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Auditions


The Rose Theater
2001 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102
(402) 345-4849
info@rosetheater.org

Auditions

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Step into the spotlight at The Rose

The Rose encourages actors of all races, ages, types and skill sets to audition for its mainstage shows. Adult and youth artists have a great time working together to produce shows at The Rose.

At the same time, being a part of a mainstage show is a big commitment, not only for the performer but for their family. Rehearsals are as frequent as six days per week and often run late into the evening. The result is a high-quality performance and memories that will last long after the spotlight has dimmed.

Auditions are held on a regular basis throughout the season. For more information on mainstage auditions, please contact auditions@rosetheater.org.

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Audition Announcements

The Rose Theater actively recruits and seeks performers of color for all casting, recognizing the value and importance of reflecting the diversity of our audience on stage as much as possible. As one of the largest children’s theater companies in the United States, The Rose is committed to enriching the lives of children and families through live theater and arts education.


Auditions for Peter Pan on March 26 & 27

The Rose Theater will host an audition for adult and youth roles in its 2017 production, Peter Pan on Sunday, March 26 at 6 pm and Monday, March 27 at 6 pm with callbacks on Wednesday, March 29 at 6 pm.

Youth actors should be at least eight years of age.  Adult actors over the age of eighteen are encouraged to arrive after 7 pm for these open calls. Actors of all types are welcome to audition and must come to The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam Street.  Minority actors are wanted for lead roles. Auditionees should prepare a short song selection of at least 16 bars and be prepared to dance. 

Peter Pan actors must be available for weeknight and weekend rehearsals and performances between May 2 through June 18, 2017.  This is a paid position for adult actors. Minority actors are highly encouraged to audition. Major roles, such as Hook and Peter Pan, will be open to actors of all genders and ages for this production.

Email auditions@rosetheater.org with any questions.  No appointment is needed to audition for this show.

Breakdown of roles for Peter Pan:

  • Wendy Darling – The eldest Darling child. Wendy is compassionate, incredibly loving, and very protective of her younger brothers. She is the child every parent wishes they had.
    Age: 13 to 25. Vocal range top: D5. Vocal range bottom: A3.
  • John Napoleon Darling – The middle Darling child. A sly smile is always at home on John’s face. He has a mischievous twinkle in his eye and is always ready for an adventure.
    Age: 11 to 14. Vocal range top: D4. Vocal range bottom: A2
  • Michael Darling – The youngest Darling child. Never far from his favorite Teddy, Michael is sweet and innocent. He is ever so lovable and very huggable.
    Age: 8 to 11. Vocal range top: D4. Vocal range bottom: A2
  • Mrs. Darling – The Darling matriarch. Mrs. Darling glides about gently but swiftly from task to task with motherly precision. She has a pleasant strength to her demeanor.
    Age: 25 to 45. Vocal range top: C5. Vocal range bottom: D4
  • Mr. Darling – A bit of grouch, Mr. Darling is a professional who happens to be a father. Though sparkles of his love peak through from time to time, he often has places to go and people to see. He may be of imposing size.
    Age: 30 to 50. Vocal range top: E4. Vocal range bottom: C3
  • Peter Pan – Childhood and boyishness personified, Peter is athletic and not shy about taking to flight when the moment suits him. His reflexes are catlike and his presence exhilarating. A creature of constant motion.
    Age: 14 to 14. Vocal range top: C4. Vocal range bottom: Eb2
  • Captain Hook – The one-handed captain of the Jolly-Roger. Relentless and restless in his pursuit of Pan, Hook is short-fused and ridiculous. He is a larger than life villain.
    Age: 30 to 60. Vocal range top: F#4. Vocal range bottom: C#3
  • Smee – Captain Hook’s knockabout lackey. An archetypical evil side-kick, Smee might be a bit rotund and is definitely dwarfed by Hook. Should be portrayed by an actor with physical comedy chops.
    Age: 28 to 65. Vocal range top: F#4. Vocal range bottom: D3
  • Tiger Lily – A striking Native American princess, Tiger Lily is a tough girl and an excellent dancer. She should command the stage when taking it and move about it as would mist.
    Age: 14 to 17. Vocal range top: C5. Vocal range bottom: Ab3
  • Ensemble

About Peter Pan
Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris “Moose” Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years.

Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook.

Featuring the iconic songs, “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land,” and a rousing book full of magic, warmth and adventure, Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us… who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.

The Rose’s production of Peter Pan will be directed by Amy Lane.

PETER PAN is a musical based on the play by Sir J.M. Barrie. Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh. Music by Morris (Moose) Charlap. Additional Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Additional Music by Jule Styne. Originally Directed, Choreographed and Adapted by Jerome Robbins.
Peter Pan is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com.


