NONE! :) We are a teaching theatre that believes that everyone should have a chance to shine on stage. Therefore, everyone that auditions for our shows will have a part. We believe that you learn from experience as everyone has to start somewhere.
At BLP, we have an integral team of four who make ALL casting decisions(Brittany, Jordan, Dena, and Grace). We sometimes will ask for advice if others sit in on auditions, but it is SOLELY this small group that makes casting decisions. If you hear otherwise/of anyone else saying someone is going to be a role, it is not true.
Expect for the cast list to come out an hour before your first rehearsal. Often we get it out a day or two before but can not guarantee anything before and hour before. We take casting very seriously and spend multiple days evaluating and praying over cast lists. We also often audition and cast multiple shows at a time because of scheduling and therefore need time to make all decisions.
We DO NOT precast shows. There are many reasons for this. First and foremost this is completely unfair everyone. This is how favoritism comes into play. We often have many talented kids show up to auditions that we haven’t met before and it wouldn’t be fair for them to audition for a show that has already been casted. At auditions, every child starts with a clean slate and is never judged on past performances. How someone auditions is the SOLE factor we take into consideration when casting. We have new kids get leads all the time! Here are a few roles in which kids had leads during their first show with us: Peter Pan, Gabriella, Mary Poppins, Sandy, Frenchy, Kenickie, Rizzo, Sonny, Elsa, Anna, Aladdin, Cruella, Annie, Simba, Mufasa, Mowgli, Emmett (from Legally Blonde)
Until the final cast list has been sent out by Brittany or Grace, this is NOT true. We ask that all students shut down rumors such as this. Most of the time rumors like this get started when the casting team hasn’t even sat down to look at anything.
No one gets to pick their part. We do often hear which parts people want as kids are loud but no one besides the casting team gets to decide who’s in which part.