Audition for Alice in Wonderland
An Outdoor Discovery Production
at Moondance Amphitheater

 

I’ve got questions.  Who’s got answers?
This page!  Most answers you need are found below.  If you still have questions you can contact psm@lctonstage.org to ask a question. 

How old must I be to audition?  Are there exceptions? 
All performers must turn 9 by March 1st to be eligible to audition.  There are no exceptions on this production.  

Audition Dates
Audition Form and Video must be submitted between February 15th – 22nd.   

Video Deadline
Videos must be submitted by Monday February 22nd at 6pm to be considered. 

How do I start the audition process?
Follow the link to fill out an audition form.  Once you fill out the form you will receive an email with instructions to record and upload your audition video on Flipgrid.com 

What will I do in my audition video?
Auditionees will record (live) and upload their video on Flipgrid.com.  The app will guide them through a simple process.  You may need to set up an account if you don’t already have one for school. 

In the video the auditionee will: 

  • Say their full name and age 
  • Perform one othe monologues provided by LCT staff (memorized!) 
  • Take a photo of their face for the thumbnail 

What monologues can I choose from?
Please follow this link to view the options and choose your monologue.  You will perform only one, memorized, in your video.  Disregard the implied gender of the character in the script; you may perform whichever one you wish. An alternate monologue will not be accepted.   

Do I really need to memorize my monologue?
Yes, it is highly recommended.  We will be able to tell if you are reading from a page (or screen), and it may prevent you from doing your most expressive acting.  Eye contact and confidence are important ingredients to deliver an honest performance.  We’ve chosen short monologues to help you memorize as easily as possible.  

May I prerecord the monologue or use video of a monologue I did in the past?
No.  Flipgrid.com will only collect videos you record live while using the site.  You must choose one of the provided monologues, no substitutes.   

What technology will I need to record and submit a video?
Any phone or computer with a camera that connects to the internet will work. We recommend a “tripod” or makeshift stand to hold your phone steady rather than holding it.

What do I do before I submit my audition video? 

  • Choose one monologue from the options here 
  • Practice and memorize your monologue  
  • Fill out the online audition form, to provide your personal information.   
  • After submitting the form, you will receive an email with a link and code to submit your video at Flipgrid.com.  When you are ready, go record your video! 

Tips for a great audition video:  

  • Don’t wait until the last minuteGive yourself time to film and solve any technical issues you encounter 
  • Say your full name and age at the beginning of your video 
  • Stand, don’t sit 
  • Please make sure your light comes from the front. Do not stand in front of a window. 
  • Be sure you are squarely in the frame of the video recording. 
  • Set the camera on a steady surface if you can (as opposed to handheld) 
  • If recording on a phone set the phone horizontally rather than vertically. 
  • Be sure to do one movement at a time – moving too fast will make you fuzzy or the camera
  • will not register your movement effectively.  
  • Don’t stand too close or too far from the camera.   
  • We want to see your face, upper torso, and hands. 
  • Listen to the video before you submit it to make sure we can hear you well 
  • strong acting performance is more important than getting every word perfect 
  • Don’t feel like you must record again if you goofed up a word or two.  Your overall performance is more important to us.   
  • Have fun!  

When and where does this show perform?
This show performs at Moondance Amphitheater, an outdoor venue run by Parks and Recreation.  It is located at 1152 Monarch St.   

Thursday, April 21st at 10:00am*, 11:45am*, 7:00pm
Friday, April 22nd at 10:00am*, 11:45am*, 7:00pm
Saturday, April 23rd at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, April 24th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm 

Please note weekday matinees that occur during school/business hours 

*performance times are TBD, depending on scheduling and sales 

Will I miss school or work to participate in this production?
YesThere are school matinees planned for Thurs and Fri April 22nd and 23rd. These performances are scheduled for 10am and 11:45am, though these are tentative dates and times.  Actors would be onsite from 9am-1pm for these performance times.  It is possible that these performances will be reduced if sales don’t merit all the performances  

How will this in-person production work safely? 
All participants on-site will follow LCT’s “Safe at Work” guidelines which include mandatory face coverings, daily temperature checks, and submitting the results of periodic COVID tests.   

During rehearsals, cast members will join LCT staff over Zoom for as long as possible until rehearsing in person becomes necessary.  Rehearsals will take place on LCT’s main stage, our largest space. Additionally, not all characters in Alice in Wonderland encounter each other; we will segregate groups of performers “by scene” for as long as possible.  

This show will perform at MoonDance Amphitheater, an outdoor venue owned by Lexington Parks and Rec.  LCT will follow all city mandated safety measures for audiences and performers.  

