Youth Theatre Troupe

The Musical 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 2019 is The Secret Garden!

This enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman. Orphaned in Colonial India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox journeys to England to live with her mysterious uncles, Archibald and Neville Craven.  The Craven mansion’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons to Mary with memories and melodies, and the “Dreamers”, spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life. The Secret Garden is a magical and compelling tale of forgiveness, renewal, and love.

Auditions for the Troupe will be held on Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12 with callbacks on Sunday, January 13 (see Schedule and Auditions below for more information); email youth@cfcarts.com to register.  Auditions are mandatory for all Troupe performers.

For information on how to purchase tickets and see the show, visit our event page

Season Details

$200 per performer, by audition only. 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!

Audition Information –

There will be three audition blocks at various times on Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12, plus callbacks for selected students on Sunday, January 13. Please see the Schedule below for times, and Callback Information below.

  • Auditions will be held at Calvary Orlando, 1199 Clay Street, Winter Park.  Exact location at Calvary will be sent out to selected students after registering for an audition block.
  • Auditioners will be emailed an audition form once they have signed up for an audition block. Audition forms can also be found in the Forms section below. Please bring this form completed in its entirety to your audition. Headshots and resumes are also encouraged.
  • Auditioners will be emailed a conflict form once they have signed up for an audition block. Conflict forms can also be found in the Forms section below. Please bring this form completed in its entirety to your audition. 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 a musical theatre song, as well as a 16 to 32-bar selection from a classical aria or art song. Please do not sing selections from The Secret Garden or popular music.
  • Please bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Tracks may not be used.
  • Please bring a water bottle. Mess-free, nut-free snacks are permitted.
  • Please wear proper attire for a dance audition. Dance or athletic shoes required. No restrictive attire, open-toed shoes, flip-flops/sandals, heels, or skirts/dresses without leggings or shorts beneath.
  • Please review the Characters section below for a list of character descriptions and vocal ranges.
  • 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 (See below.)
  • 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.
  • We highly encourage all students to audition in person. However, if absolutely necessary, students may request to send in a video audition by emailing youth@cfcarts.com.  All video auditions must be approved ahead of submission by the CFCArts Education staff.
  • Video auditions are due by 8 PM on Friday, January 11 and, again, must be approved AHEAD OF TIME by the CFCArts Education staff.  Video auditions must be emailed as a video file (attachment or Google Drive, or a link to a video-hosting website such as YouTube) to youth@cfcarts.com.
  • Video auditions must contain:
    • Students singing a memorized 16 to 32-bar selection from any musical theatre song with live or track accompaniment. (Please do not sing selections from The Secret Garden or popular music, and please do not sing over recorded vocals.)
    • Students performing a short dance selection from The Secret Garden. A demonstration video and accompaniment track will be emailed to all video auditionees by Wednesday, January 9 at 5 PM.
    • Students performing 1-3 short, age-appropriate monologues from The Secret Garden, which need not be memorized.  A selection of monologues from which to choose for both male and female students of various ages will be emailed to all video auditionees by Wednesday, January 9 at 5 PM.

If for any reason a video auditionee will not have access to internet Wednesday, January 9 to Friday, January 11 and needs the above materials ahead of time, please contact us ASAP at youth@cfcarts.com.

Audition Registration –

  • For new families – fill out an interest form, and our Education 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 13 from 1-6 PM.
  • Callbacks will be held at Calvary Orlando, 1199 Clay Street, Winter Park. Exact location at Calvary will be sent out to selected students by 10 PM on Saturday, January 12.
  • Auditioners will be informed via email about whether or not they are invited to callbacks no later than 10 PM on Saturday, January 12, or at the end of their audition.


Audition Workshops –

All auditioners should consider joining us for an Audition Workshop.  We will be having an Audition Workshop for those auditioning for The Secret Garden (this will also cover those who are auditioning for both programs), and an Audition Workshop for those auditioning only for Dreams Come True.  Our Audition Workshops will prepare young performers for the audition process!

  • The Secret Garden Audition Workshop (Will cover those auditioning for both programs, or just for The Secret Garden) – Tuesday, January 8, 5:30-7 PM
  • Dreams Come True Audition Workshop – Thursday, January 10, 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Cost: $20 for a single student, $15 each if enrolling multiple students from one immediate family (Scholarships are available; email youth@cfcarts.com!)
  • Location Calvary Orlando 1199 Clay St. in Calvary Kids Building (Room 2100)

The Secret Garden Character Descriptions

Lily Craven
Female, young adult (Range: Soprano, Bb3-D6) Standard British accent
Mary’s aunt and Archibald Craven’s wife. Died of a tragic accident within her garden and haunts the halls of Misselthwaite Manor; however, a kind and loving spirit rather than frightening.

Mary Lennox
Female, child, pre-teen, or early teen (Range: Young Voice, Ab3-D5) Standard British accent
A young girl sent to live with her uncle, Archibald, when her parents die from cholera in India. Quite the curious explorer, and often finding herself in trouble. Stubborn; always fighting for what she believes in.

Mrs. Medlock
Female, young adult or middle-aged adult (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Yorkshire accent
Archibald’s housekeeper. As cold as Misselthwaite Manor.

