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Frequently Asked Questions about Auditions

Frequently Asked Questions
When are the auditions?

Spring 2020 production:

Disney's My Son Pinocchio JR.

Runs May 26 to 31, 2020 as a Feature Performance of the International Children's Festival of the Arts

Auditions for Disney's My Son Pinocchio JR.

9 to 12 years
12 to 19 years

Time: 9 AM to 12 PM
Doors open 8:30 AM
Instructions: Please prepare a song.

Time: 1 PM to 4 PM
Instructions: Please prepare a song (preferably a musical theatre piece) and a monologue.

As we require you to only sing three minutes of your song, be prepared and have your music cued accordingly.

• Bring either a karaoke-type CD or sheet music to the audition (a pianist will be provided).

• If neither is available, a cappella singing will work as well.

• Please do not bring along your Black Eyed Peas CD and sing along with it.

• All material should be memorized.


What time of year are auditions held?

For SACT’s winter production For SACT’s spring production

• From June to August

• Between 90 and 120 people audition for SACT’s winter production

• 35 to 40 people are cast

• January/February

• Between 40 and 80 people will audition for SACT’s spring production

• 20 people are cast

The largest percentage of people who audition are females aged 11 to 13 years.

Where Auditions are Held

Performing Arts Space
#105 – 125 Carleton Drive
St. Albert, AB   T8N 3S6  [directions]

How can I find out about upcoming auditions?

Continue to check this website for updated audition information. We also advertise the auditions in the Further Ed brochure that is delivered three times a year in the St. Albert Gazette. It is also available for pickup at any time at the Community and Protective Services Office.

What are the audition requirements?

• Youths aged 9 to 12 years need to prepare a song of their choice.
• Youths aged 12 to 19 years and alumni* members need to prepare both a song and a monologue

*An alumnus is a person who has done at least one show with SACT.
*Alumni members may audition for the winter production only.

Do you have to have previous experience?

Individuals come from a variety of backgrounds — from the inexperienced to the seasoned performer. Although previous experience can be an asset, it is not a requirement.

How should I/my child prepare for an audition?

The audition process is not an easy one — ultimately, it’s akin to a job interview. The person auditioning has approximately 6 minutes to “shine.”

The best advice that we could possibly give is to be prepared. If you learn your audition pieces the night before the audition, do not expect to be cast.

How many people will you cast?

Generally we will get anywhere from 90 to 120 people auditioning for the winter production and will cast approximately 35 to 40 people.

For the spring production we will have anywhere from 40 to 80 people auditioning for approximately 25 roles.

The largest percentages of people auditioning are females aged 11 to 13 years.

What are you looking for in an audition?

We are looking at the quality of your voice (Can you sing in tune?) and the interpretation of the song and the monologue.

If movement is part of the audition, we will simply look to see how quickly you pick up steps or that you have a sense of rhythm. Depending on the production, there may be a separate audition for dance.

Your attitude during the actual audition can even affect the casting decisions we make (For instance, were you paying attention to others while they were performing?). 

If I/my child is cast in a production, what is the time commitment? How often do you rehearse?

The rehearsal schedule can get fairly intense, particularly for the winter production. Rehearsals are generally held:

• Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 – 9:30 PM

• Sundays from 12 – 8 PM

Everyone is not required for every rehearsal. However, once we are about four weeks from opening, everyone will be required at every rehearsal.

The technical rehearsals for the winter production begin approximately ten days before opening. It is expected that all actors will be available for all technical rehearsals and performances. 

Where do you rehearse and perform?

All performing arts classes and Children’s Theatre rehearsals are held at the:

Performing Arts Space
#105 – 125 Carleton Drive
St. Albert, AB   T8N 3S6  [directions]

Is there a fee to participate in productions and summer programs?

There is a $175 participant fee for the productions. This money is paid directly to the Friends of the St. Albert Children’s Theatre and goes toward the costs for our rehearsal space.

There are fees for our summer programs

What advice do you have for me/my child if I don't make it past the audition?

The best advice that we can give is not to give up. Sometimes people have to audition three or more times before they get cast.

Please feel free to contact us afterwards. We generally take very thorough audition notes and would be happy to provide you with more specific feedback regarding your audition.

Are there opportunities to become involved in a production if I don’t want to be on stage?

There are several volunteer opportunities within our organization for youths aged 13 and over.

In the past, volunteers have helped with everything from sewing costumes, set painting, ushering or working backstage during the performances.

To find out more about these opportunities, contact:

Janice Flower

Where can I buy tickets for the productions?

Arden Theatre Box Office: 780-459-1542
Online at Ticketmaster*

*Agency fees in effect

Last edited: November 20, 2019

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