Audition and other FAQs

Children in grades K-12 are eligible to audition on either day. Children in grades K-2 who are not confident readers should come prepared to recite a poem they know. Older children will be asked to read from the script. Everyone will be asked to sing, if the play involves music. Please bring a small (3"x5" is big enough) photo of the auditioning child, which will not be returned. Actors will be placed in groups of three to five of similarly-aged children to audition and are called in the order they complete and turn in the necessary paperwork, unless an audition sign-up sheet is determined to be necessary. Information about that will be put on the website and Facebook page at least two weeks prior to auditions, if needed. The forms will be available at auditions or links to the paperwork to be printed out and completed at home will be posted to the Smiles and Frowns homepage and Facebook page before auditions. Students aged ten years and older wishing to work on the technical crew may come either day to fill out an application. All students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to auditions.

Weather Policy: If Pitt County schools cancel school on the audition date(s) due to inclement weather, auditions will be canceled and a "rain date" will be posted on the website and Facebook page.

FAQ's

Does my child need to come both days of auditions? No, they need only come to one audition date and may leave when they are finished.

How does my child need to prepare for the audition? If they are in K-2nd grade and are not a confident reader, they should memorize a poem to recite. Older children will read a couple of scenes from the script, but no preparation is required. Auditions are intended for the director to see how comfortable your child is on the stage, how they move and use their voice, and how well they listen and follow instructions. Smiling and having fun is encouraged.

How much paperwork is needed? There are several pages, which take between five and 10 minutes to complete. The paperwork will be available at the auditions or can be printed out from online links which will be posted on the Smiles and Frowns Playhouse homepage and Facebook page about a week before auditions.

Can I watch my child's audition? No, parents and others are not allowed to accompany a student into the audition. We audition in small groups to help ease the fear factor. If they cannot audition without you, we have found they are not yet ready to participate.

Is there a fee to audition? No, but there is a production fee if your student is cast. Currently it is $50 for the first child in a family and $40 for each additional child (includes a show t-shirt and access to online dress rehearsal photographs). Some scholarships are available. Please get in contact with the producer, if your student is cast and needs financial assistance.

Are there any additional fees? There are no fees other than the production fee. Smiles and Frowns provides costumes (except underclothing and socks), shoes and scripts. All materials remain the property of Smiles and Frowns and must be returned at the end of the show.

When are the rehearsals? We generally rehearse M-Th from 4:30-6:00 for 8 weeks leading up to the performance dates, with attendance required on some Fridays for costume fittings and acting workshops. The final week's rehearsals are from 6:45-9:15 p.m. The first meeting of the cast is on a Monday evening 6:30-8:00pm; this is a full-cast call and is mandatory for actors and parents. While the cast is meeting together receiving scripts and instruction from the director, the parents are meeting with the producer to pay fees and discuss volunteer responsibilities and opportunities.

If given a part in the show, how often will my student rehearse? That depends on the size of the part (role). Smaller parts generally rehearse once a week or less for the first six weeks. Larger roles may rehearse twice a week or even every day in the case of the lead actor(s). Everyone will rehearse at least two days in week seven but more likely everyday. Everyone rehearses every evening of the final week. ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY FOR REHEARSALS DURING THE LAST TWO WEEKS. If your family has a planned activity, trip, or event that will prevent your child from attending any of their rehearsals during the final weeks leading up to the performances, please make note of it on the audition paperwork. Early elementary students may be let go early, if possible, during the last week of rehearsal to help keep them fresh for opening night.

My family is new to Smiles and Frowns Playhouse, how important is it that I attend the New Parent Orientation? Important doesn't begin to cover it. This meeting includes a presentation about our expectations and operational practices. You'll also meet with the director for guidance through the calendar and parent volunteer responsibilities. It's the perfect opportunity to have your questions answered. You will learn about scheduling costume fittings and monitoring dates. Any student whose parent does not attend the New Parent Orientation, will be released from the cast, unless special arrangements have been made in advance with the director or producer.

You rehearse on Fridays? Generally, we have costume fittings on the first or second Friday and acting enrichment on some of the other Fridays for cast and tech crew members ages 10 and up. The 7th Friday is often reserved as TBA for scenes that might need extra work.