Arkansas Repertory Theatre exists to create a diverse body of theatrical work of the highest artistic standards. With a focus on dramatic storytelling that illuminates the human journey, The Rep entertains, engages and enriches local and regional audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
If you would like to join us please see the opportunities below for more information and who to contact.
General Casting Information
Audition listings are posted as they become available for specific productions. For an audition appointment in response to an audition posting, please contact Peter Mensky, Company Manager/Casting Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Auditions in Little Rock:
Arkansas Rep regularly holds auditions in Little Rock throughout the year. Auditions are announced here on our website as well as in local newspapers, and on our Facebook page. If you are interested in auditioning for an upcoming production, please check the auditions page regularly, and “Like” Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s page on Facebook for casting updates. Once auditions are announced, you may email to schedule an audition appointment.
New York Auditions:
Season EPAs are scheduled once a year and take place in Chicago or New York City. These EPAs are announced on www.actorsequity.org and in Backstage Magazine www.backstage.com.
Chorus calls are scheduled for each chorus musical. These calls are posted on www.actorequity.org and in Backstage Magazine, www.backstage.com.
Auditioning for a Specific Production
Arkansas Rep announces our New York City auditions on www.actorsequity.org , Backstage Magazine www.backstage.com and www.actorsaccess.com. Generally, we hold auditions on a show by show basis, and these auditions are by appointment only. To obtain an audition appointment for a particular production, you may submit your picture and resume either electronically through www.actorsaccess.com or by sending your picture and resume directly to the casting department through regular mail.
Arkansas Rep is not currently accepting scripts for future productions.
Willy Wonka Jr. Audition Notice
The Rep announces auditions for its upcoming youth musical production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr., words and music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald, based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, directed and choreographed by Anna Kimmell.
The Rep seeks a diverse company of young performers ages 9-18 (at the time of the performance).
Auditions will be held by appointment only on Wednesday, January 9, Thursday, January 10, and Friday, January 11 between 4:30 and 9 p.m. at The Rep’s Annex, 518 Main St., Little Rock, AR, 72201. Callbacks will be held on Saturday, January 12 between noon and 4 p.m. All auditioning actors must be available for callbacks. Callbacks will consist of a dance call, singing selections from the musical, and reading scenes from the script.
Young actors should prepare a 1-minute monologue and 16-32 bars of a song (musical theatre repertoire preferred) with sheet music. Accompanist provided. Please bring a headshot or recent photo and a resume to the audition. An actor’s full audition package should not exceed 3 minutes in length.
Questions about auditions? Visit the Willy Wonka Jr. - Audition FAQ’s page.
To register for an audition appointment, please email email@example.com with “Willy Wonka Jr.” as the subject line. If you have a preferred audition day (January 9 or 10), please include that in the body of the email. If possible, The Rep will accommodate.
Preliminary Production Calendar
Rehearsals: May 27-June 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tech: June 12-26, daytime and evenings
- June 21 at 7 p.m.
- June 22 at 2 p.m., 7 p.m.
- June 23 at 2 p.m.
- June 26 at 10:30 a.m.
- June 27 at 7 p.m.
- June 28 at 7 p.m.
- June 29 at 2 p.m., 7 p.m.
- June 30 at 2 p.m.
Production Fee: $100 per actor. (scholarships available)
Available Roles (for actors ages 9-18)
Willy Wonka/Candy Man: Enigmatic, mysterious, mischievous, and charismatic. The owner of a magical and mysterious chocolate factory.
Charlie Bucket: A poor boy sharing a cramped home with his parents and both sets of grandparents. The emotional heart and soul of the show, plucky and enthusiastic.
Grandpa Joe: The grandfather we all wish we had when we were Charlie’s age. He is caring, sweet, and always reminds Charlie to look on the bright side.
Mrs. Bucket: Charlie’s mother. Kind and warm, she does her best to keep her family’s spirits high, despite their financial woes.
Mr. Bucket: Charlie’s father. A working man who does all he can to provide for his family.
Augustus Gloop: An overachieving eater. Augustus finds the first golden ticket amongst the enormous amount of food he consumes each day.
Mike Teavee: TV, video game, and internet junky. He is bratty, loud, and obnoxious. Mike Teavee does not know the word “no.”
Violet Beauregarde: Hailing from Snellville, Georgia, Violet is a gum-chewing extraordinaire. She is a middle-class, blue-collar brat that stands in stark contrast to wealthy, refined Veruca Salt—though she too is spoiled.
