AUDITIONS

Auditions for this season are over now.
If you'd like to get involved with R2P before next season,
get in touch.
Auditions for next season will be in the fall.

View the season calendar here. (Link opens in a new window.)
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PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGNATURE PAGE:
This important document contains the photo release, company member conduct pledge, and medical release information.
This must be read, signed, and turned in at the audition! (We will have hard-copies on hand at auditons.)
Click to download a copy to print. (150kb PDF)
Information for NEW Running to Places Company Members:
What is Running to Places Theatre Company?
Running to Places (R2P) is a youth-based community theatre company. According to our Mission Statement, we exist to “to provide young people with opportunities for theatrical performances in which they are the primary artists and technicians, to contribute to the artistic life of any community of which we may be a part, and to advance the artistic horizons and knowledge of young people in the theatrical arts.” Put another way, this is a place for you to come do theatre and make an artistic and social home for yourself if you like.
How do I become a part of all this?
If you’re looking to be onstage, it takes auditioning; if you’re interested in working on other aspects of the production, it just takes letting us know. We don’t cut anyone, and no one is turned away due to finances. There is a tuition fee (more on that below), but it’s on a sliding scale based on income. But just to repeat: NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY DUE TO FINANCES!
What will I get out of it?
Working in theatre will give you skills and experiences in areas that you’ll benefit from your whole life including:
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-expression
  • Working under pressure with a deadline you can’t move
  • Taking and assimilating direction gracefully
  • Thinking on your feet
  • Poise speaking in front of others
  • Time management and self-discipline
  • Valuing your contributions as an individual and to a team
Not to mention:
  • Possibly making the best friends of your life
  • Surrounding yourself with a supportive community that will celebrate you being you!
If you go on to pursue theatre, you’ll have training in acting, singing, dancing, plus an understanding of best-practices for the industry; if you are doing it just to have a lot of fun, you’ll have that, too!
What does it take to be a company member?
First thing you have to do is show up. Walking in the door to audition can seem scary at first, but we promise to be the friendliest people you’ll ever audition for. After that, you’ll need to show up as called for rehearsals and, of course, performances. We work fast – typically rehearsing a show in roughly half the amount of time as a typical school show. You’re expected to put in work on your own time memorizing lines, practicing dances, etc. We’ll make sure you have the tools you need to do all that, though.
What does it cost?
There is a $500 tuition fee to participate in a show. This is akin to the registration fee for a training program that you might sign up for.

Thanks to generous
Scholarship Sponsors, we are able to keep participation accessible. If your family is:

  • Qualified for reduced lunches at school: automatic 30% scholarship/$350 tuition
  • Qualified for free lunches at school: automatic 70% scholarship/$150 tuition
  • At or below the federally defined poverty level: automatic 90% scholarship/$50 tuition

