Youth Theatre Troupe

The Theatre Troupe is designed for performers who want to be a part of a full musical theatre production! Students in 3rd-12th grade may audition for this program, and the production is cast based on the needs of the show. The cast will have an intensive rehearsal process as they prepare for the show as well as learn skills they can use in a future musical theatre career. Directed by a talented team of theatre professionals, the performers will create a fully-produced Broadway style show, including costumes, sets, theatre lighting and sound.

The Theatre Troupe show for Spring 2018 is Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Are you a young performer looking for a pre-professional musical theatre experience?  Do you want to hone your skills and perfect your craft in a high-level theatrical setting?  CFCArts’ Youth Theatre Troupe is looking for talented, dedicated young actors in 3rd-12th grade for an exciting production this spring season – Join us “Under the Sea” to present Disney’s The Little Mermaid!

The CFCArts Children & Youth Program’s audition process is changing. To prepare for your audition, we highly recommend attending an upcoming Audition Workshop. Please see the audition tab below for dates and registration information.

Season Details

Audition Information –

  • There will be four audition blocks at various times on Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13.  Please see the schedule below for times.
  • Auditions will be held at Calvary Orlando, 1199 Clay St, Winter Park, FL 32789.
  • Auditioners will be emailed an audition form once they have signed up for an audition block.  Please bring this form completed in its entirety to your audition.  Headshots and resumes are also encouraged.  All conflicts with the production schedule below must be fully and completely disclosed at or before the time of audition.
  • Prepare and memorize a 16 to 32-bar selection from any musical theatre song.  Please do not sing selections from Disney’s The Little Mermaid or popular music.
  • Please bring sheet music.  An accompanist will be provided.  Tracks may not be used.
  • Please bring a water bottle.  Mess-free snacks are permitted.
  • Please wear proper attire for a dance audition.  Dance or athletic shoes required.  No restrictive attire, open-toed shoes, sandals, heels, or skirts/dresses without leggings or shorts beneath.
  • No monologue is required.  All auditioners will participate in cold readings from the script, and will be provided with access to the script prior to auditions.
  • Auditions, as well as callbacks and rehearsals, are closed to parents and family members.  For safety reasons, only students and approved staff/volunteers are permitted.

Audition Registration –

  • For new families – fill out an interest form, and our Youth Programs Administrator will contact you, talk you through process, and get your child set up for an audition.
  • For returning families – Email youth@cfcarts.com to sign up for an audition time slot.
  • Do you have questions? Email youth@cfcarts.com or call 407-937-1800 extension 719. We would love to have you join us!

Callback Information –

  • Callbacks will be held on Sunday, January 14 from 1-4 PM.  
  • Callbacks will be held at Calvary Orlando, 1199 Clay St, Winter Park, FL 32789.
  • Auditioners will be informed via email about whether or not they are invited to callbacks no later than 10 PM on Saturday, January 13.

Audition Workshops –

  • Audition workshops will be held Tuesday, January 9 at Calvary Orlando (1199 Clay St.) from 5:30-7 p.m. or Thursday, January 11 at Central Christian Church (250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd.) from 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Please choose only one of the above dates. 
  • Tuition for audition workshops is $30.  Scholarships are available.
  • Audition workshops will educate auditioners about the audition process, provide helpful tips and information, and allow auditioners to gain confidence prior to their audition.
  • Audition Workshops – $30
    January 9 and January 11

$200 per performer.  Scholarships are available!

Scholarships –

CFCArts offers scholarships to all members equally, on an “as requested” basis, and does not consider age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, nationality or any other social demographic when determining a member for a scholarship. Apply now

Payment –

Once your student has been cast, tuition can be paid here.

Payment plans are also available and can be arranged after casting.

Auditions (Mandatory for participants)

  • BLOCK 1 – Friday, January 12, 5:30-8:30 PM
  • BLOCK 2 – Saturday, January 13, 9 AM-12 PM
  • BLOCK 3 – Saturday, January 13, 1-4 PM
  • BLOCK 4 – Saturday, January 13, 5-8 PM
  • CALLBACKS – Sunday, January 14, 1-4 PM

Info Night –

  • There will be an Info Night on January 22, 2018 from 6-8pm at Calvary Orlando (1199 Clay St, Winter Park, FL 32789).

