GET INVOLVED

Auditions are done for the first half of the 2018 season. We'll be holding another round in March. Check back here for details later. Meanwhile, get a sense of what to expect by reading the info below.

Are you or someone you know in grades 6-12? Do you think making new friends and putting on shows sounds like a pretty good time? (Spoiler alert: It is.) There's a place for you in R2P! It's doesn't cost a penny to participate, but you do need to audition. (Don't worry – it's fun, easy, and we take everyone!)

Everything you need to know is below. If you have other questions, concerns, etc. about any of it, don't hesitate to
get in touch!

If you are new to R2P, please read the information on this page carefully. It will answer many of the questions you may have. If you're looking for the info specific to this season's auditions and to sign up,
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R2P AUDITION FAQs

  • What is Running to Places Theatre Company?
    Running to Places (R2P) is a youth community theatre company that brings together middle & high school students from across the area. We're in the business of youth development, helping raise our community's children and making excellent theatre in the process. According to our Mission Statement, “R2P is a youth theatre company, fostering a safe and supportive community which provides opportunities for the development of life skills to all interested youth through theatre.” 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.
  • Is there a fee to participate?
    NOPE! Once upon a time there was, but not anymore. Participation in R2P is entirely FREE! As an organization, we have rededicated ourselves to our founding principle of universal accessibility and torn down a significant financial barrier to entry.

    This is possible thanks to our generous sponsors and donors. While there is no participation fee, we depend on the generosity of our community. We hope that families who are able to make a donation to R2P will do so – it makes a big difference in allowing us to keep the doors wide open to every interested young person in our community.
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  • 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).
  • 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 there is no fee to participate. (Although we rely on the generosity of our community to sustain our work, so donations are gratefully accepted).
  • 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 quickly and gracefully
    • Improvising when the unexpected (inevitably) happens
    • 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 get that, too!
  • What does it take to be a company member?
    First thing you have to do is just 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.
  • Will I be at all of the rehearsals?
    Probably not. 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. In return, we promise not to make a habit out of wasting your time by scheduling you to show up for no reason.
  • If I’m not cast in a show I want to be involved in, can I still participate in some way?
    You bet! You’ll have opportunities and invitations to help with sets, costumes, props, stage management, concessions, etc. You're not 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 do 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.) PRO-TIP: Time your monologue by saying it OUT-LOUD — you'll be surprised how short a paragraph of text it takes to be in that sweet 30-60 second range.
  • What should I bring the day of the audition?
    • A completed and signed hard-copy of the Parent/Guardian Signature page. This includes information like a photo release (so we have permission to take photos of you in the shows) and other legal requirements. You can also have your parent/guardian fill it out the day of audition.
    • Your music for the pianist, clearly marked with the place to “start” and “stop” playing.
    • Your monologue if you want to look it over while waiting. You don't need to bring it into the audition itself.
    • A change of clothing and/or shoes for your dance audition, if you wish.
    • Water and perhaps some healthy snacks!
  • 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 more informative of what you can do musically, so it's better for both you and us.
  • 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 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 _____."
  • 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 people involved in casting the shows, like 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 are you looking for in an audition?
    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 a good attitude, the willingness to learn, and a commitment to trying.
  • How does R2P decide what shows and roles are right for me?
    There's a place on the audition form to indicate which shows you're available for. From there, we consider your strengths and the needs of the shows across the season. It's our job to put people in the places we feel they will have the most success, and that might even mean offering you a role in a show you originally didn't mark.
  • If I audition, am I guaranteed to be cast in a show?
    We don't cut anyone and work hard to find the best match for each person within the season. Everyone is offered a place in at least one show per season. You don't necessarily get to pick which show you are offered. We do our best to find the place where we feel you will have the most success.
  • What if I am disappointed with the casting?
    Don't envy the people doing the casting. While it's a wonderful job (getting to see and hear courageous young people lay it all on the line is inspiring beyond words), we know that it also means breaking hearts from time to time.

    Paramount for us is putting everyone where they will have the most success. It's not unusual for an ambitious, capable, and brave middle schooler to wonder why they didn't get a lead role or even a callback. Please know this:

    We would never want to make someone happy the day the list comes out, nervous as rehearsals approach, anxious about struggling with the role, scared for the performances, and then sad and regretful after it's all done. We want everyone to succeed, whatever shape that happens to take.
  • 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.
  • Any final audition tips?
    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're rooting for 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!
  • How do I sign up to audition?
    This page has information specific to the auditions and the link to begin the sign-up process.