Are currently being done via video submissions.

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Auditions Must-Haves: 

1. Please come prepared with a memorized one minute monologue and 16 bars of a musical theater song.
2. Please bring the following with you to the audition: 
- 8x10 HEAD SHOT

3. When you arrive, please sign in. Parents do not enter the audition room. Actors are seen 4-5 at a time by appointment. Each session last 15-25 minutes.

4. Tips for SHINE IN THE LIMELIGHT Admission Success....

a. Please be sure you have looked over all dates carefully and you are available for all rehearsals and all performances. Do not ask for any exceptions in attendance, including any requests for leaving early or coming late to any event.

b. Please be aware of age limits per production. If we need an actor or two younger than the requirement for a show, we will invite them.

c. When completing the Registration Form, check which productions you are available for and eligible for.  Indicate if you would like to do both. There is a $50 discount if you do more than one. We will cast you in the production in which you will receive the best role. Being open to more than one choice increases your opportunities for better roles! 

d. All production program tuition must be paid in full prior to or at auditions. Space is in this program is limited and auditions are for casting purposes only - not admission into the program.  

e. All new SHINE In the Limelight students must also pay the one time $25 registration fee. This includes a SHINE tee shirt.

f. Please contact us privately if you need to be considered for partial scholarship due to financial need.

g. All roles will be assigned at the start of the rehearsal process, and call backs will be scheduled by invitation only. Do not ask for your role prior to the first rehearsal.



Open to Grades 3-12, Monday-Friday, July 16-27. Auditions ongoing by video submission. Email Performances July 26, 27, 29 at the ME Theatre, Orlando. Rehearses at the Gotha Community Center, 9561 Gotha Road, Windermere, FL. 

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.  Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.   

Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world.

Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar JR. will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”'

Character Breakdown for Madagascar


Alex, the lion, is the main attraction at the Central Park Zoo and undoubtedly “The King of New York City.” He’s a fun-loving fella whose devotion to steak is matched only by his devotion to his friends. Cast a great singer and actor but most importantly, someone who has that magnetic quality of a showman. 

Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Marty is a zebra with dreams of exploring beyond the confines of the Central Park Zoo and into the wild. Cast a young man who is a solid singer and actor who also possesses a sweet disposition. You want your audience to root for Marty. He should be a perfect complement to Alex. 

Gender: Male
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Gloria, the hippopotamus, is a bold young lady with a maternal streak that shines when she’s with her three closest friends: Alex, Marty and Melman. This a great part for a performer who can act, sing and who can serve as the caretaker of the group. 

Gender: Female
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: Eb4

Melman is a kind-hearted giraffe who is a bit of a hypochondriac. He’s always just a little bit nervous, but when it comes down to it, he’ll rise to the situation. Pick a performer who can sing well but more notably, can carve out this comedic part with strong acting choices. 

Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: E3
The Penguins

The Penguins are a group of birds on a mission: bust out of the zoo and return home to Antarctica. Skipper serves as the captain of the group, giving orders with ease and command. Kowalski is Skipper’s second-in-command and a dutiful one at that. Rico is the brute of the group and can karate chop anything in sight. Private’s primary job in the group is to maintain the cute and fuzzy disguise. Cast these four primary roles with performers who work well together. This is a fun opportunity to cast your youngest performers. 

Gender: Both
The Zookeepers

The Zookeepers introduce the crowds to all the sights and attractions of the Central Park Zoo. Zookeeper Zelda, Zookeeper Zeke and Zookeeper Zoe are perfect parts for proficient musicians and actors who can express a real excitement and passion for the animals. Zelda has a large solo in the opening, so cast your best singer amongst the Zookeepers in that role. 

Gender: Both
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B3

Mason is a chimpanzee with a bone to pick: though highly intelligent, his species seems to get a bad reputation for being simpleminded, and he takes that quite personally. This is a great acting role for a performer who can make bold choices from the get-go. 

Gender: Male
The Lemurs

The Lemurs are a wild band of creatures native to Madagascar trying desperately to avoid being eaten by the cat-like creatures called the Fossa. King Julien is their leader and the perfect part for the comedian of your company who can sing, dance, act and has intuitive comedic timing. Maurice is King Julien’s assistant who is not so welcoming to Madagascar’s new inhabitants. This part is perfect for an actor who can convey distrust and disinterest while still being a powerful second-in-command to King Julien. Mort is the littlest of the Lemurs, who can barely speak. Find a young, small, sweet performer who possesses a sense of comedy. Lynn, Lew, Lee and Lars are fun smaller roles for young actors with bold personalities. 

