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The Rose Theater
2001 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102
(402) 345-4849



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 Interested in joining our audition email list? Fill out the form below!

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Audition Announcements

The Rose To Hold Adult (18+) Auditions
for its 2022 Production of  “The SpongeBob Musical” 

The Rose is holding auditions for roles in its 2022 production of The SpongeBob Musical.

Actors of all types (18+) are welcome to audition. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are wanted for lead roles.

Rehearsals: The SpongeBob Musical actors must be available for weeknight & weekend rehearsals from July 29th – Aug. 18th.

Tech: The SpongeBob Musical actors must be available for weeknight & weekend tech rehearsals from Aug. 19th – 24th. 

Performances: SpongeBob actors must be available for weekday daytime performances as well as weekend performances from Aug. 25th – Sept. 18th. See calendar in registration link for specifics, or view the google calendar here

Email with any questions. 



  • Attend in-person auditions on Sunday April 24th, 2022 starting at 3:30p OR Submit a video audition by 11:59pm on April 21st
  • In person auditions will take place at our downtown location, 2001 Farnam St, Omaha, NE 68102.

What to prepare

  • Acting: Prepare a 60 second monologue of your choice OR select from the provided sides to read from. If selecting the SpongeBob/Sandy scene please choose one character to read as. If auditioning in person we will have someone available to read opposite of you. If submitting a video audition please have someone out of frame read opposite of you.
    • Provided sides can be found in the registration & video submission forms.

  • Music: Prepare 16-32 bars of the auditionee’s choosing OR choose to use the provided sheet music & karaoke track.
    • For in-person auditions an accompanist will be available as will a bluetooth speaker & laptop for those wishing to provide their own playback or use the karaoke track. Acapella (without any accompaniment) singing is also acceptable.
    • Sheet music & the karaoke track can be found in the registration & video submission forms.
  • Dance: Learn a dance combo
    •  In-person auditions- Upon arrival you will join our resident choreographer to learn a short dance combo. Please wear clothing and shoes you can comfortably move around in. 
    • Video Submission- In the video submission form you’ll find an instructional dance video. Review and submit a video of yourself performing the dance combo. 

Want to audition in person?
Complete the following registration form:

Want to audition via video submission?

Complete the video submission form and upload your materials here:

*In-person registration is not required to submit a video audition


About The Show:

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? The SpongeBob Musical is splashing its way to The Rose Theater!  

Come join SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, and the rest of your favorite Krusty Krew through this journey of friendship, overcoming our differences, and of course, the End of the World. With Mount Humongous about to erupt, can a simple sponge save the day? When the going gets tough, this sponge gets going! 

Character Breakdown:

Please note that the pronouns listed next to the character are those used in the script. We are looking to cast actors of all identities. 

  • SpongeBob SquarePants (he/him/his)
  • Sandy Cheeks (she/her/hers)
  • Patrick Star (he/him/his)
  • Squidward Q. Tentacles (he/him/his)
  • Sheldon J. Plankton (he/him/his)
  • Karen The Computer (she/her/hers) / Ensemble (any pronouns)
  • Ms. Mayor of Bikini Bottom (she/her/hers) / Ensemble (any pronouns)
  • Krabs (he/him/his) / Ensemble (any pronouns)
  • Mrs. Puff/Perch Perkins (she/her/hers) / Ensemble (any pronouns)


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. It generally takes us two weeks to complete casting decisions but may take longer. 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 the Class Coordinator at (402) 502-4617.

The Rose Dance Project (RDP)

The Rose Dance Project 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 RDP rehearsals, members are required to take a number of designated ballet, jazz and tap classes per week. For more information, contact Sue Gillespie Booton at (402) 502-4633.

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