Auditions for the 2016 season will be held in February and March. Audition dates are as follows:
- February 23-25 (Ann Arbor)
- February 27-28 (Chicago)
- March 4-6 (Wichita)
- March 11-13 (Oklahoma City)
- March 16-21 (New York City)
Please note that as of January 28, auditions in all cities are full. If you are on a wait list and a spot opens up, you will be notified. Video submissions are not accepted.
Music Theatre Wichita works with Actors’ Equity Association under the University/Resident Theatres Association (URTA) contract. Union performers work alongside our resident non-union company members, who may choose to participate in the EMC (Equity Membership Candidate) program.
Base salary is $400 per week for the non-Equity performers ($450 a week for returning alumni), with additional remuneration for principal and supporting roles. MTWichita does not provide housing for non-AEA performers, but a housing stipend is available for out-of-town artists. Good housing is available at a reasonable cost, and within biking or walking distance. Each show rehearses for approximately two weeks prior to its opening night.
We always hope that our productions will reflect the cultural and racial diversity that we celebrate in our country. Performers from all backgrounds are encouraged to audition.
If you have any questions about auditions, please email Nancy Reeves.
2016 Audition Instructions
During your audition appointment with us, you will be asked to sing one or two songs. All of our 2016 shows require dynamic stage presence and good musicianship. Traditional musical theatre songs are helpful for Nice Work If You Can Get It (which features Gershwin music) and for Oklahoma! (Rodgers and Hammerstein). Any of the more recent animated film scores can provide good material for Beauty and the Beast (Alan Menken). Jesus Christ Superstar requires a more hard-driving rock sensibility, and Mamma Mia! needs a lighter pop music touch.
Please come prepared to show us your singing range, and to impress us with your unique ability to interpret material. Comic songs or quirky personality tunes are sometimes a very nice surprise. You may choose to sing from our season’s shows, or not. Either way is fine with us. Sheet music should be in the appropriate key. We’ll have an excellent accompanist, but you may bring your own. No a capella singing or taped music, please. Please bring a headshot and resumé with you to the audition. Other tips for a successful audition can be found here.
ALL Non-Equity performers wishing to be considered for our resident singing-dancing ensemble will need to attend a dance/movement call. MTWichita staff member and choreographer Joshua Larson will conduct the dance auditions. Dance styles range from 1920s tap, to classic Broadway jazz-ballet, to the latest contemporary moves, with acrobatic skills and unique dance specialties always worth exploring. We will be looking for general coordination from the singer-actors, and for highly developed jazz, tap and ballet skills from the dancer-singer-actors. Performers should also let us know if you have any special gymnastic skills. You may choose any one of the dance calls listed for the city in which you are auditioning.
Each show rehearses for approximately two weeks prior to its opening night (with our first show likely to begin rehearsal around June 4). Rehearsals are held 9 am to 6 pm daily. Each production is given 7 or 8 performances indoors in the Century II Concert Hall in downtown Wichita. Mamma Mia! will run for an additional weekend. Please check your end-of-summer availability.
Once again, those performance dates are:
|Nice Work If You Can Get It||June 15-19|
|Disney's Beauty and the Beast||June 29-July 3|
|Jesus Christ Superstar||July 27-31|
|Mamma Mia!||August 10-21|
There are dramatic and musical sides posted here, and you may peruse them if you wish, in case we ask you to read from them after you have sung for us.
If you have any questions, or need to reschedule, please feel free to contact Nancy. The quickest way to reach her is via email. We do not send “no thank you” letters after auditions, but there will be a list of names online of “who’s still in the running,” which is updated promptly after the auditions in each city. (This pertains to those applying for our resident non-union company, not to our guest stars who are hired only for a specific role in one show.) If you have another offer and need to make a decision, you are welcome to email us and we will try to provide insight on where you stand with us. Our casting decisions should be finalized by early April.
We’re looking forward to spending time with you (rushed though it may be!).
Wayne Bryan, Producing Artistic Director and Nancy Reeves, Producing Associate/Company Manager
Child and Teen Auditions
For information about child and teen auditions, visit this page.