Audition Information

Students who are enrolled in a CharacterWorks class or intensive for ages 8-18 are eligible to audition for one main-stage show during the corresponding session. Everyone who auditions will be required to use the CharacterWorks-provided accompanist, and they may pick a song from our audition song options or choose one themselves.

Audition signup links for the fall 2021 shows will be emailed out on August 20th to those registered for a fall class by 8/20/21, or included in the class registration confirmation email for students registered for a fall class after 8/20/21.

***NEW THIS FALL*** - Dance Audition Combo Video

Those auditioning for a fall CWorks show are asked to learn a dance combo from a video at home and will perform it in a group at the end of their audition slot. For auditions for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, please learn and practice this dance combo for the song "Ain't Life Fine." The full combo is performed at the end of this video. This link will also be posted in the description at the top of the audition signup. A dance combo video for Beauty and the Beast auditions will be sent out a week before those auditions take place. VIEW TOM SAWYER DANCE AUDITION COMBO VIDEO
Please note that students can only audition for one main stage show per class session.
  1. Sign up to audition. Instructions on receiving a sign-up link will vary by session.
  2. Choose an audition song that is roughly 60-seconds in length. You can either choose a CharacterWorks-provided song or choose your own song.
    • Choose a CharacterWorks-provided song: Song options by gender and age range are listed below. Both sheet music and accompaniment tracks to practice with can be found by clicking "View Audition Materials" below. Use the rehearsal track to practice for your audition.
    • Choose your own song: You can find and purchase downloadable sheet music online, at sites such as
  3. Print your sheet music and make sure it is clearly marked with a starting and ending point. It is also required that you put your sheet music in a binder or mount it to the inside of a folder, which will make it easier for an accompanist to flip through and read. Music in a binder should be double-sided. If you would like to see an example of how to mark your music, check out the song options provided below.
  4. Practice, practice, practice! Rehearse your song until it is the best audition you can possibly perform.
  5. *NEW for fall 2021:* The audition team will send a choreography teaching video to auditioning students in the week before auditions. Practice this choreography at home, and then you will perform it in a group at the end of your audition slot.
  6. Print and fill out the Audition Packet (packet will be linked below shortly before auditions). On the day of auditions, bring your sheet music (in a binder or mounted on a folder), completed audition form, costume form, and a $10 audition fee.
  7. When it is your turn to audition, you will hand the accompanist your sheet music and discuss your song. The accompanist is there to help you and make you look good. You should talk with the accompanist about the tempo for your song and have him or her play the first line with you at the piano to make sure you feel comfortable. Once you are ready, step forward, introduce yourself, and give the best performance you can!
  8. After your song audition there is a short dance audition. Students will perform the dance audition combo you learned at home (see point 6 above) in a group.
  9. The callback list will be posted on the CWorks website home page before shortly after auditions. This list contains people that the artistic team needs to see again before making casting decisions. The cast list is posted on the show's page soon after callbacks (see the show's page for specifics on when the cast list will be posted).

Audition Song Options

Girls 8-12
  1. Almost There - The Princess and the Frog
  2. Be Kind To Your Parents - Fanny
  3. Castle on a Cloud - Les Miserables
  4. Do-Re-Mi - The Sound of Music

Girls 13-15
  1. I Got the Sun in the Morning - Annie Get Your Gun
  2. I Know It's Today - Shrek the Musical
  3. My Favorite Things - The Sound of Music

Girls 16-19
  1. Crazier Than You - The Addams Family
  2. I Know It's Today - Shrek the Musical
  3. Journey to the Past - Anastasia
  4. The Life I Never Led - Sister Act
  5. My Favorite Things - The Sound of Music

Boys 8-12
  1. Bare Necessities - Disney's The Jungle Book
  2. Do Re Mi - The Sound of Music
  3. In the Big Blue World - Finding Nemo the Musical
  4. When Your Feet Don't Touch the Ground - Finding Neverland

Boys with Changing Voices
  1. Electricity - Billy Elliot
  2. In the Big Blue World - Finding Nemo the Musical 
Boys with Changed Voices
  1. Any Dream Will Do - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  2. Don't Let Me Go - Shrek the Musical
  3. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables - Les Miserables
  4. Go the Distance - Hercules
  5. Grow For Me - Little Shop of Horrors
  6. How Lucky You Are - Seussical the Musical
  7. Neverland - Finding Neverland
  8. Strangers Like Me - Tarzan