Tuesday, April 2, 2019

audition notice - DISNEY'S FREAKY FRIDAY & MATILDA - Valley Youth Theatre - April 9 & 10

Valley Youth Theatre’s Summer at the Herberger auditions for ages 11+: April 9 & 10, 2019 at 525 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

These auditions will be for VYT's Arizona premiere production of Disney’s Freaky Friday, The Musical as well as for Matilda. Auditioners ages 11+ are welcome to audition just for Disney’s Freaky Friday, both productions or just the Matilda. If auditioning for both shows, please complete 2 audition forms prior to the audition. Several adult characters in Matilda who will be cast from these auditions of 11-19 year olds. There will be an additional audition date solely for Matilda for ages 7+. However, we encourage all those 11+ yrs. old, to audition on one of the April dates.

Freaky Friday Synopsis:

The new musical, Freaky Friday, based on the beloved 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films (and developed by Disney Theatrical Productions expressly for licensing to theatres), features a book by Bridget Carpenter - the co-executive producer and writer on the beloved TV hits, "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood" - and music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey - the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normal and If/Then.

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter.


Ellie Blake- teenage protagonist

Katherine Blake- Ellie's mother

Fletcher Blake- Ellie's younger brother

Caspian- another family member

Mike- Katherine's fiancé

Gretchen- Ellie's best friend

Hannah- Ellie's best friend

Adam- student, the Listmaster, a paragon of cool

Savannah- student, villainous, brilliant, a winner

Parker- Ellie's friend and best friend of Wells

Wells- Ellie's friend and best friend of Parker

Laurel- student

Torrey- Katherine's assistant

Grandpa Gordon- Katherine's father

Grandma Helene- Katherine's mother

Danielle- Wedding magazine journalist

Louis- Wedding magazine photographer

Dr. Ehrin- school counselor

Mr. Blumen- Biology teacher

Pastor Bruno

Mrs. Luckenbill- English teacher

Senor O'Brien- Spanish teacher

Ms. Meyers- Gym teacher

Officers Sitz & Kowalski- Police officers

Mrs. Time- Antique Shop proprietor

Various ensemble roles incl catering staff, additional students & teachers, parents, etc.


Auditions: April 9 & 10, 2019
Callbacks TBD
Rehearsals begin as early as Monday, April 22, 2019
Load In: June 6 & 7, 2019
Tech: June 8-13, 2019
Show run: June 14 - 30 with some private field trip weekday matinees in addition to regular Thursday through Saturday evening and Saturday & Sunday matinees. Extra special Sponsor A Seat Performances on Thursday, June 27, 2019 & Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10:00am for underserved & at risk youth from various social service agencies around the valley

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical
Book by Dennis Kelly
Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Based on the book, Matilda by Roald Dahl

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Matilda Show Info:

Rehearsals begin as early as June 24, 2019
Run dates August 9 - 25, 2019
*All rehearsal and show run dates are subject to change

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