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 and a short monologue performed for the Artistic Team. The audition process may also include a “callback” in which a student may be asked to dance, sing, or read for a specific 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?

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.

School of Rock
Auditions will be held at Lamb of God on Thursday, December 8, starting at 5:30 pm.
Callbacks will be held at Lamb of God on Saturday, December 10, starting at 9:00 am.

To register for auditions, choose the time of 12:00am on December 8. Then, when you have your audition information and music prepared, you will go to the audition form and choose your actual audition time slot. The deadline for the audition information is 11:00pm on Tuesday, December 6.

How do auditions work?

At CYT, auditions are an open casting call for all students; 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 choose from a selection of monologues to memorize.  A karaoke/backing track or use of our live pianist is required for your song.  Your karaoke/backing track will need to be uploaded to the audition form 48 hours before your audition.

On audition night, 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. 

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

Note that in our video below, some information will not apply to School of Rock, for example, we will not be doing a dance combo for the auditions on Thursday evening. We will have dance callbacks on Saturday for select dance ensembles. 

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 options can be found under the pdf menu at the top of this page. 

Younger students are encouraged to choose a high-energy song. 

The audition form is where you will upload all of your materials including sheet music or an accompaniment track for your song. You will also need to upload a close-up photo, write or copy/paste your program bio, and note all of your rehearsal conflicts. All of the information required is on the audition form, please look over in advance and do not submit until you have all of the information.

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 approximately two absences during a regular rehearsal process. Absences from a technical rehearsal, dress rehearsal, or performance would severely limit the roles for which you would be eligible. 

What if I am unsure about my rehearsal conflicts?

Any information is helpful. Select all of the dates that you are potentially unavailable as "conflicts" and then give us more information in any of the "notes" fields on the form. 

Rehearsal schedules may vary by show, but typically CYT DFW rehearses on Friday evenings and Saturdays from 9am-3pm. See the production calendar embedded on the current audition page.

Can I watch/videotape auditions?

Auditions are open to a public audience. 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 Stage Manager. All video submissions must be submitted by the audition form deadline. 

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

Our shows are for ages 8-18. A child must be no older than 18 at the time of auditions in order to participate & audition for the show, but can turn 19 during the session. A student age 7, must turn 8 by the before the last performance of the show in order to participate in the production. 

Can I play the piano accompaniment for my child?

The accompaniment options for auditions are to submit a pre-recorded instrumental track or to use our CYT pianist. The pianist will be available for practice sessions after class on the Tuesday before auditions, by appointment only. You can sign up for a practice appointment when you submit your audition form with your sheet music. 

Please note, rehearsal with the pianist is a 5-minute practice session, not a voice lesson. You should already have your song memorized and bring a hard copy of your sheet music for the pianist. 

How many students usually audition for the production?

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

Where can I see my callbacks and casting?

Callbacks are available for viewing the morning after auditions. Casting is available for viewing the morning after callbacks. Both will be listed on your student account.
See the below photo for an example of where to find your audition profile inside your CYT Account.

Have You Ever Wanted to Understand the Casting Process?

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