Rehearsal Dates and Times* – Calvary Orlando, 1199 Clay Street, Winter Park

* Some small group or individual Monday rehearsals will be scheduled from 5:30-8 PM in addition to the full cast rehearsals below. Schedule is subject to change.

  • Saturday, January 20, 10 AM-4 PM
  • Tuesday, January 23, 5:30-8 PM
  • Thursday, January 25, 5:30-8 PM
  • Tuesday, January 30, 5:30-8 PM
  • Thursday, February 1, 5:30-8 PM
  • Saturday, February 3, 10 AM-4 PM
  • Tuesday, February 6, 5:30-8 PM
  • Thursday, February 8, 5:30-8 PM
  • Tuesday, February 13, 5:30-8 PM
  • Thursday, February 15, 5:30-8 PM
  • Saturday, February 17, 10 AM-4 PM
  • Tuesday, February 20, 5:30-8 PM
  • Thursday, February 22, 5:30-8 PM
  • Tuesday, February 27, 5:30-8 PM
  • Thursday, March 1, 5:30-8 PM
  • Saturday, March 3, 10 AM-4 PM
  • Tuesday, March 6, 5:30-8 PM
  • Thursday, March 8, 5:30-8 PM
  • Tuesday, March 13, 5:30-8 PM
  • Thursday, March 15, 5:30-8 PM
  • No rehearsal Tuesday, March 20 – Spring Break, schools closed
  • No rehearsal Thursday, March 22 – Spring Break, schools closed
  • Tuesday, March 27, 5:30-8 PM
  • Thursday, March 29, 5:30-8 PM
  • Tuesday, April 3, 5:30-8 PM
  • Thursday, April 5, 5:30-8 PM
  • Saturday, April 7, 10 AM-4 PM
  • Tuesday, April 10, 5:30-8 PM
  • Thursday, April 12, 5:30-8 PM
  • Saturday, April 14, 10 AM-4 PM
  • Tuesday, April 17, 5:30-8 PM
  • Thursday, April 19, 5:30-8 PM
  • Sunday, April 22, 1-5 PM

Tech/Dress Rehearsal Dates and Times – Location TBD

  • Monday, April 23 – Tech/partial dress rehearsal, 5-9 PM
  • Tuesday, April 24 – Tech/dress rehearsal, 5-9 PM
  • Wednesday, April 25 – Tech/dress rehearsal, 5-9:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 26 – Tech/dress rehearsal, 5-9:30 PM

Performance Dates and Times –  Location TBD

  • Friday, April 27, 7 PM (Call time 5 PM)
  • Saturday, April 28, 2 PM and 7 PM (Call time 12 PM)

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Ariel
A mermaid and King Triton’s youngest daughter. She is obsessed with everything about the human world, and dreams of living above the water. Hardheaded, naive, and emotional, but also kind-hearted. Must be a strong actress and singer with a charming, likeable sense of youth and adventure. Dance skills a plus. Skating skills preferred.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: Gb5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Prince Eric
A human monarch who has no interest in ruling. A handsome, affable lad with a buoyant, adventurous nature. After Ariel saves his life, he becomes obsessed with finding her and hearing her voice once more. Must be a strong actor and singer, able to convincingly play a dashing prince. Dance skills a plus.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B2

Ursula
The banished Sea Witch and sister of King Triton. Supposedly spurned at childhood, she will use whatever method necessary to steal the kingdom and claim it as her own. Malevolent, calculating, and deceptive. Must be an incredibly strong actress and singer, able to switch from comedic to dramatic.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: Eb3

Sebastian
A crab and advisor to King Triton. A musical virtuoso who is constantly distraught from keeping after Ariel. Despite his paranoia, he can’t bring himself to stand in Ariel’s way. Must be able to do a Jamaican accent and show a paternal side. Must be a strong comedic actor and singer. Dance skills a plus.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

