Auditions

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 Winter 2020 show, Fiddler on the Roof, will take will place on December 12, from 6:00pm-8:30pm, at Bethany United Methodist Church (with callbacks on December 14 from 9:00am-1:00pm). 

Our Winter 2020 show will be held at the Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School. Performances are on Thursday March 12 at 7:30pm, Friday March 13 at 7:30pm, and Saturday March 14 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm. 

Audition Details for Fiddler on the Roof

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 to students and parents; we recommend all students watch the auditions and encourage each other.

Second, choose a song to perform for your audition. You must choose a song from the Fiddler on the Roof audition sides that fits your vocal range, and fits the character that you would like to play. Sheet music for sides can be found here: http://bit.ly/FiddlerAuditionSides. You will be singing the marked section with live piano accompaniment. Practice singing and acting your 1 minute clip. You can use these full show recordings to practice with. We do not have instrumental recordings to practice with.

Lastly, print out the Fiddler on the Roof 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. 

Fiddler on the Roof Characters

Here are the character roles and their vocal requirements:

Tevye
The likeable, hard-working, pious dairyman who always tries to see the positive side of life. He is a proud patriarch and father of five daughters, closely raised according to the old scriptures.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Golde
Tevye's strong-willed wife who wishes for her daughters to have good husbands and live easier than she and Tevye.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Tzeitel
Levy's eldest daughter, who is madly in love with Motel. She is loyal to her family but typically challenges the town's traditions.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Hodel (teen)
Tevye's second eldest daughter, who becomes involved with Perchik. She eventually leaves Anatevka to join Perchik in Siberia.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Chava (teen)
Tevye's middle daughter who loves to read. Falls in love and runs off with Fydeka, a Russian soldier.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Shprintze (child up to early teen) 
Tevye's fouth eldest daughter who takes lessons at home from Perchik.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Bielke (child to tween) 
Tevye's youngest daughter. Takes lessons at home from Perchik.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Yente
The meddling matchmaker. She is a widow and village busybody who knows all of the town gossip.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Motel
The poor and meek tailor who shares a deep love with Tzeitel. Sensitive and nervous, but sincere and friendly.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: E3

Perchik
The outspoken student and visitor to Anatevka, who constantly challenges the traditions of the town. He eventually falls in love with Hodel.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: B2

Lazar Wolf
The feisty, brawny butcher and the town's wealthiest citizen who wishes to marry Tzeitel.
Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Avram
Runs the local bookshop and keeps the town advised of all the news in the area.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Eb4
Vocal range bottom: D3

Grandma Tzeitel
Golde's deceased grandmother, who endorses the marriage between Tzeitel and Motel.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: C#4

Fruma-Sarah
Lazar's Wolf's deceased first wife. She becomes enraged when her husband plans to wed Tzeitel.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Constable
Russian military official stationed near Anatevka who knows the villagers well, however he has superficial relationships with the villagers.
Gender: Male

Fyedka
A strong, young Russian soldier who sees past his military obligations and falls in love with Chava. He challenges Tevye's imposed silence.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 25

Ensemble
Villagers (Chorus) : Mommas/Children/Russian Soldiers

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

Casting

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

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.

Love art in yourself, not yourself in art.


Konstantin Stanislavski