When are rehearsals?
From March 1st to April 21st.  We will rehearse 3-4 days per week, usually 2-3 weekday evenings and 1 weekend afternoon.  Not every character is called to every rehearsal, but principal characters may attend more often than others.  Everyone attends more frequently as the performance dates approach. 

Which rehearsals are mandatory?
Rehearsals from April 16-21 are mandatory to attend.  No conflicts will be permitted on these days. 

When does the callback list come out and when are callbacks?
The callback list will be announced via email on Tuesday, Feb 23rd.  

Virtual/Zoom callbacks will be Wednesday AND/OR Thursday the 24th and 25th.  Callbacks will start no earlier than 6:00pm and end no later than 9:30pm. The exact dates and times will be announced via email.  If you do not receive an email be sure to contact us. 

When and how is the cast list announced? 
The cast list will be announced via email on Friday February 26th.  

Source Material
Alice in Wonderland is a classic novel by Lewis Carroll that we highly recommend reading.  Many movie versions are options to get familiar with the story and characters as well.  We do not recommend mimicking or copying the source material, howeverWe want to see the unique interpretation that only YOU can bring to a character.  Be aware that this is NOT Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.  It is an original adaptation and not a musical so it will look a little different than you expect. 

How can I read the script?
The script is available by request only.  Request a copy HERE.   

Are artists from out of town allowed to audition?
No, the on-site performances and rehearsals will not allow those outside central KY to participate.  

Will performers be paid?
No.  Performers of any age will not be paid for this production.

How many will be cast and what ages?
This production requires a cast of 15-20, ages 9adult. 

Cast of Characters

Mr. Dodgson – The man who shares the story of Wonderland
Miss Prickett – The Liddle Sister’s Governess 
Edith – Alice’s younger sister
Lorina – Alice’s Older sister
Alice – A curious girl whose imagination often runs away from her 
White Rabbit – Always rushing about. Terrified of being late and making the Queen angry
Caterpillar – Cranky and combative. The Caterpillar cares little about those around him
Snail – A companion to the caterpillar
Duchess – Haughty and abrasive but can find a moral in anything that is said 
Cook – Rules the kitchen in the Duchess’s household and has a thing for using lots of pepper 
Baby – A loud loud baby that eventually turns into a pig
Cheshire Cat – Mischievous and knowing character with a permanent smile on their face who never gives a straight answer
Mad Hatter – Preceding over a long tea table the Mad Hatter insists that it is always tea time. He is rather uncivilized to his guests 
March Hare – A guest of the tea party 
Dormouse – A guest of the tea party but can barely keep itself awake and sometimes drifts off mid-sentence
King of Hearts – The Queen of Hearts’ incompetent husband. Doesn’t have much notion of how a trial works, but is rather stubborn.
Queen of Hearts – Ruling Wonderland with an iron fist. She strikes fear into her subjects with her go to catchphrase “Off with their heads”
Knave of Hearts – An underling to the King and Queen. They are overly fond of fruit tarts
Ten of Hearts – Member of the Queen’s army
Eight of Hearts – Member of the Queen’s army
Seven of Hearts– Member of the Queen’s army
Five of Hearts– Member of the Queen’s army 

When are the next auditions and what are they for? 
Stayed tuned for more information about summer opportunities!  

 

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT AUDITIONS AND PRODUCTIONS

ABOUT AUDITIONS

It doesn’t look like there are any characters my age/sex.  Should I still audition?
Yes!  The “Cast of Characters” above is a suggestion, not a rule.  A 17-year-old may be cast in an adult role if they look mature or in a 13-year-old role if they look younger.  Everyone is considered for all roles, even if their age doesn’t match a character’s exactly.

What role is perfect for me?
If you want to know what role is perfect for you we recommend reading the PERUSAL SCRIPT, available by request.  But please keep in mind the role you think is perfect for you may not be the role the director chooses to challenge you with.

What does a director look for at auditions?
The director evaluates:

VOCAL QUALITIES — pitch, placement, articulation, and projection (That means, are you loud enough? Can we understand your words?  Do you use inflection?)
MOVEMENT SKILLS —
do you experiment with the stage directions in the script or stand like a stick?
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT —
do you embody the character with your voice and body?
SENSE OF FOCUS —
do you live in the world or are you too aware of the audience?
IMAGINATION and CREATIVITY —
your unique interpretation of language or character
EXPRESSIVENESS —
is it in your words? your face? your body?
HONESTY —
are you reacting and speaking as your character would?

THEN we look at things like height, age, and hair color to consider what role you might fit into and which of the other people that auditioned might match up with you. The same criterion is true for callbacks.

