Midcoast Youth Theater brings kids on stage. We find a place for every child who auditions regardless of experience. Each production is led by a team of producer, director, music director, choreographer, stage managers, and assistants. Theater helps children and teens develop social and emotional maturity, self-esteem, leadership and the ability to work cooperatively.

Announcing Seussical Auditions


Oh the things you can think, if you’re willing to try…..Be a part of brining the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss to life.

Come out to audition for Midcoast Youth Theater’s production of “Seussical the Musical”


SHOW DATES AND REHEARSAL INFORMATION
Seussical the Musical will be performed on Thursday, January 9th through Sunday, January 12th, 2020 at Crooker Theater at Brunswick High School. Shows will be at 7:00 PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 2:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Rehearsals will be held at Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church at 84 Main Street in Topsham on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 6:00-9:00 pm and Saturday 2:00-5:00pm. Not everyone will be called to every rehearsal. We try to keep the youngest performers to Friday and Saturday rehearsals, except during the last week before the show when the full cast will be called.

Please contact the Director, Eddie Hatrick, with any questions at eddie.hatrick@midcoastyouththeater.org.

TROUPE FEES
Troupe fees, paid by participants, help to offset some of the production cost. Troupe fees are $100 for the first performer and $80 for every additional performer in a family. Full or partial scholarships are available for those who need them. All information is kept confidential. Please bring a completed troupe fee form to the audition.



AUDITIONS
Auditions times are broken into separate slots depending on roles desired. Arrive ready to go at the start time of your slot. Everyone who auditions will be included in the show. The Director for this show, Eddie Hatrick, the Music Director, Courtney Babbidge, and the Choreographer KC Andreu, will help everyone who comes to audition to feel comfortable and participate in the process. Please inform them of any special needs ahead of time.

Please print out and bring or be prepared to fill out the audition sheet that will be posted. It requires that you list known scheduling conflicts.

Audition Form 


Friday, September 27th


*Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your audition start time to ensure you are ready to begin when the session begins.  We encourage you to print and complete the audition and troupe fee form prior to arriving to save time.  Forms will be available for completion at auditions.

5:00-6:00PM
ENSEMBLE ROLES: This time slot is reserved for those cast members who are mainly interested in being part of the ensemble, a small or large group of actors who perform on stage together. If you are interested in an ensemble role without vocal or dancing solos and features then the audition process will require a simple check of your vocal range and a group dance movement session. Unless trying out for a supporting or main role, all children in grades K-2 should audition during this time.

If you are interested in an ensemble role with vocal or dancing solos and features, then please join us for the Supporting and Main Roles audition from 6-9 PM.

6:00pm-9:00pm
SUPPORTING AND MAIN ADULT ROLES:

This time slot is reserved for those cast members who are interested in a lead or supporting role as described in the character descriptions. Please note that the age ranges in the descriptions are a guideline. We recognize that someone may be able to play a role much younger or older than their actual age.

Auditions for this group will include a song, dance, and acting portion. Unless your character does not sing any solos, come prepared to sing a song that you have memorized and that showcases your voice. You must sing with accompaniment from our Musical Director on piano and may not sing acapella. You may sing 32 bars or about 1 minute of a song of your choice. You may sing a song from the show, but keep in mind that sometimes the show's own songs are not the best audition songs. Please check with our Musical Director, Courtney Babbidge, if you are not able to supply sheet music for him to play. We will have all of the music from this show. He may already have what you are looking for, can easily access it, or will help make another suggestion. Courtney can be emailed at
cbm7b5@yahoo.com.

Please come ready to perform a dance number in small groups taught by our choreographer. Please stretch ahead of time and wear or bring sensible clothing and shoes for movement. Shoes are required in order to dance at auditions.

Acting will be reviewed through cold readings of portions of the script, usually in monologue form. You are encouraged to study those characters you are most interested in. Script material will be provided to you at auditions.

Sunday, September 29th

1:00PM-2:00pm
ENSEMBLE ROLES: See above description.  Note you only need to attend one of the two timeslots to audition.

2:00pm-5:00pm
SUPPORTING AND MAIN ADULT ROLES: see above description.  Note you only need to attend one of the two timeslots to audition.



CAST REQUIREMENTS

Cast members must be in Kindergarten and up to audition.  If you cannot be present at the audition, please contact the director
eddie.hatrick@midcoastyouththeater.org to arrange for a video audition.

Parent Meetings to include all teens and adult cast members will occur for 15 minutes on the first Saturday of the month beginning in November to allow the Seussical Crew and/or MYT Board members to communicate to the cast.

