Auditions Announced for ANNIE JR. and Roald Dahl’s MATILDA the Musical at Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

TCTC_new logoThe Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is holding auditions in August for two MainStage productions in their 100th Season!

TCT is the nation’s oldest children’s theatre and is a professional theatre company. All roles are paid positions.

TCT is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace and committed to diverse casting process. All roles are open to all ethnicities and backgrounds.

Upon audition registration, you may indicate which shows you would like to be considered for this season. Auditions are by appointment only.

Young Artists ages 9-18 and Adults 18+ may make an audition appointment.

You only need ONE audition appointment even if you are interested in both productions.

Visit to sign-up for an audition appointment. 

Appointments can be made for:

  • Monday, August 12, 2019 between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019 between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM
  • Thursday, August 15, 2019 between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM

You may be asked to return and attend a “movement callback” on the day of your audition, which will take place from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

ANNIE JR. callbacks will take place on Saturday, August 17, 10:00AM – 2:30PM

ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL callbacks will take place on Sunday, August 18, 6:00PM – 10PM

Auditions and Callbacks are held at TCT’s headquarters located at: 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati OH 45227.

For information concerning auditions email Eric Byrd at

Visit to sign-up for an audition appointment.

Please prepare one memorized song that best shows your vocal range. (1-minute max). The song must be age appropriate. Remember to have your PIANO SHEET MUSIC, as we will NOT be auditioning your a cappella skills. An accompanist will be provided. Your sheet music MUST have the piano part, not just the vocal line, and music should be in a 3-ring binder with the cut CLEARLY marked for the accompanist.

You only need a song. You do NOT need to prepare a monologue.

You may be asked to show your dance ability later in the evening. Please bring attire with you to change into in case we ask you to return.

You must bring a RECENT 8×10 headshot and UPDATED performance resume. Even if you upload to the audition website, a hardcopy of your headshot and resume is required.

Plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes ahead of your appointment to check/correct previously submitted paperwork. If we are ahead of schedule, we may audition you early.

Due to concentrated rehearsal periods, we ask that you do not have conflicts during rehearsals. In an effort to best facilitate all rehearsal times, all those auditioning will be asked to list all conflicts at the time of the audition. Conflicts will result in a stipend adjustment. Please take note of when rehearsals begin, the day and evening tech and performance schedule, and bring your calendar with you to the audition.


Book: Thomas Meehan
Music: Charles Strouse
Lyrics: Martin Charnin

Directed and Choreographed by: Eric Byrd

Leapin’ Lizards! Kick off Leap Year with us! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.

Rehearsals: January 25 – February 22, 2020
Mon – Thurs: 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat: 10AM – 4PM

Tech in the Taft Theatre: February 26-28, 2020

Performances: February 29 – March 9, 2020
Morning and Afternoon performances during school days. Afternoon and evening performances Friday-Sunday.


  • ANNIE: Female, age 11, a complex, tough, streetwise urchin with surprising vulnerability when she thinks she might lose what is most important to her, her newfound family.  Seeking strong Actor, Dancer and singer with powerhouse vocal ability.
  • MISS HANNIGAN: Adult Female, a definite “has been” with a distaste for her job and the “little girls” she is surrounded by.  Seeking a strong Actor, Singer, Comedienne, with wonderful comedic timing. 
  • GRACE FARRELL: Adult Female, Oliver Warbucks’ calm, cool, and classy secretary.  A strong business minded woman with a soft maternal side.  Seeking a strong Singer, Actor, Dancer
  • OLIVER WARBUCKS: Adult Male, the daunting millionaire who made his fortune during World War 1 as an industrialist.  A self-assured, confident man who is charmed by Annie’s kindness and optimism.  Seeking strong Actor, Dancer, Singer with a commanding presence.
  • ROOSTER: Adult Male, Miss Hannigan’s swindling brother and con man who disguises himself as Ralph Mudge in an attempt to collect Warbucks’ reward money. Seeking strong Actor, Singer, Dancer with natural comedic timing.
  • LILY: Adult Female, Rooster Hannigan’s featherbrained girlfriend who disguises herself as Shirley Mudge in an attempt to collect Warbucks’ reward money.  Seeking strong Actor, Singer, Dancer, with strong comedic timing.
  • THE ORPHANS: Female, to portray ages 6-13, gritty girls who are neglected and vulnerable yet still honest, loveable, and mischievous.  Seeking Actor, Singer, Dancers to play [MOLLY] the youngest and smallest, [PEPPER] the toughest, [DUFFY] the tallest, [JULY] the quietest, [TESSIE] the sensitive one, [KATE] the second youngest.
  • STAR-TO-BE: Adult/Teen Female. A glamorous diva newly arrived to New York City, determined to be a Star. Seeking a powerhouse belter with commanding presence.
  • ENSEMBLE: A group of Adults, Teens, and children to play a wide variety of characters and features including [OFFICER WARD], [BERT HEALY], [MISTER BUNDLES], featured servants, and [PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT]. Seeking STRONG Dancer, Singer, Actors with versatile singing and acting ability who will cover principal roles

