Musical Theater Intensive - AUDITIONS
-Directed and Choreographed by Paula Gerhardt



Saturday, April 23rd - 12pm to 2pm

These auditions are to fill the roles of...

Taylor Mckessie …
Susan (cheerleader) …
Jamie (cheerleader) …
Chad Danforth …
Zeke Baylor …
Ms. Darbus …
Coach Bolton …
Kratnoff …
Ms Tenny / Moderator ...

On Stage Playhouse, 215 High School Avenue, Monroe, GA.

Ages 10 & 18


Vaccinations are encouraged but not required to audition for this production.  

Due to the limited space backstage of the playhouse, social distancing will be impossible, and therefore actors will be asked to wear a mask through the rehearsal process.  Masks may be removed during show week.  

The On Stage Playhouse Musical Theater Intensive is an unique experience that allows young actors to prepare a full-scale musical in just 3 weeks!  Actors will rehearse on weekdays from 9am to 4pm for 3 full weeks, ending with 4 performances.



Please come any time during the audition dates and times.  Actors MUST wear a mask to enter. 
Auditions will last about 30 minutes.  

Please prepare about 1 minute of a song to sing.  You can sing with a track or accapella. 
There will be cold readings from the script and a dance audition taught.  

*Bring your calendars and be prepared to note any rehearsal conflicts from the information below.    

***NOTE:  Participation in the On Stage Musical Theater Intensive
costs $250.00 and will require an audition.   


We will hold a brief meet-n-greet parent meeting on Wednesday, June 1st at 7pm.  At this meeting, actors will receive their scripts and parents will be asked to sign paperwork.  Our first rehearsal will be on Monday, June 6th from 9am to 4pm.  Rehearsals will be every week day from 9am to 4pm, from June 6th to June 23rd.  A more specific rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions.  No absences allowed during the week of the show.   



June 23, 24, 25 and 26.



Actors of ALL ethnicities are encouraged to audition



Character Breakdown


Chad Danforth

Chad Danforth, one of Troy’s best friends, is a sports fanatic. Focused on winning the basketball championship, Chad slowly begins to understand that there might be more to life than ball – including his crush on Taylor. Look for an actor that partners naturally with Troy, is a leader of his own accord, and can handle a couple of short solos and acting scenes.

Vocal range top: G3

Vocal range bottom: B2


Zeke Baylor

Zeke Baylor, Troy’s other best buddy, is a basketball player with a sweet side. He has two secrets: a crush on Sharpay and a love for baking! Look for an actor with some singing chops who can portray this Wildcat with no shame in his (basketball or baking) game. Zeke has some higher parts to sing, so if necessary, the actor you cast can speak-sing parts that may be out of his natural range.

Vocal range top: G#3

Vocal range bottom: G2


Ms. Darbus

Ms. Darbus is East High’s eccentric drama teacher. Passionate and disciplined, she never stops trying to enrich the lives of her students through the wonders of live theater. Look for a performer who knows how to milk every line and gesture for this role, as the key to Darbus is in her killer comic timing. Be careful of making her too wacky, though; this educator genuinely loves her art and her students, so make sure her heart shines through.


Coach Bolton

Coach Bolton, the stern basketball coach and Troy’s sometimes overbearing dad, lost the big game years ago and wants a second chance through his basketball-star son. Cast an actor who can handle the demands of this mature role – and who can convincingly and comically spar with Ms. Darbus.



The ensemble is your show’s primary group of performers from which you will pull the featured roles and other, perhaps smaller, ensembles. Be sure to select strong singers – as few or as many as your production requires – as all ensembles require group singing. The featured roles call for either solo singing or solo acting, or both.


The BRAINIACS, headed by Taylor McKessie, are the smartest girls and boys in school, including Martha Cox and the change-adverse KRATNOFF.


The JOCKS and CHEERLEADERS are the East High athletes, including Troy, Chad, and Zeke. Both of these groups can be a mix of boys and girls.


The THESPIANS are the drama lovers, including Kelsi, Sharpay, and Ryan, as well as the following auditionees: CATHY, who belts like Ethel Merman, CYNDRA, the opera-lover, JAMES, who can’t sing on pitch and SUSAN, the wannabe pop star.


The PARTY KIDS are students in Troy and Gabriella’s karaoke flashback.


The REBELS, including Troy and Gabriella, don’t stick to the status quo, unlike the various school cliques.


Other featured performers include:


JACK SCOTT, the school announcer with a larger-than-life personality, longs to be a D.J. Look for an actor who will have no problem making this role his own, creating a quirky radio personality with a unique sense of style. While this actor will primarily stay as Jack throughout, there are opportunities to join ensemble numbers such as “Stick to the Status Quo” and “Get’cha Head in the Game.”


DRUM MAJOR, who cheers on the Wildcats.


MS. TENNY, East High’s chemistry teacher.


MODERATOR, for the Science Decathlon (can be double cast as Ms. Tenny)


Questions: Contact the Director, Paula Gerhardt, at director@onstagewalton.com



*HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR is presented by special arrangement with Musical Theater International.