Auditions for the 2018 season will be held in February and March. Times listed below are for dance calls. All auditionees must attend one dance call of their choice AND schedule a singing audition. Singing auditions are scheduled by filling out the audition request form. The link will be available after the first of the year. Those interested in auditioning are advised to check the website frequently in early January and to apply quickly - several cities typically fill up by mid-January.
February 24-25 (Chicago)
- Saturday, February 24: 9-10:30am and 6:15-8pm
- Sunday, February 25: 1-3pm
February 27-28 (Ann Arbor)
- Dance calls TBD
March 3-4 (Wichita)
- Saturday, March 3: 2-4pm
- Sunday, March 4: 2-4pm
March 9-11 (Oklahoma City)
- Friday, March 9: 5:15-6:45pm
- Saturday, March 10: 12-2pm
March 14-19 (New York City)
- Saturday, March 17: 2-4pm
The application for auditions will be available around January 3, 2018. For all non-Equity performers, filling out an audition application is the first step to acquiring an audition time. Auditions fill up very quickly. We encourage you to wait to purchase an airline ticket until you have confirmation of an audition time with us. Unfortunately we will not have time to see everyone who submits.
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 $500 per week for the non-Equity performers ($550 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.
Child and Teen Auditions
For information about child and teen auditions, visit this page.
2018 Audition Instructions
Due to the nature of the shows in the 2018 season, the resident performing company may be smaller in size, with a core company of 8 men and 8 women who must all be superb singers, dancers, and actors. Performers with circus tricks and acrobatic skills will be particularly welcome, since the season includes the new “cirque” version of Pippin.
In addition to this small resident company, there will be show-by-show casting opportunities for actor-singers of all ages and types, to portray nuns in Sister Act, gamblers in Guys and Dolls, and various specific roles in Freaky Friday and The Little Mermaid.
First, the singing auditions: During your audition appointment with us, you will be asked to sing cuttings from one or two songs. All of our 2018 shows require dynamic stage presence and good musicianship. Traditional musical theatre songs are helpful for Sister Act, Guys and Dolls and The Little Mermaid. Freaky Friday and Pippin both require an ease with contemporary pop music.
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 recorded accompaniment, please. Please bring a headshot and résumé 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 for the season include ballet, tap, Fosse-style jazz, 1980s disco, and all kinds of tumbling. Acrobatic skills and circus specialties will be especially helpful for Pippin. Performers should also let us know if you have any special musical skills. You may choose any one of the dance calls listed for the city in which you are auditioning. Click here for a list of dance calls for the 2018 season.
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. Disney's The Little Mermaid will run for an additional week. Please check your end-of-summer availability.
Once again, those performance dates are:
|Sister Act||June 13-17|
|Guys and Dolls||June 27-July 1|
|Disney's Freaky Friday||July 11-15|
|Disney's The Little Mermaid (a 2-week run)||August 8-18|
Dramatic and musical sides will be posted as soon as they are available. You may peruse them prior to your audition, 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