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Upcoming Audition Opportunities at The White Theatre

The White Theatre is a 500-seat performing arts theatre that directs, produces, and hosts hundreds of high-caliber performances each year. We are able to put on these productions because of amazing local talent -- like you! We hold theatre auditions in Kansas City for both students and professional actors to fill the stage in our main season productions. We strive to find the best Kansas City has - the top singers, actors, and dancers. If you think you could be one of those, please check out the information below. Most theatre auditions will be held at The White Theatre at The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City unless otherwise noted.


Something Rotten Auditions

The White Theatre will present Something Rotten in early February 2021. The show will be presented in an all-virtual format. What that means is that we will cast and rehearse the show “as normal” (but with many safety precautions in place), and professionally film the show from several camera angles during the final week of rehearsals. We will then produce a finished/edited video (think Hamilton if you saw it on Disney+) for distribution through ShowTix4U, MTI’s required streaming platform. There will be no live public performances of the show.

When: Saturday, December 12, 2020

Where: The White Theatre at The J

Plan to attend both General and Dance Auditions:

  • 6:00 - 8:30 pm: General Auditions, by appointment only. Please prepare one piece of accompanied music (16-32 measures) that showcases your voice.
    Must provide sheet music: no tracks and no acapella please. This piece should not be from the show Something Rotten.
    Auditions will be accompanied by the Music Director, Marsha Canaday.
  • 8:30 – 9:30 pm: Dance Auditions, all should attend. While not all roles require extensive dancing, we want to assess each person’s ability to move.
  • Video submissions: Video submissions will be accepted in lieu of in-person auditions. Video submissions should include your audition song, as well as a sample of your ability to move to music (i.e. dance).

Please email Keith Wiedenkeller to request an audition time or to submit a video. Auditions are appointed on a first-come first-served basis. If you need to request a specific time please do so as soon as possible. And everyone auditioning must submit a COVID questionnaire. Please click the button below to download, fill out, and return the form with your audition request. Temperature checks will be taken at the door. Upon entering a sanitization station will be provided and social distancing rules will be enforced at all times.  A pdf of your sheet music MUST be scanned and emailed to Megan Segars at [email protected] no later than December 11th so that we can print clean copies here and remove the need for close interaction between you and our Music Director.  All copies will be shredded after auditions.

COVID Questionnaire

Safety Precautions:

We want to make sure as we go down this new path, that we keep actors and staff as safe as possible. The following health and safety precautions will be taken as we prepare for this show:

  • A special dedicated ASM will be designated as Safety Coordinator for the production in order to help keep rehearsals and filming as safe as possible.
  • Wherever possible/practical, rehearsals will be conducted via Zoom.
  • Clear plastic face shields will be provided and worn by cast for all in-person rehearsals and for filming/performance. These shields are fairly unobtrusive and not very noticeable from more than a few feet away, and will not interfere with body microphones. They are relatively comfortable while still providing protection against airborne droplets during in-person rehearsals and performances.
  • When not on stage, masks will be worn by all cast/crew.
  • Stage crew and all artistic staff will wear masks at all times.
  • In some cases, costumes may actually include period face coverings.
  • Distancing precautions will be strictly enforced during all down-time, and wherever possible, staging and blocking will be done in such a way as to ensure as much distance as practical.
  • Temperature checks will be made upon entry to any in-person rehearsal.
  • Cast members will fill out and sign a COVID questionnaire before participating in any in-person rehearsal.
  • Cast members will be issued PIN numbers and will able to enter the Theatre directly from the parking lot, without having to interact with people outside of the production (with hand sanitizer provided immediately inside the door).
  • All props and costumes will be regularly sanitized/washed and no props will be shared.
  • If at-home testing becomes readily available by the time in-person rehearsals begin, we will investigate obtaining these in order to provide regular testing for cast/staff.
  • In the unlikely event that a vaccine is readily available before we begin in-person rehearsals, all cast members will be required to provide assurance that they have been vaccinated for COVID.


When: Sunday, December 13 | 5:00 - 8:30 pm

Where: Callbacks will be held in our new expansion in Dance Studio 1.

You should enter the building through the new Fitness + Sports + Aquatics entrance on the Southeast side of the building.

You will be called or emailed with any preparation necessary for callbacks. Callbacks are by invitation only, based on general auditions.

We hope you’ll join us on this great new adventure, as we (safely) attempt to inject some sense of normalcy back into our lives, and to bring some laughter and joy back into the world at a time when it is sorely needed.


About the Show

Director: Tim Bair

Choreographer: Liz Ernst

Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten. Created by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, and successful screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, Something Rotten was lauded by audience members and critics alike, receiving several Best Musical nominations and hailed by Time Out New York as "the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years".

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.

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