The Children’s Theatre Auditions

Children ages 9-17 and adults 18+ may email [email protected] to make an audition appointment. Please share your name, your age (or child’s age if you are under 18), phone number, and preferred audition date and time. Auditions (except for our Kenwood Towne Centre auditions on August 20) and Callbacks are held at our offices located at 5020 Oaklawn Drive, Cincinnati OH 45227.

Auditions are by appointment only.


THURSDAY, AUGUST 20 — Appointments available from 1 PM to 4 PM at Kenwood Towne Centre

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21 — Appointments available from 6 PM to 9 PM at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati offices

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22 — Appointments available from 10 AM to 5 PM at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati offices

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23  — Appointments available from 1 PM to 5 PM at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati offices


MONDAY, AUGUST 24 — “Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR.” Callback (dance and read) 6 PM to 10 PM

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25 — “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Callback (dance and read) 6 PM to 10 PM

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26 – “Snow White and the Dancing Dwarfs” Callback (dance and read) 6 PM to 10 PM

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27 — “Shrek the Musical JR.” Callback (dance and read) 6 PM to 10 PM


A memorized monologue (1 minute MAX). It should showcase your range of dramatic ability keeping in mind the type of production for which you are auditioning.  Please remember this is theater for young audiences.

A memorized song that best shows your vocal range. (1 minute MAX). Remember your PIANO SHEET MUSIC for your song. An accompanist will be provided. The sheet music MUST have the piano part, not just the vocal line.

You may be asked to show us your dance ability, so come prepared. Wear appropriate shoes. No flip flops. Wear appropriate dance clothes please.

Please bring a RECENT 8×10 headshot and UPDATED performance resume.

Please plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes ahead of your appointment to fill out paperwork. If we are ahead of schedule, you may audition early.

Due to concentrated rehearsal periods, we ask that you don’t have any conflicts during rehearsals. In an effort to best facilitate all rehearsal times, all those auditioning will be asked to list all conflicts at the time of the audition. Please take note of when rehearsals begin and bring your calendar with you to the audition.

Auditions and Callbacks are held at our offices located at 5020 Oaklawn Drive, Cincinnati OH 45227. Auditions are by appointment only.


Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR.

Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater

Music by Alan Menken.

Book by Doug Wright.

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen Story and the Disney Film produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker and Ron Clements.

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and be part of the world above. But first she’ll defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice that he has been seeking.

Rehearsals begin: September 14 – October 10 (MondayThursday 6:30 PM-9 PMSaturday 10AM-4 PM)

MANDATORY TECH in the Taft Theatre: October 13, 14 and 15 from 11 AM to 9 PM.
Performances run October 16-25, 2015 with MORNING performances during school days, and afternoon and evening performances on weekends.

Male Roles: (9)

Prince Eric: (Actor, Singer, Mover) Portrays age 18-25.  A Prince who would rather explore the ocean than govern a kingdom.

Sailors/ Gulls / Under the Sea Chorus / Lagoon Animals/ Chefs / Ensemble/: (3 Singer, Actor, Dancer, Puppeteers)  Portrays a variety of Sea Creatures, Sailors, and Townsfolk.

Grimsby: (Actor, Singer) Portrays 50-60 years old.  Prince Eric’s Valet

Pilot/Chef Louis:  (Singer, Actor, Dancer) Portrays 29-40 years old.  Driver of Prince Eric’s Ship/ Prince Eric’s Chef.   Sings the Opening Number and Les Poissons.

King Triton (Actor, Singer, Mover) Portrays 40-50 years old.  King of the ocean.  Iconic look.  Fit, strong, stern, but had a soft spot for his daughters.

Scuttle:  (Actor, Singer, Mover)  25-40 year-old male portraying a zany seagull and self-proclaimed expert on humans.

Sebastian:  (Singer, Actor, Mover) 25-45 year-old male portraying an anxious crab/court composer for King Triton.

