The Fall 2019 Cast List is live.

“3:35 PM” rehearsals will begin on Monday, September 9th at 4:30pm.

Canterbury Tales and That Zombie Stole My Baby begin rehearsals on Tuesday, September 10th at 4:30pm.
For a full rehearsal schedule, click here >>


Monday, September 16th from 6:30pm - 7:00pm
(For the shows 3:35 PM, A Christmas Carol, and The Legend of Mariad Tylwyth)

Tuesday, September 17th at 6:00pm - 6:30pm
(For the shows That Zombie Stole My Baby, Canterbury Tales, and The Odyssey)

Parent orientations are mandatory and an opportunity to meet the parents of your child’s castmates. This is also when you can pick up your actor’s free Mudlark T-shirt.

Both orientations will be at 1417 Hinman Ave. If you have questions about orientation, email

Fall 2019 casting

For more information on our season,
visit our Shows page.

  • Any child (ages 10-17) can come to one of the two audition days we hold for each season.

  • The whole audition process takes about 30 minutes.

  • Auditions take place at Mudlark Headquarters, First Congregational Church House (1417 Hinman) in Evanston.

  • Children are not expected to prepare anything in advance.

  • The audition consists of group games and exercises that allow kids to showcase their personalities and improvisation skills. Many of those who audition will receive a callback to read for one or more of the directors (see below). 

  • If your child is unavailable for the designated audition times/days, please email us at, and we will do our best to make the appropriate accommodations.

  • The next round of auditions will be held in January 2020.

how auditions work


Many of those who audition will receive a callback. A callback is a second audition where actors get a chance to read from sides (short scenes and monologues from this season's plays). If you audition and don't get a callback, that's okay! You could still get cast based on your first audition. But if you do get a callback, make sure you come. Not being available for your callback will severely lower your chances of getting cast.

If you would like to request extra time or other accommodation for a disability or other situation, please email 

As a policy, Mudlark does not respond to questions about casting or callback decisions until after the cast list has gone up.  

Participation Fee

As a non-profit children's theater company not affiliated with the City of Evanston or the public schools, Mudlark must charge a participation fee in order to operate. The participation fee for an actor is $325 ($300 for Studio Shows). Unconditional scholarships for part or all of the fee are available. Scholarships have no bearing on casting decisions.

New to Mudlark? 

Check out our Parent Information Sheet with details on Comp tickets, Volunteer Tech Hours, and more.

parent info sheet

Mudlark's Casting Policy

Although we do our best at Mudlark to accommodate as many actors as we can in every show, inevitably there will be some children who don't get cast. Unfortunately, this is the nature of theater and of casting. We urge disappointed actors to remember that a cast list is not a judgment on you or a ranking of acting talent; it is just the director's imperfect attempt to match the actors who tried out to the roles specified in script. Not everyone is right for every part or every show. So if you try out and don't make it, please DON'T GIVE UP. Come back and try out for our next show. Or, to heck with us—try out for shows at school and at other theaters. Take an acting or improv class. Theater is for everybody, and a cast list cannot define who you are or what you can become.

All participants in a Mudlark show are required to fulfill 3 Volunteer Tech Hours as part of accepting a role in one of our shows. Click here for more information >> 


Rehearsal Schedules

Rehearsals tend to either take place Mon/Wed/Fri (4:30-6:30) or Tues/Thurs/Sat (Tues/Thurs at 4:30-6:30 and Saturday mornings or afternoons), depending on the show.

Not every actor will be called to every rehearsal.

Extra rehearsals will occasionally be called for certain actors at the director's discretion. With the exception of tech week, when attendance is ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY, we do our best to work around all schedule conflicts as long as they are listed on the audition sheet. Due to the staggered nature of the show season, the start dates of the rehearsal process will be different.

For the most up-to-date information about the rehearsal schedule for the shows, please click here.