How can I prepare for these auditions?
You should read the perusal script and familiarize yourself with the source material (info on how to find it is above).   You can also familiarize yourself with the source material mentioned above.

We do not recommend copying or mimicking the source material (especially movies or soundtracks from musicals).  They can help you understand the story and character motivations, but we want to see your unique interpretations and the creativity that only you can bring to a role.

What do I wear to callbacks?
Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move without risk of embarrassment but does not mask the size and shape of your body.

Do I need a resume or headshot?
No. But if you’re serious about this business and have been in several productions or taken several classes you should create a resume. We’ll be glad to attach it to your audition form on the day of your audition.

You will need a snapshot (a regular photo will do; think school picture style) when filling out your audition form.  It does not need to be a professional headshot.

Special Arrangements
If your auditionee has any special needs please do not hesitate to ask. We will work with you to create resources as needed and prepare them for the audition process however we can. Please alert the stage manager of your needs before you fill out your form or submit your video.

CALLBACKS

Do I attend callbacks?
You will attend callbacks only if requested in the callback announcement email.

What is a callback?
It’s a director’s second look at you and your skills. Especially with the number of people that we will see at these auditions, it is often important to bring some people back for a “second look”.  It might be an opportunity for a director to see certain actors read a scene together or to see you read for a specific character.

I didn’t get called back, does that mean I’m not cast in the show?
Not necessarily.  Just because you are not called back does not necessarily mean you were not cast. You may have been perfect for the role the director is using you for and consequently does not need a second look at you. Or if the director knows your skills very well (perhaps you were in a show with them previously) they may have chosen to see only people with whom they were less familiar at the call back.

The callback announcement will let you know if we are calling back everyone we are considering or not.

SCHEDULE

If I am cast, what is a rehearsal schedule like?
Likely 2-3 evenings a week and 1 weekend afternoon.  Principal characters will rehearse more often than others.  We use your conflicts and other commitments

What if I have conflicts with the rehearsal schedule?
We do our best to honor and work around the schedules and commitments of those cast in our shows.  We provide a “conflict calendar” with your audition packet which is how you communicate those conflicts to us.  We try to create a rehearsal schedule that works around these conflicts and understand when you cannot be present.

Directors do their best to honor scheduling conflicts IF THEY ARE PROVIDED in advance. It is very difficult to adjust for conflicts after the rehearsal schedule is set.

Please be honest and forthcoming. We promise that if your student is the right person for the part that we will work around their conflicts; so please do your best to notate them accurately.

What if we don’t know all our conflicts yet?
Please be as thorough as possible even with info you’re not sure about.  If you know you will play on a team but don’t have the schedule yet, let us know and give us your best guesses about number of practices per week.  If you know there is a tournament weekend, but you don’t know if they will “make it” to the tournament, let us know about it anyway.

Work with your teachers, coaches, and leaders NOW to learn about conflicts so we don’t have to have unpleasant surprises later.

Will it affect my chances of being cast if I have too many conflicts?
Not really. Unless you must miss multiple weeks of a rehearsal process, we really do work around conflicts.  Usually the directors pick actors for roles and THEN look at the conflict calendars.  We promise that if you are right for the part we will work around a few activities.  Don’t be afraid to list conflicts, honesty is best.

Can I audition for this production and also be in other LCT shows and activities?
Most LCT programs are scheduled for you to participate in them at the same time.  The audition form has a page which will indicate if the current show conflicts with any other LCT programs or shows.

Over-committing
People want to do it all these days; we ask you to consider your capacity to do it all without spreading yourself too thin. A play is fun but it takes a lot of time and work – physically and emotionally.  We want you to have enough time to be successful, and most importantly, have fun!  If you must miss tons of rehearsals, that might not set you up for success and enjoyment.  There will always be another play to audition for when your schedule is less busy.

IF I AM CAST…

Does it cost money to be in a show at LCT?
It is our goal to be as accessible as possible for all members of our community.  There is no “tuition” to participate in an LCT show, but we do ask you to provide some items.  (make up, undergarments, shoes, see below)  LCT offers participants the option to purchase show shirts and DVDs, but it is not mandatory.

Because we do not charge a fee to participate, we do invite families to support LCT in other ways.  Contributing to our annual fund through the Adopt a Character program and volunteering are just a few.