Book: Dennis Kelly
Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
From the novel by: Roald Dahl

Directed by: Nate Bertone
Choreographed by: Diane Lala

Broadway’s biggest little hero, Matilda, is an extraordinary little girl with a vivid imagination. Unloved by her cruel parents, Matilda is armed with astonishing wit, intelligence and mysterious powers. At school, she catches the eye of her sweet schoolteacher, Miss Honey, but also the mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, who loves to think of clever ways to punish children. Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other and together they dare to take a stand against Miss Trunchbull to change their destiny.

Rehearsals: March 21 – April 18, 2020 (No rehearsal April 10, 11, 12)
Mon – Thus: 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat: 10AM – 4PM

Tech in the Taft Theatre: April 22 – 24

Performances: April 25 – May 4, 2020
Morning and Afternoon performances during school days. Afternoon and evening performances Friday-Sunday. 


  • MATILDA: Young Female to portray age range 6 to 10, An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched. Seeking confident Actor, Singer, Mover.
  • MISS AGATHA TRUNCHBULL:  Adult Male, the tyrannical headmistress at Matilda’s school who despises children. Seeking strong Actor, Singer, Mover. Tumbling/Trampoline experience a plus! Seeking understudy ONLY.
  • MISS HONEY: Adult Female, Matilda’s kind-hearted teacher, she is tired of living under fear of Miss Trunchbull.  Seeking strong Actor, Singer.
  • WORMWOOD: Adult Male, Matilda’s un-caring father, a slimy, greedy used-car salesman. Seeking strong Actor, Singer with great comedic abilities.
  • MRS. WORMWOOD:  Adult Female, Matilda’s self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer.  Seeking strong Actor, Singer, and Dancer.
  • MICHAEL WORMOOD:  Teen Male, Matilda’s older brother, who is not very bright and favored by their parents.  Seeking strong Singer, Actor.
  • BRUCE:  Young Male to portray age 7 to 14, Matilda’s classmate, he is subject to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull.  Seeking strong Singer, Actor, Dancer.
  • LAVENDER:  Young Female to portray age 7 to 10, Matilda’s classmate and friend.  Seeking strong Singer, Actor, Dancer.
  • MRS. PHELPS:  Adult Female, a nice librarian who loves listening to Matilda’s stories.  Seeking strong actress.  Seeking understudy ONLY.
  • THE ESCAPOLOGIST:  Adult Male, A character in a story Matilda tells Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. Seeking strong Actor, Singer. 
  • THE ACROBAT: Adult Female, A character in a story Matilda tells Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. Seeking strong Singer, Actor, Dancer with acrobat abilities.
  • RUDOLPHO: Adult Male, Mrs. Wormwood’s ballroom dance partner. Seeking strong Actor, Singer, Dancer.
  • ENSEMBLE: A group of Adults, Teens, and children to play a wide variety of characters and features including parents, students, and understudy principal roles.  Seeking extremely strong and versatile Dancer, Singer, Actors. Tumbling ability a HUGE plus!

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