General Audition Information

The heart of a community theater company is the community – especially when it comes to performing onstage. General audition information is below, but please be advised that this may change from time to time.

Updated information (if any) will be posted to this site’s homepage or on the information page for specific shows. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Who May Audition?

Auditions for CUTC productions are open to anyone. Everyone is encouraged to audition regardless of theatrical experience. For student productions, auditions are open to recent high school graduates or younger.

When Are Auditions Held?

Typically auditions occur on a Friday and Saturday approximately two months before the show. If needed, callbacks occur on the Sunday immediately following auditions. Please view the show description for specific audition dates as well as a list of primary characters.

How Are Auditions Conducted?

Auditions for musicals are typically split into two sections:

The first section is the vocal audition. In this audition the person auditioning is asked to sing a few bars of a prepared piece. An accompanist is provided. During this time the individual may also be asked to read a scene from the script.

The second section of the audition is for dance. If there is dancing for the part you are auditioning for, you will be taught some basic steps for the show and then you will use those for the dance audition. Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing for the dance audition. Open-toed shoes are not permitted in the audition space.

Where Are Auditions Conducted?

Auditions are generally held at 608 N. Cunningham Road in Urbana unless otherwise noted in the information about auditions.

Preparing to Audition

Sample readings from the script are generally available for reading before auditions. Please contact the CUTC office for details and script availability. Individuals are encouraged to read through the show before the audition.

The most important aspect of the audition is to have fun!


Rehearsals run six to eight weeks prior to the opening of a show. You will be notified by the production staff where rehearsals will be held.