Students ages 8-18 who are enrolled in CYT classes are invited to audition for the current production. Auditions typically consist of a one-minute song performed for the Artistic Team, with the possibility to learn and perform a short dance routine. The audition process may also include a “callback” in which a student may be asked to read for a speaking role in the show.  Auditions are a wonderful way for students to gain self-confidence and to show the best of their talents!

Read below for audition details and helpful tips!

How to sign up for an audition?

Interested in auditioning for one of our upcoming productions? Signing up for an audition is a two-step process.  (not applicable for summer production or Christian Community Theater (CCT) productions)

First, you must be registered for a class! As you are registering, you will be asked if you would like to sign up for an audition time. At that point, you may request an audition appointment. If you do not want to sign up at that moment, you can later go into your family account and request an audition appointment through there.

Second, you should submit your conflicts and audition music to the CYT database.

Both of these steps must be completed in order to audition for a show! If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Show Coordinator for your show. The contact information for each coordinator can be found in the show manual on the show page.

How do auditions work?

At CYT, auditions are an open casting call; nothing is precast.  Any student 8-18 enrolled in classes is eligible to audition.  Students have “1 minute to shine”.  We recommend preparing a 1-minute song highlighting your vocals and acting through song.  Students will also be sent a monologue to memorize.  A karaoke/backing track is required for your song.  iTunes sells many options. Your karaoke/backing track will need to be uploaded to the CYT Database 24 hours before your audition. Students will start the audition process by learning choreography in a closed session. All students will learn the 'mover' version of a dance and, if desired, a 'dancer' version. After dancing with the choreographer, students will enter the main audition room with the remaining members of the Artistic Team and sing and perform their monologue. As each student's name is called, the student will come in front of the Directing Team, introduce themselves and their song, and perform. After that, they will perform their monologue.Students will then take their seat until the entire group is finished. After every student has auditioned, the dance will be performed as a group.

If the directing team wishes to see your child for a specific role, they will be called back the following day. You can see if your child is called back by checking your CYT Account (by logging into www.cytdallas.org).  Audition sign-ups are through your CYT Account also.

What do I have to do for my audition? What do I need for my audition?

Students have “1 minute to shine”. We recommend preparing a 1-minute song highlighting your vocals and acting through song. Students will also memorize a monologue and perform it for the artistic team. The monologue will be sent via email after signing up for auditions.

Younger students are encouraged to choose a high-energy song. We recommend that you complete as much paperwork as possible beforehand. You can find forms through a link on the show's webpage. Your photo should be uploaded to your CYT account before you audition. Please make sure your rehearsal conflicts are included on your audition form. 

Do I have to dance/sing for my audition?

All students act, sing and dance for CYT auditions. 

How do absences play into casting?

The directing team needs to know what rehearsals you will be missing.  It is imperative that they have this information on the audition form.  Absences that come up after casting will not be excused.  There is no “magic number” of excused absences that will make or break getting cast, however, the more absences you have the more difficult chances of getting cast become. CYT understands 2 absences during a rehearsal process. 

Where do I submit my audition song?

1. Make sure that you have signed up for auditions. 
2. Click Submit My Audition Song

How do I sign up for an audition?

When you register for a class, the link to registering for auditions will become available to you in your CYT account. You will also be sent the link in your Welcome Letter for Classes. 

What is "Experience Only"?

"Experience only" is an option for students who wish to work on their audition skills and gain valuable insight into the process of auditioning, but who don’t wish to be considered for the production.  This is a great learning experience, and they will receive a personal note from the Artistic Director with suggestions for improvements. Please note that students are only allowed ONE audition per session. An audition for "experience only" prevents them from auditioning in another area in that same session.

Can I watch/videotape auditions?

You may certainly videotape your child's audition, though you may not record other children in your child's group.

What if my child is out of town on audition weekend?

If you are unable to attend auditions, we do accept video audition submissions through a private Youtube Link. Please work this out in advance with your Show Coordinator. All video submissions must be submitted before the first night of auditions.

Where are audition forms?

There are no physical audition forms that need to be turned in; everyone should fill out our online form before auditions.

How should I help my child with the audition process?

Be a support. Help them find music. Let them practice in front of you. Obviously, the younger the child, the more you may want to help steer them towards a successful audition yourself.

What if I am unsure about my rehearsal conflicts?

Any information is helpful. If you are unsure about a conflict, list it as “negotiable”.   If you list conflicts as “negotiable”, the artistic team may contact you during casting to ask if you are willing to remove the conflict all together. 

Rehearsal schedules may vary by show, but typically CYT DFW rehearses on Friday evenings and Saturdays from 9am-2pm.

What if my child has a birthday during the rehearsal process? Does it affect show eligibility?

On the back end, a child must be no older than 18 on the first night of their areas classes in order to participate & audition for the show. but can turn 19 during the session. A student age 7, must turn 8 by the cast party to participate in the production. 

Can I play the piano accompaniment for my child?

CYT is currently only offering tracks for auditions at this time.

How many students usually audition for the production?

It varies greatly by production, area, and session, though most shows see numbers between 35 and 70.

Have You Ever Wanted to Understand the Casting Process?

The Casting Process where Dr. Heather LaForge discusses the CYT casting process.