All auditions take place at the Little Theatre unless otherwise posted. Pensacola Little Theatre is YOUR community theatre, and auditions are open to EVERYONE. No experience is required. Reading the play is not required before an audition, although you can come to the main office and read a perusal copy of the play you are auditioning for. The perusal copy may not leave the building. Even if you have never been in a play before, don’t be shy about auditioning. During each season, we have roles of all sizes for adults, teens, and children. We encourage performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, religious backgrounds, ages, and capabilities to audition.
AUDITIONING FOR A NON-MUSICAL PLAY
All auditions are "cold-reads," unless otherwise noted, so you do not need to prepare a monologue or memorize anything in advance. Perusal copies of upcoming plays are available to read at the PLT Business Office during regular business hours.
AUDITIONING FOR A MUSICAL PLAY
Prepare 16 - 24 bars (one verse and a chorus) of a song in musical theatre style (unless otherwise indicated). Bring sheet music or a CD and CD player for accompaniment. If you use a .mp3, you may plug into our speaker. Choose a song that enhances and shows off your singing skills - usually not a song from the play for which you are auditioning. You may also be asked to take part in movement or dance auditions, where the choreographer will ask you to learn a few steps. Please no a capella auditions.
RESEARCH. Familiarity with any musical or play is mandatory. The stage version may be very different from the movie version. Study the stage version and make sure you understand what show you’re actually auditioning for. A good place to start is the publisher’s website (they are the company that licenses the show). Search for other theatres that have produced the show, both professional and amateur.
REHEARSE. Rehearse before you show up, even if it's just in the bathroom mirror. Come warmed up and ready to create.
ARRIVE EARLY. Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to posted audition times fill out your audition forms. We will begin auditioning at the time published. Being early also gives you time to get the jitters out before seeing us.
DRESS TO IMPRESS. During your audition, dress like it's a job interview. When it's time to dance, please wear attire comfortable enough to move in; however, keep in mind that we are looking at how you move so please don't wear anything over-sized. Ladies need to bring jazz shoes AND character shoes, men just need jazz shoes or sneakers. We know it’s Florida, but flip flops are never OK at an audition. Your attire is the first thing we see before you even speak your name - make that first impression count!
BE HONEST. If you are only willing to play certain roles, please note it on the audition form. If you have conflicts, please note them on the audition form. Should you want to edit your audition form during auditions, you will be allowed to simply by asking the team during a break or before you leave the building. Performers that add several conflicts or drop after not being honest on their audition form are no fun. Be fun.
FOCUS. It's all about you. Focus on presenting yourself and your gift rather than worry about what the production staff is thinking. Also, don't worry about the other performers at the audition - they are just as nervous as you are. Relax and set yourself up for a good audition. Go for it!
FLEX YOUR MUSCLES. Play to your OWN strengths and gifts. Google different productions of performers making the roles their own for inspiration. When you are singing, don't be afraid to sing alternate notes or rhythms here and there as long as you make us believe in it. This is your 90-second solo-concert and we are all ears.
KEEP GOING. If your eyelash falls off, if your heels break, if you crack on a note or if you mess up a line or lyric...... just keep going. We have been in your shoes and know what auditioning feels like, but you can't start over during a real show. Let your gift shine through no matter what.
BE POLITE. Your audition starts the minute you enter the building: smile, say ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ always. Applaud and support others in the room. Put your phone away and be attentive. Please also watch what you say/post on social media before/during/after the audition. Be authentic, be fun, be fabulous.
HAVE FUN. SMILE and have fun with us! And if you aren't having fun, act. ;)
Want to save time? Fill out your audition form in advance.
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May 28 & 29*, 6:30, MAMMA MIA! Written by Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Catherine Johnson. Directed by Carla Rhodes, Music Directed by Tina Buran.
*NOTE: Auditions will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday due to Memorial Day Holiday.
MAMMA MIA! is a story about a young, soon-to-be bride named Sophie who invites 3 men to the island where she lives to find out which one is her father. Her mother Donna is unaware they are attending until they arrive. This is a story told with your favorite ABBA songs including "Mamma Mia!", "Dancing Queen", and many more!
