April 20 Workshop

Were you unable to attend our recent workshop? Don't worry, we have another scheduled soon!

The wonderful Reagan Blackburn and Maxine Ford will be joined by past board member Kat Bland to teach age-appropriate acting workshops on April 20 from 10:30am-12:30pm. This event is open to kids ages 5-17. Space is limited so be sure to get your spot reserved online. This form will be closed on April 15.

We look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

Artwork Contest Winner

Congrats to Kellie Giles and her winning entry in the artwork contest for "The Secret Garden." We look forward to seeing this image in all our publicity material to come. Thanks to all those who provided submissions, it was a hard vote and we are impressed by the wonderful talent of our kids.

Scholarship Deadline Is Approaching

Quick reminder:
Calling members of the Class of 2024!!
The deadline for submitting an application for the Andrea Croskery Scholarship is January 31, 2024.
Follow the link below to read all the requirements and print out the application forms.


There was another amazing group of young people at auditions this week. Thank you so much to everyone who came and tried out for the production of The Secret Garden. These shows would be impossible without all the talented children who populate the stage and create such memorable characters in each of our productions.

Use this link to get to the sign up. Please respond by noon on Tuesday.

As always it was a difficult process deciding on a cast. Please don't be discouraged if you weren't offered a role in this show. We'll be doing another one in the fall, please come back and audition again. And consider if you might like to help with the tech crew this time around, we'd love to have you.


Auditions Sides for "The Secret Garden"

Have you signed up for your audition time this week? There are still slots available! Be sure to bring a current photo and the audition paperwork when you come.

The novel this play is based on is available online as eBook and audiobook for free. Attached are pages from the script that will be used during the audition. We ask that very young actors who are not comfortable reading from the script prepare a short poem to recite during their audition (such as "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.")

We look forward to seeing everyone at the theatre in 2024!

Secret Garden Audition Signup Link

Use this link to signup for your audition time for The Secret Garden. Slots are available in 15 minute increments between 5:00 - 7:00 pm on Wednesday January 3 and Thursday January 4.

Updated 12/26/2023: make sure you bring the attached forms filed out to your audition time, along with a recent picture.

Important Dates:

  • Parent/Production Meeting: Monday January 22, 2023 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM (Ayden)
  • Rehearsals: January 23 - March 21 (5:30 - 7:00 PM, 6:15-9:15PM on the final week)
  • Shows: March 22 (5:00 - 9:00 PM), March 23 (12:00 - 5:00 PM) Performance

Time to apply for the Smiles and Frowns Playhouse Andrea Croskery Scholarship

Every year Smiles and Frowns Playhouse awards a scholarship to a graduating senior who has been involved with three productions as a member of the cast or the crew. Information about the requirements and the application form is included here.

The completed application form and necessary accompanying documents are due by January 31, 2024. Please mail them to Smiles and Frowns Playhouse, PO Box 429, Ayden, NC 28513.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan McCrea, Artistic Director, at

Seeking Artwork

We are looking for an illustration to promote our production of:The Secret Garden. Entries are due by Saturday January 6, 2024.


  • Drawn with black pen or very dark pencil
  • Must be on 8.5 x11 (or smaller); white unlined paper
  • Do NOT include the name of the show
  • Include the artist's name
  • Artists must be 18 years of age or younger

You may submit the artwork via our website. The winner will receive two free tickets for the show. Artwork will be used on the playbill, advertisements for the show, and on show T-shirts. It will also be displayed in the hallway of the theater.

The Little Mermaid artwork

We are very proud of young artist Geneva Willets for designing this year’s winning image, which will be used as the artwork for “The Little Mermaid” production! Thanks to all our artists for your submissions. They were quite impressive!

Come join us under the sea on November 10, 2023 (7:00pm) and November 11, 2023 (2:00pm).

And the cast is....

Thanks so much to everyone who auditioned for Smiles and Frowns Playhouse's production of "The Little Mermaid." We are looking forward to working with all of these amazing young people. Please follow the link to indicate that you/your child is accepting the role that has been offered to them. Also note that if this is first time that you have been involved with Smiles and Frowns Playhouse, there is a Zoom meeting for new parents or caregivers scheduled for 7pm on Thursday, September 14th. More information about the rehearsal schedule will be posted soon. We look forward to seeing everyone at the combined full cast call and parents meeting on September 18th at 6:30pmin the auditorium of the Ayden Arts and Recreation building. Welcome to our newest adventure "down deep in the sea!"