King Triton
King of the Sea and Ariel’s father. Beneath his imposing presence and commanding nature lurks a harried father who will do anything to protect his daughters. The death of his wife has also given him an irrational fear of humans. Must be a strong dramatic actor and singer, exhibiting both tenderness and power. Skating skills preferred.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Flounder
A fish smitten with Ariel, his best friend. Rambunctious but fearful of the dangers that lurk in and above the water. Must be a strong actor and singer with an endearing sense of youth. Dance skills a plus.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Scuttle
A disheveled seagull and expert in human artifacts. Loudmouthed, optimistic, and a bit ignorant, despite supposed expertise in all things human. Must be a strong comedic actor, singer, and dancer. Tap experience preferred.
Gender: Male or Female
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Grimsby
Prince Eric’s guardian. Droll, stuffy, and constantly urging Eric towards his royal duties, specifically marriage. Must be able to do a British accent. Must be a strong comedic actor.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: C4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Aquata
A daughter of Triton; a princess and older sister of Ariel. The oldest mersister and leader of the pack. Known for being bossy, ambitious, and fierce. Must be a strong singer, actress, and dancer. Skating skills preferred.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Allana
A daughter of Triton; a princess and older sister of Ariel. Known for being the kindest mersister. Must be a strong singer, actress, and dancer. Skating skills preferred.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Andrina
A daughter of Triton; a princess and older sister of Ariel. Known for being the smartest mersister. Must be a strong singer, actress, and dancer. Skating skills preferred.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Arista
A daughter of Triton; a princess and older sister of Ariel. Known for being the most beautiful mersister. Must be a strong singer, actress, and dancer. Skating skills preferred.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Atina
A daughter of Triton; a princess and older sister of Ariel. Known for being the funniest mersister. Must be a strong singer, actress, and dancer. Skating skills preferred.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Adella
A daughter of Triton; a princess and older sister of Ariel. Known for being the most dramatic mersister. Must be a strong singer, actress, and dancer. Skating skills preferred.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Chef Louis
The French palace chef, diabolical and violent. A culinary perfectionist with an affinity for blades, seafood in particular. Must be able to do a French accent. Must be a strong comedic actor, singer, and dancer.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Flotsam
An eel and one of Ursula’s lackeys. Oily and spineless, and will say anything you want or need to hear. Must be a strong villainous actor and singer. Dance skills a plus. Skating skills preferred.
Gender: Male or Female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: E3

Jetsam
An eel and one of Ursula’s lackeys. Oily and spineless, and will say anything you want or need to hear. Must be a strong villainous actor and singer. Dance skills a plus. Skating skills preferred.
Gender: Male or Female
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: B2

Windward
A trumpetfish and one of King Triton’s announcers in the royal court.
Gender: Male or Female

Leeward
A trumpetfish and one of King Triton’s announcers in the royal court.
Gender: Male or Female

Pilot
The pilot of Prince Eric’s sailing ship.
Gender: Male or Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Princesses (6)
A gaggle of wealthy, dramatic divas competing for Prince Eric’s hand. Must be strong actresses and singers, able to put on an overblown operatic singing voice.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: G5 (one up to B5)
Vocal range bottom: E4

Sailors (4)
The sailors of Prince Eric’s sailing ship. Must be strong singers, preferably bass and baritone voices.
Gender: Male or Female

Sea Creatures (7)
King Triton’s subjects under the sea – various Fish, Jellyfish, Manta Rays, and Starfish. Must be strong singers and dancers.
Gender: Male or Female

Seagulls (3)
Friends of Scuttle the seagull. Must be strong singers and dancers. Tap experience preferred.
Gender: Male or Female

Maids (4)
Maids in the royal court. Must be strong singers and actresses.
Gender: Female

Chefs (8)
Chefs in the royal court. Must be strong dancers and singers.
Gender: Male or Female

Can-Can Fish (4)
Fish making a narrow escape from being the Prince’s dinner. Must be strong dancers.
Gender: Female

Registration:

  • For new families – fill out an interest form, and our Youth Programs Administrator will contact you, talk you through process, and get your child set up for an audition.
  • For returning families – email youth@cfcarts.com to sign up for an audition time slot.
  • Do you have questions? Email youth@cfcarts.com or call 407-937-1800 Ext 719. We would love to have you join us!

