Auditions

Students ages 8-18 who are enrolled in CYT classes are invited to audition for the current production. Auditions typically consist of a one-minute song and one-minute monologue submitted by video, or performed live for the Artistic Team, with the possibility to learn and perform a short dance routine. The audition process may also include a “callback” in which a student may be asked to read for a speaking role in the show.  Auditions are a wonderful way for students to gain self-confidence and to show the best of their talents!

Current show roles available: Bye Bye Birdie

 Character Roles:

ALBERT PETERSON
is the president of the Almaelou Music Corporation and is Conrad Birdie’s agent. He is a nervous, excitable man who spends most of his time trying to control the uncontrollable, with quite comic results.

ROSIE ALVAREZ is Albert’s girlfriend and secretary at the Almaelou Music Corporation, who is frustrated with Albert’s inability to commit to her. She is willing to do anything it takes to get Albert to give up the music business and settle down. Headstrong and confident, she is often one step ahead of Albert.

MRS. MAE PETERSON is Albert’s controlling mother. She loves her son, despite her disapproval of the way he runs the family business and (especially) his affection for Rosie. She has never stopped parenting Albert, and her mounting frustration throughout the show as Albert begins to stand up to her provides recurring comic relief. This is a non-singing role.

CONRAD BIRDIE is a teen heartthrob who has been drafted into the army. This character was written with Elvis Presley in mind. He says little but conveys much with his body language, swagger and, of course, his music. This is someone who knows that good looks and a killer smile will get him more than his personality.

KIM MACAFEE is the self-confident young member of Conrad’s fan club who is chosen to receive a kiss from Conrad before he leaves for the Army. She sees herself as more mature than the average teenager.

HUGO PEABODY is Kim’s devoted steady boyfriend who is jealous that Conrad is receiving so much attention from Kim. This is a character-driven, non-singing role.

MR. HARRY MACAFEE is Kim’s father who thinks he’s in control of his family and his teenaged daughter (but isn’t).

MRS. DORIS MACAFEE is Kim’s loving mother who knows just how to handle her husband and her household.

URSULA MERKLE is Kim’s best friend and the hyper-enthusiastic teenager who leads the girls in screaming for Conrad.

RANDOLPH MACAFEE is Kim’s younger brother.

THE MAYOR is the head figure of Sweet Apple, Ohio, who welcomes Conrad Birdie to town. A bit naïve to the effect Conrad has on the girls of the town.

THE MAYOR’S WIFE, EDNA, is one of the adults in the show who cannot escape the power of Conrad Birdie’s spell.

GLORIA RASPUTIN is the dreamy, ambitious knockout whom Mrs. Peterson chooses to replace Rosie. She is looking for her big break in show business and hopes Albert can help her.

MRS. MERKLE is Ursula’s overbearing mother who also gets a touch of Conrad Birdie Fever.

HARVEY JOHNSON is a typical nerdy teenager who can’t seem to get enough of the gossip going on in Telephone Hour.

MR. JOHNSON is Harvey’s father and one of the many parents in Sweet Apple desperate to keep control of their children as Conrad Birdie comes to town.

Other TEENAGERS in Sweet Apple include ALICE, DEBORAH SUE, HELEN, NANCY, MARGIE, PENELOPE, SUZIE, FREDDIE, KARL and various other BOYS and GIRLS.

Other ENSEMBLE roles include a POLICEMAN, various REPORTERS, a CONDUCTOR and a TRAINMAN, and other PARENTS of the Sweet Apple teenagers.
 
Read below for audition details and helpful tips!
 

How do auditions work?

At CYT, auditions are an open casting call; nothing is precast.  Any student 8-18 enrolled in classes is eligible to audition.  Students have “1 minute to shine”.  All students must prepare a 1-minute song highlighting your vocals and acting through song.    

If you plan to audition for our Winter production of "Bye Bye Birdie" (Production week: March 10th through 16th) you will need to complete and upload the Audition Forms prior to live auditions on Saturday, January 13th at Hope Chapel, located at 6701 Arroyo Seco, Austin, TX 78757.  Auditions will be held from 9am to 12pm.  Callbacks will be held the same day from 12:30pm-3pm.  

You can download the Audition Forms and instructions HERE .  Completed Audition Forms should be uploaded to this link: https://bit.ly/CYTWinter2024AuditionForms by the end of day Thursday January 11, 2024.  Audition music should be one of the 5, 1 minute vocal audition tracks found HERE, no other music is allowed.  Bring a copy of your Audition form with your photo to the live auditions.

