Auditioning Questions

What is Theatre Under the Stars?

Theatre Under the Stars is a non-profit society whose mandate is to entertain families through popular musical theatre and to provide vibrant opportunities for developing theatre artists. TUTS values an atmosphere of inclusion and mentorship in order to build strong character and to promote positive values.

Theatre Under the Stars is a time-honoured tradition for thousands of Lower Mainland families as well as attracting visitors from around the world for the past 83 years. Average attendance each season is 35,000 patrons.

Are there roles available for children?

Yes. SCHOOL OF ROCK will have roles available for both children and adults, and CATS will have roles available for adults only (age 16+). Please check under Casting Requirements for each show for specific details.

Are there scenes to prepare for auditions?

If there are scenes the directing team would like to see you perform, they will be given to you at the audition. If you are called back, you will be given a scene and a song from the show to prepare.

What if I do not attend a callback?

Callbacks are opportunities for the creative team to assess your suitability for a specific role.  If you cannot attend on the scheduled date, we will try to see you on an alternate day; however, it may ultimately mean that you are not considered for a role in the show.  If you have a conflict with the callback dates, please indicate that on your audition form.

Can I book a time in advance for open call auditions?

YES, through our online booking system (link for 2024 Auditions is available via the main Audition Information page).

Should I prepare a monologue?

For CATS, you do not need to prepare a monologue. For SCHOOL OF ROCK, you will require a short monologue of your choosing for the general audition.

Do all parts require singing and dancing?

Generally, yes.

Will you accept video auditions?

No, except in exceptional circumstances. The reality is that it is difficult for the directors to properly assess a performer’s ability or suitability based on a video audition. It is infinitely preferable to audition in person.  You must get permission to submit by video.  Please email your request with details explaining your request to Please keep in mind that the creative teams may choose to not accept video auditions.

Do I have to bring sheet music?

Yes, in your key.

What if I am not available on the open call audition dates?

If you cannot come on any of the open call audition days listed on the main Audition Info page, and you are not a member of Canadian Actors Equity Association (or UBCP or ACTRA), you will be unable to audition for the 2024 season at TUTS.

Can I bring my own pianist?

No. Everyone must audition using our exceptionally experienced audition pianist.

I don’t have a professional headshot; is that okay?

Absolutely. We will take a photo of you to remind us of who you are. A professional headshot is an excellent option but certainly not required.

I don’t have character shoes – can I still audition?

Absolutely, but bring or wear shoes that you can dance in. The singing audition will usually be first, and you will have time to change into dancewear following that audition.

What should I wear?

Wear something you feel you look good in for your singing audition, and bring something that you can move easily in for the dance audition. You will have time to change. Please have your hair tied back so we can see your face. No oversized dancewear please. Also, bring all your dance footwear i.e. jazz shoes, tap shoes and character shoes.

What should be on my resume?

Your name, contact information, theatrical experience and any training you have (including where you trained/with whom).

Are there any paid positions available?

Theatre Under the Stars may hire members of Canadian Actors Equity Association under the Multidisciplinary Policy for Dance Opera Theatre (DOT). 

Are all cast members in both shows?

No. Each show has its own cast.

How much time will I have to spend at the auditions?

Depending on the show you are auditioning for, up to 2 hours.