Students ages 8-18 who are enrolled in CYT classes are invited to audition for our mainstage production. Auditions consist of a one-minute song performed for the Artistic Team, followed by learning and performing a short dance routine in a small group. The audition process may also include a “callback” on a later date, during which the student would be asked to read for a speaking role in the play. Auditions are a wonderful way for students to gain self-confidence, and to show the best of their talents!

Auditions for the Fall 2019 show, Willy Wonka, will take will place on August 29, from 6:00pm-8:30pm, at Bethany United Methodist Church (with callbacks on August 31 from 9:00am-1:00pm). Read below for audition details and helpful tips!

Audition Details for Willy Wonka

Interested in auditioning for our upcoming production? 

First, you must be registered for a class!  All students that are registered may audition for our mainstage production. Auditions are open, and we recommend all students watch the auditions and encourage each other.

Second, choose a one minute clip to perform for your audition. Select a song that fits your vocal range, and fits a character that you would like to play. There are many suggestions online for great audition songs for boys and girls. (Returning students, please note: we are not providing sides from the show for you this time. This is an opportunity for you to research and find an audition song that works well for you and for this show, just like you would need to do in a professional setting.)

Third, upload a one minute instrumental audio clip for your song, OR a one minute sheet music PDF to You can find karaoke tracks of your song from various internet sources such as Youtube,, iTunes etc. Search online for free file conversion sites to help you convert the track you find to MP3 (like YtMP3). You can then cut the file to one minute, again using free online audio software (like Audio Trimmer). 

Lastly, print out the Willy Wonka audition packet, and fill out the audition form, conflicts form, and medical release form. Bring all three forms with you to your audition, and be ready to hand them to the director when you come up for your audition.

All of these steps must be completed in order to audition for a show! 

Questions? Email CYT Austin's Chapter Coordinator Patti Brown. 

Quick Tips

  • Choose an audition song that shows the best of your talents! 
  • Introduce yourself (name, age, and song you will be singing) with energy and confidence.
  • Smile, project, make eye contact with the directors, and be well prepared in every way.
  • Feel free to add some movement, but not if it distracts from your singing.
  • You will also be asked to learn and perform a short dance routine

Love art in yourself, not yourself in art.

Konstantin Stanislavski


Not everyone is guaranteed a role after their audition. Unfortunately there are a limited number of spaces, and the number of students cast varies from show to show. However, if you are cast, here are some things to expect:
  • You must be at all rehearsals for which you are scheduled. If an absence is necessary, it must be clearly stated on your audition conflicts form. Conflicts will be taken under consideration during casting. Any cast member missing more than two rehearsals may not be able to participate in the show. Conflicts (other than illness) presented after casting will not be allowed.
  • Leaving early or arriving late is considered a conflict, and must be approved prior to casting.
  • You must attend Super Sunday and all dress/tech rehearsals.
  • You must be at all performances. 
  • You must pay a Production Fee of $175 which includes a T-shirt, and cast party meal.
  • Your parents must agree to attend two parent meetings and to serve approximately 20 hours on a production committee.


Parents must agree to the following: 

I realize that if my child is chosen for the cast, I will be responsible to make sure he/she attends every performance and every rehearsal for which he/she is scheduled. In case of illness, I will notify the Chapter Coordinator in advance. In order to ensure the quality of rehearsals and the production, I understand that two or more absences may result in dismissal from the show. I understand that students who audition are NOT eligible for a tuition refund. I understand that I will be charged a $175 Production Fee for each child. I am also responsible for the purchase of personal items (i.e., shoes, tights, make-up). I understand that I will be required to attend two parent meetings and to volunteer 20 hours as part of a parent committee. I understand that my student will be responsible for selling one ad for the program, as well as 15 tickets.