Gender: Both
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: A3
The Foosa

The Fossa are cat-like predators with an appetite for Lemurs! The Fossa Leader is the biggest and baddest of the Fossa and is feared by most of the creatures in Madagascar. Cast an actor who has a great imagination for creating a larger-than-life creature who can strike fear with one look. For the rest of Fossa, choose an ensemble that can create a dominating pack of predators. 

Gender: Both

Servers #1, #2 and #3 are imagined servers in Alex’s dream when he starts to desire meat desperately! Cast three performers who can both dance and sing well and work as a unit well together. 

Gender: Both
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: D4
The Lionesses

The Lionesses are a group of lady lions and Alex’s background singers and dancers. These are great featured roles for dancers. 

Gender: Female
Camaraman, Candy Hammernose, Passerby, Old Lady, Police Officer #1 and #2, Animal Control Officers, Newspaper Man and Ship's Captain

Camaraman, Candy Hammernose, Passerby, Old Lady, Police Officer #1 and #2, Animal Control Officers, Newspaper Man and Ship's Captain are all great cameo roles with speaking lines. 

Gender: Both
New Yorkers and Animals

The New Yorkers and Animals are two separate ensemble groups that are essential for setting up the world of the Central Park Zoo.

Gender: Both

MAGIC TREE HOUSE: The Knight At Dawn Kids
July 30-August 4
One week production camp. Rehearses at Gotha Community Center. Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm. Performances on August 4-5 at the ME Theatre. Open to grades K-5. Auditions April 28 by appointment by emailing $250.

Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn KIDS is an adaptation of the second of Mary Pope Osborne's award-winning fantasy adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series, which has sold more than 100 million copies and is available in more than 100 countries around the world.  This time around, Jack and Annie’s tree house takes them to an age of knights in shining armor, where the two discover the power of hope and the true meaning of gallantry.

The two siblings, Jack and Annie, return to visit the magic tree house.  As they read a book about knights and the middle ages, Annie is intrigued by the Black Knight and the mysterious quest one must successfully complete before becoming a knight.  When she wishes to visit the castle in the book, the siblings are whisked away to medieval times.  They set off to learn more about the Black Knight and his quest, experiencing a grand medieval feast, escaping through secret tunnels and dancing with enchanted suits of armor, all in an effort to find their way back home.

Character Breakdown


Jack is a young boy. He is bookish, careful and thoughtful, but he is NOT a nerd! Jack has tremendous curiosity about the world around him and loves to take notes about his observations. Jack tends to be very cautious in new situations, and his adventures in the tree house help him develop his confidence. He has a good (and protective) relationship with his younger sister, Annie, though her more impetuous nature often gets on his nerves. This is a big role and requires a strong singer and actor.

Gender: Male
Jack's younger sister and, in many ways, his opposite in terms of personality. She is a risk-taker who often follows her heart instead of her head. She sometimes teases Jack about his careful attitude toward life and often encourages him to be more adventurous. She loves animals of any kind and has a very loving heart. Like Jack, this role requires strong singing and acting.
Gender: Female
The Jester
A professional entertainer/performer whose job it is to amuse the Duke and his guests, and he or she is the only person allowed to criticize or make fun of the Duke. The Jester opens the show and is responsible for much of the comedy in "The Apple Song," so consider casting someone who is exuberant, posesses good comedic instints, and relishes the spotlight.
Gender: Both
The castle musicians and singers. Their chorus can be as small as a handful of performers or as large as your stage and theatre program can accommodate. The minstrels do not have many spoken lines, so it's better to cast stronger singers than actors, though you might consider casting at least one experienced student or natural leader so that the rest of the minstrels will have someone to follow.
Gender: Both
Black Knight
A mysterious figure who sends Jack and Annie on their quest. In the Duke's kingdom, the Black Knight is something of a legend and a celebrity. The Black Knight has very little dialogue and only sings a few lines at the beginning and end of the play, but he must be an imposing and charismatic prescence, capable of acting without words.
Gender: Male
One of the main Castle Sentries/Guards. Red is the ringleader, a bit of a braggart, and the most ambitious of the three guards. Although his name suggests he has red hair, you can just as easily put a pair of red boots or a red hat on the actor to suggest the origin of his nickname.
Gender: Male
One of the main Castle Sentries/Guards. Mustache is a tough guy type and most of what he says and does is done in an effort to impress his boss, Red.
Gender: Male
One of the main Castle Sentries/Guards. Squinty is more childlike than the others, and his guilelessness helps provide much of the comic relief in their scenes.
Gender: Both
Sharon the Sheep Shearer, Chandler the Candle Maker, Bartley of the Barley Meadow, Cartwright the Cart Builder, and Tom the Tinker. The common members of the kingdom who try to talk their way into the castle feast so that they can catch a glimpse of the Black Knight. (Think: fans trying to get backstage to meet their favorite rock star). The names of the characters were based on traditional medieval surnames that identified a person's occupation. Feel free to assign additional names to match the number of performers in the cast. Although these children need not be the strongest actors/singers, they should sing well enogh to round out the choral parts throught the show and they should have a foo memory for lines so that their dialogue with the Castle Guards can feel natural, almost overlapping. If these actors are doubling as Suits of Armor or Keepers of the Dungeon, make sure to cast kids who can sing those parts.
Gender: Both
A pompous bully who enjoys being the center of attention and wielding his power. 
Gender: Male
Castle Kids