Facebook is our main way of communicating with the entire cast. Every cast member or their parent/guardian needs to have a way to access our private page where pictures and videos from rehearsal and important announcements will be posted. All information about our production will be easily accessed on this page. We strongly encourage everyone to be able to access this page so if you do not have a Facebook account we would ask you to create one just for use during this show. You could delete it afterward.

Vocal ranges are listed for those characters with significant solos. Other characters have a general vocal description. Other parts list no vocal range because the role sings in small groups or with the ensemble.

Character Breakdown


THE CAT IN THE HAT, any gender, adult or teen, vocal range F2-F4
Our story's omniscient narrator, he is fun loving and enjoys rhyming. Pops up throughout the story to help the audience. Wise and attentive.  The essence of mischief, fun and imagination.  Strong comedic timing required.

JOJO, any gender, age 8-14, vocal range Ab3-C5
The Mayor's son, he is a Who that is always finding trouble. Bright, creative, and inadvertently mischievous. Possesses a wild imagination.  Can be played a little awkward, as a loner or as a rambunctious kid.

HORTON THE ELEPHANT, Male, adult or teen, vocal range A2-F2
Our story's main character, he is a compassionate and gentle elephant. Horton is a gentle giant who is steadfast, responsible and always tries to do the right thing for his friends. He is imaginative and kind. Horton's view of the world never changes-he believes in its goodness.

GERTRUDE MCFUZZ, Female, adult or teen, vocal range F3-F5
Gertrude is sweet and timid. Though kind and loyal, she is self-conscious of her shortfalls. She is a bit naïve at times, but always is the voice of reason.

MAYZIE LABIRD, Female, adult or teen, vocal range G3-Eb5
The most beautiful bird in all of the jungle, but oblivious to her self-centered ways, she relies on her talent of manipulation, and intoxicating beauty, to navigate her way through life.

THE SOUR KANGAROO, Female, adult or teen, vocal range F#3-F5
The 'leader' of the jungle. She is loud, brassy, and stubbornly set in her ways. A caring mother, but unabashedly sassy and soulful.

YOUNG KANGAROO, Female, 8-12
She is Sour Kangaroo’s daughter and does whatever her mother does.  She is sassy with lots of attitude.

THE WICKERSHAM BROTHERS, male or female, 8 and up, vocal range varies
The Wickersham Brothers are not bad guys! They're simply a lot like kids who tease, play pranks, and get a kick out of making mischief, although often at others' expense. They enjoy hanging around with one another, making music together on the street corner, and playing off one another. Role requires heavy movement.

BIRD GIRLS, female, 12 and up
A clique of pretty, self-centered “back up birds” who do whatever Mayzie does.  They act as story tellers picking-up where the Cat left off. Must be strong dancers.

THE WHOS, male and female, all ages
The Whos are a lot like you and me, only so small as to be invisible. They live in fear that their planet is in trouble. Can include Cindy Lou Who, Max the Dog and other individual characters.

THE MAYOR, male or female, teen-adult
The Mayor and the Mayor’s spouse are Whos who are parents trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. They may get aggravated with JoJo, but they love him dearly and try to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be a mistake.

THE MAYOR’S SPOUSE, male or female, teen-adult
The Mayor and the Mayor’s spouse are Whos who are parents trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. They may get aggravated with JoJo, but they love him dearly and try to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be a mistake.

THING 1 & THING 2, male or female
The Cat’s main helpers and an extension of his personality.  Essence of mischief, fun and imagination.  They assist the Cat in many ways, either playing small roles or causing havoc.

YERTLE THE TURTLE, Male, adult or teen, vocal range baritone/base
The King of the pond and thinks he is more important than he is.  He has a sense of entitlement. Presides as the judge at Horton’s trial.

GENERAL GENGUS KHAN SCHMITZ, Male, adult or teen, baritone
A Who General who is bursting with pride at the military academy he runs, and the boys he turns out. He is not mean; he honestly thinks he is doing the right thing and is making the world a better place.

JUNGLE ANIMALS, male or female, 7 and up
Must be strong, expressive dancers.  There will be room for individual characters in this group such as:
• The Eagle: precise and fierce
• The Eaglet: a flapper and leaper.
• The Zebra: proud
• The Gazelle: graceful, uses leaps and turns to travel
• The Lizard: slithers
• The Leopard: deliberate
• The Tamarin monkey: frisky
• The Poison Dart Frog: frog like in movements

CITIZENS OF NOOL
They live in the Jungle of Nool.  They side with the Sour Kangaroo.

