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Local Youth Auditions — Shoebox Picnic Roadside

Local Youth Auditions

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is hosting auditions for the youth roles in Shoebox Picnic Road Side: Route One on Saturday, June 12 in our Shakespeare Garden amphiteater.

We are casting the following roles:

DEDE — Al & Odette’s Daughter, Black Girl, 14 years old
Free-spirited, big sister energy to her cousins, looks up to Sylvia

FAITH — Al & Odette’s Daughter, Black Girl, 10 years old
A young 10, silly, playful, energetic

JOHN-JOHN — Ella & John’s Son, Black Boy, 8 years old
A young 8, playful, innocent, outspoken

Kids 7 years and older are welcome to audition. This production begins rehearsal on Monday, August 23 and closes on Sunday, September 26. If you plan to audition, please sign up for a time. You do not need to prepare anything in advance, we will give you what you need at the auditions!

Register here for an audition time

Click here to download the script

For further questions, contact

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear to the auditions?
Please wear clothes that present your best self. Clothes should be easy to move in. Clothing should be appropriate in length and fit. Please wear closed toed shoes. Auditions will be outside.

What time should I arrive?
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your audition time to check in. If you need more time to prepare, please feel free to arrive earlier.

What should I bring?
Please bring yourself and a bottle of water. Please note there are no snack vending machines available. You do not need to bring a headshot and resume. You will submit them when you register online.

How do I schedule an audition time?
Please schedule your audition online. Once you are on our registration page, you will be asked to pick a time and fill in your information. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you.

Do you accept video auditions?
We are not accepting video auditions for the youth roles at this time.

Do you accept walk-in auditions?
We are unable to accept walk-in auditions. Please register in advance.

When are callbacks?
Callbacks will be held after lunch on Saturday, June 12th.

How will I be notified if I receive a callback?
You will either receive an email or a phone call from a member of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival staff notifying you of your callback.

How will I be notified if I am cast?
If you are cast, you will receive a phone call or e-mail from an Alabama Shakespeare Festival staff member.

How will I be notified if I am not cast?
Because of time constraints, we cannot call everyone who attends an open audition. You will receive an email, though, if you are not cast. We are unable to answer phone calls regarding the status of your audition.

What are you looking for at the kids & teens audition?
We are looking for children who are imaginative, engaged, focused, have a sense of play, and work well in a group. An ability to meet the time commitment outlined on the conflicts sheet is a priority. Performance ability will be evaluated, but we are looking for well-rounded kids and teens.

Will I need to stay with my child during auditions?
No. Parents are asked to leave once their child is checked in. You will be given a pick-up time when you drop your child off. Our staff will supervise your child during their audition.

For any additional questions, please contact No phone calls regarding auditions, please.

If you have further questions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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