Auditions

No experience, membership or fee is required to audition/perform with us.  Please download the audition form, complete it and bring it with you when you audition.  Copies of the form will be available at the audition.  [Download Audition Form] All auditions take place at The W.H.A.T. Theatre (in residence at the First Lutheran Church) 65 Oakwood Ave, Kearny, NJ. WHAT is currently auditioning for the following productions:

 

  • Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. [Monday February 8 and Wednesday February 10 at 7:00pm]
    • Please prepare 32 measures of a musical theater song of your choice and bring music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided.
    • ALL ROLLS ARE OPEN
    • All auditions take place at The W.H.A.T. Theatre (in residence at the First Lutheran Church) 65 Oakwood Ave, Kearny, NJ. PARKING IN REAR
    • Performances are April 29,30 and May 6, 7.
    • The Emmy® Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series and pop culture phenomenon is now the basis for one of the most fun and easily mounted musicals ever to hit the stage, Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR.  A loose, revue-like structure allows for a great deal of flexibility in staging and casting in this energetic musical, which follows Tom, a young school teacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. Memorable songs as “Just A Bill,” “Interjections” and “Conjunction Junction” bring his lesson plans vividly to life.
    • Character Breakdowns:
      • TOM – Tom is the idealistic young beginning teacher, the hero of the story. He is nervous about his first day on the job. Tom should be a likeable, charming performer. He does not sing very much alone so it is important he shows a lot of character in his delivery of lines.
      • GEORGE – George is a marvelous character role. He takes the lead on “Three Is A Magic Number” and “Just A Bill.” George should be a good singer and a great character actor. He is the romantic, caring, and in control part of Tom.
      • DORI  – Dori takes the lead on “A Noun Is A Person, Place Or Thing” and “The Preamble.” She needs to be a strong singer who can lead the entire ensemble. She is the silly, goofy side of Tom.
      • JOE – Joe is the cool side of Tom. He’s laid back and fun loving. Joe sings lead on “Conjunction Junction.” He must be able to deliver the speaking lines in the song demonstrating rhythm and expression. The character’s fun-loving attitude should come out through the delivery of the song.
      • SHULIE – Shulie is the ingénue. She is Tom’s sweet, genuine side. Shulie takes the lead on “Unpack Your Adjectives” and “Interplanet Janet.” She must be a strong singer and likeable character actor.
      • DINA – Dina is Tom’s mature side. She is thoughtful and grounded. Dina takes the lead on “Interjections.” Dina should be a strong singer with the ability to sing harmony.
      • ENSEMBLE – Ensemble members will be on the stage a lot so there will be a lot of music to memorize.

 

 

  • Jesus Christ Superstar [MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED]  OPEN TO ALL ACTORS AGES 17-70
    There will be a second round of auditions in late March for those who missed.

    • Please prepare 32 measures of a musical theater song of your choice and bring music in the appropriate key. Women should prepare “I Don’t Know How to Love Him.” Men should prepare “Heaven on Their Minds” or “Gethsemane.” Men/women interested in playing Herod should prepare “Herod’s Song.” An accompanist will be provided. All auditions take place at The W.H.A.T. Theatre (in residence at the First Lutheran Church) 65 Oakwood Ave, Kearny, NJ. PARKING IN REAR
    • Performances are June 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Jesus Christ, the world’s first superstar! This thrilling rock-opera takes a sometimes irreverent, always impassioned, look at Jesus’ last days. As Judas begins to question the motivations and methods of his friend and mentor, emotion and true belief is put to the test. Propelled by a stirring score by the creators of Phantom of the Opera and Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart. A true classic of modern musical theatre, you’ll never get closer to this biblical story than at the Long Beach Playhouse.
    • Characters:
      • JESUS CHRIST (M) Leader of the twelve disciples, a man called the “Son of God” and the “King of the Jews”. Battling humanity vs. divinity. Tenor (A2 – G5)
      • JUDAS ISCARIOT (M) One of the twelve apostles of Jesus. He is certainly not an evil man. He is concerned for the poor and the consequences of Jesus’ fame. Tenor (D3 – D5)
      • MARY MAGDALENE (F) female follower of Jesus who finds herself falling in love with him. Mezzo-Soprano (F3–E#5)
      • PONTIUS PILATE (M) Governor of Judea who foresees the events of Jesus’ crucifixion from beginning to aftermath in a dream and finds himself being presented with that very situation. Baritenor (A2 – B4)
      • CAIAPHAS (M) One of the main antagonists of the show. He is the High Priest who sees Jesus as a threat to the nation. Bass (C#2–F4)
      • ANNAS (M) One of the main antagonists of the show. He is a fellow priest at the side of Caiaphas who is persuaded by Caiaphas into seeing Jesus as a threat. Countertenor (G2 – D5)
      • PETER (M) One of Jesus’ twelve apostles. He denies Jesus three times upon the night of Jesus’ arrest to save himself. Baritone (A2 – G4)
      • SIMON ZEALOTES (M) One of Jesus’ twelve apostles. He urges Jesus to lead his followers into battle against the Romans. Tenor (G3 – B4)
      • KING HEROD (M/F) The King of Galilee. Jesus is brought to him for judgment after first being taken to Pilate. Tenor (C#3–G4)
      • ENSEMBLE (M/F)  The ensemble covers key roles as priests, disciples, soul girls, angels, crowd, lepers, vendors, mob and Roman Guards.
    • Doubling is possible as well as blind casting for roles.