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About the Mainstage

Brave! Bold! Fun! That's what strive for as we seek to challenge kids onstage, offstage and in the audience with amazing theatre!  The Mainstage production series not only serves the kids who audition, but also the entire community by creating theatre that the whole family can come and enjoy!

Mainstage plays are by audition-only, and consist of students ages 9 and up from all over the Quad City area. Students must have completed a Junior Theatre class or camp before auditioning. The Mainstage brings together students with local professional designers and directors to create high-quality productions at an affordable rate to all. Students are not only the actors onstage, but they are also the crew, front-of-house team, Showtime Pal, and more!

We produce three fully-realized productions in the Mary Fluhrer-Nighswander Theatre on the Annie Wittenmyer Complex. We also engage in workshops and summer projects for the Mainstage. Checkout some cool images of our past mainstage shows in our Photo Gallery!

Mainstage productions are funded and produced by Junior Theatre, Inc., a non-profit entity dedicated to supporting Davenport Junior Theatre. The only way Junior Theatre can survive is by the generosity of others who believe in our mission. If you would like to help us further our mission, please consider supporting DJT today!

Audition Requirements and Preparation : Please read carefully
* Come ready to have fun!  Our auditions are part formal audition and part fun theatre workshop.  We try to make sure every student is comfortable, confident and ready to succeed!
* Students must be 9 years or older at the time of the auditions.
* Students must have participated and completed a DJT class or camp program to audition.  Information about our classes and camps can be found at this link. Theatre Class Programs.
* Students should expect to stay the entire time of the audition scheduled.
* Open to residents of any city, not just Davenport.
* Students only need to attend one audition time.  Multiple times will be offered.
* Students should be ready to provide a conflict schedule for the whole rehearsal period of the show(s) for which they audition.  Schedule overview of shows will be made available on this page, onceaudition dates and times are announced.
* Monologue – Whether a play or a musical, students must prepare a short monologue, no longer than 60 seconds. Shorter than 60 seconds is a-okay!  In fact, even 20 seconds is fine.  Must be memorized, so director can work with students.  Monologues longer than 60 seconds will be asked to stop, as we have many actors to see.  
* Students should NOT write original monologues. Please find another piece of literature (play, novel, monologue, book, nursery rhyme, poem, short story, etc.) from which to perform.  Find something that is fun and that you, the actor, are excited to perform.  Short book passages or fun poems/nursery rhymes often make great material for a children’s theatre audition.
* Remember, you are auditioning for a fantastical and adventurous show geared towards young audiences.  Avoid performing extremely dramatic or depressing material.  Fit your monologue to the show at hand.
* Song – Only if the show is a musical will students need to prepare a short song to rehearseSong should be one verse and one chorus from a musical theatre show (not to exceed 45 seconds, shorter is definitely a-okay).  Pick a song that comfortably fits your voice. Please avoid pop songs, prefer musical theatre.  Bring sheet music for the accompanist (piano player). Sheet music for most songs is available at www.musicnotes.com.   You may also sing acapella (without music), but music is preferred.  If you do not have musical number but would like to audition for musical, we can have you sing some stuff along with the piano too.  Lastly, if you do not fancy yourself a singer, pick something simple and approachable for fun (like “Happy Birthday”).  Just relax, be you, have fun and sing out!
* Students should wear comfortable clothes for theatrical warm-ups & games at auditions.  No skirts, please. 
* The Cast, Crew, and other positions will be announced on this page.  Specific dates for announcements will be found with the audition dates when posted.
* Please note: All students cast in the production will need to pay a $75.00 Mainstage Actor Registration Fee. All student crew will need to pay a $45.00 Crew Registration Fee.  There is no charge to audition.
* Be ready to have fun!