Dr. Neville Craven
Male, middle-aged adult (Range: Baritone, C3-F#4) Standard British accent
Archibald’s brother. Even though he was never loved back by Lily, he is still in love with her. This adds to his unwillingness to move on and leave Misselthwaite. Cold, stern, assertive.

Martha Sowerby
Female, teen or young adult (Range: Mezzo-Soprano Belt, G3-D5) Yorkshire accent
A faithful housemaid. Grew up near Yorkshire and has the accent to prove it. Although she is from a lower class family, her wisdom is often far beyond her age.

Archibald Craven
Male, middle-aged adult (Range: Baritone, C3-A4) Standard British accent
Mary’s uncle and lord of Misselthwaite Manor. He has a hunch-back. Haunted by the past and afraid of the future, he locks himself away both physically and mentally. Mary painfully reminds him too much of his wife, Lily, who died years ago.

Ben Weatherstaff
Male, middle-aged adult or older adult (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible, E3-D#4) Yorkshire accent
Head gardener. Secretly entrusted to take care of the garden after Lily’s death. Knows a great deal about the history of the garden and the grounds it sits on. He has worked for the family for many years.

Dickon Sowerby
Male, teen or young adult (Range: Tenor, D3-G4) Yorkshire accent
Martha’s younger brother. Looks after the sick plants and animals within the Misselthwaite grounds— including Mary. He is a young man who is between the world of child imagination and adult reasoning. Befriends Mary and convinces her to take care of the garden.

Colin Craven
Male, child, pre-teen, or early teen (Range: Young Voice, A3-E5) Standard British accent
Archibald’s ten year-old son. Spent his life in bed due to a heart condition. He is very stubborn and throws temper tantrums to get what he wants. He believes his father hates him for causing Lily’s death.

Mrs. Winthrop
Female, young adult or middle-aged adult (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Standard British accent
Headmistress of a private school. Strict. Mary seems to be more than she can handle.

The following characters, referred to collectively as the Dreamers, are people from Mary’s life in India, who haunt her until she finds her new life in the course of the story. They are free to sing directly to us, appearing and disappearing at will.

Rose Lennox
Female, middle-aged adult (Range: Soprano, A3-D6) Standard British accent
Mary’s mother. Doesn’t understand how her sister Lily could love Archibald. Very loyal to her husband and refuses to leave India during the cholera outbreak that takes her life, but doesn’t care for her daughter.

Captain Albert Lennox
Male, middle-aged adult (Range: Tenor, D3-A5) Standard British accent
Mary’s father. Tries to send Rose out of India during the cholera outbreak.

Alice Wright
Female, young adult or middle-aged adult (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Standard British accent
Rose’s friend.

Lieutenant Wright
Male, young adult or middle-aged adult (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Standard British accent
Officer in Mary’s father’s unit.

Lieutenant Shaw
Male, young adult or middle-aged adult (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Standard British accent
Fellow officer, one of the only survivors of the cholera epidemic.

Major Shelley
Male, young adult or middle-aged adult (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Standard British accent
Fellow officer, one of the only survivors of the cholera epidemic.

Mrs. Shelley
Female, young adult or middle-aged adult (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Standard British accent
Major Shelley’s wife.

Major Holmes
Male, young adult or middle-aged adult (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Standard British accent
Officer.

Claire Holmes
Female, young adult or middle-aged adult (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Standard British accent
Major Holmes’ wife.

Ayah
Female, young adult (Range: Alto, C3-B4) Standard British accent
Mary’s Indian nanny.

Auditions (Mandatory for participants) – Calvary Orlando, 1199 Clay Street, Winter Park

Email youth@cfcarts.com to register

  • BLOCK A – Friday, January 11, 5:30-8:30pm
  • BLOCK B – Saturday, January 12, 1-4pm
  • BLOCK C – Saturday, January 12, 5-8pm
  • CALLBACKS – Sunday, January 13, 3-8pm (Students may be released early)
  • For video auditions, please see above

Rehearsals – Calvary Orlando, 1199 Clay Street, Winter Park

Please note that not all performers will be called to all rehearsals.  Conflicts with any rehearsal must be noted on the Conflict Form below by the time of a student’s audition.

  • All Tuesdays, January 15 to May 28 (No rehearsal March 19), 5:30-8pm
  • All Thursdays, January 17 to May 30 (No rehearsal March 21), 5:30-8pm
  • Some Mondays, January 28 to May 20 (Possible – No rehearsal February 18, March 18), 5:30-8pm
  • Saturdays January 19, February 9, March 9, April 6, May 4, May 18, and June 1, 10:30am -2:30pm (Possibly later May 18 and June 1)
  • Sunday, June 2, 1-6pm (Costume parade and final run-through)

Tech/Dress Rehearsal and Performance Dates and Times – Wekiva High School, 2501 Hiawassee Rd, Apopka, FL 32703

Please note that conflicts with tech/dress rehearsals and/or performance dates will render students unable to participate.

  • Monday, June 3, 5-9pm
  • Tuesday, June 4, 5-9pm
  • Wednesday, June 5, 5-10pm
  • Thursday, June 6, 5-10pm
  • Friday, June 7, 5-10pm (Performance 7 pm)
  • Saturday, June 8, 12-11pm (Performances 2pm and 7pm, Strike)
  • Sunday, June 9, 2-6 PM (Load-out, MANDATORY for all cast and crew)

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!