NHCT Announces Auditions for "13 the Musical"

Upcoming NHCT Auditions for 13 The Musical!

Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are the labels that can last a lifetime. With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges Of Madison County) 13 is a musical about fitting in - and standing out! This high energy musical requires a very talented and dedicated cast, intent on having such a great time on stage that the fun spills into the audience.

Casting males and females, ages 13-young adult, for 13 primary roles, understudies, and ensemble roles. Casting musicians for bass, drums, two guitars, and keyboard, ages 13-young adult.

AUDITION INFORMATION (Preparation is Necessary)
  • Acting auditions will be held on Thursday, July 14th (6pm) and Saturday, Ju1y 16th (by appointment) at New Horizon Theatre in downtown West Point, GA. Email to schedule an audition.
  • Band auditions will be arranged by appointment only. Email for information.
  • Callbacks (if necessary) will be held Sunday, July 17th at 3pm.
  • ALL conflicts (specific dates and times) from July 19th to August 27th, must be listed on your audition form.
  • Headshots and acting resumes are encouraged, but not required.
  • Singing: Auditioners will be asked to sing (two minute maximum) of a song of their choice. This song should be in the style of the show, while showcasing vocal ability and the ability to to convey character through song. For primary roles, please choose a song from 13 The Musical (karaoke versions will be available) that features the character you wish to perform.
  • Reading: Scripts will be provided for group scenes. Prepared monologues (two minute limit) are highly encouraged, especially if seeking a lead role.
  • Dancing: All performers in 13 The Musical will be required to dance with a group. The dance portion of the audition will include both choreographed and unchoreographed segments.
  • Additional Skills: Come prepared to show the casting committee any special skills that may be valuable to the show. For example, cheerleading, skateboarding, flips, beatboxing, etc.
  • Come prepared to move and dress comfortably in closed-toe shoes.
  • Only the casting committee and those auditioning will be allowed into the auditorium during auditions.
  • Rehearsals begin on Saturday, July 19th at 1pm.
  • Three rehearsals will be held each week. Saturday rehearsals (7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, and 8/20) will be from 1pm to 6pm and weekday rehearsals will be arranged to minimize cast conflicts. Extended daytime rehearsals will take place until school is in session. Once school begins, weekday rehearsals will be held from 6 to 9pm.
  • Band rehearsals will be scheduled after conflicts are received.
  • Performance/tech week is August 22nd to 27th. It is mandatory for all cast and band members to be present at all rehearsals and performances during this week (no conflicts).
  • August 25th at 8pm, August 26th at 8pm, August 27th at 2pm and 8pm.
  • Full company mandatory strike and optional cast party will follow the last show.

Directed by Amy McDow.
For more information, email or call/text 706-518-9089. 

*All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time. 


A Day of Remembrance: The Lafayette Theatre Academy Performs "I Never Saw Another Butterfly"

Yesterday I had one of those moments.   You know the feeling of traveling on a rollercoaster at crazy speeds, being twisted and turned without mercy?  Then, in the middle of the ride, you fly to this insane height and the car stops, your stomach starts to unknot, you take a breath and look around at an absolutely incredible view.  And although it isn’t over, that glance of your world from a distance is something you take with you for the rest of the ride.

That moment came for me yesterday, standing in the tech booth at the the Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.  I brought the lights up for the last time, my cast came together to bow for their audience, and every person immediately stood, filling the room with the sound of applause.  That is when everything seemed to stop, my view widened, and the depth of this journey was made so clear.

Yesterday was Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.  We spent this day at the Breman Museum, surrounded by artifacts, recorded histories, celebrated lives, and so many memories from the Holocaust.  We were invited to perform for an intimate group of their docents, amazing individuals dedicated to preserving the museum, sharing the value of their heritage, promoting peace and tolerance, and providing continuing education for all of their visitors.  In attendance were survivors of the Holocaust, family members of survivors, and even a lovely gentleman introduced as the designer of the museum. As I looked around the auditorium, I could not have imagined an audience that could bring more value to this production, for myself and our cast.

Then I looked at the stage and saw twelve of the best and brightest young people I know.  They embraced the challenges of this production and diligently worked to provide their best for this moment.  Their intense appreciation for the honor of performing in this location, on this date, and for this audience speaks volumes.  For all of us, this was far more than another activity or another show to participate in after school.  The empathy they used to connect with the characters they portrayed and their compassion for those who endured the events of the Holocaust touched me more than I could ever express. 

And in that moment, looking out from the tech booth, I knew that I was seeing a view I would never forget.

Following the end of our production, I listened to reflections on the life of Werner Spiegel, one of their members who passed away this week.   After narrowly escaping capture during Kristallnacht, he spent his youth providing for his family under the persecution of the Nazi regime, until his family escaped to the United States in 1941.  As I looked around the room, filled with his friends and people whose lives shared so much in common with his, I realized that this small audience was really the biggest audience for which we could have performed.

*Following the successful production of the full-version of I Never Saw Another Butterfly at the Lafayette Society for Performing Arts in LaGrange this January, the director (Amy McDow) was contacted by a representative of the Bremen Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, to invite the cast to provide a program for the museum. 

I Never Saw Another Butterfly shares the story of how the children, held in the Terezín Concentration Camp, used art to inspire, entertain, comfort, and strengthen themselves and each other. After liberation, pieces of the children’s artwork, poetry, and prose were found and used as the material for the play and the book on which the play is based. 

The cast traveling to Atlanta included 13 students, in the sixth through twelfth grades, from Troup and Harris counties in Georgia and Chambers county in Alabama. 

Please visit for more information about the Lafayette Theatre Academy.