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OBCT Apprentice Theater Troupe 2015-2016

What: A group of 20-25 selected by audition performers between the ages of 6-12 that are dedicated and want to take their theater experience to the next level.

Where: The Off Broadway Childrens Theater in Alpharetta, Georgia

When: They will audition in May 2015 and then will participate in a 2 hour Dance/Improv/Acting class each Saturday from August to January. They will rehearse a Broadway Jr. show either “Dear Edwina Jr.” or “Captain Louie Jr.” on Saturday mornings that will be performed in January 2016. They will attend and compete with a 15 minute selection of the show at the 2016 Junior Theater Festival (JTF) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Why: The Off Broadway Kids Theater Troupe has thrived since 2002 and the demand for serious training for younger performers that can mature into the senior group has been overwhelming.

How: The audition date is May 9, 2015 from 2:00-5:00 PM and May 13, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 PM and audition slots can be booked by emailing offbroadway@msn.com or calling 770-664-2410. The cost of the troupe is $350.00 and the monthly cost for the instruction is $90.00 per month. The cost of JTF is separate and will be determined once the information becomes available. The troupe number is limited. Troupe members will have discounted production fees for other shows if they choose through March of 2016 for all shows OBCT offers.Troupe members will need to attend a 2 day summer intensive on June 22-23, 2015 from 2:00-6:00 PM. Cost of the intensive is $50.00 dollars.

**Admission into the Off Broadway Kids Senior Troupe is open to kids by invited audition only for anyone ages 8 - 10, and 11 and older by general open audition. The number of open slots for younger Senior Troupe members this year will be very limited.


Little Mermaid Jr. Auditions!

Off Broadway Children's Theatre is pleased to announce auditions for its summer show, Disney's "Little Mermaid Jr." Auditions will be held at the Studio Theatre of Off Broadway, May 17 at 2pm-5pm, and 19th from 6pm-8pm for ages 8-16. Auditionees should prepare 30 seconds of a musical selection to sing, come dressed to move and be prepared to cold read from the script. If cast, there is a 200.00 production fee to participate. Rehearsals will be twice a week but will be flexible with summer schedule. The shows will be 6 performances over two weekends spanning July 31 thru August 9th. To schedule an audition, please call 770-664-2410 or you may send video submissions to offBroadway@msn.com.

Frequently asked questions about the audition process


Are actors paid?

Adult actors are compensated on a stipend basis. Youth actors are not compensated, but gain valuable stage experience performing in a professional production alongside adult “working” actors.

Do I need to memorize a monologue?

Sometimes, but not always. After you sing (if the production is a musical) you may be given a copy of a scene from the play that you will be asked to read from. This is called a “cold reading.”

What is 16 bars of sheet music?

If you look at a piece of sheet music, you will see that the notes are on a series of 5 horizontal lines. You will also see vertical lines that separate those lines into a series of groups of notes. Each one of those vertical sections is a "bar" of music. You can choose any 16 bars for an audition, so try to pick the 16 bars that show off your voice the best. Notate on the sheet music where the pianist should start and stop. If you are still having trouble, ask someone you know who can read music to show you on the music what it is, and to help you pick 16 bars that will work for you.

Do I need a headshot (picture) and a resume?

When you arrive you will be given an audition form to fill out. If you have a resume we will attach it to the form. If you do not have a resume you will need to fill out the space on the audition form that asks you to list any theatrical experience. A picture is not required, but if you have a school picture, photo of yourself or a headshot, please bring it with you. It is a great way for the people who are casting the show to remember what you look like.

Can my parents watch my audition?

No. Parents are welcome to accompany you before and after the audition. There will be a place for them to wait while you are in your audition.

What happens if I cannot make the audition dates?

You may arrange a video submission.

What should I wear?

An audition is much like a job interview, except in this interview you might be asked to dance or sing! You should try to look professional and bring an extra set of more comfortable clothes and shoes if you know there will be a choreography portion of the audition.

Will I have to audition in front of anyone else who is auditioning?

Sometimes, yes. If asked to do a cold reading, you may be asked to read with other people for the scene.

What is a callback?

The "callback" is a second (sometimes third, fourth or fifth) audition where the selection process becomes more specific. At a callback you will be asked to read additional scenes from the show, prepare music from the score, and learn additional dance combinations. The callback is also an opportunity for the director to see and hear different combinations of actors.

What if I am not called back?

Not being called back doesn’t always mean that you aren’t being cast in the show. Sometimes a callback is needed for a director to look at the way specific groups of people fit together.

What if I can’t make all rehearsals?

A calendar with all the possible rehearsal dates and all performances is located on the back of the Audition Form. When you audition we ask that you mark any date that you can't rehearse and turn it back in with your form. We are often able to work around the availability of the actors we cast. Sometimes the availability of an actor is the final deciding factor in casting. Always be honest about your availability.

How will I know if I am cast in the show?

If you are cast in the show you will receive a email no later than two weeks after the audition.

Some helpful hints to make your audition easier!


  • Please have your child arrive 15 minutes prior to their audition time slot.
  • If you need to reschedule or cancel, please contact us as soon as possible. We do turn away actors once the timeslots have been filled.
  • It is important that your child arrive in clothes suitable to dance in, hair pulled back, and wearing dance shoes or in bare feet.
  • Good behavior in the waiting room is just as important as it is in the audition room.
  • Auditionees must have musical accompaniment. Please have a CD or iPod with your audition song (karaoke-style, with no lead vocals), preferably cut to the part of the song where you will begin singing. Keep the selection between 30-45 seconds in length. The judges can tell within a few seconds if your child can sing, follow the music, and has rhythm. If the judges have heard all they need to hear, your child may be asked to stop singing ... that said, you should choose the part of the song that highlights your child's voice and start the audition with that, rather than saving it for the "big finish" ... that they might not end up singing!
  • Auditions will last approximately 1 hour. Students are taken in groups of up to 15. They will sing individually for the casting directors (Director, Choreographer, Music Director, Assistant Director) then they will learn a short dance break.
  • After performing the dance, the Director will ask students to pair up and read various roles; mixing students up to see how they work with other actors. Not all students will be asked to read, but this doesn't mean you are not being considered for a role.
  • Cast list is typically posted within 5 days of auditions.
  • Audition Song Prep - $20 Our Audition Song prep service will help you pick the best part of a song to showcase in an audition. We will trim the song to a perfect audition cut. The tempo and key can also be altered. The song will be delivered to you via email in an mp3 format for you to burn to CD or put on your iPod. We will help you make a perfect audition piece that your child can use time and time again. Contact kri8@comcast.net for more information.