What to bring to audition for schedules?
* Schedules for each show will be posted below when auditions are announced.
* Please bring a detailed copy of your schedule to auditions.  Include any specific dates you already know you will be unable to attend if a rehearsal were scheduled.  We build our schedules from your schedules.
* Every effort will be made to accommodate for students' schedules and conflicts.  However, during our last 10 days of rehearsal, “Tech Week,” we ask that students be fully available.
* At auditions, please be prepared to inform the staff of all scheduled conflicts you will have during the rehearsal period (vacations, school commitments, other classes, DJT classes, etc). It is helpful to make this list in advance before arriving at audition.  Then you can simply turn it in along with the audition form.
* Please include your theater or dance classes for which you are enrolled here at Davenport Junior Theatre.  We may not catch you are already scheduled in one of our classes with so many kids auditioning.

How much time will my child commit?
Rehearsals typically happen over a period of 6-7 weeks. Typically students rehearse one to two days a week, around 2 – 3 hours at a time.  During the final 10 days of the production, students will likely have 8 out of 10 days where we are rehearsing in the theatre.  Leading roles can rehearse as much as 4-5 days a week, approximately 3 hours at a time.  An option to play a “supporting role” only is available, if your child is too busy or needs to meet other oblivations.

Musicals generally require more rehearsal than plays.

We will build our schedule as best we can around your child’s availability.  We want to make sure they can participate in other programs and events that interest them.  However, during the final 10 days of rehearsal we really insist the students commit to all rehearsals. Unlike a sport where you can change out the position, theatre is complicated and everyone’s role is unique.

For performances, we typically run two weekends.  Saturdays & Sundays shows are at 1pm & 4pm.  We also have some Wednesday afterschool shows for school groups at 3:30pm.  This will require your child to leave school early on one or two Wednesdays (at 1:30pm) to come get ready for the show.  This is never an issue with schools, as they are supportive of what kids learn here at DJT.  Specific show details are released when auditions for each show are announced.


Technical Crew

Some students may only be interested in joining us for Tech Crew working backstage, on lights, with sound, etc.  If you have an interest in only doing tech crew, please still come to the auditions.  Actors also have the chance to mark down if they are interested in being on crew.  It is a great chance to be involved, learn, and hang out with kids as excited as you are about the theatre!  You will need to complete audition forms and participate in large group warm up activities.  You do NOT need to prepare a monologue or song if your only interest is Tech Crew.  $45 Crew Registration Fee must be paid if selected for crew.

Supporting Role (for the busy student)
Students will have the option to select “supporting role only.”  This lets us know you do not have time to commit to a leading role but are interested in performing.  We have some great supporting roles in our shows!  These roles offer fun, exciting, and challenging stuff with a more limited time commitment for busy students (still required to be fully available for tech week).

Students also have the chance to sign up to be part of our Front-of-House team.   It takes a small army to run the theatre on the day of the show!  We train our Front-of-House team in box office management, concession sales, customer relations, and more.  We strive to make every opportunity for kids to be involved.  There is much to learn on the front-of-house team!  No fee payment required for Front-of-House team members. Time commitment for FOH is one rehearsal and then all performance days, typically two weekends of performances.

Sometimes we may have specialty items for a production.  This could include puppetry, mask work, dance, musical instruments, and more.  We will always post special opportunities along with audition announcements and paperwork.


Audition Dates for:
Seussical Jr & The Emperor’s New Clothes
(Students will have the option to audition for one or both, but should expect to stay the whole time.)

Monday, December 11 : 5:30-7:45pm
Wednesday, December 13 : 5:30-7:45pm
Saturday, December 16 : 9:30-11:45am
(Students are expected to stay the whole time and should arrive no later than the time audition is scheduled to start.  Please arrive on time, as there is paperwork to fill out at the beginning.)

Seussical, Jr (2018)

Rehearsals:   January 3 – February 13
(Master schedule will be created after auditions.  We try to take into consideration student schedules.)

Tech Rehearsal:   February 4 - 13
(Please no conflicts during these days.  It is vital that students are there throughout tech process and for final rehearsals.  Unlike a sport, we cannot have just anyone fill in at a position.)

