NO! VYT auditions are open to all young people of all skill levels. Young performers in our shows aren’t required to have any previous theatrical experience or formal training. We just strive to recognize each child’s potential and to match their talent and skill level with the needs of each role. That means, our open casting gives every child in the Valley an opportunity to participate in our shows!
Zero. Nothing. Nada. You do not pay upfront to audition. VYT performers don’t have to rent or purchase costumes or scripts. There are no ticket or program ad sales requirements. We believe that money should not be a barrier to a transformative performing arts experience.
Typically, because they need to read and memorize lines, main stage performers are at least 7 and not more than 19 years old. Younger people aspiring to the stage are encouraged to consider our performing arts camps and classes. Sometimes, however, due to the nature of a production, there are age restrictions and those will be noted in the show's audition notice.
Yes. You have to audition. You can audition online or in person, but the number of shows you have done does not matter. Everyone has to audition!
Well, it all starts with the website, so you are in the right place. Check out our auditions page to see which show VYT will be auditioning for. It will say how we are doing auditions -- online or in person. Pay attention to the roles listed and the ages suggestions if any. If you think you fit who we are looking for great! Come and audition!
Well, let's start off by saying that neither one is better or worse. They are just better for you. Some people have specific conflicts that they can't get out of on the in person audition days, so auditioning online is better. Also, there is a lot of time savings by auditioning online in that you don't have to be at a specific place for an unknown amount of time. With that said, you may feel more comfortable or give a better performance in person than online. It's really up to you. BUT, you have to choose one or the other. Do NOT audition online and also come in person. That isn't helpful for anyone! Make a decision and go with it! You've got this!
Here's what we suggest you have in order to make your audition run as smoothly as possible:
Good question. The answer is: as long as it needs to be for you to feel that you have shown us how amazing you are! Chances are that's around 2 or so minutes, but it may be longer or shorter.
First gather all the materials you will need before you start your online application (refer to the question above "What do I need to prepare?"). That means having a headshot or photo ready to upload, a resume ready to upload (or a list that you can type in), a list of your conflicts, a monologue already recorded and either ready to upload or hosted on vimeo or youtube and, if you are auditioning for a musical, a video of you singing already recorded and also either ready to upload or hosted. Look to the next question if you would like tips on videoing an audition.
Once you have all of those things together, THEN start the audition form. This will save you time and will avoid you having to fill out the form more than once.
You do not need any fancy camera equipment to video your audition. A camera phone or a video on a computer will work just fine.
We have 2 ways you can get us your audition:
VYT will announce audition dates and times. Be sure you come prepared. That means having a photo, preferably filling out the online casting form and coming prepared to move. That means wearing appropriate attire to dance. Do not wear sandals or skirts. If you choose to bring a change of clothes, changing areas will be provided to do so. Also, we recommend you bring a bottle of water to remain hydrated and energized.
We hold auditions at our theatre:
Valley Youth Theatre
525 North First Street
On the Southeast Corner of First Street & Fillmore, in Downtown Phoenix
Please note: The VYT parking lot is permit parking only. Public paid parking is available in the lot on the north west corner of 1st St and Fillmore and at meters surrounding the theatre. Please plan accordingly.
We are currently encouraging but not requiring masks to be worn at our theatre. However, we do reserve the right to change our protocols as the situation changes.
The next step is called "Callbacks". Callbacks are when a certain number of performers are asked to come to the theatre in-person to continue the audition process. The list of callbacks will be listed on the Callboard page of the website. Look for your name and the day and time you will need to come to the theatre. Again, it is important to be prepared! So come dressed to move -- no sandals or skirts -- and bring water to remain hydrated and energized!
Usually during callbacks, you will be put into small groups, you will be asked to read scenes, sing and possibly learn a dance. You may be asked to read for a couple of different parts. Each callback experience is different!
No! This is part of being an actor. Sometimes you get the part and sometimes you don't. Auditioning is a matching process and sometimes your talents aren't a match for what is needed for that specific production. That doesn't mean your talents aren't needed in the future! Rejection isn't great, but it's a big part of being an actor. Not getting cast in a VYT performance doesn't mean "no", it just means "not for this specific show". So don't give up! Remember: Auditioning takes practice, too! The more you audition, the more comfortable you will be, and the more you will learn.
Besides, there are a ton of ways to be involved other than just being on stage. We also need young people for our tech crew, our orchestra and other behind-the-scenes positions. If you are interested in working behind the scenes, contact the stage manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have to be honest, being in a VYT show is a time commitment. That's what makes our shows so great. When you are cast in the show, we expect you to have fun and try your best. We also expect you to treat the show as the professional show it will be. That means attending all scheduled rehearsals, memorizing lines and blocking and being attentive when the Director, Stage Manager, Musical Director, Choreographer or any other person is talking. We expect honesty and responsibility and will show that respect right back to you.
Rehearsals are generally Monday through Thursday evenings and most of the day on Saturdays, beginning as early as the week of callbacks. The weekend before the show opens is the beginning of tech week and Saturday and Sunday are 8- to 14-hour days, so it can be a lot. But it is also the most fun you will have!
Because Valley Youth Theatre does not charge a fee for young people to participate in our mainstage productions, parents are required to volunteer by helping with set and costume construction, and front of house during the run of the show.