In this page you can find the in-person auditon dates for the 2023 - 2024 Season. If you have any questions, check out our AUDITION FAQ below or join our Mailing List to get the latest announcements about upcoming auditions. We also announce our auditions in our social media.





Peter and the Starcatcher

Thursday, December 7, 2023 
Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Please see below for details. Doors open at 3:45. 

Valley Youth Theatre's mission is to inspire young people to be the best they can be through a variety of performing arts opportunities.  All roles will be played by young people unless otherwise noted. Our performers are not charged fees to be in our shows. There are no ticket quotas, costume or script deposits, ad sales or financial requirements of any sort to be in our mainstage shows. 

Valley Youth Theatre welcomes all young people to audition. 

For the callback list, please scroll down


Thank you to everyone who auditioned! We had a great turnout with so much talent and it was tricky to pair down. If you are not on the callback list, please do not give up! All of you have the potential to be cast in a show in the future where you will be the right fit.
If you are on the callback list, please see the details below for exact times and dates as to when to arrive. We advise that you arrive around 15 minutes before your calltime. If you are unable to attend your callback, please contact Morgan at

Callbacks on Thursday, December 7th

Called at 4:00
Amaar Alaron
Jadyn Carter
Chase Carter
Riley Cottrell
Donovan Denny
Christopher Devous (leave by 5:45)
Ethan Doyle (conflict)
Lucian Epling
Abby Fleming
Lu Gibson
Lucy Glow
William Lovell (leave by 6:30)
Helen Nesbitt
James Nesbitt
Tanner Osborne
Parker Pitt
Sierra Ricks
Jaden Sparkman
Kyler Tilley

We will be dancing (movement), singing, and acting with material from the show which we will provide you with. Please come dressed in clothes and shoes you can move in. We also recommend wearing long hair up for the dance call. We will dismiss you as the evening goes on. You may also want to bring your water and something to do while you wait.

You may still be called to the callback on Tuesday. Please check here after Thursday night's callback

Still Under Consideration

Presley Bonnett
Aidan Carroll
Kennedy Cook
Charlise Darling
Charlie Darling
Grier Donnally
Ellie Evans
Rob Foley
Luca Grasso
Gabrille Grasso
Aiden Haren
Kaylah Magee
Jayvin Sumler
Tayson Toledo

Please check back here after Thursday's callback for more information and updates! The callback on Tuesday will likely start at 4:00PM.


The Neverland you never knew. This Tony award winning show uses imaginative storytelling and boundless creativity to tell the comic and epic origin story of Peter Pan. Starcatcher apprentice Molly, Peter and their friends are hunted by marauding pirates and their comically eccentric captain, BlackStache as they race to protect a trunk of magical "Starstuff." Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the bonds of friendship, duty, love and family. This is a play with music (not a full musical), and has a few leading singing roles. This promo link gives an idea of the style of the show: LINK


NOTE: All roles (except Peter and Molly) can be cast as any gender

Molly Aster - (female) A young teenage girl and Starcatcher apprentice. Curious and intelligent, she is only beginning to understand the confusing romantic longings that come with her age. Strong singer.

Boy/Peter - (male) A lonely and hardened orphan who wants a home and a family. He is nameless and friendless at the beginning of the play and a hero by the end.  

Black Stache - A notorious pirate, in search of a worthy adversary who is partial to the poetic and theatrical. Strong verbal and physical comedic skills, character singer.

Mrs. Bumbrake - A proper British nanny who teaches Molly about womanhood. Strong verbal and physical comedic skills, character singer.

Bill Slank - The nasty, greedy and cruel captain of the Neverland who steals the Queen’s secret treasure of starstuff.

Smee - Black Stache's dimwitted first mate and willing to participate in his captain’s hare-brained schemes. Strong physical comedy, character singer.

Ted - An orphan obsessed with food with an easy wit and poetic language. Character singer.

Prentiss - An ambitious orphan that yearns to be a leader but is a coward. Character singer.

Alf - A salty old sailor on the Neverland, who falls in love with Mrs. Bumbrake. Character singer.

Lord Leonard Aster - Molly's father, a loyal subject to the Queen. The very model of a Victorian English gentleman, he is a faithful friend and a secret Starcatcher.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott - Lord Aster's old school friend, the captain of the Wasp, Britain's fastest frigate. Lives with nautical bravura and heroic patriotism. 

