Riverside Theatre holding local kid auditions for 2021-2022 Season

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Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, announces auditions for local children aged 12 and up to be part of the professional mainstage productions of CAROUSEL and BILLY ELLIOT. Auditions will take place on Saturday, October 16th from 12noon to 2pm.

Auditions will be held in-person at Riverside Theatre’s Education building.  All attendees must wear a mask at all times inside except while auditioning.  All audition personnel in attendance have been vaccinated and will be wearing masks for the duration of the auditions. Doors will open at 11:30am for check-in.  

All attendees will first sing a song of their choice. Some will be kept after the audition for a ballet dance call.  Only girls will be needed for the dance call. Any kids cast in the productions will be required to have received the vaccine prior to the start of rehearsals.

For those auditioning, please prepare 32 measures of a song of your choice, bring sheet music, a headshot and resume.  Choose a song that best shows off your voice. While an accompanist will be provided, kids can sing A capella, but sheet music is preferred.  Girls that are auditioning should be prepared for a dance call.

Personnel in the audition room include: Allen D. Cornell (Riverside Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Director, Carousel), Kyle Atkins (Associate Producer for Riverside), Richard Stafford (Director/Choreographer, Billy Elliot), Kristyn Pope (Associate Choreographer, Billy Elliot) and Anne Shuttlesworth (Accompanist).

Prior to the in-person audition date, those auditioning may submit a headshot, resume and any supporting vocal or dance video audition materials. While we encourage submission of the materials prior to the audition date, it is not required. If an individual cannot attend the in-person audition, video auditions will be accepted, but priority will be given to those seen in-person.

All submissions and/or questions can be emailed to Kyle Atkins, at kylea@riversidetheatre.com.

CAROUSEL begins rehearsals on December 14, 2021. Show dates are January 4, 2022 through January 23, 2022.

BILLY ELLIOT begins rehearsals on March 15, 2022. Show dates are April 12, 2022 through May 1, 2022. (Only girls will be selected for from this audition.)

For more information on the October 16th audition process and procedures visit: http://www.riversidetheatre.com/student-auditions

Riverside Theatre is America’s largest professional theatre in a small town. Originally built in 1973 on a 54-acre tract of land designated by the city of Vero Beach as a cultural park, Riverside Theatre was erected with funds solely raised from private donations. For the first few years of its existence, it served primarily as a venue for local theatre groups, traveling productions, and celebrity performances. Seven years later, education and programming for children with Riverside Children’s Theatre was added. The most pivotal moment in the history of the Theatre, however, took place in 1983 when the Theatre’s Board hired Allen D. Cornell as Artistic Director and set in motion a plan to make Riverside a producing professional theatre. Riverside Theatre produces Broadway musicals, contemporary plays, and children’s theatre on three stages. In 2006, Riverside went through a major renovation with the reconfiguration of seating in the Stark Stage, the addition of the Waxlax Stage, and an expansion of the lobby.  Riverside Theatre serves Florida’s entire Treasure and Space Coast with over 100,000 patrons and students using the facilities annually.

Riverside Theatre programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Riverside Theatre is a member of the Cultural Council of Indian River County, the Indian River Chamber of Commerce, and the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.

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