Female Roles (9)

Ariel:  (Singer, Actor, Mover) Portrays 18-20 years old.  A mermaid who longs to be a human.

Mer-sisters / Princesses / Lagoon Animals / Under the Sea Chorus/ Ensemble:  (6 singer, Actor, Dancer, Puppeteers)  Portrays 15-25 years old.  Ariel’s sisters.

Carlotta/ Under the Sea Chorus / Ensemble:  (Actor, Singer, Mover, Puppeteer) Portrays 50-60 years old. Headmistress in Prince Eric’s Palace

Ursula:  (Actor, Singer, Mover) Portrays 40-50 years old.  The Sea Witch with a vendetta.

Non-Gender Specific Roles (10)

Flounder:  (Singer, Actor, Mover) Child with an expressive character voice.  Ariel’s young rambunctious best friend.

The Seahorse/ Under the Sea Chorus / Lagoon Animal/Ensemble:  (Singer, Actor, Dancer, Puppeteer) Child with a cute character voice.  The Herald of King Triton’s Court.

Flotsam & Jetsam: (2 dancer, Actor. Singer, Acrobats)  Electric Eels, and Ursula’s sidekicks.

Ursula’s Tentacle Puppeteers/ Lagoon Animals/ Under the Sea Chorus:  (6 Singer, Actor, Mover/ Puppeteers)


By Charles M. Schulz.

Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson.

Stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer.

By special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson.

Bring your family and celebrate Christmas with our live rendition of your favorite holiday special!  Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays get you down – Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us all about what’s most important during this Yuletide season.  2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Rehearsals begin: October 26- November 25 (Monday – Thursday 6:30 PM-9 PMSaturday 10 AM-4 PM)

Additional rehearsal on Sunday November 29th due to Thanksgiving

MANDATORY TECH in the Taft Theatre: December 1, 2 and 3 from 11 AM to 9 PM.
Performances run December 4-13, 2015 with MORNING performances during school days, and afternoon and evening performances on weekends.

Charlie Brown:  (Actor, Singer)  portrays age: young boy

Snoopy:  (Actor, Mover) Portray age: Dog.  Must have a great since of comedic timing.

Lucy:  (Actor, Singer) Portray age: young girl.  Self-assured, somewhat bossy friend to Charlie Brown

Linus:  (Actor, Singer) Portray age: young boy.  Best friend of Charlie Brown

Pig Pen:  (Actor, Singer) Portray age: young boy.  Friend of Charlie Brown. Part of the gang.

Frieda:  (Actor, Singer) Portray age: young girl.  Part of the gang. Lovely red head very proud of her curls

Schroeder:  (Actor, Singer) Portray age: Young boy.  Part of the gang. Plays the toy piano and love interest of Lucy

Violet:  (Actor, Singer) Portray age: young girl.  Part of the gang

Sally:  (Actor, Singer) Portray age: young girl.  Charlie Brown’s Sister in love with Linus

Patty:  (Actor, Singer) Portray age: young girl.  Part of the gang. known as Peppermint Patty

Shermy:  (Actor, Singer) Portray age: young boy.  Part of the Gang

The ability to ice skate is a plus for all characters


Story and book by Ken Jones.

Music by Jamey Strawn.

Lyrics by Christine Jones.

Did you know that Snow White’s Dwarfs are amazing dancers?  Come see for yourselves as the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale of Snow White, her evil stepmother, the all-knowing mirror and the handsome (but not-too-brainy) prince, step their way back into your hearts and imagination.  This is a world-premiere production you don’t want to miss!

Rehearsals begin: January 11- February 6 (Monday – Thursday 6:30 PM -9 PMSaturday 10 AM-4 PM)

MANDATORY TECH in the Taft Theatre: February 9, 10, 11 from 11 AM to 9 PM.
Performances run February 12-21, 2016 with MORNING performances during school days, and afternoon and evening performances on weekends.

The Mirror:  (Actor, Singer, Dancer) Serves as the narrator. Menacing but also funny.