Fighting Prawn: The fierce chief of the tribe of Mollusk Islanders, who was sold into slavery in England as a boy. He speaks almost exclusively in Italian cooking terms. 

Ensemble - plays multiple supporting roles and characters throughout the show, including…

Narrators; Sailors; Seafarers; Orphans; Pirates; Mermaids; Mollusks; Creatures; Hurricane Storm; etc.


Approximate rehearsal dates are December 13th, 2023 through February 8th, 2024, Monday through Thursday evenings and Saturdays. Before tech, evening rehearsals will be 5pm - 9pm; tech rehearsals will potentially go until 10pm. We understand that some students may have conflicts where they may miss rehearsals, must arrive late or leave early. However, cast members will not be able to miss rehearsals during tech week or the run of the show.

Tech rehearsals start February 3, 2024.
Opening night is February 9, 2024 and runs through February 25, 2024 with several weekday matinees for schools (Feb 15 and 22) in addition to the traditional evening and weekend performances.


We will ask about the specific dates of your conflicts in the audition form. Again, cast members will not be able to have any conflicts between February 3, 2024 and February 25, 2024.  


Please check the FAQ below which has answers to all of your audition questions


Do I have to be a professional child actor to audition for a VYT show?
NO! VYT auditions are open to all young people of all skill levels. Young performers in our shows aren’t required to have any previous theatrical experience or formal training. We just strive to recognize each child’s potential and to match their talent and skill level with the needs of each role. That means, our open casting gives every child in the Valley an opportunity to participate in our shows!
How much money does it cost to be in a VYT show?
Zero. Nothing. Nada. You do not pay upfront to audition. VYT performers don’t have to rent or purchase costumes or scripts. There are no ticket or program ad sales requirements. We believe that money should not be a barrier to a transformative performing arts experience.
How old should I be to audition for a VYT show?
Typically, because they need to read and memorize lines, main stage performers are at least 7 and not more than 19 years old. Younger people aspiring to the stage are encouraged to consider our performing arts camps and classes. Sometimes, however, due to the nature of a production, there are age restrictions and those will be noted in the show's audition notice.
Do I have to audition? I've done a ton of shows.
Yes. You have to audition. You can audition online or in person, but the number of shows you have done does not matter. Everyone has to audition!
How do I audition for VYT?
First, check out our auditions page to see which show VYT will be auditioning for. Pay attention to the roles listed and the age suggestions if any. If you think you fit who we are looking for great! Second, you will see a link so you can pre-register for your audition. This means that you will fill out all of the important information we need before you come to the audition. If you pre-register, you don't have to take your time filling out all of the information in person. We will have it printed out for you. You don't have to pre-register, of course, but it will save you some time.Third, come to the audition! We audition in-person on the dates listed on the audition notice. Our auditions usually start at 4pm and we open our doors early so people who did not pre-register have time to fill out their information.
What if I can't make it at 4pm when the auditions start?
If you are there when doors open, you will be in one of the first groups to audition (sometimes people will line up outside the building before the doors open). If you come after 4:00pm, you will be in one of the later groups to audition. We have no guarantee we can get you out by a certain time, so if you need be somewhere in the evening, please arrive early so we can get to you as soon as possible. We stay at the building until we have seen everyone that has arrived at the audition. This can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours to see everyone depending on how many people show up. Please understand that if you arrive later than 4:00pm, there is a possibility that we have seen everyone and auditions will be closed for the day. However, if we are still seeing people, you are welcome to check-in and audition!
How long will the audition take?
Well, the short answer is it depends. Auditions are done on a first come first seen basis. We open the doors at 3:30 pm on audition day and start auditions at 4 pm. The auditioners are taken into the audition room in small groups where they audition. Each group can take between 5 - 10 minutes. One you are finished auditioning, you are finished. The callback list will be posted on the auditions page of our website. 
What is pre-registering?
Pre-registering is a way that you can fill out all of the information we need before you get to your audition. We will then print out your audition form and have it for you at the theatre when you check in. You will still need to bring your headshot with you to the audition, but you won't have any paperwork to fill out. 
What do I need to prepare for an audition?
