Get Involved

Are you or someone you know in grades 6-12? Do you think making new friends and putting on shows sounds like a pretty good time? (Spoiler alert: It is.) There's a place for you in R2P! It's doesn't cost a penny to participate, but you do need to audition. (Don't worry – it's fun, easy, and we take everyone!)

Everything you need to know is below. If you have other questions, concerns, etc. about any of it, don't hesitate to get in touch!
If you are new to R2P, please read the information on this page carefully. It will answer many of the questions you may have.

Interested in working on the production side of things? Click here to fill out the form!

R2P Audition FAQs

Click a question to see the answer:
  • What is Running to Places Theatre Company?
    Running to Places (R2P) is a youth community theatre company that brings together middle & high school students from across the area. We're in the business of youth development, helping raise our community's children and making excellent theatre in the process. As stated in our Mission Statement, “R2P is a youth theatre company, fostering a safe and supportive community which provides opportunities for the development of life skills to all interested youth through theatre.” Put another way, this is a place for you to come do theatre and make an artistic and social home for yourself if you like.
  • Does R2P welcome EVERYONE to audition? Is R2P committed to casting consciously? Does R2P value cultivating a diverse company in terms of race, ethnicity, gender expression, religious identity, ability, and celebrating each other onstage and off?
  • Is participation 100% entirely FREE?
    YES! Once upon a time there was a fee for participation, but not anymore. Participation in R2P is entirely FREE! As an organization, we have dedicated ourselves to our founding principle of universal accessibility and torn down all financial barriers to entry.

    This is possible thanks to our generous sponsors and donors. While there is no participation fee, we depend on the generosity of our community – friends as well as strangers. We also ask that families who are able to make a donation to R2P consider doing so.
  • Any advice for first-timers?
    Show up. That's it. Simply walk in the door for the auditions. (Or submit an audition video!)

    But I don't know if I'm good enough!
    You are. You don't have to be perfect. You don't need any experience or special skills. You just need to show up.

    But I'm nervous!
    Understandable. It's okay to be nervous. We promise to be nicer than you are nervous. Just show up.

    But I'm not as prepared for the audition as I should be!
    So what. You'll get better at all this with some practice – and you will get practice once you're doing shows with us, which you automatically will be no matter how your audition goes as long as you simply… show up. :)
  • What are the requirements to audition?
    • Be in grades 6 – 12 (or the homeschool equivalent)
    • Email to or turn in a hard-copy of the Required Signature page signed by the participant and a parent/guardian (if you're under 18).
    • Show up – in person or by video.
  • How do I become a part of all this?
    If you’re looking to be onstage, it takes auditioning; if you’re interested in working on other aspects of the production, it just takes letting us know. We don’t cut anyone and there is no fee to participate. (Although we rely on the generosity of our community to sustain our work, so donations are gratefully accepted).
  • What will I get out of it?
    Working in theatre will give you skills and experiences in areas that you’ll benefit from your whole life including:
    • Self-confidence
    • Self-expression
    • Working under pressure with a deadline you can’t move
    • Taking and assimilating direction quickly and gracefully
    • Improvising when the unexpected (inevitably) happens
    • Poise speaking in front of others
    • Time management and self-discipline
    • Valuing your contributions as an individual and to a team

    Not to mention:
    • Possibly making the best friends of your life
    • Surrounding yourself with a supportive community that will celebrate you being you!

