Sunday, July 25 & Monday, July 26

Please read carefully all of the instructions below before registering for an audition date.

Directed by Tyler Peaden
Music Directed by Matthew Crabtree
Choreographed by Andrea Lynn

Show Dates: October 14 – 24, 2021 (Thurs – Sun, 8 shows total)

Seeking singers, dancers, & actors ages 14+ to cast a small number of open roles, including named roles Joseph Pulitzer & Medda Larkin.

ACT seeks singers, dancers (including tap dancers), and actors age 14/rising 9th grade and older (including adults) of any and all ethnicities for the roles described below:

  • Joseph Pulitzer (adult/older adult) A pompous businessman through and through, owns the World and is concerned solely with the bottom line.
  • Medda Larkin (adult woman of color) Inspired by vaudeville performer Aida Overton Walker, this big-voiced saloon singer and star of the Bowery offers her theater as a safe haven for the newsies. An astute entertainer with great comic delivery, she’s a good friend to Jack and stands firmly behind the newsies in their fight for justice.
  • 3 ensemble roles (preferably male, age 14-24)
  • 2 ensemble roles with step out speaking parts (male or female, adults)

Athens Community Theatre always practices open auditions, meaning anyone and everyone is encouraged to audition. Please contact The Arts Center staff with any questions about auditioning or participating in an ACT production. The show dates for this production are October 14,15,16, 17, 21, 22, 23, and 24.

Anyone interested in performing in the show must register to audition during one of the appropriate audition times. Each audition slot is limited to eight participants, which is why advanced registration is required. Each participant may register for one audition slot and one audition slot only.

Sunday July 25 at 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm (Open Auditions – singing & dancing)

Monday July 26 at 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm (Open Auditions – singing & dancing)

Monday July 26 at 7:30pm – Please keep this slot open in the event you are invited to a callback audition.

Important Info

Eligible age range: 14 and up*

Advanced registration is required (See below for links to sign up)

Open auditions are for singing & dancing only

Callback auditions – by invitation – may include reading from script and tap dancing.

Audition Format

Open Auditions for vocals & dance (limited to 8 auditioners per session/advance registration required)

Sunday July 25

  • 2:00 pm
  • 2:30 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • 3:30 pm

Monday July 26

  • 6:00 pm
  • 6:30 pm
  • 7:00 pm

Call Back Audition (not available for advance registration, invite only)

Monday July 26

  • 7:30 pm

Before your audition day…

1. Register for ONE Open Audition:

            Important notes before you register: 

            a. You will need to create a free account to use the sign up website. Once you follow the link below you’ll be prompted to created a “” account using and existing Facebook or Google account, or creating an account with your email address.

            b. The system will allows you to sign up for more than one spot – please DO NOT sign up for more than one spot at a time. We need a name to correspond to each person auditioning, so if more than one person in your family is signing up for the same time slot, please complete submit separate sign ups for each person.

            c. Please make sure the email & phone number you enter in your sign up registration are the best contact for you (or the person your signing up) for the day of audition as that will be used as contact information should we need to contact you. 

2. You will receive an email within 2 business days of signing up that will include a link to your audition form and confirmation of your spot. You can either fill out the electronic form or you can fill out a paper one on the day of your audition. Please keep in mind these emails are NOT automatic, if you do not get an immediate response, don’t panic. Should you not receive a response within 3 days, please email about your registration.

3. Prepare a 16-measure solo (approximately 30 seconds) (you may sing a cappella or provide sheet music for piano accompaniment).


Casting Principles

Significantly more people will audition than will be cast in the show. ACT encourages every actor to keep auditioning. While casting choices are up to the director and creative leadership team  – Athens Community Theatre does have official casting principles:

When casting a show Athens Community Theatre DOES…

  • Welcome everyone to audition whether new to ACT or a returning participant
  • Commit to casting the best person in a role and recognizes that casting decisions are a director’s prerogative. Each director will cast the best person for the role in accordance with his or her respective creative vision
  • Expect auditioners to examine schedules and anticipate any and all conflicts and commit to full participation if cast
  • Recognize the importance of ethnic diversity and encourages all directors to select a diverse cast
  • Consider previous experience of working with an actor including and not limited to: reliability, ability to work well with others, adherence to policies and, additionally for minors: parent/guardian reliability, adherence to policies, ability to work well with others in support of common goal

When casting a show Athens Community Theatre DOES NOT…

  • Discriminate on basis of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity and does prioritize an individual director’s creative vision as related to the casting of each production
  • “Pre-cast” or give any guarantee of any role to anyone – current ACT performer or not – before auditions are complete
  • Penalize those who specify interest in a single role only
  • Intercede on a personal, political, or financial grounds – we do not adhere to a “pay to play” mentality

Participating in a Show

If you are cast in a show it is a HUGE commitment for an entire family. ACT does our best to be upfront about our expectations and what we ask you to commit. We’re also upfront about our commitment to you and your family to ensure your child is safe, inspired, and has the best experience possible learning through the performing arts. A parent or guardian must read all materials provided (via email) and attend a welcome meeting to learn about AACA/ACT practices, policies, and expectations.

AACA Artist Pledge of Protection

Any participant in an AACA class, camp, concert, play, or volunteer group affirms to uphold the following AACA Artist Pledge of Protection.

Studying, rehearsing, and creating art requires a great deal of trust – we must trust our teachers when we’re vulnerable and learning, we must trust ourselves to challenge our abilities, and we must trust one another to preserve the classroom, theatre, and stage as a safe space for all.

As a participant in AACA programs, I commit to do my part to preserve The Arts Center as safe, creative space for all and pledge to:

  • Value the creative collaboration required to learn and make art and remember I am part of something greater than any individual.
  • Abide by AACA’s mask policy and use my best judgment to ensure the safety of my creative partners who may be more vulnerable to infectious disease than I.
  • Refrain from attending class/camp/rehearsal/meetings if I am displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, including: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, and/or nausea or vomiting.
  • Refrain from attending class/camp/rehearsal/meetings for 10 days if a household member tests positive, or if I believe that I have been exposed to the coronavirus and am not vaccinated (fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine after exposure unless showing symptoms).
  • Discuss any concerns I have about AACA’s COVID-19 policy – or any infractions of the policy – directly with AACA Executive Director Lauren Shepherd.
  • Understand AACA’s COVID-19 policy is crafted and evaluated with measured thought and expertise by qualified scientific experts and is intended solely to ensure the safety of our participants and patrons.
  • Comply with directions given by staff or creative leaders when participating in a class/camp/rehearsal/meetings.

Athens Area Council for the Arts continues to adapt and update its protocols and procedures in response to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), remaining committed to public safety and sustaining our mission to provide opportunities for the expression and appreciation of the arts.

Should you have any questions about the process, do not let that hinder you from attending! You can call us at 423-745-8781 or email with any questions you may have about the process.