To ask any questions regarding auditions, email auditions@rosetheater.org. Please allow 24 hours for a response.

 

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Preparing for an Audition

Every audition is different. Please read the audition announcement for specific information regarding:

  • Show title, director, available roles and contact information
  • The age range of actors we are looking for
  • Audition requirements
  • Audition, rehearsal and performance dates

Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely. If applicable, we will indicate the need for specific dance wear in the audition announcement.

If you have known rehearsal conflicts, please bring conflicting dates and times with you to auditions. Offers may be withdrawn for students who have more conflicts than those listed at the time of audition.

Actors under age 18 must have an adult wait with them during the audition process. The Rose Theater is unable to provide supervision.

Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the audition to complete paperwork. Auditions may last several hours, so be prepared to wait. Auditions are designed to closely approximate rehearsal conditions, therefore, parents are not allowed to view their student artist’s auditions.

Bring a headshot and resume, if available.

If the audition is for a musical:

  • Come prepared to sing 16-24 measures from a song that highlights your voice. The song does not need to be from the musical you are auditioning for.
  • A pianist will be available. Bring sheet music.
  • You may sing a capella (without accompaniment) but this highly discouraged, as it does not allow us to make an accurate judgment on how well you follow live accompaniment.

Download Youth Audition Tips Here

A note about younger children: The minimum age to audition for a show at The Rose is age 8. We are sometimes asked about children under 8 years old who want to audition. We are thrilled that your child has shown an interest in performing, but due to rigorous rehearsal and performance schedules, we ask that young children wait until they are older to audition for our mainstage shows. We encourage younger children to participate in one of our production camps, which have more opportunities for budding young artists and child-friendly rehearsal and performance times.

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The Audition

Depending on what the audition announcement asks you to prepare, we will likely ask for one or more of the following:

  • Read directly from the show’s script
  • Perform a monologue
  • Perform a song
  • Be taught a dance combination as part of a group

In the audition room, actors will perform for the show’s director and, if applicable, an accompanist and music director.

Some actors will be released without being asked to stay and dance (if the show is a musical). This does not mean they will not be cast.

Nerves are a natural part of performing. We encourage student actors to accept that. We want young artists to learn from every experience at The Rose, including auditions. We always give students the chance to try again if they “mess up,” easing the pressure and stress.

Download Youth Audition Tips Here

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After Auditioning

Callbacks are follow-up auditions that help directors make final casting decisions. If you or your child is called back, a member of the production team will call or email with an invitation prior to the scheduled callback date, which is listed on the audition announcement. Getting a callback does not mean that you have been cast in the show.

Not everyone will be called back. You will usually know within a few days if you have been called back for a particular show. If a student actor is not called back, it is appropriate to discuss with your student the fact that they will likely not be asked to participate in the show. We do not always call or write to let you know that actors have not been cast.

If an actor is called back, it may take us up to two weeks to complete casting decisions. This is the timeframe within which you will know a final answer about casting.

If you indicate on your audition form that you would like audition feedback, kindly give us up to three weeks to respond before asking for that feedback.

If you are not cast in a production, you may still have had a very successful audition — we might have been looking for a different kind of performer for a particular role. Often times, great actors are not cast because they are just not what a director envisioned for a specific role. We encourage you to keep trying!

Download Youth Audition Tips Here

Youth Audition Opportunities

Teens ‘N’ Theater

Teens who have not yet graduated from high school are welcome to audition for roles in Teens ‘N’ Theater shows. Audition dates and times are subject to change. While changes are rare, we encourage you to check the website regularly. For more information about Teens ‘N’ Theater auditions, please contact Stephanie Jacobson at (402) 502-4647.

The Rose Brigade

The Rose Brigade is an elite group of musical theater performers, who perform pre-shows before select mainstage productions and, in some cases, participate in local and regional competitions.

Auditions for The Rose Brigade are open to singers and dancers ages 8 to 18. All students accepted to The Rose Brigade must enroll in required classes and attend all rehearsals. All members are responsible for student fees and potential travel fees.

For more information on The Rose Brigade, click here or contact Deprecia Wright at (402) 502-4617.

Transcendtrix

Transcendtrix dancers are selected by audition to represent The Rose in local and regional dance competitions and to perform within the community. Some competition pieces are even set by national choreographers.

Auditions for are open to dancers between the ages of 5 and 18. Please note that all members are financially responsible for costumes, competition fees and potential travel fees. For more information, click here.

In addition to weekly Transcendtrix rehearsals, junior and senior members are required to take two ballet, one jazz and one tap class (if cast in a tap number) per week. Mini members are required to take one ballet and one jazz class each week.

For more information, contact Sue Gillespie Booton at (402) 502-4633.

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