Veruca Salt: A wealthy, class-conscious, and completely spoiled young lady. Veruca is the daughter of a rich factory owner and sharply contrasts Violet Beauregarde. She is a “bad nut.”
Mrs. Gloop: Augustus’s mother. She overindulges her son’s obsession with food.
Ms. Teavee: Mike’s mother. Ms. Teavee is a take on all television moms of the distance a la June Cleaver (Leave it to Beaver) or Marion Cunningham (Happy Days) or even Carol Brady (The Brady Bunch).
Mrs. Beauregarde: Violet’s mother, a geography teacher who has invested a great deal of hard-earned money on therapy for her gum-chewing daughter, with less than stellar results.
Mr. Salt: Veruca’s father. An upper class factory owner, Mr. Salt’s solution to most problems is to buy his way out.
Phineous Trout: A reporter who announces each winner of the Golden Ticket Contest.
Ensemble: A diverse group of dancers and singers who will bring the world of Willy Wonka to life portraying Oompa-Loompas, towns people, media, squirrels, and other featured roles.
Questions about auditions? Visit the Willy Wonka Jr. - Audition FAQ’s page.
"Willy Wonka Jr." Audition Sides
Side 1 - Veruca
Side 2 - Wonka
Side 3 - Augustus, Mrs. Gloop
Side 4 - Charlie
Side 5 - Mike, Ms. Teavee
Side 6 - Mr. Bucket, Mrs. Bucket
Side 7 - Wonka
Side 8 - Violet
Side 9 - Grandpa Joe
Side A - Mrs. Gloop
Side B - Veruca, Mr. Salt
Side C - Mr. and Mrs. Bucket, Grandpa Joe, Grandma Josephina, Grandpa George, Grandma Georgina
Side D - Violet, Mrs. Beauregarde
Side E - Mike, Phineous Trout, Ms. Teavee
Side F - Wonka Candyman, Charlie
Side G - Wonka, Grandpa Joe, Charlie
The Arkansas Repertory Theatre is pleased to offer internships for the 2019 Season. Our internships are ideal for college graduates who are actively pursuing a career in professional theatre. All interns receive weekly compensation plus housing, along with the invaluable experience of working in a professional theatre setting.
Those interested in applying should send a cover letter, resume, provide three professional references, and (when applicable) samples of work in electronic form. Please apply by emailing all information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please place desired position in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Any individuals being considered for a position will be contacted by management. No phone calls, please.
*All Interns are assigned other duties that include, but aren’t limited to, running crew positions and assisting in all strikes. Some duties will require the ability to lift up to 50lbs.*
The Arkansas Repertory Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
BOX OFFICE ASSOCIATE
Arkansas Repertory Theatre seeks a Box Office Associate to act as the principle point of welcome to The Rep. The qualified person will demonstrate the ability to offer the highest levels of customer service to patrons in person, by telephone, and by email. This employee will maximize sales for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre through exemplary customer service and extensive knowledge of current productions. To apply please email cover letter, resume, and references to: Zachary Rhodes, Director of Audience Services, email@example.com. No phone calls please. The Arkansas Rep is an equal opportunity employer.
CONCESSION SALES ASSOCIATE
The Concession Sales Associate sells prepared food and beverage items to patrons of the Rep. They also maintain the cleanliness of the concessions area and work quickly as most concessions sales occur 15-30 minutes prior to the show. To ensure that the experience of each of The Rep’s 70,000 patrons is enjoyable, customer service provided by the Concessions Sales Associate must exceed expectations and be offered with a smile. This is a part-time position that requires evening and weekend availability. Must be 18+ years of age. Please email your interest to Zachary Rhodes, Director of Audience Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre seeks an experienced Wardrobe Supervisor/Stitcher to insure smoothly-run performances and preserve the integrity of the original costume design for each production. Responsibilities include coordinating and conducting costume changes, training all dressers, maintaining and repairing costumes, and organizing strike. This position requires knowledge AEA theatrical practices. When not in production, the Wardrobe Supervisor/Stitcher assists in the costume shop as needed and must have stitching and basic costume and craft construction skills. The ideal candidate must excel at meeting deadlines, be dependable, flexible, self-motivated and have excellent communication skills. Strong organizational and computer skills are a must. Basic wig maintenance is required. Positive attitude is essential. This is a full-time, year-round salaried position with benefits. This position works evenings and weekends. Ideal starting date is Jan. 2, 2019. Position will remain open until filled. To apply please email cover letter, resume, references, and electronic portfolio samples to: Joshua Marchesi, Production Manager, email@example.com. No phone calls please. The Arkansas Rep is an equal opportunity employer.