    If you go on to pursue theatre, you’ll have training in acting, singing, dancing, plus an understanding of best-practices for the industry; if you are doing it just to have a lot of fun, you’ll get that, too!
  • What does it take to join?
    First thing you have to do is just show up! Walking in the door or submitting a video to audition can seem scary at first, but we promise to be the friendliest people you’ll ever audition for. After that, you’ll need to show up as called for rehearsals and, of course, performances. We work fast – typically rehearsing a show in roughly half the amount of time as a typical school show. You’re expected to put in work on your own time memorizing lines, practicing dances, etc. We’ll make sure you have the tools you need to do all that, though.
  • Will I need to be at all of the rehearsals?
    Definitely not. We work hard to make sure we use your valuable time well. That means only scheduling people to come to rehearsal when they’ll have something specific to rehearse. We ask you to check your calendars and be available for all rehearsals, as we can’t tell you when we begin what parts we’ll be rehearsing on which days. But as we go along, we build the schedule and will give you as much notice as possible exactly which times you will be called for which days. As you can imagine, juggling a few dozen cast members and their conflicts makes it tricky to build an efficient rehearsal schedule. This is why it’s very important to let us know about your conflicts ahead of time. (You’ll be asked to list them on the audition sign-up form.) We know that life happens and unexpected circumstances come up, but please let us know about things as soon as possible. In return, we promise not to make a habit out of wasting your time by scheduling you to show up for no reason.
  • If I’m not cast in a show I want to be involved in, can I still participate in some way?
    You bet! You’ll have opportunities and invitations to help with sets, costumes, props, stage management, concessions, etc. You're not required to, but ask anyone who has – it’s a ton of fun, and you’ll learn a lot in the process! You can indicate areas of interest when you sign up to audition – but we always cast you first and then look at these areas of interest.
  • What do the auditions consist of?
    The auditions will consist of singing, acting, and dancing. You have the option of submitting an audition by video (details coming soon!) or in person.

    The singing and acting will take place during individual 5-minute slots. You will sing 16-32 measures of a song of your choice and perform a 30-60 second memorized monologue. You may be asked to sing some scales, and we'll probably chat a little. The dancing will take place in a group. As a group, you will learn a short dance combination suitable for dancers of all levels, rehearse it several times, and then perform it in groups a couple of times for the directors.

    You will upload videos of you performing 16-32 measures of a song of your choice and a 30-60 second memorized monologue. For the dance portion, we will provide a simple, short video of choreography for you to practice on your own and record yourself performing. The choreography video and upload instructions will be available soon.
  • How can I find audition songs and monologues?
    You can choose songs from musicals (listen to The Best of Broadway on 91.7 WICB every Sunday morning from 10am-12pm for ideas.) or movies. You can find monologues in plays, books, movies or TV shows. The library and the good old interwebs are great places to look. (In case you need a head start looking for materials, we've created a section with songs and monologues that you are welcome to use.) PRO-TIP: Time your monologue by saying it OUT-LOUD — you'll be surprised how short a paragraph of text it takes to be in that sweet 30-60 second range.
  • What should I bring the day of the audition?
    • A completed and signed hard-copy of the Required Signature page (unless you’ve emailed a completed and signed copy to This includes information like a photo release (so we have permission to take photos of you in the shows) and other legal requirements. You can also have your parent/guardian fill it out the day of audition.
    • Your music for the pianist, clearly marked with the place to “Start” and “Stop” playing.
    • Your monologue if you want to look it over while waiting. You don't need to bring it into the audition itself.
    • A change of clothing and/or shoes for your dance audition, if you wish.
    • Water and perhaps some healthy snacks!
    • NOTE: If you are auditioning by video, you can submit any time within the virtual audition window. (Details coming soon.)
    • ALSO: If you are auditioning in person, please know that all R2P staff involved in the audition have been fully vaccinated. The audition room is very large and well ventilated, and will allow for ample distance.
    • ADDITIONALLY: Masks are allowed during your audition.
  • Will there be a piano and accompanist? Do I bring a copy of my music?
    Yes, we will provide a piano accompanist. You should bring a copy of the music clearly marked with "Start" and "Stop" for your 16-32 measures. (Literally, write those words on the music so the accompanist knows where to begin and end.) You will have a moment before going in to audition with the accompanist to review your “Start” and “Stop” and discuss the tempo you prefer. If necessary, you may also sing without accompaniment if don't have the music, though an accompanied audition is more informative of what you can do musically, so it's better for both you and us.