Performances (11): Aug 2-18, 2019
What to prepare:
Auditioners should prepare 16-24 bars (one verse and one chorus) of a song in the musical theatre style that is NOT from MAMMA MIA! Please bring sheet music- an accompanist will be provided. You may also plug into our speaker if you use an .mp3. All auditioners will also be taught a dance sequence by our choreographer, so please wear clothes you can move in.
What to expect:
After you sign in with the volunteers in the Atrium, you will fill out your Audition Forms. Be sure to bring your calendar to list all your potential achedule conflicts. Someone will take a snapshot of you for casting reference only. You will be called into the Courtroom for your vocal audition when the Production Team is ready to see you. Depending on the turnout, groups may be formed to work on the dance audition and vocal auditions simultaneously.
We may be having callbacks Thursday the 30th. (please hold this date). If you are released from auditions, that doesn’t mean you have not been cast. If you have a callback, that does not mean you are cast.
FEMALE LEAD ROLES:
Sophie Sheridan- Soprano- 20 years old-daughter of Donna, sweet & nieve
Donna Sheridan- Mezzo Soprano- 40-50 years old, owner of an island resort-stubborn & jaded
Rosie- Mezzo Soprano-40-50 years old, friend of Donna, cookbook author, feisty, independant
Tanya- Alto/Mezzo- 40-50 years old, friend of Donna, a “cougar”, rich, bold & flirty
MALE LEAD ROLES :
Sky- Tenor/Bass- 24-26 years old, Donna’s business manager & Sophie’s fiance’
Sam Carmichael- Baritone- 40-50 years old, divorced architect and former flame of Donna’s who might be Sophie’s Dad.
Harry Bright- Tenor/Baritone- 40-50 years old, British banker & former rock band guitarist who might be Sophie’s Dad (British accent required).
Bill Austin- Baritone- 40-50 years old, American travel author who might be Sophie’s Dad
FEMALE SUPPORTING ROLES:
Ali - Mezzo Soprano- 20-22 years old, friend of Sophie, strong dancer
Lisa- Mezzo Soprano- 20-22 years old, friend of Sophie, strong dancer
MALE SUPPORTING ROLES :
Pepper- Tenor/Baritone- 20-22 years old, friend of Sky, works on the island, flirty & confident, attracted to Tanya, strong dancer
Eddie- Tenor/Baritone- 20-22 years old, friend of Sky, works on the island, goofy & clumsy
Father Alexandrios - 40-60 years old- spoken only (Greek accent)-also part of Greek ensemble
Greek Ensemble- all vocal ranges/ages- Greek island staff- heavy singing component- movers-10 people (men and women).
Island Guest Ensemble- all vocal ranges- heavy dancing component- 10 people (5 women and 5 men)
June 3 & 4, 6:30, ONCE UPON A SHOE Written by Joseph Robinette. Directed by Mindy Iverson.
Mother Goose sadly announces to her children that they must leave their home and move to an old sneaker "across the tracks". The shoe is saved when the kids put on a show, in the best Garland/Rooney tradition, enacting eight of Mother Goose's best poems. This is an Acorn production for young actors and young audiences. Performances will be in the M. C. Blanchard Courtroom space.
Performances (10): July 19-28, 2019. All shows are morning or afternoon matinees. Four shows are sold out to summer camp/day care programs. Saturday (10:00am & 3:00pm) and Sunday (3:00pm) shows are for sale to the public.
What to prepare:
NOTHING! Our kids and young actors get a chance to play theatre games so please wear clothes you can move in. Pieces of the script will be read, but even the youngest readers will be fed lines if need be (we all have to memorize the script eventually, anyway). There is a script in the Main Office if you'd like to come to PLT and sit and read to familiarize yourself with the story and characters.
What to expect:
After you sign in with the volunteers in the Atrium, you will fill out your Audition Forms. Be sure to bring your calendar to list all your potential achedule conflicts. Someone will take a snapshot of you for casting reference only. You will be called into the Rehearsal Hall for your audition when the Production Team is ready to see you. Depending on the turnout, groups may be formed to comfortably work in the room.
Mother Goose - tired, yet spirited "old" lady (may be a young actor or age appropriate adult)
Mr. Smith - stuffy "middle aged" gentleman (may be a young actor or age appropriate adult)
Children - ages 8-15, as many as the director can manage.
Additional audition dates will be added once our 19-20 season has been announced. Like us on FaceBook and check back here often.