Audition at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre for the 2023-24 Season

New for the 2023/24 Season: Our final two MainStage shows, Murder On The Orient Express  and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, will audition on the same weekend. See below for each audition notice.





AUDITION NOTICE: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is holding auditions for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Auditions are open to the public.  This production features a large cast of strong singer/actors who move well.  We are looking for 20-25 adult volunteer performers (ages 16+) of multiple racial and ethnic identities. The age ranges and gender identities in the character descriptions are the ages and gender identities of the CHARACTERS. We are open to actors of any age and gender identity to portray these characters. Strong ensemble is needed and ensemble members may play many roles.  NOTE: In casting the characters of the Drifters, the Shirelles, the Righteous Brothers, Little Eva, and Bobby Vee, we will focus on representing the accurate racial/ethnic identities of these real-life people, since they appear only briefly and must be instantly recognizable. Pictures are included for reference for those parts. All other roles may be cast as any race and ethnicity. 

AUDITION DATES: Friday, February 9th from 6-9pm and Saturday, February 10th from 4-9pm. Callbacks (by invitation only) are Friday, February 16 6-10pm. Auditions will take place at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre: 30 N. Division Ave, Grand Rapids MI.  You will enter through the Main Lobby Doors on Library Street, across from the Ellis Lot.


ABOUT THE SHOW: Before she was hit-maker Carole King — she was Carole Klein, a spunky, young songwriter from Brooklyn with a unique voice. From the chart-topping hits she wrote for the biggest acts in music to her own life-changing, trailblazing success with Tapestry, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical takes you back to where it all began — and takes you on the ride of a lifetime. Featuring such unforgettable classics as “You’ve Got a Friend”, “One Fine Day”, “So Far Away”, “Take Good Care of My Baby”, “Up on the Roof”, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, and “Natural Woman”, this Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning musical phenomenon is filled with the songs you remember — and a story you’ll never forget. Words and Music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil; Book by Douglas McGrath; Music by Arrangement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. RATED: PG-13 some adult themes and language.

PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES: June 7 – 30, 2024: Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm


Director: Annelise Dickinson

Stage Manager: Jessica Reilly

Music Director: Wright McCargar

Choreographer: Torrey Thomas

REHEARSAL START DATE: Monday, April 8th in the evening

HOW TO AUDITION: CLICK HERE to learn more about the process, see character descriptions and a rehearsal schedule, and register for an appointment.


JOIN US FOR… 2023-24 auditions!

This season’s audition dates have been announced…

The SpongeBob Musical: Complete.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Complete.

Clyde’s: Complete.

Disney’s The Descendants: Complete.

Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express: Complete.

Ten For All: To be announced.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical: See above.

Learn more about the 2023-24 season at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre:

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.