Professional Theater







Open Call Auditions for the NE Ohio locally produced premiere of Roald Dahl’s "Matilda the Musical" will be held at Lakewood's Beck Center on Saturday, Feb. 16th (beginning at 2PM) and Sunday Feb. 17th (beginning at 6:30PM).

Appointments can be made for audition slots by calling 216-521-2540 x10 during regular Beck Center business hours.

Performances for “Matilda” begin July 12th and continue through August 11th. Rehearsals will begin approximately June 1st.

Artistic Director Scott Spence seeks a diverse cast of 25. All roles are open. Two Equity Contracts are available (SPT Tier 4). All other actors 18 and over receive a stipend for their participation. In addition, EMC (Equity Members Candidacy) points will be available for actors in this production. It is anticipated that actors will receive 10 weeks of EMC points for “Matilda”. Larry Goodpaster is the Musical Director and Martin Cespedes is the Choreographer.

All available roles are singing roles, so auditioners should prepare one 90 second or less musical theatre selection. Please bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided. A capella singing is discouraged. Dance calls will be part of the callback process only.

The age-range for this cast is varied. Matilda and her 8 classmates* are traditionally played as 7 to 10 year olds. Young actors auditioning for these roles should have the “appearance” of being able to pull off these ages, but slightly older actors for these roles are ideal. Height will play an important part of casting in these circumstances, and between 4 feet and 5 feet is definitely the sweet spot. No young actors under the age of 8 will be seen for this production. It is possible that the role of Matilda may be double cast.

The remainder of the cast ranges between 16 and 55. Some members of the company will play both teenage students+ as well as slightly older roles.

The Story (from the MTI Website)

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!


{The Children}  *see above for age descriptions










{The Adults}  +Incl. various ages, incl. teenage students.

Miss Trunchbull  (Age 35 to 50. Gender ambiguous. As cruel and mean as one could possible imagine. Generally this role (as conceived on

Broadway) is played by a male. However, any gender is invited to audition as long as the proper androgyny can be found. Please

note that for females the vocal range will be quite low!)

Miss Honey  (Age 25 to 35. Matilda’s Teacher. Sweet and caring. When allowed…a nurturer)

Mr. Wormwood  (Age 25 to 40. Matilda’s Father. A deplorable used car salesman who has little time for a daughter.)

Mrs. Wormwood  (Age 25 to 40. Matilda’s Mother. She is far too obsessed with winning dance competitions to be a mother.)

Michael Wormwood  (Age 14 to 21. A human void who lives to stare into the telly)

Rudolpho  (Age 18 to 30. Mrs. Wormwood’s fiery Hispanic dance partner)

Ensemble that covers Parents, Teen Students, Russian Mobsters, Doctor, Acrobat,Escape Artist, Party Entertainer, cook,  and Mrs. Phelps, a kindly librarian.

Beck Center Youth Theater



Auditions for Seussical:

Auditions are open to students ages 6 – 19.*
Auditions: Saturday, February 9 & Sunday, February 10, 2019
Callbacks: Monday, February 11, 2019


Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Once on This IslandRagtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.


*Please Note: Youth Theater roles are only eligible to Beck Center students who will be enrolled in the semester that the show performs. Actors do not need to be enrolled at the time of the auditions. Students enrolled in a Beck Center's Dance, Music, and Visual Arts departments are equally eligible. Learn more: Introduction to the Audition and Rehearsal Process