Auditions

About Casting @ WFT


Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, recognizes the need for expanding the participation of artists who have been historically underrepresented on stage due to race, ethnicity, disability, gender expression, and sexual orientation. We endeavor to cast these individuals in roles where race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or the presence or absence of a disability is not germane and in which their identities align with those of a character.

Wheelock Family Theatre pledges to produce and celebrate theater that is representative of, and centers characters as well as actors who share the diverse and intersectional identities as those that exist within our audiences.

This season actors will need to be vaccine compliant with Boston University’s Covid-19 vaccine policies. View the full policy here.

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If you have questions about auditions please email us at WFTCast@bu.edu

StageSource


Wheelock Family Theatre annually attends StageSource auditions and posts all audition opportunities through their website. Learn more at www.stagesource.org.

Current Audition Opportunities

As of 9/19/22

MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS Youth Auditions

Video submissions are being accepted through Saturday, October 10th.

Artistic Team
Directed by Emily Ranii
Choreography by Joy Clark
Musical Direction by Jon Goldberg

About the Show

Bostonians will be enchanted with the Mallard duck family as this classic tale leaps off the stage and soars into their hearts. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are exhausted from their search for a starter home when they land in the Boston Public Garden as a potential home. Surprised by a few conditions in the Garden, the Mallards move on to continue their search until their baby ducklings are born. When the ducklings begin to explore the world around them, the challenges of parenthood in the busy Boston environment create a fun bit of family drama. A classic story for all ages, this world premiere musical celebrates family, Boston, children and the beings who make an unfamiliar place a home.

Important Dates*
First Rehearsal: 1/24/23
Previews: 2/17 & 2/18/23
Opening: 2/18/23 @ 7:30pm
Closing: 3/12/23

*Dates & times subject to change, with a full rehearsal/performance schedule to be shared at callbacks. 

Rehearsals are typically Tuesday – Friday, evenings & Saturday and Sunday during the day.
Performances are typically Friday (7:30pm), Saturday (2pm & 7:30pm) &  Sunday (2pm) with student matinees (10:30am) during the week (Tuesday – Friday) as scheduled.

CLICK HERE to view the draft rehearsal & performance schedule*

*Dates & times subject to change, with a full rehearsal/performance schedule to be shared at callbacks. 

CASTING BREAKDOWN – Youth
Jack – an energetic athletic duckling, Park Child, Louisburg Dog Puppet, Sport Duckling.
Lack – the timid, scared duckling, Girl with carriage, Doctor  Duckling.
Pack – an uptight, spoiled duckling, Park Child, Music Duckling, Louisburg Human Kid.
Quack – the simple-minded, sometimes wacky duckling, Kid, Chef Duckling.
Kack, Mack, Nack & Ouack – the remainder of the Mallard family.

Note:
Actors considered for this production should be between 8 to 17 years old. All youth roles will likely be double cast.

Video Auditions
Video auditions should include the actor singing Make Way for Ducklings and two scenes of their choosing from the audition materials folder. Actors should be taped as full body as possible to see range of movement.

Video audition should be summitted via an unlisted YouTube link.

Video submissions are being accepted through Saturday, October 10th.

Please email WFTCast@bu.edu if you have any questions.

Audition Materials
All youth actors should come prepared:

  • To sing a cut of the song Make Way for Ducklings from the show. You can find sheet music for the song, a music track with the melody and one without in the callback materials folder (see below).
  • To perform from the selected scenes in the callback materials folder (see below). Please be familiar with all four sides as we will be doing some mixing and matching in the audition room.

CLICK HERE to access all audition materials.

  • Finally, actors should be prepared to participate in a movement and choreography. No specific dance attire or shoes are required, but actors should feel comfortable and able to move.
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    Wheelock Family Theatre is seeking both adult AEA/EMC/Non-union actors and youth actors ages 9 to 18 for our spring 2022 production of Make Way For Ducklings.

    • Click here to view the audition fact sheet.
    • Click here to view the rehearsal/performance calendar, subject to change.

    Actors are asked to submit a video audition of material from the show.

    • Click here to view the audition materials including instructions on what to prepare and how to submit.

    All audition videos should be submitted by Tuesday, December 21st.

    Please don’t worry about formatting/editing the video in any particular way – we’re interested in seeing your talent and creativity in the material and not in your video skills.