Auditions will be on Tuesday, September 4th and Thursday, September 6th.
Callbacks will be on Friday, September 7th and Saturday, September 8th.
audition slot sign ups go live on July 27, 2018.
YOUTH AUDITIONS: fall 2018 season
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How AUDITIONS Work
Any child (ages 10-17) who wishes to try out need only come to one of the two audition days. 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 email@example.com, and we will do our best to make the appropriate accommodations.
Many of those who audition will receive a callback. At callbacks, actors get a chance to read for parts in one or more of the plays. Actors are handed sides (scenes from the show they are reading for) and given time to practice them before performing. Not being available for callbacks severely lowers an actor's chances of being cast in one of the shows.
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 $300 ($275 for Studio Shows). Scholarships for part or all of the fee are available to any family that needs them. Our casting process is need-blind, so we don't turn any family away because of fees.
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 >>
VOLUNTEER TECH HOURS
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.