theatre for children, by children, since 1986
Children in grades K-12 are eligible to audition on either day. Students in grades K-2 should come prepared to recite a poem they know. Older students will be required to read from the script. All students will be asked to sing if the play involves music.
Auditioning students must bring a recent photo, which will not be returned. Students 12+ wishing to work on the technical crew may come either day to fill out an application. All students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Weather Policy: If Pitt County schools cancel due to inclement weather, auditions will be canceled and a "rain date" will be posted on the website.
Does my student need to come both days? No, they need only come to one day of auditions and may leave when they are finished.
Can I watch my student's audition? No, parents and others are not allowed to accompany a student into the audition. We audition in small groups to help ease the fear factor. If they cannot audition without you, they are not yet ready to participate.
Is there a fee to audition? No but there is a fee if your student is cast. Currently it is $40 for the first student in a family and $30 for each additional student (includes a show t-shirt). Some scholarships are available. See the producer if your student is cast and needs financial assistance.
Are there any additional fees? Smiles and Frowns provides costumes (except underclothing and socks) and scripts. All materials remain the property of Smiles and Frowns and must be returned at the end of the show.
When are the rehearsals? We rehearse M-F from 4:30-6:00 for 7 weeks. The final week's rehearsals are from 6:45-9:15 p.m.
If given a part in the show, how often will my student rehearse? That depends on the size of the part (role). Smaller parts generally rehearse 1/ week or less for the first 6 weeks. Larger roles may rehearse 2/week up to everyday in the case of the lead actor(s). Everyone will rehearse at least 2 days in week seven but more likely everyday. Everyone rehearses every evening of the final week. Early elementary students may be let go early if possible to help keep them fresh for opening night.
Is it really important that I attend the Parent Meeting? Important doesn't begin to cover it. If your student is new to Smiles and Frowns, a short presentation about our expectations and operational practices is given. Afterward, important contact with committees takes place as well as monitor and costume fitting scheduling occurs. Additionally, you will be asked to pay the production fee at this time. Any student whose parent does not attend the Parent Meeting, will be released from the cast.
You rehearse on Fridays? Generally, we have costume fittings on the first two Fridays and acting enrichment on the next 4 Fridays for cast members 10+. The 7th Friday is often reserved as TBA for scenes that might need extra work.