at the audition location 20-30 minutes before your scheduled audition time to make sure you have time to check-in and get ready to go!
  4. If you’re auditioning for a musical:
    • At your audition time, you will be part of a group of up to ten auditionees. Each auditionee will stand up in front of the directors (as well as a supportive audience of parents and family!) and sing a 1-minute selection from a song of their choice. 
    • Most auditionees will sing along with a pre-recorded accompaniment track (easy to find on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, etc.). If you are singing with a track, make sure you have a device that can play your audition song, or email a link to your track to your show’s Production Coordinator. You are also welcome to sing a capella or bring sheet music. Should you require an accompanist to play your sheet music, please email your Production Coordinator ahead of time to ensure someone will be available.
    • After everyone in your group sings, you will go to another room to learn a brief dance routine. Once the group has learned the dance, you’ll return to the main audition room and perform the dance audition for the directors.
    • More information and tips about auditioning for a musical can be found below! 
  5. If you’re auditioning for a play:
    • At your audition time, you will be part of a group of up to ten auditionees. Each auditionee will stand up in front of the directors and present a prepared monologue. 
    • Monologue options will be available ahead of time and it is expected that monologues will be memorized.
    • Look at the “More Information & Sign-Ups” link to find the audition monologue selections and any more show specific information.
  6. Your audition is complete! Congratulations! Now go home, relax, and wait for callback information.
  7. Callbacks typically happen the day after the auditions. Callbacks are invite only and are an opportunity for the directors to see and hear more from certain students. You might be called back to sing, read scenes, and/or dance. Remember, getting a callback doesn’t mean you will be cast in a role, and vice versa!
  8. After callbacks, the directors will deliberate and prayerfully consider the cast list. The cast list will be emailed to everyone who auditions and posted on the First Act website by the following evening. 
  9. Questions? Email artisticdirector@firstactkc.org.
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Audition Process

  • SIGN UP & PREPARE: Make sure to sign up for your audition time slot and start practicing. You will need a 1-minute song and/or a memorized monologue if required.
  • AUDITION PAPERWORK: Be sure to submit the online audition form submission and the online medical release/behavior contract submission by noon on the day of auditions.
  • AUDITION DAY: Show up for your audition 20 minutes early to check in. Make sure to bring your karaoke/accompaniment track on a phone or other device to sing to at the audition.

Typically, auditions will be open for all to watch. We will take 10 at a time. For musical auditions, following the vocal audition, your group will learn a short dance routine to perform for the Artistic Team. Callbacks will be closed. Callbacks will be only for those we need to see again for any number of reasons.

15 Tips for a Successful Musical Theatre Audition

  1. Be prepared! Make sure you know the audition process, know what’s expected of you, and are familiar with the show you’re auditioning for. Good actors are prepared actors!

  2. Warm Up! Make sure your voice and your body are both warmed up and ready to go. You want to be ready to show off your best singing, acting, and dancing skills and only have a few minutes to make a good impression on the directors.

  3. Choose an audition song that’s a good fit! When preparing your audition material never sing something from the show you’re auditioning for, unless you’re specifically asked to. Choose a song that is in a similar style to the show you’re auditioning for (same composer, same time period, same subject matter, etc.). Above all, choose a song that you are comfortable singing and will set you up for success. A simple song that you can perform confidently and comfortably is always better than a complicated song that might throw you off and cause stress! And remember – we only want to hear a 60-second excerpt from the song. Choose the 60 seconds that will show off your voice and personality best!

4. Always give yourself plenty of time to learn your audition material. Rehearse with your karaoke track or a pianist. Practice singing your audition song in front of other people before the day of the audition.

5. You have one minute to SHINE! No matter if you’re a confident singer or this is your first time doing an audition, use your time in front of the directors to show off your strengths! Remember, the directors aren’t just listening for a good singing voice – they’re also watching for character, confidence, and acting skills.

6. If you are auditioning with an accompaniment track, make sure you have it ready to play on a device that can be plugged into a speaker (phones/iPods work best!), or email your Production Coordinator a link to your track BEFORE your audition.

7. If you are auditioning with sheet music, make sure your sheet music is clearly printed, have marked where you will start and stop, and write in any tempo notes the pianist should be aware of. Please remember to email your Production Coordinator at least 48 hours before your audition if you will need an accompanist provided. First Act cannot guarantee a pianist will be able to play for you if you do not contact the Production Coordinator.

8. Enter the audition with confidence – first impressions are key. Keep good posture and walk with confidence, even if you’re terrified! Directors know you are nervous, and they want you to succeed!

9. Don’t apologize or make excuses for any reason. Always be professional. Remember that God created you as His unique and one-of-a-kind person!

10. Wear clothes you can move-in, but also look professional! Remember you will do your singing AND dance audition back to back and won’t have time to change between the two. Bring dance shoes if you have them!

11. When it’s your turn to audition, state your name and the song you will be singing. Be friendly, humble and confident in who God has made you to be. And remember to smile!

12. Have confidence in your dance audition. Whether or not you have dance training, do your best to perform the dance combination with energy and lots of smiles! Remember – if you smile through your dancing, the directors will not look at your feet (as much)!

13. Don’t Give Up! Your voice may crack, you might forget a lyric, or you might mess up a dance step – keep smiling and don’t get down on yourself! Everyone in that room is rooting for you!

14. Have Fun! Remember, at the end of the day being in a musical is FUN! No matter how you think your audition went, God is proud of you and so are the directors. Auditioning can be stressful, but your hard work will pay off!

15. PRAY! Remember that God is with you every step of the way. Also, the more you can audition the easier it gets.

The Casting Process

We take pride in the integrity of our casting process. Every casting session begins with prayer. After that, the directing team will go through all auditioning students in numerical order and discuss their strengths and what roles they could potentially fill. Directing teams are encouraged to speak only positive, edifying things about all students! The only factor discussed besides a student’s talents and abilities is any past behavior concerns. 

When a student comes up who has a family member on the artistic staff, that staff member leaves the room and does not return until the student has been cast. Additionally, artistic team members are strongly encouraged to disclose any students they work with privately as a voice teacher, acting coach, or dance instructor. 

Once the cast list is decided, the director’s take 24 hours to pray about it and sleep on their decision. The cast list is not posted until everyone on the directing team feels good about their decisions. Additionally, the cast list is only posted after the First Act Artistic Director has given final approval.

First Act is a competitive program with an abundance of talented students, and roles are given to the students who are best suited, as determined by the whole directing team.