THE CADETS
Cadets of General Schmitz’ Military Academy and Citizens of Who.  

HUNCHES
Featured dance group in “Follow your Hunch.”

CIRCUS PERFORMERS
Circus act performers at Circus McGurkus.

“THINKS”
Things that JoJo thinks up.

THE GRINCH, Male, adult or teen, baritone/bass
A fun mover with a distinctive physique.






04 September 2019
Posted by Meleena

MYT Board Update Summer 2019



"Every Show for Every Child "

MYT is an inclusive, high quality community based children's theater group which produces at least four full length performances per year, and finds a place in every show for every child who qualifies by age.
MYT provides a fun, creative outlet for children and families to find the sense of community and self confidence a musical theater environment provides.  For this reason, MYT is growing very quickly.
In the past year, the MYT Board has been busy adapting the organization's structure to meet the needs of an increasingly large and successful theater company.  The Board's charge is to ensure the safety of the company members, and to ensure that the organization stays creatively strong and fiscally secure.
In addition to the everyday Board work, this year the MYT Board has put into place a number of innovations and new fundraising approaches.  We have worked hard to increase the depth of our director "bench" and to ensure good relationships with our performance venues while we grow.  We have added a Board youth representative to speak for actors and crew Age 18 and under.  MYT is now the annual recipient of a percentage of a week's proceeds at one local restaurant ("The Duck" at Highland Green in Topsham) and is seeking other similar opportunities, as well as applying for grants to cover additional troupe fee scholarships and production costs.
Some innovations under consideration include: 
          A new structure for summer shows
         A costume lending/donation program to assist other local troupes
         Apprenticeship programs to develop future leaders backstage, on stage, in the pit, and in the front of the House. 
Every day work of the MYT Board includes:  addressing safety concerns, managing the budget, contact with the media, ensuring sufficient insurance coverage, ordering show rights, arranging venues and sponsors, reviewing written materials, and updating policies and procedures.
MYT Board contacts are:
         Diane Smith Howard, President (diane.smithhoward@midcoastyouththeater.org)
         Meleena Sheffler, Vice President, Webmaster (meleena.sheffler@midcoastyouththeater.org)
         Rich Ellis, Treasurer  (rich.ellis@midcoastyouththeater.org)
         Brianne Martin, Summer Shows Coordinator (brianne.martin@midcoastyouththeater.org)
         Eddie Hatrick, Fundraising Chair (eddie.hatrick@midcoastyouththeater.org)
         Katie Alberico, Secretary, Winter Show Production Team Liaison (katie.alberico@midcoastyouththeater.org)

Please reach out with any comments, questions, or ideas! We want to hear from you! 
Thank you for your help in making all of this possible.
MYT Board

16 August 2019
Posted by Meleena

Tickets Now Available - Thoroughly Modern Millie JR

MYT Presents Thoroughly Modern Millie JR

Thoroughly Modern Millie Its 1922 in New York City, and a young Millie Dillmount has just moved to the Big Apple in search of a new life. Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes completely awry. Millie's wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage, and the man she actually falls in love with doesn't have a dime to his name or so he tells her. Whats a small town girl to do? Filled with fun flappers, dashing leading men and a villainess audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie JR. is a clever adaptation of the six-time-Tony-Award-winning Best Musical and the Academy Award-winning film. Thoroughly Modern Millie JR., is the high-spirited musical romp that has all of New York dancing the Charleston! ============= SHOW DATES Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7PM Friday, August 9, 2019 at 7PM Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 2PM ============= TICKETS Tickets are available online or at the door for $15. Discounts are available for Seniors ($13), Students ($13) and Children under 5 ($5). Buy tickets online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4310785. We accept cash, check or credit cards at the door and all sales are subject to seat availability. Online ticket sales cut off at midnight, the day before the show. Tickets however may still be available at the door. To exchange online tickets for another performance, call brownpapertickets.com at 1-800-838-3006 or email them at support@brownpapertickets.com. Please note, when purchasing tickets online, make sure you select the performance you will attend in the pull down menu on the form. If you mistakenly select a different show, we will make all effort to accommodate an exchange at the door, subject to seat availability. ============= Midcoast Youth Theater is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. For more information, visit www.midcoastyouththeater.org.

