Audition Expectations & Policies
Kidz Konnection prides itself on finding the talent inside each performer. We accept all talent levels and work to find meaningful roles for each of our actors. Each production is different and each audition is different. The following guidelines will have details about how we typically run auditions for main stage productions, but please keep in mind that many of our programs do not follow these guidelines. For specific details about what is expected for a certain audition or production, please contact us.
General Policies and Information:
When you arrive at the studio, please stop at the front table with the red table cloth to fill out your paper registration. We ask that parents and students over the age of 18 fill out a paper registration once in the studio to the best of their ability, even if you have already completed an online registration because we need to make sure we know who actually showed up. The registration form is extremely detailed and will ask about your schedule. If you are unsure about certain days of the week or specific dates, note that on the form and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org when you have confirmed those days and dates.
There is a $10.00 audition fee. We accept cash, all major credit cards, and checks made out to Kidz Konnection.
You may be given one or more short scenes and asked to read them over. Miss Laura will call in single students or groups of students at a time when she is ready and the student will complete his or her audition. Parents are not permitted to watch their children audition because it can distract children or make them more nervous.
Auditions are generally 30 minutes, but may run over if we would like to see more from certain students. Parents may wait quietly in our couch area or stop by any of the local restaurants in the area such as Chips Pub III, Chester’s BBQ, The Coffee Break, Grand Apizza, and Niko’s Ice Cream Shop. If a student would like to stay in the studio past their audition slot, we may or may not have them read with other students that audition, but the student is expected to behave appropriately and professionally while in the studio during auditions, even if he or she is not being asked to perform anything.
If we do not require a song or monologue for an audition, but a student has prepared one we will allow that student to perform whatever he or she has prepared if we have time.
At Kidz Konnection, the only auditions that require students to prepare a monologue ahead of time are our Summer Shakespeare productions for SACtors. For these productions, we ask that students prepare a Shakespearian or classical monologue of their choice, preferably from a show of the same genre as the show they are auditioning for (tragedy, comedy, history, or drama).
We will NEVER require a student under the age of 10 (or below 5th grade) to read a monologue for an audition. For younger students, we focus on group activities where they may be asked to move around, use their imagination, and explore physical movement during the audition.
Students that are required to prepare a monologue will perform his or her monologue in an area with just the student, Miss Laura, and the Assistant Director or Choreographer if there is one for that show. Other students and parents are not permitted to be present during monologue performances. Students are not required, but are highly encouraged to memorize their monologue before the audition.
For monologue suggestions check out our monologues page!
Very few of our productions are full-blown musicals, but students over the age of 10 that audition for a musical will be asked to sing a short section of a song from the show that they are auditioning for that we choose ahead of time. In some cases, we will let the students know what song and which section we are using for auditions. In other cases, we will ask the students to sing without having known which song we chose. Singing auditions are usually done in a small group with students of similar ages. We will sing the section of the song all together a few times and then each student will be asked to sing that section solo. Students that wish to sing the solo multiple times will be permitted to do so, if there is time. We will go over lyrics, rhythms, and notes as many times as the student wishes, as long as we have the time.
Students under the age of 10 will never be asked to sing in an audition, but if they would like to, they may ask for that opportunity.
You will be notified if the audition that you are attending will require a prepared monologue or if we will ask you to sing. If a student is uncomfortable singing during an audition, we will never force him or her to sing. However, if a student refuses to sing, we will be unable to cast that student in any role that comes with a solo, which most of the major roles in musicals do.
Not all of our productions are musicals, but some are. Since we do offer a wide variety of shows throughout the year (musicals, dramas, blackboxes, classic plays, and classes) we encourage students to make sure the show that you are auditioning for is well-suited for your talents.
