The 2020 Summer Classic Season!
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A Funny Thing Happened on The Way To the Forum

Jerry’s Girls


Open Audition dates/times: 

Saturday, January 4th     Noon to 4:00pm  

Sunday, January 5th       6:30pm to 9:30pm


Callback for Newsies and A Funny Thing...Forum

Monday, January 6th (5:45pm to 7:45pm) for Newsies

Monday, January 6th  (8:00pm to 10:00pm) for Forum


Callback for Jerry’s Girls and Carousel

Tuesday, January 7th (5:45pm to 7:45 pm) for Jerry’s Girls

Tuesday, January 7th (8:00pm to 10:00pm) for Carousel


Audition Location:  The Madcap Education Center

                                3064 Harrison Avenue

                             Cincinnati, OH  45211



Please note:   Everyone will not have to attend callbacks – you will be asked to attend (and expected to attend if asked). However, not being asked to callbacks doesn’t mean you won’t be cast. 

If you’d like the audition forms sent to you in advance, email Matt Wilson at    

Important Audition Information!

  • All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
  • Please prepare 16-32 bars of one musical theatre song that best demonstrates your vocal ability. 


Must be a minimum of 16 years of age to audition. Seeking Newsies who are strong and versatile dancer/singer/actors. Tap and Tumbling skills a HUGE plus.

Please note:  for the role of Les, looking to cast a younger actor to play 10 – 13 years of age. May not be younger than 9 years old to audition. 


  • For A Funny Thing Happened…Forum Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.


  • For Jerry’s Girls  Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.


  • For Carousel Must be a minimum of 16 years of age.


  • For Newsies , Forum and Carousel you may be tested for dance ability.


  • For all shows – You will be asked to read from the script if invited to Callbacks


  • Adults MUST HAVE A RESUME listing theatrical experience in order to audition.


  • A headshot/picture is appreciated.  Please bring a headshot and resume for each show you are auditioning for, e.g. 2 shows =2 headshots and resumes; 3 shows =3 headshots etc.


No more than 2 conflicts will be accepted during the rehearsal process for each of these productions.


All roles are paid positions.  No Roles have been precast.


Cast members do not have to be the actual ages of the characters in any of the productions - But must be able to look age appropriate and act accordingly. 


The 2020 Summer Classics Season includes:

April 22 – May 17, 2020 

Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Jack Feldman; Book by Harvey Fierstein

Based on the Disney film written boy Bob Tzudiker and Noni White.

Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right!  Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of HorrorsSister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message.

Eric Byrd, Director/Choreographer; Damon Stevens, Music Director; Angelica Ortiz, Stage Manager


June 3 – June 28, 2020

Book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  Based on the plays of Platus

Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a nonstop laughfest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two.


Matt Wilson, Director; Mike Kennedy, Music Director; Maya Denning, Choreographer; Jenny Lutes, Stage Manager


July 8 – Aug. 2, 2020

By Jerry Herman, Larry Alford and Wayne Cilento

Jerry Herman has put the 'larger-than-life' women of his shows centre stage. There's Dolly Gallagher Levi of Hello, Dolly!, Auntie Mame Dennis of Mame, Countess Aurelia of Dear World, Mabel Normand of Mack and Mabel. And female impersonator ZaZa of La Cage Aux Folles. So it is fitting that in Jerry's Girls there are women centre stage. Women affectionately celebrating Jerry's special gift for writing songs that capture the true spirit of the American musical theatre.  The show's 'name-dropping' title song, Jerry's Girls (to the tune of It's Today from Mame), that opens Act One.  A celebratory two-hour musical entertainment of glamour, optimism, love, melody, and women.  

 Dan Doerger, Director/Choreographer; Greg Dastillung, Music Director; Steven Ducker, Stage Manager


 Aug. 19 – Sept. 13, 2020

Music by Richard Rodgers / Book by Oscar Hammerstein II / Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II / Based on the Play LILIOM by Ferenc Molnar / As adapted by Benjamin F. Glaser / Original Dances by Agnes de Mille

In a Maine costal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naïve millworker, Julie Jordan.  Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery.  Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent ‘up there’.  Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew.  She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father’s reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life.  How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love.


Dee Ann Bryll, Director; Jay Goodlett, Choreographer; Ryan Heinrich, Music Director; Holly McGowan, Stage Manager

For more information on auditions, contact us at (513) 241 – 6550.