Audition Information

Auditions for the Lion King Jr are starting Sunday! For information about this, currently running shows, and future announced shows, see the below!

Chicago High School Edition

A tweaked version of the classic show to be suitable for the age range of the actors performing it. There will be possibly an age restriction on the show (awaiting confirmation).

  • Performing on: Monday 15th April to Saturday 27th April (both weeks of holidays). Evening performances only.

Disney’s The Lion King Jr

  • Performing on: 2nd week of the July school holidays.
  • Age range: 18 years and younger.

Disney’s High School Musical

  • Performing on: October school holidays.
  • Age range: All ages

Lion King Jr Audition Information

Where: Nelson Intermediate School Hall

When: Sunday 28th April.

Breakdown of Audition Day

9am     Registration – Everyone
9.15     Physical warm up
9.30     Vocal warm up
9.45     Learn general audition song – “Hakuna Matata” – p78-79
10am   Audition “Hakuna Matata” individual singing

11am   Break

11.15   Workshop animal movements
12pm   Audition animal movements
12.30   Workshop ensemble work
1pm     Announce call backs for afternoon and chorus roles (who can leave)


2pm     Workshop & audition acting scenes

5pm     Break

6pm     Announce call backs for evening & lead chorus roles (who can leave)
6.15     Re-audition specific singing/acting roles if required
8.45     Latest finish. Announce casting.

Current Proposed Rehearsal Schedule

All rehearsals at Nelson Intermediate School 6-9.30pm
(chorus & younger actors usually finish at 8pm)
Note: Wednesday & Thursday weeks 1-5 then Thursday & Friday from start of June!
Week 1            Wednesday     1st May           1          + Read through/sing through x2
                        Thursday         2nd May           11        + Blocking 1/2
Week 2            Wednesday     8th                      4          + Singing & choreography
                        Thursday         9th                    12        + Blocking ½
Week 3            Wednesday     15th                  5          + Singing & choreography
                        Thursday         16th                  13        + Run blocking
Week 4            Wednesday     22nd                 8          + Singing & choreography
                        Thursday         23rd                  14        + Run blocking
Week 5            Wednesday     29th                  9          + Singing & choreography

                        Thursday         30th                  15        + Run blocking

Week 6            Thursday         6th June 10        + Singing & choreography
                        Friday              7th 16        + Run through

Week 7            Thursday         13th                  Choreography
                        Friday              14th                  2 x run throughs

Week 8            Thursday         20th                  Choreography
                        Friday              21st                  2 x run throughs

Week 9            Thursday         27th                  Choreography & costuming (Richard & Melanie away)
                        Friday              28th                  Choreography & costuming         ..               ..           ..

Week 10          Thursday         4th July           2 x dress rehearsals  
                        Friday              5th                    2 x dress rehearsals   

Week 11          Thursday         11th                  2 x dress rehearsals   
HOLS               Friday              12th                  2 x dress rehearsals   

Week 12          Sunday           14th                  Evening Theatre Royal, mic checks
HOLS               Monday          15th                  2 x technical rehearsals – 3pm-8pm
                        Tuesday          16th                  2 x technical rehearsals – 3pm-8pm
                        Wednesday    17th                  Performance 2pm
                                                                        Performance 6pm
                        Thursday        18th                  Performance 2pm                 
                                                                        Performance 6pm
                        Friday              19th                  Performance 2pm     
                                                                        Performance 6pm
                        Saturday         20th                  Performance 2pm
Performance 6pm     

Please email Richard Carruthers if you want to be involved but can’t make any time at all on Sunday, or if you can only come for a short time on Sunday.

One Act Play Information

In term 2 we’ll also be staging a series of short one-act plays (non-musicals) at Nelson Intermediate as a festival. If you’d like to try your hand at directing something, please let me know, as these are great opportunities to give it a shot without the pressure of a big theatrical production!

Keep your eyes peeled on this section and our Facebook page as new information comes out, and in case of any changes to the schedule.

Audition Tips For Anyone New To Theatre:

  • Learn about the play you are auditioning for. This is so you know what the play is about, the character motivations, and the tunes to the songs that you might be singing in the musical. Knowing what you are auditioning for will help your chances of getting the part you want, as this will improve your performance.
  • Come to the auditions with your voice warmed up. There’s nothing worse than auditioning for a musical and you can’t reach a note that you usually could reach. If your voice isn’t ready to sing, it might harm your chances of getting the part you want. Before going to the auditions, sing to yourself and do vocal warm ups. This will better ensure that you are prepared.
  • Get a good night sleep before the auditions. You want to go to the auditions feeling energised and refreshed. Getting into character and performing is easier when you are not tired.
  • Avoid dairy products. Dairy products can cause phlegm build up in the throat. Don’t panic, it’s nothing harmful! The only reason to stay away from dairy before an audition is because phlegm can make singing high notes harder.
  • Once you get to the auditions, get to know people. You’re going to be working with these people for a couple of months, so get to know them. Don’t be shy, everyone has had a first audition, so
  • Smile! Come to the auditions with a positive attitude! You’re going to do great, so be happy!

Other Opportunities

Theatre Royal Crew Training: Go to to access the details and to sign up to train as a Stage Manager, Fly floor operator or Techie. This is a great training for parents or siblings of youth theatre actors (or for senior actors wishing to expand their knowledge and understanding of theatre). You do the training and we’ll give you the opportunity to put it into practice in our shows.

We Can’t Wait To Meet You!

Photo: Annie 2017