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Old Town Playhouse actor auditions are open to all community members! This page has the audition schedule, audition information, and audition tips!


Auditions are typically on Monday and Tuesday at 6:30 PM. Watch our News feed or this space for specific dates and applications for upcoming auditions. Please fill out the audition application before attending!

Our first audition of the year is for Waitress!

 There are two days of auditions and one day of callbacks. You only need to attend one day of auditions. If you are called back you will be contacted at the latest by Wednesday morning. Come prepared to sing and to learn some choreography. Due to the content of this show, you must be 18 years old to audition for the adult roles. For the role of Lulu we're looking for 2 youth performers between the ages of 4-8 to play 5 years old. We will audition the youth performers first. Then we’ll take volunteers to audition after that. We’ll rotate auditionees in and out of choreography. If you cannot attend auditions or callbacks please email the director:

Monday July 8th    6:30 - 9:00 pm        Youth Performers* 6:30 - 7:00 pm
Tuesday July 9th    6:30 - 9:00 pm       Youth Performers* 6:30 - 7:00 pm

*Youth Performers will only be required to do an improv/movement exercise for auditions.

Audition form here

Look for information for the rest of the season coming soon!



Though there are frequently age restrictions indicated in scripts or based on the nature of a particular production, auditions are open to the community, and we welcome all to be part of the Old Town Playhouse. Call 231.947.2210 x4 or email for more information.

Auditions are typically held 8-10 weeks before a show is to be performed. As specific show information becomes available it will be listed above.

Auditionees are usually asked to read from the script of the show being auditioned. It is highly encouraged that auditionees have read the script in advance. On occasion, specific readings may be selected by the director for auditions.

For musical auditions, auditionees should prepare a short, memorized solo (approximately two minutes, though Directors will often ask for only 16-32 bars, with accompaniment) and should bring sheet music to auditions. Accompanists are provided for auditions. Solos do not need to be from the production being auditioned for. Depending on the production, auditionees may be asked to learn a short dance combination, to be performed in the audition in a small group setting, or may be asked to participate in other movement activities.

Audition Tips

Some general audition tips:

  • Take your time. You will read much faster than you think.
  • Be as expressive as possible. The director can always pull you back.
  • And have fun!

If you’re struggling picking audition music, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • If you don’t have a bunch of songs already in your back pocket, a good starting point for music inspiration is looking to other shows that the composer has written, OR other shows that are similar stylistically/genre wise.
  • Is there a specific character that you’re interested in? Find a song that belongs to a character that has similar characteristics (villain, hero, dreamer, ingenue, comedic relief, etc).
  • Not much of a singer? Pick a dramatic song that will show off your acting chops!

Ultimately, having fun is the most important part of an audition, so when in doubt, pick something you love and show us what you got!