Rikki, Baxter, Yates and the Other Castle Kids are the children of the castle servants. They are spunky and adventurous and highly competitive with one another.  Yates should be the strongest actor of the bunch as he is the one who stirs the pot and gets all of the other kids riled up.

Suits Of Armor
The Suits are housed in the armory and brought to life by the song "To Be A Knight." 
Gender: Both
Keepers Of The Dungeon
The servants of Keenan and Elf who enjoy every moment of their lives in the dungeon. The song, "Welcome to the Dungeon (Part 1)" is written for a minimum of two Keepers, but you can cast as many many kids as your program and stage will accommodate. Feel free to assign names to all of the Keepers. If you need to find more speaking roles for your kids, you will find the Keepers' dialogue easily divvied up amongst more than two actors. These are fairly substantial speaking and singing roles, and much of the comic tone will rest on the Keepers' ability to have fun without stealing focus, so consider casting kids who can memorize lines and follow direction but who aren't the class clowns.
Gender: Both
Keenan is the head honcho and takes great pride for all things concerning the Duke's dungeon. This role is not gender-specific, but requires a strong actor/singer and someone who is very comfortable onstage. The success of the dungeon scene largely hinges on Keenan's ability to sell the delightfully warped worldview of these particular dungeon masters, so consider casing one of your mature, yet playful actors.
Gender: Both
Keenan's right hand man/woman and another big fan of dungeon life. There is no need to cast a small child for this role - it might even be fun to cast your tallest kid. 
Gender: Both
The Youngest Vagrant and the the Oldest Vagrant are prisoners of the dungeon being held for the "crime" of being orphaned. At least two vagrants are needed for the scene,
Gender: Both
The Duke's brother and although he has been in the dungeon for forty-seven years, he has retained his quiet dignity and nobility. 
Gender: Male


HEATHERS THE MUSICAL - High School Edition (Open to Grades 9-12 only - no exceptions)
Auditions August 18 by appointment. Make ups and call backs on August 25 by appointment/ invitation
Rehearses Sunday/Wednesday evenings
Tech Week/ Performances - November 6-11 at the ME Theatre

BUGSY MALONE (Open to grades 4-12)
Auditions August 18 by appointment. Make ups and call backs on August 25 by appointment/ invitation. Gotha Community Center.

Rehearsals on Saturday mornings at the Gotha Community Center. Tech Week and Performances November 30-December 2 at The ME Theatre

WIZARD OF OZ - Musical (Open to grades K-12)
Auditions August 18 by appointment. 
Make ups and call backs on August 25 by appointment/ invitation. Gotha Community Center.

Rehearsals on Sunday afternoons from 12-4pm at Gotha Community Center.
Tech Week and Performances December 10-16 at the ME Theatre.


April 16-21, 2019

James and the Giant Peach - Musical
April 30-May 5

ALADDIN - Musical
May 14-19

* All roles will be assigned at the start of the rehearsal process, and call backs will be scheduled on an as needed basis.
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