Staff

Leah is honored to serve as Director of Education and Youth Programs at Central Florida Community Arts, and is overjoyed to direct her first production with CFCArts!  Prior to joining the CFCArts family in August 2017, Leah served as Director of Education at Gulfshore Playhouse (Naples, Florida) and Co-Founder and Managing and Outreach Director of Ave Maria Children’s Theatre (Ave Maria, Florida).  Additionally, Leah has worked in theatre education in a number of schools, camps, and non-profit organizations.  After spending her childhood in professional and children’s theatre, Leah received her training at Ohio Wesleyan University (Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education and Directing, Florida and Ohio Teaching License in Drama/Theatre, PreK-12), Cleveland Play House (Cleveland, Ohio – Education Apprentice), and Columbus Children’s Theatre (Columbus, Ohio – Education Intern, Teaching Artist).  Favorite directing credits to date include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, Disney’s Aladdin Jr., Disney’s The Lion King Jr., and many more.

Maddie is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Central Florida Community Arts team! Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Maddie has been professionally performing for over ten years. When she was just sixteen, she began teaching voice and acting at a local performing arts school, where she discovered her love for sharing her passion of performing with younger students. At age eighteen, Maddie was signed by the Creative Artists Agency, and was relocated to Los Angeles, California. While there, she studied acting at Playhouse West School, Repertoire, and The Groundlings; voice at The Songwriting School of Los Angeles; and dance at Millennium Dance Complex. Maddie has appeared in various different independent films, music videos, and shows. Favorite credits include Annie in Annie, Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray, Natalie in All Shook Up, and Jane in Tarzan the Musical. Maddie is currently a proud member of both SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity, and enjoys performing in various different shows at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.

Charles is excited to be joining the Children and Youth Arts staff at CFCArts this semester. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed roles both onstage and off. Some favorite roles include El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Smudge in Forever Plaid, baritone with the Voices of Liberty at the Candlelight Processional, and debuting new works by Adam Guettel, Stephen Schwartz, Sheldon Harnick, Marvin Hamlisch and the band Air Supply. Offstage, Charles has music directed many youth productions in New York and has written/composed Rob Ford: Rock Star (with two more musicals on the way). He can be found performing at numerous theme parks in the area, and original shows he has co-written/composed can be seen at The Holy Land Experience. While he equally loves performing and teaching, what is held highest above the rest is getting to journey through life with his wife and two boys.

Erin Elizabeth Stillson, mezzo soprano, is a professional singer and actress. Originally from Florida, she has performed in Chicago, New York, and abroad. She holds a Masters of Music in Voice Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a dance minor from the University of Central Florida. Roles include Kathy Selden (Singin’ in the Rain), Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Flora/Annina (La Traviata), Zaneeta (The Music Man), the title role in The Diary of Anne Frank, and a young Jackie Bouvier in Grey Gardens with the Sundance Theatre Laboratory Project at White Oak. She currently performs at Capone’s Dinner Show and is a professional chorister with the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe and the Diocese of Orlando. She has taught voice, piano, and dance for the last ten years with Genius Music Academy, School of Arts at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and CFCArts, as well as privately.

Shelley is thrilled to be joining the Central Florida Community Arts team for a second season.  She is a recent transplant from Baltimore, Maryland, where she was a part of the 2007 corps of Teach for America and taught Drama, Choir, Public Speaking, English, and was a co-director of the Baltimore City College Drama Club.  Shelley has been singing, dancing, and acting since she was three, but enjoys being off-stage just as much as on-stage. She directed her first production at 16, completed a two-year stagehand apprenticeship in high school which earned her her IATSE union card at age 18, and co-founded Once Upon a Production (a youth summer theatre program) at age 19.  She has been involved in over 100 theatrical productions, with favorites including Grease (as Rizzo), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (as Sally), Angels in America (director), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (as Helena), and Into the Woods (scenic designer). Shelley earned her Bachelor’s degree from University of Delaware in 2007, where she double-majored in Music and Theatre Production with concentrations in vocal performance, directing, and scenic design.  She has a Master’s degree in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University and currently teaches at Celebration High School.

A recent transplant from The Big Apple, John is a professional live event host and actor.  He has been seen on stage and screen and has performed all over the world.  Some recent credits include Off-Broadway productions, Walt Disney World, and FX Television.  In his spare time, John enjoys working with and giving back to theatre communities to which he owes so much of his experience and training.  He joined CFCArts last season as Assistant Director of the production of Disney’s Mulan Jr. — Thrilled to be back with the kiddos!

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