Auditions for the 2017 season will be held in February and March. Audition dates are as follows:
- February 21-23 (Ann Arbor)
- February 24-26 (Chicago)
- March 3-5 (Wichita)
- March 10-12 (Oklahoma City)
- March 15-20 (New York City)
The application for auditions will be available around January 2, 2017. For all non-Equity performers, filling out an audition application is the first step to acquiring an audition time. Auditions fill up very quickly.
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.
2017 Audition Instructions
Due to the nature of the 2017 season, substantial dance abilities will be required of virtually all company members. Instead of singer-actor-movers, we will need to hire singer-actors who are true dancers as well. Similarly, performers who consider themselves primarily dancers will also need to be comfortable and polished singers.
First, the singing auditions: During your audition appointment with us, you will be asked to sing cuttings one or two songs. All of our 2017 shows require dynamic stage presence and good musicianship. Traditional musical theatre songs are helpful for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers or Thoroughly Modern Millie. Any of the more recent animated film scores can provide good material for The Hunchback of Notre Dame or Newsies (Alan Menken). Hairspray needs a 1960s pop music flair.
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 range from 1920s tap, athletic ballet, stylized 60s, and Newsies - which has a combination of everything! Acrobatic skills and unique dance specialties will be especially helpful for the men. 2017 is a dance-heavy season and there will be very limited opportunities for singer-movers. We will be looking 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. Click here for a list of dance calls for the 2017 season.
Each show rehearses for approximately two weeks prior to its opening night (with our first show likely to begin rehearsal around June 5). 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. Newsies will run for an additional week. Please check your end-of-summer availability.
Once again, those performance dates are:
|Thoroughly Modern Millie||June 14-18|
|Seven Brides for Seven Brothers||June 28-July 2|
|The Hunchback of Notre Dame||July 26-30|
|Newsies (a 2-week run)||August 11-20|
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
Child and Teen Auditions
For information about child and teen auditions, visit this page.