How I Became a Pirate!
Book, Lyrics and Music: Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman
About the show: Sail off on a high-seas musical adventure with a band of bumbling pirates, who have landed at a quiet family vacation spot in search of an expert digger to join their crew. This slapstick swashbuckler will delight the whole family!
First Read: Late August 2019
Performances: September 21-October 13, 2019
Public Shows: Saturdays & Sundays; 11 am & 2 pm
School Matinees: September 27, October 2 (TBA), 3, 4, 8 (TBA), 10; 10AM and Noon.
Matilda The Musical
Based on the book by Roald Dahl. Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, book by Dennis Kelly.
Directed by Sarah Jane Hardy.
About the show: Calling all “revolting children!” The smash hit, Tony Award-winning Matilda the Musical is coming to the NWCT stage. An inspiring, heart-breaking, captivating masterpiece, Matilda revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and a girl who won’t let being “little” stop her from putting an unjust world right.
First Read: Early October 2019
Performances: December 7, 2019 - January 5, 2019; Noon & 4:30
Confirmed Public Shows and TBA: December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, January 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Noon and 4PM.
School Matinees: December 4, 5, 12, 13, 17, 18 (TBA); 10 AM
The Jungle Book
Adapted by Anita Menon and Sarah Jane Hardy.
About the show: NWCT’s original adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic returns for an encore performance! Telling the story of a mischievous young boy and his adventures in the jungles of India; The Jungle Book features a cast of fantastical characters, traditional Indian dance, and more than a dash of “Bollywood!” This remount in once again created in partnership with Anita Menon of the Anjali School of Dance.
First Read: December 2019
Performances: February 8 - March 1, 2020
Public Shows: Saturdays & Sundays; Noon & 4 pm
School Matinees: February 13, 14, 20 (TBA), 21 (TBA), 27, 28; 10 am & 12 pm
Seussical the Musical
Book, music, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
About the show: Join Horton the elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, and the Cat in the Hat as this musical extravaganza soars through the limitless imagination of Dr. Seuss. From the tiny land of Who-Ville to the Jungle of Nool, Seuss’ timeless tales leap from page to stage.
First Read: March 2020
Performances: May 2 -May 31, 2020.
Public Shows: Saturdays & Sundays; Noon & 4 pm
School Matinees: May 19, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29; 10AM and Noon.
Play it Forward: Script Development
NWCT is launching its first script development program! In collaboration with guest directors and an ensemble of adult and youth performers, this program will create and workshop the next generation of NWCT stories. Our first year will feature work by Ezra Weiss, Marilyn Keller, Rodolfo Ortega, Nelda Reyes, and Anita Menon. This exciting new program will build to a spring festival of new works.
NWCT on Tour!
Elephant and Piggie: “We Are in a Play!”
Based on the book by Mo Willems. Script and lyrics by Mo Willems. Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma.
About the show: Back by popular demand! Gerald the Elephant and Piggie the Pig hit the road and explore what it means to be “bestus friends" as they tour Salem, Vancouver, Hillsboro and more!
First Read: TBA
NWCT Performances: March 21 - 29, dates and times TBA.
Tour Dates: April 4 - June 5, dates, times, and locations TBA.
NWCT Mainstage casts age 10+, age appropriately. The majority of youth performers cast in Mainstage productions are 14+. Some roles throughout the season may be double-cast. Some adult roles have been pre-cast.
Our productions call for a wide range of skills and abilities – we often seek strong character actors, singers, and dancers. We are also looking for performers with language skills, circus skills, physical storytelling training, and Indian classical dance. We encourage including background in other languages, movement styles, cultural, or creative fields on your resume.
Northwest Children’s Theater and School values diversity on our stage and in our theater. We are an equal opportunity employer, and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in professional casting, educational programs, and/or hiring and employment practices.
To be held in late May and June. Following Season Auditions, actors are notified by email if they are called back for specific productions or programs, or if there are no casting opportunities for them at this time.
Following First Read, rehearsals are generally Sunday afternoon/evening and Monday-Thursday afternoon/evening. Two weeks prior to opening, technical and dress rehearsals may run 5 hours nightly and will include a long Saturday/Sunday commitment. Each show will have specific needs that may require additional rehearsal time. A detailed rehearsal schedule is distributed at callbacks.
A detailed performance schedule is available above, including information on on public shows, school matinee performances, and TBA performances.
If you are a student and accept a role, NWCT will contact your school to formally request excused absences for the time missed. You are ultimately responsible for securing approved absences with your school. Please verify that you will be able to miss school time before attending callbacks. Performers are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances.
Conflicts are considered in casting. Flexibility of scheduling is important when committing to a show. Conflicts that arise after casting is finalized are significantly more difficult, and sometimes impossible, to accommodate, and may result in re-casting. You will be asked to list any conflicts at callbacks.
Most roles are paid a stipend for their work in a production. Payment occurs following the closing performance.
Productions occasionally require skills classes for certain roles (ex. stage combat or dance.) In these instances, class requirements including dates, times and tuition information will be made available with callback details.