at Theatre Cedar Rapids

On Stage

Audition Schedule: 2016-17 Season

Studio Cabaret

Director: Lynne Rothrock

Spring Audition Dates: Sunday, December 11, 7pm.  Monday, December 12, 7pm.

The Crucible

Director: Jason Alberty

Auditions Dates: Sunday, January 29, 7 pm. Monday, January 30, 7 pm.

Vinegar Tom

Director: Janeve West

Auditions Dates: Sunday, January 29, 7 pm. Monday, January 30, 7 pm.

Peter Pan

Director: Leslie Charipar

Music Director: Benjamin Schmidt

Choreographer: Alvon Reed

Auditions Dates: KIDS – Saturday, February 25, 3 pm. Sunday, February 26, 3 pm. ADULTS – Sunday, February 26, 7 pm. Monday, February 27, 7 pm.

The Bully Plays

Director: TBD

Auditions Dates: Sunday, March 26, 7 pm. Monday, March 27, 7 pm.

Billy Elliot The Musical

Director: Angie Toomsen

Music Director: Benjamin Schmidt

Choreographer: Aaron Canterbury

Auditions Dates: KIDS – Saturday, April 22, 3 pm. Sunday, April 23, 3 pm. ADULTS – Sunday, April 23, 7 pm. Monday, April 24, 7 pm.

Studio Improv

Sunday, October 23, 7 pm

Call backs will be held Monday, October 24, 7 pm

Director: Zach Parker

We will be auditioning for two spots on our existing Studio Improv Teams; one spot on team JOYRIDE and two spots on team Eight Horn Unicorn.

Audition for a TCR production!


  • Anyone may audition for a Theatre Cedar Rapids production.
  • All performers are volunteers.
  • Some come to TCR with a lot of experience, others are first-timers.
  • No experience is required.
  • All roles are cast from the broadest ethnic spectrum.


  • Auditions are generally scheduled five to seven weeks prior to a show’s opening, at 7:00 pm Sunday and Monday evenings.
  • You need only audition once, but are welcome to attend both evenings. Additional nights may be used for callbacks.
  • We normally audition one show at a time, though occasionally we may audition multiple shows at once.
  • Check the specific show pages or Facebook for specifics about upcoming productions.


  • For non-musicals auditioners are usually asked to read scenes from the script. Depending on the nature of the production, the director may ask everyone to read the same scene or may have a number of scenes to read. Directors also utilize improv exercises in some auditions. Often, in the first audition, the director is looking for general characteristics, technique, and ability to work with others. In callbacks the director will be doing more role-specific readings.
  • In musicals we often will break the auditions into separate dance and singing components. Depending on the nature of the show, the music director may specify certain audition pieces for individual roles and provide sheet music ahead of time for auditioners to prepare. Other times, the music director will teach the music at the auditions and therefore no preparation is needed. Acting or non-singing auditions are often held during callbacks.


  • We strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with the script ahead of time. Scripts are available for checkout from the TCR Business Office.
  • Feel free to talk with the director prior to auditions to ask about the play and what is being looked for in various roles.
  • Bring personal calendars to auditions in order to share potential conflicts with the director in advance of casting.
  • Keep an open mind and try not to “pre-cast” yourself. Be enthusiastic — when the director asks for volunteers, jump right in.
  • Remember, perfection is not expected at auditions, so have fun!


  • A typical rehearsal schedule is 7:00 to 9:30 pm Monday through Friday and 2:00 to 5:00 pm Sundays.
  • Non-musicals generally rehearse four or five weeks, musicals will rehearse 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Depending on your role, you may not be required to attend every rehearsal the first few weeks.