31 July 2019
Posted by Rich

Tickets Now Available to Anything Goes



MYT Presents Anything Goes Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4298569



The S. S. American is sailing between New York and England with a comically colorful assemblage of passengers: Reno Sweeney, a popular nightclub singer and former evangelist, her pal Billy Crocker, a lovelorn Wall Street broker who has come aboard to try to win the favor of his beloved Hope Harcourt (who is engaged to another passenger, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh), and a second-rate conman named Moonface Martin, aka Public Enemy #13. Song, dance, and farcical antics ensue as Reno and Moonface try to help Billy win the love of his life.
============= SHOW DATES Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 7PM Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7PM Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 2PM ============= TICKETS Tickets are available online or at the door for $15. Discounts are available for Seniors ($13), Students ($13) and Children under 5 ($5). Buy tickets online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4298569 . We accept cash, check or credit cards at the door and all sales are subject to seat availability. Online ticket sales cut off at midnight, the day before the show. Tickets however may still be available at the door. To exchange online tickets for another performance, call brownpapertickets.com at 1-800-838-3006 or email them at support@brownpapertickets.com. Please note, when purchasing tickets online, make sure you select the performance you will attend in the pull down menu on the form. If you mistakenly select a different show, we will make all effort to accommodate an exchange at the door, subject to seat availability. ============= Midcoast Youth Theater is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. For more information, visit www.midcoastyouththeater.org.

17 July 2019
Posted by Rich

Tickets are available for our K-5 Double Feature July 11-13


Join us July 11th and July 12th at 6:30 and July 13th at 2pm for KidFlix, our K-2 production and School House Rock Live Jr. our grade 3-5 production.

Purchase tickets in advance here:  mytschoolhouserock.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.

Tickets for our Anything Goes, our High School Show and Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr., our Middle School Show will be available soon.
02 July 2019
Posted by Meleena

Call for Directors - Submissions Due 7/15


We are seeking applications from experienced and/or highly motivated directors interested in leading production teams for our Fall/Winter and Spring family musicals, 2019-2020.  The director will be responsible for putting together their own production team. We are seeking directors for two separate musicals, one in January 2020 (Fall/Winter) and one in early May 2020 (Spring). Applications may be submitted for one or both.
Midcoast Youth Theater (MYT) is a non-profit organization providing equal opportunities for all children to perform in musicals.  We are an inclusive theater group, casting all children who audition, regardless of experience.  We also provide financial scholarships for any who need it in order to participate in our programming.  We attempt to choose shows that accommodate our large casts, have expandable ensembles, and provide opportunities for children of different abilities.
Our two annual family shows have grown over the last several years from 75-120 performers of varying age, experience and skill levels. More than half of the cast will be children and youth. The primary focus of MYT is to create opportunity for actors to learn and grow, and to have fun while doing it.
Description:  The Director receives a stipend and works closely with a Music Director, Choreographer, Costumer, Producer, Stage Manager, and parent volunteers. All production staff must be able to support the MYT mission of creating a nurturing theater experience for young people, and be able to work well with others. Directors need good leadership and team-building skills.
Rehearsals for both shows will run for 10 weeks prior to opening and will be held in Topsham at the Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6-9 PM and Saturday 1-4 PM. Set build will occur the Saturday prior to show week with extended rehearsals happening the week of shows.
Dates: 
Fall/ Winter
Auditions will be held in September 2019, with rehearsals beginning in October, 2019.  The confirmed show dates for the Fall Winter show are January 9-12, 2020.
Spring
The show dates for the Sping show are yet to be determined, but will occur in early May 2020.

Application Process:  To submit an application, please email a resume and answers to the following questions to briannemariemartin@yahoo.com, subject: MYT Call for Directors on or before July 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Please direct any questions regarding the application process to briannemariemartin@yahoo.com or call at (207) 522-5453.
Please provide a brief narrative of your theater background. Please list up to three shows that you have directed including performance dates, the size of the cast, the age-range of the cast, and the name of the organization or school that produced the show.  If you have directed three or fewer shows, please include relevant experience you have had that make you a strong candidate for directing a family musical, including your specific experience with the age-group you are seeking to direct.
MYT is a non-profit organization that relies heavily on volunteers and, therefore, depends on an atmosphere of mutual support and camaraderie.  Please describe what skills or experiences you have that will enable you to foster that atmosphere in your role as director.
Show Selection:  Listed below are potential shows. This list is meant to be helpful and is in no way exhaustive.  Please feel free to propose one or more shows that you are passionate to direct, whether those shows are on the list or not, keeping in mind the cast demographics described above.
         Music Man
         Dr. Doolittle
         Wizard of Oz (Spring Only)
         Shrek
         Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


