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Kinky Boots Auditions

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Kinky Boots Auditions

January 12 @ 6:30 pm

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Sunday & Monday (6:30 p.m.)

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Volunteer actors of any gender, race, ethnicity, age, language, disability/ability, sexual orientation and gender-identification are encouraged to audition. Should you need accommodations for your audition, such as an interpreter or wheelchair assistance, please email emma.drtina@theatrecr.org. For all other questions related to the audition, contact angie.toomsen@theatrecr.org.



Please arrive to the TCR lobby up to 30 minutes before your audition time to check in and to fill out an audition form. Be prepared to state all potential rehearsal conflicts. You need only attend one night of auditions, then callbacks if requested. Auditions won’t necessarily go until 10:00 p.m. if things move quickly.

NOTE: Complimentary Drag Workshop January 11 @ TCR. RSVP HERE!

  • Sunday, January 12 & Monday, January 13 (Adults & age 15+)
    • 6:30 p.m. – Choreography and vocals
      • We will start with a dance audition. All should participate in the dance audition. There will be options for easier and more difficult movement within the combination.
      • If you are interested in an Angel role, you may want to wear heels to auditions.
      • After the dance audition, we will hear singers one at a time in the order of arrival number. See song requirements below. You are free to go after you have danced and sung.
  • Tuesday, January 14 – Kids Audition (Ages 7-12) and Callbacks
    • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Kids Auditions
      • Boys age 7-12 who are interested in the roles of Young Charlie or Young Lola. Please prepare a song. See below for requirements. You may be asked to read a side as well and we may teach a simple dance combination. Some children may be asked to stay to read with adult actors at 6:30 p.m.
    • 6:30-10:00 p.m. Callbacks
      • Callbacks will consist of reading sides, singing and possible dancing. There will be a dance callback for potential Angels.
      • Please be available from 6:30-10:00 p.m. on January 14. If you are called back, you must be present at the callback. Callbacks for specific roles will be announced Tuesday, January 14 on the TCR website and Facebook page.

what to prepare


  • At the general audition, there will only be a singing and dancing call. No readings.
  • In general, Kinky Boots has a wide range of ages. All cast will be required to have basic dance ability, especially in “Raise You Up/Just Be,” “Everybody Say Yeah!,” and “Sex is in the Heel.” Angels need to be excellent dancers with big personalities. Some ensemble members may have featured dance roles. The entire cast will dance in “Raise You Up/Just Be.”
  • Seeking actors who will bring their own interpretation to the roles.
  • Kinky Boots takes place in Northhampton, England. Northern English dialect required of all cast. We will work with the cast on dialect coaching. Please use dialects in vocal and acting auditions if you can. Angels and Lola may use working-class London dialects.


  • Come dressed to move and bring dance shoes if you have them. You will learn a dance combination at the audition and then perform it in small groups. If you are interested in an Angel role, consider wearing heels to the audition.


  • Bring a musical theatre song (16-32 bars) of music, either from Kinky Boots or a show in the style of Kinky Boots that shows range and personality. Look at songs from contemporary rock musicals. Please no golden age Broadway ballads. Have sheet music for the accompanist or have the music on your phone, ready to play. CDs don’t always play as expected so we ask that you do not bring them. No acapella please. *Need help finding tracks or sheet music? See tips below.


  • Your singing and dancing audition is absolutely part of your acting audition. There will be sides read at callbacks and at the youth audition. If you’d like to familiarize with the script, Kinky Boots scripts are available through the TCR box office. Sides will be provided for callbacks.


  • Though your chances are always better if you can attend in person, if you cannot attend Sunday or Monday, please feel free to submit a video audition by Monday, January 13 at 5:00 p.m. The video should show the song you choose. With your video, please send your rehearsal conflicts as well as dance experience or (even better) a dance sample on the video. If you want to be considered for an Angel role, a dance sample is required. Send all materials to emma.drtina@theatrecr.org.


Cast size: 25-30 members. All ages listed are stage ages – we are looking for actors who read as these ages onstage, you may be older or younger in real life. We want a diverse cast. The role of Lola will be played by Cameron Byrd.