When casting for a show, placement of performers is based on age, scheduling availability, and his/her audition. We group our performers into one of four groups…
Main-stage productions include our annual major fall and spring productions that have over 40 cast members and are performed in the Clinton Andrews Memorial Town Hall Auditorium. Any production during an off-season (Summer family theater, summer musical, summer Shakespeare…etc.) or any show with a cast of less than 40 students may not follow these groupings or policies. In some cases, this will allow younger or less experienced students to have a greater chance at getting a lead role.
All students participating in a main stage production will be REQUIRED to attend EVERY rehearsal during tech week (the week before the performance).
What to expect:
When you arrive for your audition, we ask you fill out a form and include your age as well as your scheduling conflicts. During our casting procedure, we take both pieces of information into account and will place you in a role fitting to the show and your talent. Unfortunately actors younger than sixth grade will not receive lead roles, unless the show requires a younger performer for a lead. This would be the exception to the rule. Likewise, actors who meet the age requirement for SACtors, but cannot commit to a rigorous rehearsal schedule will not receive lead roles.
*If you are given a lead role in a production, you may or may not be given a lead the next time around.
Productions run according to season (approximately three months). Our fall show runs Sept. through mid-November, our winter show runs Jan. through mid-March, and Curtain Call is our spring theater running Apr. to June.
We work very hard to arrange rehearsals according to the majority of our actors’ schedules. Times and dates change depending on the cast and production.
Additional Rehearsals: Additional rehearsals may be added at any time, depending on the scenes that need the most work. We ask for flexibility, understanding that practice is a critical component of a quality production. These extra rehearsals are not mandatory, but attendance is taken into consideration for future casting. Prior to scheduling extra rehearsals, we try to connect with parents and work to accommodate the majority of schedules.
Tech week is mandatory. Any actor who doesn’t attend is dropped from the production. Rehearsals run every evening right up until the performance. Actors must attend the entire rehearsal all week. Each production has a slightly different schedule and we try to let parents know up front what is expected. Our Tiny Thespians are typically given the earlier rehearsals so as to not fatigue their little bodies.
Our fall production spans two months.
There is a 10% discount for families with multiple children in the production.
**Remember! Theater is not like sports; not every part is equal, but every part IS extremely important. Age may play a factor in casting, but older students do not automatically get lead roles. There are many more factors that go into our casting decisions. If you have any questions about auditions and casting, feel free to contact us.
Code of Conduct and Honor Code:
Kidz Konnection is a youth theater company dedicated to educating youth in the performing arts and multi-media for the purpose of cultivating self-empowerment and leadership skills that will develop strong community-serving leaders of the future. This is our mission statement and we hold true to it throughout every single production, and we expect our actors to do the same. Our actors are expected to abide to the following honor code. If this honor code is violated, Kidz Konnection reserves the right to remove an actor from a production or suspend him or her from participating in future productions for a certain period of time. We expect each and every one of our actors to uphold the following four core values during their time as a student at Kidz Konnection and as they move on to other stages of their life beyond our studio.
Respect – As a student at Kidz Konnection, I pledge to respect my director(s), fellow actors, tech crew members, and every other member of the program or production that I am involved with. I pledge to talk to them and act towards them in a way that I would hope that they treat me. This holds true for both in person and online interactions.
Honesty – As a student at Kidz Konnection, I pledge to never lie to or steal from any member of the program or production that I am working on. I will be truthful with my peers and fellow actors as well as my director(s) and tech crew members that I may be working with.
Support – As a student at Kidz Konnection, I pledge to support every member of this production. I will be fully committed to my part as an important member of this production. I will cheer on my peers and help them to be the best they can be within their role as well.
Responsibility – As a student at Kidz Konnection, I pledge to learn any lines, cues, and blocking that I am assigned to the best of my ability. I pledge to be fully engaged and eager to participate during every rehearsal or class. I will attend every rehearsal that I am physically able to, and alert my director(s) as soon as possible if I will not be present for any reason.
**Kidz Konnection will handle any violations of this honor code on a case by case basis. We reserve the right to suspend students that violate this honor code from one or multiple rehearsals, performances, or entire productions.**