We also are glad to make adjustments on a case-by-case basis as needed. Regardless of family situation, it is important that you remember that NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY DUE TO FINANCES. If you are interested in being a part of R2P, please come and be a part of R2P – we will figure the rest out. And that's a promise.
Will I be at all of the rehearsals?
Not necessarily. We work hard to make sure we use your valuable time well. That means only scheduling people to come to rehearsal when they’ll have something specific to rehearse. We ask you to check your calendars and be available for all rehearsals, as we can’t tell you when we begin what parts we’ll be rehearsing on which days. But as we go along, we build the schedule and will give you as much notice as possible exactly which times you will be called for which days. As you can imagine, juggling a few dozen cast members and their conflicts makes it tricky to build an efficient rehearsal schedule. This is why it’s very important to let us know about your conflicts ahead of time. (You’ll be asked to list them on the audition sign-up form.) We know that life happens and unexpected circumstances come up, but please let us know about things as soon as possible.
If I’m not cast in a show I want to be involved in, can I still participate in some way?
You’ll have opportunities and invitations to help with sets, costumes, props, stage management, concessions, etc. – but no one is required to. (But ask anyone who has – it’s a ton of fun, and you’ll learn a lot in the process!) You can indicate areas of interest when you sign up to audition – but we always cast you first and then look at these areas of interest.
What will the auditions consist of?
The auditions will consist of singing, acting, and dancing. The singing and acting will take place during individual 5-minute slots. You will sing 16-32 measures of a song of your choice and perform a 30-60 second memorized monologue. You may be asked to sing some scales, and we'll probably chat a little. The dancing will take place in a group. As a group, you will learn a short dance combination suitable for dancers of all levels, rehearse it several times, and then perform it in groups a couple of times for the directors.
How can I find audition songs and monologues?
You can choose songs from musicals (listen to The Best of Broadway on 91.7 WICB every Sunday morning from 10am-12pm for ideas.) or movies. You can find monologues in plays, books, movies or TV shows. The library and the good old interwebs are great places to look. (In case you need a head start looking for materials, we've created a section with songs and monologues that you are welcome to use.)  
Will there be a piano and accompanist?  Do I bring a copy of my music?
Yes, we will provide a piano accompanist. You should bring a copy of the music clearly marked with "Start" and "Stop" for your 16-32 measures. (Literally, write those words on the music so the accompanist knows where to begin and end.) You will have a moment before going in to audition with the accompanist to review your “Start” and “Stop” and discuss the tempo you'd prefer. If necessary, you may also sing without accompaniment if don't have the music, though an accompanied audition is a better way for us to get to know you musically.
What should I wear for the dance audition?
You don't necessarily need to wear dance clothes or shoes (although you are encouraged to if you have them), but you should be able to move comfortably. Jeans, boots, short skirts, revealing clothing and excessive jewelry are not recommended. You will also have time to change between your audition slot and the dance audition, if you wish.
What are callbacks and what if I don’t receive one at all or for a show I’m interested in?
Callbacks are another round of auditions in which we have people sing and/or read material for particular roles from shows being cast.  A callback for one role might actually serve for several similar roles in a show, so being called back for a particular role doesn’t mean you are auditioning just for that role.  If you do not receive a callback it DOES NOT mean you are not cast, or even that you are not cast in a supporting or lead role.  We only have so much time for callbacks, and we use it to find out what we don’t yet know and need to figure out in terms of appropriate castings. We also sometimes call people back for a variety of educational reasons, such as gaining the experience of auditioning alongside others. Please do not try to read too much into callbacks – there are lots of reasons why someone is or is not called back for a particular role, or at all.
How will the directors remember who everyone is when casting?
You do not need to bring a headshot or other photograph. We will take a picture when you arrive and video record the audition for our reference when casting later. You will also be given a name tag.
Who will be watching my audition?
The only folks watching the open audition will be the director, music director, choreographer, and an accompanist. We do not allow friends or relatives to sit in on auditions. The only time other students will be present is during the group dance audition. Callbacks will involve groups of students called for roles.
What’s new or different in 2013-14 for RETURNING company members:
A return to the principle of “No one will be turned away due to finances.”
Over the years, we’ve experimented with various models of making R2P financially viable. Recently, we have not done a good enough job making it clear how deeply we prioritize accessibility for all of our community’s young people. So, to be very clear, here it is repeated in shouty all caps: “NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY DUE TO FINANCES.” There is a tuition fee of $500. There are automatic 30% and 70% scholarships for folks who are qualified for reduced or free lunches at school and 90% scholarships for families at or below the poverty line. Additionally, there are circumstances that require flexibility on a case-by-case basis. The long story short is this: if you (or someone you know) is interested in being in R2P, let it be known that there is no financial barrier that should keep them from participating. Period.
There is no pre-audition deposit required.
There previously had been a $50 deposit required at the time of the auditions, but no more.
There is no work component added for anyone eligible for a reduced tuition fee.
If you qualify for a scholarship due to financial need, then the only thing that changes for you is your amount due. You no longer will have to put in work hours to account for your scholarship. Your fee is simply your fee – same as anybody else’s.
There is no “mandatory volunteering” for any company members.
There will be ample opportunities for folks to work on all aspects of the production, but no one will be required to do so – company or family members. We are working to make the production-related needs simpler, hence taking the pressure off of all of you to find even more time in your busy schedules to work beyond what you initially signed up for. On the other hand, we’re looking forward to you exploring fun and interesting aspects of production as you choose.
Scaled down production budgets – which doesn’t mean less artistically meritorious.
We’ve recently had to face the reality of needing to cut way back on certain expenses. Our budgets for scenery for example, will be now brought more in line with what we can afford (and what makes sense for us) as a youth-based community theatre company. However, this doesn’t mean that our sets won’t be compelling and worthwhile. To illustrate, consider the set for Into the Woods – one of our more beautiful sets of recent memory and, thanks to clever and artistic use of reclaimed materials, one of our least expensive.
Smaller set budgets will lead to simpler sets, which leads to additional savings (such as no longer requiring us to rent the scene shop in Danby) as well as greater opportunities for company members and their families. (The simplified scale of productions will mean the work will be more in line with community theatre company member skills and available time. Not to mention faster and easier load-ins and strikes!)
Information for ALL Running to Places Company Members:
What are the requirements to audition?
  • Be in grades 6 – 12 (or the homeschool equivalent)
  • Turn in a hard-copy of the signature page signed by the participant and a parent/guardian (if you're under 18).
What if my family has economic hardships which make paying tuition difficult?
NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY DUE TO FINANCES. There are automatic 30% and 70% scholarships for folks who are qualified for reduced or free lunches at school and 90% scholarships for families at or below the poverty line. Additionally, there are circumstances that require flexibility on a case-by-case basis. The long story short is this: if you (or someone you know) is interested in being in R2P, let it be known that there is no financial barrier that should keep them from participating. Period.
Are there discounts if you're in more than one show?
Yes. See the table below. And remember that flexibility is possible on a case-by-case basis beyond what is shown below.

