Auditioning at Footlite

Join the fun by auditioning for a show at Footlite Musicals. Our auditions are open to all members of the community, and Encore Association-eligible shows are never pre-cast. Footlite is an 100% volunteer community theatre. Our actors, designers, crew and orchestra are not paid. The audition process is different for each show, so please look for the contact listed if you have questions about a particular production.


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Footlite Musicals and director Ed Trout (the Artistic Director of ComedySportz Indianapolis) will hold open auditions for the Young Artists’ production (ages 13-18) of “THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE” on Saturday, June 2nd at 1:00 pm and Monday, June 4th at 6:30 pm. We are looking for a large and diverse cast of performers. Please prepare a verse of a song that best shows your vocal range, and bring sheet music in the appropriate key. Also dress very comfortably and be prepared for dance.

The auditions will be held at Footlite Musicals in the Hedback Theater – 1847 N. Alabama St., Indianapolis. Full cast rehearsals will start on Thursday, June 7th.

Performance Dates: August 17th, 18th, 19th, 23rd, 24th, 25th, and 26th

Dance Audition Workshop

A Dance Audition Workshop will be offered the morning of Saturday, May 26th from 10:00 to 11:30 am at Footlite’s Annex. There is no charge to attend this audition prep workshop.

We also ask that, for any of the cast who are under 18, be sure to have a parent on hand to sign your waivers and audition forms.

About the Show:

A hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers and an eccentric Major-General. This story follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual, but raucous, band of pirates. He disavows the pirates’ way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley. Frederic wins the heart of Mabel, but when the Pirate King discovers that General Stanley has lied about being an orphan to keep the pirates from stealing all of his belongings and carrying off his bevy of beautiful daughters, an “ingenious paradox” may prevent the budding romance and lead to the death of “the very model of a modern Major-General.”

Rehearsal Overview:

Full cast rehearsals for “THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE” will start on Thursday,

June 7th. Most weeks we will rehearse Monday through Thursday, 6:30 to 9:30 each night. There will also be rehearsals on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00. Saturday, August 11th is scheduled to be our long Saturday (tech Saturday) from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, with breaks for lunch and dinner.

Auditioners MUST state, up front, ALL known conflicts through the rehearsal period.

**There are no conflicts allowed from August 11th on through the end of the run, and once they are cast, performers will not be allowed to add extra conflicts.

For questions, you may call Ed Trout at 317-590-7305 or email him at

Footlite Musicals is happy to announce open auditions for their first main stage show of the 2018-2019 season, Brigadoon, on Sunday July 29 at 6:30 P.M. and Monday, July 30, at 7:00 P.M. Auditions will be held at the Hedback Community Theater, 1847 N. Alabama, Indianapolis, home of Footlite Musicals.

Production dates are September 28-October 14. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm. Sunday afternoon performances are at 2:30 pm.

Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon is the enchanting Broadway musical that inspirited the classic MGM film of the same name and countless production around the world. It features such Great American Songbook favorites as “Almost Like being in Love.” And “The Heather on the Hill.”

The mystery and beauty of the Scottish Highlands is the backdrop for this magical tale about following your heart and the power of love. A more complete synopsis can be found on the MTI website.


The production team is looking for a large, diverse cast 16 years of age and older.

Please prepare 16-32 measures of a traditional Broadway song that will showcase your vocal ability. Bring sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. Please, no a-cappella singing.

There will be a short movement audition for everyone and a longer dance audition for those who wish to be considered for one of the major dance roles.

Auditioners will also be asked to read from the script. Anyone who is under 18 should bring a parent to auditions to sign waiver and the audition form

Please be sure to bring a list of any conflicts that you will have during the rehearsal/performance period.


The “Meet and Greet” for the entire cast will be held on Sunday, August 12, 6:30 p.m. at Footlite. At this time, you will receive scripts/scores, rehearsal schedules, be measured for costumes, write bios, order T-shirts and potentially take headshots. The first full cast rehearsal will be on Monday, August 13, 7:00 in the Footlite Annex.


There will be no rehearsal Labor Day weekend.

Long Saturday will be on Saturday, September 22, time TBA. There will be no conflicts allowed during this rehearsal.

A complete character breakdown and staff list can be found on the Footlite website.

For more information, please contact director Paula Phelan via Facebook

Footlite Musicals announces open auditions for MURDER BALLAD, the cabaret musical for the 2018-2019 season!
The staff is seeking 4 strong singer/actors to fill the show’s 4 roles.
Plan to arrive by the audition time on only one of the audition dates.
Please prepare to sing 16-32 bars of a song to show off your range.

What to bring:
Sheet music in the appropriate key (an accompanist will be provided)
Head shot and resume (if available)
Any conflicts between October 15th, 2018 and the run of the show (January 11th- January 20th, 2019)
(there will be breaks in rehearsals for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years)
Wear what makes you feel best (there will be no dance or cold reading at auditions).
Actors needed to be seen for callbacks will be invited back on Tuesday, October 9th to sing from the show.

About the Show:
Murder Ballad, a new musical by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash, centers around Sara, a young New Yorker who is torn between her dangerous ex-boyfriend and her reliable husband. Led by a sexy bartender who serves as the show’s narrator, Murder Ballad documents the details of the torrid affair with vibrant pop-rock tunes. When Sara breaks up with Tom, a gritty bartender, she runs into the arms of Michael, a quiet poetry student at NYU. But after the couple gets married and has a daughter, Sara longs for her old, dangerous life and begins secretly seeing Tom at his bar downtown. As Sara’s passionate relationship with Tom intensifies, she begins to miss her old life with her husband and young child—but by then, it may be too late. With a title like Murder Ballad, someone is bound to die!

The storyteller providing all the transitions between the various scenes and occasionally speaking for the characters themselves. Philosophical, poetic, and a little opinionated.
Gender: Female
Stage Age: 20 to 55
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Once Tom’s lover, she is an ambitious starving artist and musician. Initially depressed and jaded towards men after a sordid relationship. Michael helps her find happiness again through their marriage. She ends up straying from the marriage.
Gender: Female
Stage Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: E3

A poetry PhD who Sara elicits and her eventual husband. Sweet and calming, he is willing to provide nothing but the best for those he loves. He shows how cold he can become when he finds out about Sarah’s affair.
Gender: Male
Stage Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: F#2

Sara’s first lover and an ambitious starving artist and actor. His alcoholism, constant affairs, and general selfishness put a strain on his relationships. He becomes obsessed and stalker-like in his mannerisms toward Sara.
Gender: Male
Stage Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: G2

Murder Ballad Staff: 
Producers: Dennis Jones & Jerry Beasley
Director: Bradley Lowe
Vocal Director: Ginger Stoltz
Music Director: Christopher McNeely
Assistant Directors: Manny Casillas & Anna Olivia Gibson Lee
Stage Manager: Nikki Sayer
Costumer: Marina Turner
Lighting Designer: Stephen Reilly

Murder Ballad Band:
Ainsley Paton (Bass)
Kris Manier (Drums)
Christopher McNeely (Guitar)
Ginger Stoltz (Keys/Acoustic)

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to the director Bradley Lowe at