Wednesday, February 14  3:30pm (Stepping Stones ONLY – Dav Comm Schools)
Saturday, February 17        1:00pm & 4:00pm
Sunday, February 18          1:00pm & 4:00pm
Wednesday, February 21 3:30pm (Stepping Stones ONLY – Dav Comm Schools)
Saturday, February 24        1:00pm & 4:00pm
Sunday, February 25          1:00pm & 4:00pm (strike immediately following, all production members called)

(Our Stepping Stones performances require cast & crew to arrive at 2:00pm to prep for show.  A note will be provided to give to schools to allow students to them to be dismissed early.)


The Emperor’s New Clothes (2018)

Rehearsals:   March 9 – April 24
(Master schedule will be created after auditions.  We try to take into consideration student schedules.)

Tech Rehearsal:   April 15 - 24
(Please no conflicts during these days.  It is vital that students are there throughout tech process and for final rehearsals.  Unlike a sport, we cannot have just anyone fill in at a position.)

Wednesday, April 25          3:30pm (Stepping Stones ONLY – Dav Comm Schools)
Saturday, April 28               1:00pm & 4:00pm
Sunday, April 29                 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Wednesday, May 2             3:30pm (Stepping Stones ONLY – Dav Comm Schools)
Saturday, May 5                   1:00pm & 4:00pm
Sunday, May 6                     1:00pm & 4:00pm (strike immediately following, all production members called)

(Our Stepping Stones performances require cast & crew to arrive at 2:00pm to prep for show.  A note will be provided to give to schools to allow students to them to be dismissed early.)


AUDITION WORKSHOP – Build your confidence to succeed

Auditioning for a show can be intimidating.  We totally understand and have been there ourselves.  Auditioning for a musical can be an even greater challenge for some.
To help, we are offering a special Audition Workshop.  At this audition, students will get the chance to perform their monologues and/or songs and receive feedback on things to improve and work on before the big audition.  You will also learn the procedures of how to audition with a piece of music and what to expect from a “Dance Call.” 
Don’t worry!  You do NOT need to be an amazing dancer to be cast in our musical.  We learn and grow together as a team during rehearsals.
Workshop Details:
Saturday, December 2
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Register at this link

Registration is $15.00 per student.  Workshop will be limited to just 20 students.  It is first come, first serve, so register now!
Students need to bring their monologue, memorized and ready to share onstage.  If they are planning to audition for a musical, they should also have their sheet music for the accompanist and be ready to share their song.
The audition workshop team will consist of a variety of professionals, all of whom have been involved in DJT.  A professional director, choreographer, music director, accompanist and our producer will help make up the team.  This team will offer you feedback and guidance to get you ready for auditions at DJT or beyond!


Other Ways to Learn & Grow

Theatre Classes <hyperlink> - We’ve expanded our class offerings to continue to challenge all our students.  In particular, we’ve added an Intermediate and Advanced Acting course structure to be sure we challenge you as actors!  For Mainstage students 11 and up, there is also a Mainstage Studio class on Saturday mornings.  Lastly, puppetry and costume creation are great courses to checkout.

Dance Classes <hyperlink> - DJT Dance offers a wide variety of classes for kids of all ages and experience levels.  Many actors study tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and hip-hop to improve their dance abilities for musicals and other production types.  Poise and confidence learned in dance will lead you to success as an actor.   

Performing Arts Camp (Ages 6-13) <hyperlink> - Adventure throughout DJT, exploring acting, improvisation, movement, lights, sound, make-up, and specialty classes. Students will collaborate on the creation of their very own script to perform! Camps are based around a special theme that allows students to experience something new every time. Camp ends with a performance for family and friends on Friday at 4:00pm. Join the adventure!

Magic (Ages 10+) - Award winning local magician, David Casas, will lead this special 6-week magic workshop series at Davenport Junior Theatre. Students will learn basic slight of hand magic, using everyday objects such as cards, coins and rubber bands.  New tricks are taught every session! Magic teaches focus, dedication, coordination and communication.  Cost of magic tools covered by enrollment fee.  Class concludes with demonstration of skills learned. Join us as you learn the skills it takes to say “Abracadabra” and “Presto!” Learn more about our instructor at www.DavidCasasMagic.com


Check out the history of Junior Theatre by exploring our Online Photo Library of adventures and shows past! Maybe you will even spot yourself in our history?