Preludium: The Audition Process

Just over a month ago, a group of nervous and excited students of all ages gathered together to audition for The Sound of Music! Each rising thespian took the stage for a minute of song, ranging from lighthearted tunes to Broadway ballads. The audition process can be scary, but the TbT community creates a supportive environment which makes the process easier!

Cast members share about auditions…

“It seemed like everyone found confidence somewhere in their back pockets this year, and it was really cool to see every single person who got on the stage just shine and be who they were.”

Photo Credit: Galen King

“For me, I think I did much better than I’ve done [in previous auditions], because I actually chose the right song for myself, and because I realized that to do well, you have to look funny sometimes.”

Photo Credit: Galen King

“Even though I was disappointed with my individual performance, everyone was so supportive and encouraging.”

“Auditions were amazing. Everyone did incredibly and brought out their best. I was most excited to see my friends. I missed not being in the show last year and it was so great to see all the people I missed and to meet new people as well during the process!”

Photo Credit: Catherine Stansberry

After a few rounds of callbacks, the cast list is prayerfully deliberated over and decided on and rehearsals begin! Right now, rehearsals are in full swing, and a cast of over 60 TbT students from NYC & NJ are incredibly excited to thrill audiences with the spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family! It is a tuneful, heartwarming story that will delight and entertain all ages.

Thinking of auditioning next year? Here’s some encouragement from a TbT alumnus!

“My first TbT audition was one of the most nerve-wracking days of my entire life. I picked a really hard song that was super wordy, and I didn’t know it too well, but I was so anxious to impress everyone that I did it anyway. I ended up forgetting the words halfway through the song and mumbled through a whole section! I was mortified, but the teachers and my fellow TbT-ers were super encouraging about it, and I ended up getting a good part after all! I think that, as far as auditions go, TbT offers the most calming experience that it can in such a scary situation, and the teachers find out a lot more about your potential through your audition than just getting every note and word down perfectly. So if you’re interested in musical theatre but the idea of an audition scares you, don’t let it stop you! The results are definitely worth it, and all you have to do is show off your own personality as well as you can.”

Need more evidence to convince you to audition in a future year? Come see TbT’s production of The Sound of Music this year and we bet you’ll be ready to join the fun!

There are only 6 performances:

  • June 27 at 7pm
  • June 28 at 7pm
  • June 29 at 2pm
  • June 29 at 7pm
  • June 30 at 2pm
  • June 30 at 6:30pm

Location: Theatre at St. Jeans – 150 E 76th Street (btwn Lexington & 3rd Ave.)

TbT shows include raffles, themed concessions and souvenirs all designed to create a memorable and family-friendly experience!

Want to bring a group to the show? Discount tickets are available for groups of 12 or more. Call 646-490-0654 or email

Visit us directly at or click the “Buy Tickets!” link at the top of the page to reserve your seats. We all hope to see you there!


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