    FOR VIDEO AUDITIONS: You may perform to karaoke tracks (like what you find on YouTube) or with live piano if you have access. There is no inherent benefit to either approach – do whatever works best for you!
  • What should I wear for the dance audition?
    You don't necessarily need to wear dance clothes or shoes (although you are encouraged to if you have them), but you should be able to move comfortably. Jeans, boots, short skirts, and excessive jewelry are not recommended. You will also have time to change between your audition slot and the dance audition, if you wish.
  • What else should I be prepared to do when I come in for my audition?
    You should be prepared to tell us who you are and what your pieces are from. A complete summary of the play or situation isn't necessary. You should put your focus straight out while you speak/sing (so we can see your smiling face), but look over our heads – not right at us. This way, we won't feel like we need to act in the scene with you, and you won't be distracted when we look down to write, "nice job!" or "would be good to play _____."

    FOR VIDEO AUDITIONS: You will need to “slate” at the beginning of your videos – that just means clearly saying your first and last name, as well as the title of the piece you are about to perform.
  • What are callbacks – and what if I don’t receive one at all or for a show I’m interested in?
    Callbacks are another round of auditions in which we have people sing and/or read material for particular roles from shows being cast. A callback for one role might actually serve for several similar roles in a show, so being called back for a particular role doesn’t mean you are auditioning just for that role. If you do not receive a callback it DOES NOT mean you are not cast, or even that you are not cast in a supporting or lead role. We only have so much time for callbacks, and we use it to find out what we don’t yet know and need to figure out in terms of appropriate castings. We also sometimes call people back for a variety of educational reasons, such as gaining the experience of auditioning alongside others. Please do not try to read too much into callbacks – there are lots of reasons why someone is or is not called back for a particular role, or at all.
  • How will the directors remember who everyone is when casting?
    You do not need to bring a headshot or other photograph. We will take a picture when you arrive and video record the audition for our reference when casting later. You will also be given a name tag to fill out and wear.
  • Who will be watching my audition?
    The only folks watching the open audition will be the people involved in working on the shows, like the director, music director, choreographer, and an accompanist. We do not allow friends or relatives to sit in on auditions. The only time other students will be present is during the group dance audition. Callbacks will involve groups of students called for roles.
  • What are you looking for in an audition?
    You should have your songs and monologue memorized. We'll be looking for you to be audible, interesting, and confident. Even if you're nervous, pretend you're not (it's about acting after all!), and we won't know the difference. You should know who you are talking/singing to and why. What are you trying to convince them of? What effect do you want to have on them by saying this? During the dance audition, we are not only looking for dance ability, but also a good attitude, the willingness to learn, and a commitment to trying.
  • How does R2P decide what shows and roles are right for me?
    There's a place on the audition form to indicate which shows you're available for. From there, we consider your strengths and the needs of the shows across the season. It's our job to put people in the places we feel they will have the most success, and that might even mean offering you a role in a show you originally didn't mark.
  • If I audition, am I guaranteed to be cast in a show?
    We don't cut anyone and work hard to find the best match for each person within the season. Everyone is offered a place in at least one performance per season. You don't necessarily get to pick which show you are offered. We do our best to find the place where we feel you will have the most success.
  • What if I am disappointed with the casting?
    Don't envy the people doing the casting. While it's a wonderful job (getting to see and hear courageous young people lay it all on the line is inspiring beyond words), we know that it also means breaking hearts from time to time.

    Paramount for us is putting everyone where they will have the most success. It's not unusual for an ambitious, capable, and brave young first-timer to wonder why they didn't get a lead role or even a callback. Please know this:

    We would never want to make someone happy the day the list comes out, nervous as rehearsals approach, anxious about struggling with the role, scared for the performances, and then sad and regretful after it's all done. We want everyone to succeed, whatever shape that happens to take.
  • How do I decide if I can make the time commitment to a particular show?
    You should be able to attend all or most rehearsals that you are called for, including ALL technical rehearsals and performances, including post-show strike.
  • Any final audition tips?
    Be prepared. (Although more important than being perfectly prepared is simply showing up!) Be well rested and nourished. Arrive in plenty of time to check in with the stage manager at the sign-in table, get your picture taken, turn in required paperwork, relax, get a drink of water, etc. before your audition. And remember, we're rooting for you to do great! We know that auditions can be nerve-wracking. (Believe us, we've done them, too!) Just keep in mind we want to see and hear everyone do well -- we're your biggest fans!
  • How do I sign up to audition?
    Next step is to click here to find out everything you need to know about this round of auditions.