Here's what we suggest you have in order to make your audition run as smoothly as possible: 1) A headshot. It doesn't have to be professional. Just a good photo that looks like you! you can take it with a camera phone if you'd like. Make sure it is relatively close up and you have good lighting so we can see your face. 2) An acting or theatre resume. You don't have to have a fancy one (although you certainly can). We just want to know what you have done performance-wise and in a theatre. If you worked on the stage crew, put that in there too! 3) (If you are auditioning for a musical or a play) A short monologue that is appropriate for you and the character you are auditioning for. 4) (If you are auditioning for a musical) A song that will show off your voice and is appropriate for you and the character you are auditioning for. We preferthat you bring sheet music with you as we will have an accompanist, but you can also bring a background track you can play from your phone. 5) A list of conflicts you will have with the rehearsal schedule. This is super important to be honest with us and yourself if you can not make it to a rehearsal. We need to know. Theatre is collaborative and we can not move forward together if people are missing. Please let us know your conflicts when you audition.
How long should the song be?
Good question. The answer is: as long as it needs to be for you to feel that you have shown us how amazing you are! Chances are that's around :30 to 1 minute or so, but it may be longer or shorter. The Director may stop you while you are singing, but that's ok. Just get to "the good part" quickly so you can show off your skills!
Where are the auditions? And where do we park?
Valley Youth Theatre:  525 North First Street On the Southeast Corner of First Street & Fillmore, in Downtown Phoenix. Please note: The VYT parking lot is not very big and has a tendency to fill up quickly. Please do not park in the area reserved for the staff or the parking space for Bobb Cooper. Do not park in the disabled parking spaces without proper identification even if lot is full. Public paid parking is available on the south west side of First & Fillmore and at meters surrounding the theatre. Please plan accordingly.
I can not come to the auditions. What do I do?
Auditions for VYT shows are really best done in person. We get to meet you, you get to meet us and it lets the Director see you at your best! On the rare occasion that a young person truly can not attend any of the scheduled auditions, please contact our Production Manager, Jonathan Furedy, at and let him know of your conflict. If there is an available solution, he will let you know.
What are your COVID safety protocols?
We are currently encouraging but not requiring masks to be worn at our theatre. However, we do reserve the right to change our protocols as the situation changes.
What happens after auditions?
The next step is called "Callbacks". Callbacks are when a certain number of performers are asked to come to the theatre in-person to continue the audition process. The list of callbacks will be listed on the auditions page of the website. Look for your name and the day and time you will need to come to the theatre. Again, it is important to be prepared! So come dressed to move -- no sandals or skirts -- and bring water to remain hydrated and energized! Usually during callbacks, you will be put into small groups, you will be asked to read scenes, sing and possibly learn a dance. You may be asked to read for a couple of different parts. Each callback experience is different! 
Why didn't I get cast or called back? Was I that bad?
No! This is part of being an actor. Sometimes you get the part and sometimes you don't. Auditioning is a matching process and sometimes your talents aren't a match for what is needed for that specific production. That doesn't mean your talents aren't needed in the future! Rejection isn't great, but it's a big part of being an actor. Not getting cast in a VYT performance doesn't mean "no", it just means "not for this specific show". So don't give up! Remember: Auditioning takes practice, too! The more you audition, the more comfortable you will be, and the more you will learn. Besides, there are a ton of ways to be involved other than just being on stage. We also need young people for our tech crew, our orchestra and other behind-the-scenes positions. If you are interested in working behind the scenes, contact the stage manager at
What are the expectations if I am cast in a VYT show?
We have to be honest, being in a VYT show is a time commitment. That's what makes our shows so great. When you are cast in the show, we expect you to have fun and try your best. We also expect you to treat the show as the professional show it will be. That means attending all scheduled rehearsals, memorizing lines and blocking and being attentive when the Director, Stage Manager, Musical Director, Choreographer or any other person is talking. We expect honesty and responsibility and will show that respect right back to you. Rehearsals are generally Monday through Thursday evenings and most of the day on Saturdays, beginning as early as the week of callbacks. The weekend before the show opens is the beginning of tech week and Saturday and Sunday are 8- to 14-hour days, so it can be a lot. But it is also the most fun you will have! Because Valley Youth Theatre does not charge a fee for young people to participate in our mainstage productions, parents are required to volunteer by helping with set and costume construction, and front of house during the run of the show.

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