Queen Tempestula/The Peddler/The Witch: (Actor, Singer, Dancer) Incredibly vain and very evil.

Snow White:  (Actor, Singer, Dancer):  Kind and loving toward all people and creatures.  Strong and smart.

The Huntsman/Prince Thomas:  (Actor, Singer, Dancer) Dashing, strong and obedient as The Huntsman.  Handsome, funny, and self-absorbed as Prince Thomas.

The Guards: (Dancers)

The Seven Dancing Dwarfs:

Waltzie: (Actor, Singer, Dancer) Dances the waltz, British, the boss.

Jiggles:  (Actor, Singer, Dancer) Dances the jig (River Dance), Irish, worried but charming.

Tango:  (Actor, Singer, Dancer) Dances the tango or salsa, Spanish, fiery and passionate.

Polkie:  (Actor, Singer, Dancer) Dances the polka, German, strong and direct.

Tutu:  (Actor, Singer, Dancer) Dances the ballet, French, delicate and beautiful.

Boots:  (Actor, Singer, Dancer) Dances the line dance, U.S. (Texas), loud and pushy.

Tapper: (Actor, Singer, Dancer) Is a tap dancer, Silent (mute), thoughtful and sweet.

Animals:  These are puppets or groups of puppets.  Please note any puppetry experience on your audition form.


Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig.

Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Music by Jeanine Tesori.

Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions.

Original production directed by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford.

“I’m a Believer” by Neil Diamond.

In a faraway kingdom, the green ogre Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits, runaways who’ve been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wise-cracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty Princess Fiona from the Dragon-guarded tower, his swamp will be returned to him.

Rehearsals begin: February 29– April 2 (Monday – Thursday 6:30 PM -9 PMSaturday 10 AM-4 PM)

MANDATORY TECH in the Taft Theatre: April 5, 6 and 7 from 11 AM to 9 PM.
Performances run April 8-17, 2016 with MORNING performances during school days, and afternoon and evening performances on weekends.

Shrek: (Singer, Actor, Mover) Adult Male High Baritone, a stinky Ogre that wants to be left alone

Donkey: (Singer, Actor, Mover) Adult Male High Baritone, annoying friend of Shrek’s

Mama Ogre, Mama Bear, Dragon Puppeteer, Duloc Performer: (Singer, Actor, Mover) Adult Female Portray 30 -40 Soprano

Baby Bear, Duloc Performer: (Singer, Actor, Mover) Child Soprano

Shoemaker’s Elf, Duloc Performer: (Singer, Actor, Mover) Ensemble

Pig, Dragon Puppeteer, Duloc Performer:  (Singer, Actor, Mover) Ensemble, Adult Male High Baritone (Understudy Shrek)

Ugly Duckling, Duloc Performer: (Singer, Actor, Mover) Ensemble

Peter Pan, Understudy Donkey: (Singer, Actor, Mover) Ensemble

Fiona: (Actor, Singer, Mover) Adult female – Belter

Lord Farquaad: (Actor, Singer, on knees for entirety of show) High Baritone

Witch: (Actor, Singer, Mover) Ensemble

Pinocchio: (Actor, Singer, Mover) High Tenor

Fairy Godmother, Dragon Puppeteer, Understudy Fiona: (Actor, Singer, Mover) Ensemble

Sugar Plum, Gingy, Teen Fiona: (Actor, Singer, Mover) Ensemble

Big Bad Wolf, Understudy Farquaad: (Actor, Singer, Mover) Ensemble

Young Shrek, Dwarf, Young Fiona, Baby Bear: (Actor, Singer, Mover) Child Actor

Papa Bear, Dragon Puppeteer, Understudy Donkey: (Actor, Singer, Mover)

Papa Ogre, Duloc Performer: (Actor, Singer, Mover) Adult Male

Ensemble members (5 members) – Knights, Fairy Tale Creatures, Duloc Performers, Woodland Creatures, Deer, Rooster, Birds, Trees

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