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Announcing Auditions for Les Misérables School Edition:

Near West Theatre will be holding auditions as we never have before: through video submission! Youth ages 9 – 18 are invited to submit an a single audition video to be considered for a role in NWT’s upcoming winter production of Les Misérables School Edition. The production will be presented as a staged concert, which will be recorded with COVID-19 precautions in place, over multiple days. The scenes will be edited together and then shared with the community via Music Theatre International’s preferred platform: ShowTix4U. Les Misérables School Edition performances are scheduled from February 26 to March 7, 2021.

Information about the rehearsal/recording process

The rehearsal process will be more of a hybrid approach consisting of both virtual (Zoom) and in-person (for individual staging and recordings only) rehearsals. 

Rehearsals will be scheduled on Sundays 12:00–7:00pm, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6:30–9:30pm. Not everyone will be called for every rehearsal. Attendance is mandatory for all rehearsals you are scheduled for. Typically we have 8 weeks to prepare for a large production and this time we only have 4 to 5 five weeks to prepare before recording.

Production Schedule (subject to change):

  • December 7 or 8, 6:30 - 9:30pm: callbacks (in-person or Zoom)
  • Sunday, December 13, 7:00pm: read-thru and cast meeting (Zoom)
  • Monday, December 14–Wednesday, December 16: first week of rehearsals (Zoom)
  • Thursday, December 17, 7:00pm: mandatory Parent/Guardian Meeting (Zoom)
  • December 17–January 2, 2021: winter break
  • Sunday, January 3, 2021: rehearsals resume (Zoom)
  • General rehearsal days are Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Rehearsal times will vary.  A weekly schedule will be distributed at Wednesday’s rehearsal.
  • Closer to the opening of the show, rehearsals may be extended on some days but they will not run past 10pm.
  • You will be asked to be a part of several recording days. These dates are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, January 30, Sunday, January 31, Saturday, February 5, and Sunday February 6. Not everyone will be called those dates, but you have to be available for all those dates. Attendance is mandatory if you are called.
  • Dress Rehearsals will be scheduled starting Sunday, January 24 thru Wednesday, January 27. 
  • All of these dates are subject to change due to our current environment.

Masks are required at all times when you are in the building.

Audition Materials

(pick one to audition with) 

Soprano (high) Voice Part 

Alto (middle) Voice Part 

Baritone (low) Voice Part 

Information on casting/roles: https://www.mtishows.com/les-miserables-school-edition.

Audition Steps:

Step 1: Record and upload your audition video from a place with good lighting and no distracting background noise. 

Step 2: Fill out the form on this page. When you submit it, the page will refresh - scroll to the bottom to see the confirmation that your audition has been submitted successfully.

Step 3: Be patient! NWT will contact everyone via email once casting decisions are made. Please allow for at least a week following the submission deadline (December 5) before following up with us. 

Unable to send a video? Contact Trinidad at tsnider@nearwesttheatre.org.

Directions for video submission:

  • Rehearse your audition with your voice part (music & lyrics links above) and practice recording it to make sure your technology is good to go.
  • Record the audition/video message with the YouTube audio recording on your phone.
  • Record in a well-lit space where there is minimal background noise.
  • You will need two pieces of technology; one to play the cut of music that you will sing along to, and a cell phone or other smart device to record your performance.
  • In the video, state your name and the roles you are interested in.
  • Use theYouTube links above as your accompaniment. 
  • Make sure you are close to the camera – you should make up the bulk of the frame.
  • Prop your phone on a mount/shelf of some sort to maximize frame stability.
  • Horizontal or vertical aspect ratio is fine.
  • If you are uploading a file, we prefer .mp4 or .MOV format.
  • REMINDER: We are not looking for perfection! We are looking for: confidence, clarity, and passion. Most of all we want you to HAVE FUN!  Get into character and really own it!

Begin submitting your audition here. Don't fill out this form until you are ready to upload your video!

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