25 June 2019
Posted by Meleena

Summer Show Audition Information

KID FLIX

The newest Express Musical gives kids a chance to perform songs from popular movies including Zootipa, The Polar Express, Monsters Inc, Moana, Spider-Man and The Peanuts

Auditions: May 18th from 10am-12pm at the Midcoast Presbyterian Church in Topsham
Performances: July 11-13th

SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK JR


The Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning education cartoon series is now a musical! The show
follows Tom, a young schoolteacher who is anxious about his first day. He tries watching TV to relax
and different elements of his personality show up to show him how he can use imagination and music
to win over his students. Featuring songs Just a Bill, Lolly, Lolly, Lolly and Conjunction Junction.

Auditions: May 18th from 1-3pm at the Midcoast Presbyterian Church in Topsham
Performances: July 11th-13th

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE JR


Filled with fun flappers, dashing leading men and a villain audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie JR. is an adaptation of the six-time-Tony-Award-winning Best Musical and the Academy Award-winning film.

Set in 1922 in New York City, it features Millie Dillmount who has just moved to the Big Apple in search of a new life. Her plan: find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and marry him. However, her plan goes awry. Millie’s wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage, and the man she actually falls in love with doesn't have a dime to his name — or so he tells her. What’s a small town girl to do?

Notes for actors auditioning: All students grades 6-8 are welcome to audition (this includes students entering 6th grade in the fall and up to students exiting 8th grade this June). Please come with a song to sing, a step in your shoe, and a smile on your face! Songs DO NOT have to be from the show; they just need to showcase your singing ability. Please bring sheet music for the musical director to accompany your audition. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the choreography audition to follow the singing auditions. Sides will be provided at the auditions for the acting auditions following the choreography auditions. You must stay for all three parts. If you cannot stay, please reach out to the director, Bre Allard, before auditions to make alternative arrangements.


Auditions: May 11th from 1-5pm at the Midcoast Presbyterian Church in Topsham
Performances: August 8th-10th

ANYTHING GOES (1987 Version)


Billy instantly falls in love with a beautiful girl he meets in a taxi. When he discovers she’s boarding the SS American, the same London-bound ship his boss and co-worker Reno are boarding, he sneaks aboard himself. The beautiful girl, Hope, is engaged to a stuffy British aristocrat, Lord Evelyn, but that doesn’t stop the love-struck Billy. With the help of other passengers, Billy seeks to shake Reno, whose love he doesn’t return, and capture the heart of the girl of his dreams - all without hurting anyone’s feelings.

Please contact the Directors, Mary Turner Melquist and Shelley Kipp Prophett, with any questions at anythinggoes@midcoastyouththeater.org or send a private message on Facebook.

Auditions: May 10th from 6-9pm OR May 11th from 10-1pm at the Midcoast Presbyterian Church, Topsham
Performances: July 25th-27th


Rehearsals will be held at Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church at 84 Main Street in Topsham. Rehearsals will be held Monday through Friday from 6-9pm at Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church in Maine. The rehearsal schedule will allow for flexibility with work/vacation schedules, and not every character will be called each night.

Notes for auditions:
For your audition prepare a one minute selection from a song.

  • Please bring to your audition the sheet music for your song, in the original key, and with start and end points marked. Do not choose a song that needs to be transposed in order for you to sound good. If you can’t sing the song as written, it’s not a good song for you to sing. You can also check with Courtney Babbidge to see if he knows the song you would like to sing.
  • Your song should show off your vocal range and show off your singing and acting skills. You should also consider a song that shows off your ability to sing in the style of Anything Goes or sells you as a character from the show. You do not have to sing a song from the show, but if you are auditioning for a lead you may be asked to sing a character song so please be prepared
  • On the audition form, there is an opportunity for you to select which roles you will accept. If you check off “ensemble” as a role you would accept, then you WILL be cast in the show (in either an ensemble, principal, featured or supporting role). However, those who indicate a preference for specific principal or featured roles only, you will not be penalized during the casting process, but we would like to know if you will only accept and be happy with certain roles, as we want this to be a great experience for everyone involved.
  • There is a lot of dance/movement in Anything Goes and everyone will be required to do a movement audition, this will be done in groups, so please wear something appropriate. Specialist dancers, including Tap will be required for several numbers, including cast who are part of the ensemble.
  • If you are auditioning for a Principal or Featured role you will be required to read small parts from the script.

Audition Form (for all shows): https://goo.gl/BRk7py

06 May 2019
Posted by Meleena

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