What do I have to do for my audition? What do I need for my audition?

Students have “1 minute to shine”.  All students must prepare a 1-minute song highlighting your vocals and acting, using one of the five song options found HERE.  Audition tracks and example tracks for each song are in the folder.

The audition form is where you will upload all of your information. You will also need to upload a close-up photo and note all of your rehearsal conflicts on the conflict form. All of the information required is on the audition form, please look over in advance and do not submit until you have all of the information.  You can upload your forms Audition Forms HERE.

Come to auditions on Saturday, January 13th at 9:00 a.m. at Hope Chapel Church. Auditions begin at 9:00 a.m.; please arrive early to have time to check in and get settled in your seat. You should bring:
  1. The printed forms in your audition packet that you have also uploaded to Dropbox.
  2. A lunch and water bottle with your name on it. No peanuts or tree nuts allowed.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT AUDITIONS:

We have a lot of fun at CYT auditions - the environment is welcoming and supportive! Auditions are open; this means that everyone is free to stay and watch. After a brief introduction, auditions will begin. When it is your turn you will:
  1. Walk up to the front, hand the director your paperwork, go to the microphone and introduce yourself. You will perform your chosen side and song side.
Callbacks will be the same day! After everyone has auditioned, students will go to a common area to have a supervised lunch. (No peanuts or tree nuts allowed) After lunch, students will go into the audition space for closed callbacks if needed. Parents will need to be on stand-by to pick up their student between 12:30-3:00 p.m. Callbacks are closed, but parents are welcome to wait on campus in a designated space.

Students are not allowed to have their cell phone out or in use at anytime during their time at CYT. There will be an adult that will call parents for pick-up if the parent is not staying on campus.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER AUDITIONS
  1. The cast list will be published on or before January 19th
  2. The first rehearsal is Saturday, January 20th, from 9:00-3:00 at Hope Chapel (6701 Arroyo Seco, Austin, TX 78757). All cast parents must attend a parent meeting from 9:00-10:30am that morning.
*Rehearsals for Bye Bye Birdie are each Saturday from January 20th through March 9th with the exception of February 4th and February 24th. (Location TBD)   There will also be Friday night rehearsals required for most roles due to the shorter number of Saturday rehearsals in this session.  No Friday night rehearsals on Feb. 3rd & Feb 23rd. 

Do I have to dance/sing for my audition?

All students act, sing and dance for CYT auditions. 

How do absences play into casting?

The directing team needs to know what rehearsals you will be missing.  It is imperative that they have this information on the audition form.  Absences that come up after casting will not be excused.  There is no “magic number” of excused absences that will make or break getting cast, however, the more absences you have the more difficult chances of getting cast become. CYT understands 2 absences during a rehearsal process. 

What is "Experience Only"?

"Experience only" is an option for students who wish to work on their audition skills and gain valuable insight into the process of auditioning, but who don’t wish to be considered for the production.  This is a great learning experience, and they will receive a personal note from the Artistic Director with suggestions for improvements. Please note that students are only allowed ONE audition per session. An audition for "experience only" prevents them from auditioning in another area in that same session.

Can I watch/videotape auditions?

We encourage parents to attend Auditions and you may videotape your child's audition.   You may not record other children's auditions.

What if my child is out of town on audition weekend?

If you are unable to attend auditions, we do accept video audition submissions through a private Dropbox Link. Please work this out in advance with your Show Coordinator. All video submissions must be submitted before the first night of auditions.

How should I help my child with the audition process?

Be a support. Help them find the right song of the 4 selections for their voice. Let them practice in front of you. Obviously, the younger the child, the more you may want to help steer them towards a successful audition yourself.

What if I am unsure about my rehearsal conflicts?

Any information is helpful. Please list any dates that are potentiall "conflicts" and then give us more information in any of the "notes" fields on the form. 

Rehearsal schedules may vary by show, but typically CYT AUSTIN rehearses on Saturdays from 9am-3pm.

What if my child is almost 8 or almost 19? Does it affect show eligibility?

Our shows are for ages 8-18. A child must be no older than 18 at the time of auditions in order to participate & audition for the show, but can turn 19 during the session. A student age 7, must turn 8 before the last performance of the show in order to participate in the production. 

How many students usually audition for the production?

It varies greatly by production and session, though most shows see numbers between 35 and 70.

Have You Ever Wanted to Understand the Casting Process?

The Casting Process where Dr. Heather LaForge discusses the CYT casting process.