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Audition Information

Note: Outreach production auditions are held onsite in the schools. Look for audition materials to come home with your child, grades 3-5.


Ages: 8-High School

Audition Dates: February 5 OR 6 (Attend one day)
Mandatory Callbacks (ALL ATTEND): February 9
Audition Times: From 4:00pm to 6:00pm Each Day
Rehearsals: February 13
(No conflicts allowed April 12 - May 13)
Performances: April 26 - May 13
See below for audition requirements.

Audition Requirements:
* FOR ALL AUDITIONS: Prepare a memorized monologue, up to one-minute in length. Use a monologue of your choosing, or CLICK HERE TO SELECT A MONOLOGUE.
* FOR MUSICALS ONLY (MADELINE and JOSEPH) Prepare 16 bars or up to 1-minute of a song. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music with you OR prepare one of the three songs available with practice links at the following link: CLICK HERE FOR SONG LINKS.
What to bring to the audition: CLICK HERE to download the required audition form in advance. (This form will also be available at the audition.) Also, ALL AUDITIONERS must provide their parent's name, email and phone number at the audition check-in.
At Callbacks: All children  (age 8+) who audition will also attend callbacks which may consist of one or more of the following activities: cold reading of text from the play and individual or group improvisation (plus a singing component for musicals - no advance preparation required). If your child is not available to attend the callback, BE SURE TO NOTE THAT AS A CONFLICT ON YOUR AUDITION FORM.
Cast lists will be posted in the marquee outside the theatre after 5pm on the day following callbacks.
Rehearsals Schedules: 
Rehearsals typically take place M-F after school and some weekend afternoons, but not all actors are called every day. The amount of time each cast member will be called to rehearse will depend on the size of the role and availability. 
Please bring CONFLICT INFORMATION to the auditions with you, and your schedule will be taken into account when setting rehearsal schedules.  We will inform you of a "black out period" for conflicts for the two weeks immediately preceding performances, during which we ask that all participants be available for ALL rehearsals. In order to audition, all children must be available for ALL PERFORMANCES, plus all rehearsals during the "black out period." There are no understudies for Children's Theatre productions.
Audition and Performance Location: 
Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301

2017 - 2018 Playhouse Series Auditions

An interactive theatre experience designed for our littlest audience members, where local high school performers bring beloved fairy tales to life! 

Open To: Teens, Age 13 - High School (Must turn 13 by September 2017.)
2017-2018 Season Auditions: August 26: 2 - 6PM OR September 1: 4 - 7PM 
What to expect at the audition: All actors will participate in theatre exercises, including group improvisation. All actors will be asked to sing a short song, estimated 16 bars, acapella.  It is not required that actors be strong singers, but all actors will be asked to sing at the audition.
What if we missed the auditions? If interested in auditioning for the Playhouse Series, but are unable to attend or have missed the scheduled auditions, email to be notified of the next audition opportunity.
Community Service: Rehearsal/performance hours are eligible for Community Service credit (Playhouse Series only)
Time commitment for Playhouse Productions: 2 weeks of rehearsal + 1 weekend of performances
All dates and times subject to change. 



Last Updated: Sep 19, 2017