Audition at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre for the 2022-23 Season


JOIN US FOR… Once On This Island

Registration is now OPEN for Once On This Island! Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is holding auditions for the musical ONCE ON THIS ISLAND on Friday, October 21st from 6-9pm and Saturday, October 22nd from 4-7pm.  Auditions are open to the public.  This production features a cast of 10-14 adults and 1-2 children who appear to be ages 6-14.

Once On This Island takes place on islands in the Caribbean Sea known as the French Antilles. The cast should represent the diverse population of that region. We are specifically interested in seeing performers who are Asian, Black/African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous/Multiracial, Indigenous Peoples, Latino/Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian/Indian, Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander.

CLICK HERE for Audition Registration Information and to make your appointment today!

ABOUT ONCE ON THIS ISLAND: This highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid garnered a combined 16 Tony nominations between the original production in 1990 and the 2017 revival which earned Best Revival of a Musical. Ti Moune, a peasant girl, rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of the island, Daniel, with whom she falls in love. Unbeknownst to Ti Moune, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death, the stakes being Ti Moune’s life. When she pursues Daniel, who has returned to his people, Ti Moune is shunned because of her lowly status. Her determination and capacity to love, though, is not enough to win Daniel’s heart, and Ti Moune pays the ultimate price; but the gods turn Ti Moune into a tree that grows so strong and so tall, it breaks the wall that separates the societies and ultimately unites them. Book by Lynn Ahrens. Music by Stephen Flaherty. Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Based on My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy. Rated PG.

Auditions: Friday, October 21 from 6-9pm and Saturday, October 22 from 4-7pm

Callbacks: Monday, October 24 from 6-10pm (by invitation only)

Rehearsals Begin: Tuesday, November 1.

Performances: January 20 – February 5, 2023: Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm.


Note that audition, callback, and rehearsal start dates and times are tentative and may shift slightly. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates, or check back here for official audition notices.


Friday, January 6 from 6-9pm

Saturday, January 7 from 4-8pm

Monday, January 9 from 6-9pm

Rehearsals Begin: 
January 17 

March 3-March 12 

Something Rotten

Friday, February 10 from 6-9pm

Saturday, February 11from 4-9pm

Monday, February 13


Wednesday, February 15

Rehearsals Begin: 
February 27 

April 28-May 21 

Auditioning for a Show…

Is there a place for me?

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is a community theatre, which means that all the actors who perform on our stage are a collection of individuals from West Michigan who have a talent and interest in theatre arts. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned actor, you are welcome to audition at Civic! It’s not uncommon for newcomers to be the star of the show, or a part of the ensemble! On average, approximately 40% of Civic’s volunteer performers are new, either to our community or our theatre. GRCT welcomes all genders and non-conforming individuals, all races and ethnicities, and artists of all ages. With each season offering a variety of musicals and plays, we are excited to offer a little something for everyone.

Audition Notices

This page is your best resource for updated information regarding audition dates and times, casting needs, and rehearsal schedules. All sign-ups are done through SignUp Genius, which will be posted as they become available.

What to expect at an audition

Those planning to audition for a Play will be asked to read from the script. For Musical auditions, prepare 16 measures of a memorized song and bring sheet music that includes a piano accompaniment line. Musical auditions will also include a dance audition. For specific details on how to prepare and what to expect, the SignUp Genius page for each show will include an audition guide.

What to expect at a callback

Those that are asked to return for Play Callbacks will read from the script. Musical Callbacks consist of reading from the script, singing songs from the show, and learning additional dance choreography.

Audition Workshops AND CLASSES

Civic Theatre’s School of Theatre Arts offers workshops and classes designed to help you prepare specifically for an audition. Please check our current Education page for information and availability on upcoming classes.  See below for upcoming show-specific workshops.


for this fun afternoon audition workshop

to get you ready for the Renaissance!

Details to be announced.