If I am cast, what do I need to provide?
Base costumes: LCT asks actors to provide foundation garments for their costumes.  This may include socks, tights, undershirts, camisoles, and other undergarments.  If you are a dancer in a production this may also include leotards or modesty shorts, etc.
Shoes: We also ask that actors provide their own shoes.  LCT works with you to see if something you already own may be suitable. If you will be dancing in the production this will also include your dance shoes such as ballet or jazz shoes.
Make up: Actors are required to provide their own corrective make up.  You may purchase a kit or assemble one.  (corrective make up means foundation, blush, lip color, and mascara, usually.  LCT provides specialty make up if your child needs to play a ghost or other type of fantastic character)

Are actors paid to perform in this production?
No.  Certain productions do provide a stipend for adult actors (over 21 and cast in adult roles), but not for this production.

How are parents/guardians involved?
It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure their child arrives and departs in a timely fashion from all scheduled activities.  Volunteer requests will be made to parents before the general public and their help is greatly appreciated.

If I am cast, how will I know when to rehearse?
If cast, you will receive an email shortly after the cast announcement telling you the date and time of the first rehearsal.  At the first rehearsal we will pass out the first section of the rehearsal schedule.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

How else can I get involved with this show if I’m not cast or not interested in being on stage?
On your audition form there is a section to indicate your desire to work backstage on this production.  Fill out your interest areas and a stage manager will be in touch.  If you don’t want to audition, please contact stage management at psm@lctonstage.org to indicate your interest.

Should I audition even if it’s my first time and I may not get a part?
Absolutely!  LCT is a great place to have your first audition.  We do most activities in groups, not as soloists, so it is low pressure and a lot of fun.

You might not get a part the first time you audition for a play.  Auditioning is a skill that takes time and practice before you really learn how to do it well.  That means the sooner you get started the better. The more you do, the more comfortable you will be, and that will make you more confident.  We strongly encourage you to come audition and just see what it’s like.

What if my child doesn’t turn 9 by the deadline but I think they are ready to audition?
If this production will allow exceptions to the rule (see above, some shows just don’t have enough roles for 8, 9, 10 year olds) there is a process to follow.

You will need to find a reference from a theatre artist (preferably from LCT’s education staff or a theatre educator that knows us at LCT).  They should contact the stage manager for the production to give their reference. We are just as interested in maturity and focus as talent.  Based on that reference we may set up an audition or ask for the child to meet with a staff member to ascertain whether they are ready for a production at LCT.

Why wasn’t I cast in this production?
The worst part about the work we do is that budgets only allow us to cast a certain number of people. We cannot provide individual critiques for all 60-120 people who audition for any given show, and we understand that it’s tough not to know why you weren’t chosen.

In most cases, choosing people for a show is about picking folks whose skill level and “look” match up. If two characters are meant to be the same age, but one actor is 4’10” and the other is 6’3″ they might not be believable to the audience. You might have a class clown personality that isn’t quite right for a show about Anne Frank, or a more subdued personality that isn’t ready to be in a show about circus performers. Maybe you have ballet training but the dance style of the show is more modern and hip hop. Many factors go into deciding who is a good fit for which role.

Sometimes we choose to give opportunities to those who haven’t had as many recently. For example, if two people are equally suited for a role, but one of them just had a lead part in the previous show, we will likely choose the other person to provide them with an opportunity.

For those auditionees who are still very young, ages 9-12, sometimes they haven’t developed their skills enough to compare with a 13-15 year old who may be in consideration for the same part. Lots of shows simply don’t require cast members of certain ages. For example, High School Musical is a show mainly about teenagers; there are very few roles for 9 to 12-year-olds, though we allow everyone to audition.

If you’re wondering why your student wasn’t chosen, maybe it would be a good idea for a parent to stick around for the next audition. You can’t coach in the room, but you might get a sense of the skills that your student still needs to develop. Were they much quieter than the others? Did they stand stiffly while the others moved around? Were they so distracted by reading the words that they weren’t able to be expressive? All of these are things you can practice at home and in theatre classes! Please check out the section above for ways you can prepare for an audition. Those will give your student a leg up before the next opportunity as well!

We know that it is very difficult to guide your student through rejection. Auditioning is a very challenging and brave endeavor, and your child deserves to know that! We are so proud of everyone who comes into the room to play, express themselves, and be vulnerable as actors. It might take a few, or many, tries before they are ready for a show, and the right fit for a character. But we encourage you to keep at it!

Our education department offers many opportunities that don’t require auditions. We encourage you to sign up for Theatre School Classes or check our Companies program. Both offer the camaraderie and skill building that a performance provides.

How can I be sure I don’t miss any audition announcements?
Click this link to be added to our audition email list! We will send you an email 1-2 months prior to each audition and all the info about how to sign up.

I’ve still got questions. How do I ask them?
If you have questions about a certain show, please use the audition request link above and use it to ASK A QUESTION ABOUT the process.

If you have a general question, not about a particular show, please contact psm@lctonstage.org