1 show

2 shows

3+ shows

Full Tuition

$500

$1,000

$1,500

30% Scholarship

(eligible for reduced lunches)

$350

$700

$1,050

70% Scholarship

(eligible for free lunches)

$150

$300

$450

90% Scholarship

(At/below poverty level)

 

$50

 

$100

$150

How do I establish eligibility for a scholarship?
We operate on the honor system. If you qualify, simply let us know. If you need to discuss any special arrangements to make the financial end of things work better for you and your family, please contact Artistic Director Joey Steinhagen. Please remember that no one will be turned away due to financial circumstances.
If I auditioned in the fall, do I need to audition again?
That is up to you. The short answer is: no, you don't. The longer answer is: if you would like to show us something different than what we saw in the fall, then yes please do. If you auditioned in the fall and choose not to audition again, we will simply review your past audition and consider you for callbacks based on that.
Also, remember that every rehearsal is an audition -- if we have worked with you on Christmas Carol or Seussical, we've gotten to know what you are capable of and what you're like to work with in greater detail than any 5 minute audition could show. An important fact to remember each day of rehearsal, eh? ;)
NOTE: If you auditioned in the fall and are not auditioning again in March, you MUST complete this form so you can tell us about your conflicts and which show(s) to consider you for.
When and where are the auditions, and when will casting be complete?
Auditions will be held on Sunday, March 2 from 1:00-5:00pm at the Just Be Cause Center. (1013 West State St/MLK Jr. St. in Ithaca – directions) There will be 5-minute song/monologue audition slots from 1:00-2:15pm and 3:45-5:00pm with dance auditions from 2:30-3:30pm. Callbacks will be on Sunday, March 9 at the Just Be Cause Center (JBCC). The cast lists will be posted by March 13. Everyone who auditions will be cast in at least one show.
What shows do these auditions cover in terms of casting?
  • Once Upon a Mattress: hilarious musical adaptation of the classic Princess and the Pea. May 16 & 17, Friday @ 7pm, Saturday @ 2pm & 7pm (Primary casting for this show took place in the fall. We will be casting additional members of the ensemble.)
  • R2P's Best of Broadway: musical revue featuring numbers from your favorite shows -- the culmination of a two-week intensive workshop program for grades 6-9. July 12, Saturday @ 2pm & 7pm
  • Fiddler on the Roof: one of the greatest works in Broadway history. August 15-17, Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm
How do I decide if I can make the time commitment to a particular show?
You should be able to attend all or most rehearsals, including ALL technical rehearsals and performances, including post-show strike. Please check the calendar to look at the full schedule of rehearsals with times, by show.
If I audition, am I guaranteed to be cast in a show?
Absolutely. We don't cut anyone and work hard to find the best match for each person within the season.
How does R2P decide what shows and roles to consider me for?
There's a place on the audition form to indicate which shows you'd like to be considered for based on your interest and availability. From there, we consider your strengths and the needs of the shows across the season.
What should I bring the day of the audition?
  1. A completed and signed hard-copy of the audition form. This include information like a photo release (so we have permission to take photos of you in the shows) and other legal requirements. You can download the required form here or at the top of this page. You can also bring a parent/guardian with you and fill it out the day of auditions.
  2. Your music for the pianist, clearly marked with the place to “start” and “stop” playing.
  3. Your monologue if you want to look it over while waiting. You don't need to bring it into the audition itself.
  4. A change of clothing and/or shoes for your dance audition, if you wish.
  5. Water and perhaps some healthy snacks!
What are those who are casting looking for?
You should have your songs and monologue memorized. We'll be looking for you to be audible, interesting, and confident. Even if you're nervous, pretend you're not (it's about acting after all!), and we won't know the difference. You should know who you are talking/singing to and why. What are you trying to convince them of? What effect do you want to have on them by saying this? During the dance audition, we are not only looking for dance ability, but also the willingness to learn and fully commit to trying.
What should I do to help myself have a good audition?
Be prepared. Be well rested and nourished. Arrive in plenty of time to check in with the stage manager at the sign-in table, get your picture taken, turn in required paperwork, relax, get a drink of water, etc. before your audition. And remember, we want you to do great! We know that auditions can be nerve-wracking. (Believe us, we've done them, too!) Just keep in mind we want to see and hear everyone do well -- we're your biggest fans!
What else should I be prepared to do when I come in for my audition?
You should be prepared to tell us who you are and what your pieces are from. A complete summary of the play or situation isn't necessary. You should put your focus straight out while you speak/sing (so we can see your smiling face), but look over our heads – not right at us. This way, we won't feel like we need to act in the scene with you, and you won't be distracted when we look down to write, "nice job!" or "would be good to play _____."
How do I sign up to audition?
YOU MAY SIGN UP ONLINE TO AUDITION HERE. You may also call (607-216-8750) to sign up by phone.