  • Charlie Price – late twenties. A bit confused, a bit unfocused, a hero hiding under a victim’s mantle. Rock belt. Tenor. Vocal range top: B4. Vocal range bottom: C3.
  • Young Charlie – this is our lead as a 7-12 year old boy. Lost, quiet, reflective. Tenor.
  • Young Lola/Simon – Non-caucasian. This is Lola as a 7-12 year old boy who already knows he is destined to wear high heels. Tenor.
  • Nicola –  Twenties. Charlie’s long-term girlfriend. Driven, uncompromising pop voice. Vocal range top: Mezzo-soprano F#5. Vocal range bottom: Bb3.
  • Lauren – Twenties. Beautiful and strong, working-class girl. She is smart and very funny. Belt and pop. Mezzo-soprano. Vocal range top: F#5. Vocal range bottom: Bb3.
  • Don – 20s to 40s – Lola’s nemesis. Burly, hyper masculine bear of a factory worker. Baritone. Vocal range top: F4 (falsetto to D5 for finale). Vocal range bottom: C3.
  • Pat – 30s to 50s – Officious office manager who will let loose her wild side when allowed. Lola’s love interest. Mezzo-soprano. Vocal range top: F#5. Vocal range bottom: Bb3.
  • Trish – 30s to 50s. Factory worker with a husband and kids to worry over. Comic chops. Alto. Vocal range top: D5. Vocal range bottom: Bb3.
  • George – 40s to 60s – Factory manger keeping up traditions. Reserved. Vocal rang top: F4. Vocal range bottom: C3.
  • Mr. Price – Late 40s to 60s – Charlie’s father. Will also work in the ensemble track. Vocal range top: G4. Vocal range bottom: Bb2.
  • Simon, Sr. – 40s to 60s – Lola’Simon’s father. Non-caucasian. Will also work in the ensemble track.
  • Harry – late twenties. A friend of Charlie’s. Rock voice. Will also work in the ensemble track. Vocal range top: C4. Vocal range bottom: E3.
  • Ensemble:
    • The Angels – these are drag performers who populate THE BLUE ANGEL NIGHTCLUB. This ain’t a job for no wallflowers. Big personality, great dancers, some singing, some speaking. Looking for a diverse group. Previous drag experience is helpful, but not required (consider attending the drag workshop on January 11 to prepare). Vocal range: Three Angels sing to C#5 and three sing to A4.
    • Richard Bailey – any age, male – Nicola’s boss. Will also work in the ensemble track.
    • Milan Stage Manager – any age, probably female – no nonsense, Italian dialect. Will also work in the ensemble track.
    • Female & Male Ensemble – Age: 15-60 – looking for a range of voices and types. Will play factory workers, hooligans, homeless people, pub patrons, photographers, and more. Some featured singing and dancing. Some dialogue.


  • First Read/Orientation: TBD. Late January. We will read through the show, issue scripts, and take measurements.
  • Rehearsals: Tend to be weeknights (Monday-Thursday) 6:30-10:00 and weekend days (we will rehearse 5 days a week and will try to have 1 weekend day off each week until we get to the onstage period). Principals may meet with vocal coach and dialect coach outside of rehearsals based on availability.
  • Regular rehearsals will start on Monday, March 9
  • 4/18 – Saturday – costume parade/all day spacing rehearsal – REQUIRED
  • 4/26 – Tech Rehearsal 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (NOTE: This is a SUNDAY. Saturday will be OFF.) – REQUIRED
  • 4/27-4/29 Dress Rehearsal – 6:00 p.m. Call
  • 4/30 – Preview (Final Dress Rehearsal)
  • Performances:
    • 5/1 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show
    • 5/2 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show
    • 5/3 – 1:30 Call/2:30 Show
    • 5/7 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show Potential Add Date
    • 5/8 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show
    • 5/9 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show
    • 5/10 – 1:30 Call/2:30 Show
    • 5/14 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show Potential Add Date
    • 5/15 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show
    • 5/16 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show
    • 5/17 – 1:30 Call/2:30 Show
    • 5/21 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show Potential Add Date
    • 5/22 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show
    • 5/23 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show
    • 5/24 – 1:30 Call/7:30 Show – possible strike to follow
    • 5/28 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show Potential Add Date
    • 5/29 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show Potential Add Date
    • 5/30 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show Potential Add Date
    • 5/31 – 1:30 Call/2:30 Show Potential Add Date, possible strike to follow



  • Bring your track on your phone. Make sure you know what time in the music you want to start singing so you can start your track just before you want to sing in the music. If you cannot use your phone or don’t have a phone, we may be able to pull it up for you on our devices, but no guarantees.
  • Places to find tracks:
    • YouTube – You may find free tracks on YouTube for many songs. Since we will have the ability to play from your phone, you can play a YouTube karaoke video to sing with for your audition. On YouTube there are often great tracks for free that you can use.
    • Spotify – You can search for and play karaoke tracks from your phone.
    • iTunes – iTunes has lots of karaoke tracks. Search for your song title and the word “karaoke” and if they have a track, it will come up. You will have to purchase the track, but typically they are only about $1-$2.
    • Amazon Music – Amazon digital music sells a lot of karaoke tracks too. Just search for your song and the word “karaoke” on Amazon and if they have a track, it will come up. Amazon may also bring up an entire karaoke album, but you should be able to just buy one track. Amazon tracks are also typically $1-$2.


  • Make sure that you bring in sheet music that is in the same key that you’ve been practicing in.
  • Please make sure that all the music is visible. The accompanist needs the bottom of the music as well as the top (where the melody line is). Also, please make sure that the copy you bring is clear and not blurry.
  • A photocopy or printed sheets are preferable to a bound book, as it can be hard for the accompanist to keep the book open. It is also preferable to put your sheets into a binder, so the accompanist can easily turn the pages.
  • Places to purchase sheet music:
    • musicnotes.com – though there are lots of places to buy sheet music online, music notes tends to have the best selection and features. When you purchase sheet music from music notes, you can choose what key you want the music in, so you can print it at the place you like to sing it, and each purchase includes access to the digital version of the music you bought that will play on the music notes player, that allows you to practice with the music you are bringing into the audition!
    • If you can’t find what you are looking for at music notes, here are a few others to try: Sheet Music Plus, Sheet Music Direct, Sheet Music Now.