2018 Winter Musical Audition

Madeline's Christmas 


If You are unable to attend our scheduled audition dates, please send us an email asap and we will try to make alternate arrangements!

Dream Arts Co. announces AUDITIONS for


This family holiday musical based on the

Madeline stories of Ludwig Bemelmans. 

"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines" ... 

Join us for the holiday charm of Madeline!

Audition: October 28, 2018. 

Callbacks (If needed): TBD

Show Dates: December 14-16, 2018

Actors 7-Adult with all levels of experience are welcome to audition! 

All listed dates are subject to change. 

Based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans.  “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.”  So begins this delightful story of Madeline's Christmas! Miss Clavel takes the little girls on their morning walk. Suddenly disaster strikes when everyone gets the flu! Everyone that is, except for the ever-resilient Madeline. Saddened that they may not be able to go home for Christmas, the girls and Miss Clavel take to their beds. But on Christmas Eve, the adventure begins… 


Book and lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby. Music by Shirley Mier. 


Performers ages 7 & up are eligible to audition.


Rehearsals are weeknights after 4:30p.m. (2-3 times a week)

Weekend rehearsals will vary.


Please indicate ALL possible rehearsal conflicts on your audition form.


FEE: $200 for students selected for the production.  APPLIES TO STUDENTS CURRENTLY (18/19 SESSION) IN ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL. 


Adults DO NOT PAY a production fee.


See additional tuition and production details below. 


This program is perfectly designed for newcomers and seasoned performers!




There is tuition and additional production related fees for youth and teens who are currently in elementary, middle or high school. See details below.

Tuition Fee: Participants in elementary, middle or high school, who are cast, will pay a $200 production fee. 

Tuition is non-refundable/non-transferable. 100% of these fees are put towards the cost of the production. All shows and final rehearsals are mandatory. 

Costume Fee. Participants in elementary, middle or high school. Rented or custom made costumes are not fully covered by the production fee. 
Participants will pay a fee to help cover the rental, creation and/or purchase of costume items. Prices will vary depending on size and number of roles.

ADDITIONAL FEES (most are optional): 
Merchandise (cast t-shirts/sweatpants/bags, etc.)
Cast Retreat (not optional)
Show tickets
Field trips
Costume accessories/shoes/wigs/leotards/tights (not optional); 
Cast Party. 

These and other ancillary costs are not included in the tuition fee.

Parent Volunteer Hours are REQUIRED for all parents with children currently in elementary, middle or high school.

After casting, you may indicate your parent work assignment preference, but assignments are made based on production needs. The strike is scheduled immediately following the final production.

Children of parents who fail to volunteer for both a pre-production duty and show duty will be dismissed from the cast. Tuition is non-refundable.

Audition & Rehearsal Location: Primarily our Bloomfield Hills studio. 

Advance sign up for auditions is required.


To make an appointment please email the following details: 



SCHOOL/current grade (18/19yr) IF APPLICABLE: 


parental contact information (INCLUDING EMAIL) (FOR MINORS): 


EMAIL:  dacodetroit@hotmail.com (SUBJECT: MADELINE AUDITION)


You will receive a confirmation email with your exact time and audition location once your request is received and processed.   Please allow a few days for a response. Our office hours are not traditional full or part-time hours. 



Acting ability will be judged from the vocal audition, so performers must demonstrate acting talent through their song.

What to prepare:
1. Please prepare a one-full Broadway, DISNEY or Opera song that best highlights your range in the style of the show.  

2. Please have your music clearly marked and in a 3-ring binder with pages copied back to back.

3. A professional accompanist will be provided. 

4. A cappella auditions are not an option.

5. Bring a 8x10 headshot/recent photo. You DO NOT need a professional head-shot. A simple pic of yourself is fine. Make sure you are the only one in the picture. Photos are not returned to you. Please write your full name on the back of your 8x10 photo.

6. Parents can wait in our lobby during the auditions.

7. Please NO selections from, "BEAUTY/BEAST”, “A LITTLE PRINCESS”, “HAMILTON”, "WICKED”. Please, no selections from Stephen Sondheim. No POP songs!

8. VERY IMPORTANT: Please plan on performing your musical selection with the same amount of acting with which you rehearse and perform a monologue or scene.

9. Arrive NO MORE THAN 10 minutes before your audition appointment. 

10. PLEASE NOTE: The entire audition process may take approximately 1 -2.5 hours.

11. ADVICE: Please do not wait until the last minute to order your music online and/or from a local store. It often takes a couple of weeks for shipping. Also, we strongly suggest practicing/reviewing your sheet music with a pianist before your audition. Do not assume the CD/Radio version of your song is the same as your sheet music. Hearing the sheet music version of a song for the first time during an actual audition will not allow you to perform at your best!!

12. Online Sheet Music Resources: JW Pepper Music online;www.sheetmusicplus.com; www.amazon.com


Rehearsal days: TBD


Rehearsals typically take place weeknights (2-3 times a week) after 4:30p.m. and a few Saturday’s – early morning. All cast members are not scheduled for all rehearsals.

Please indicate all conflicts including trips and camps on your audition form.


Rehearsal times will vary from one role to another as rehearsals are scheduled around scenes. Therefore, some participants will rehearse more often than other participants. Once you receive your audition form --you are asked to indicate if you have regular rehearsal conflicts during the week and on weekends.


ALL PARTICIPANTS are required to attend dress rehearsal every night of performance week. These rehearsals are vital for everyone in the company.


Technical rehearsals are scheduled for: December 7-Opening Night. 



1. We require you to submit all conflicts during the auditions.

2. All conflicts must be handed in by the last night of callbacks.

3. Additional conflicts or new conflicts are considered unexcused absences, and may lead to being dropped from the show.

3a. If a performer is forced to withdraw because of too many conflicts, no tuition will be refunded.

4. We accept one unexcused absences and we do keep track of unexcused absences. 

5. We reserve the right to not cast a participant if that person has an excessive number of conflicts.

6. Participants may have NO conflicts during technical weeks (the last week of rehearsals before the show opens.)



Our casting policy reflects this goal. When we cast a show, we look deeper than the external image each performer shows us. We recognize the way a person auditions is not always an accurate representation of his or her talent level. For that reason, what we attempt to do in the casting process is to learn a little bit about how each student is wired. We look more at the personality and raw talent in a person than we do at the perfectly prepared few minutes of audition material.


The best shows are the ones with strong talent throughout every member in the cast. Every student will receive the same hands-on, detailed instruction and opportunities to learn, whether they are a lead or a chorus member.


Will you accept any role? We plan to cast as many performers as we possibly can, but we anticipate a high turnout for auditions. Clearly, with a large turnout, only a couple of people out of dozens will get the role they want. However, the ensemble/chorus roles are just as important to the show as the leads are. This is especially true here at DACO, as we like to feature every performer as much as possible. 

Please understand that it is very difficult to cast a show, and it becomes even harder if people drop out after casting. It is important that we know up front whether you are fully committed to doing this show and making it the spectacular success we know it can be. If you will only accept a particular role, we need to know that up front. It would not be fair to anybody if we gave you a different (but still significant) lead role, and you chose to drop out.


It is the policy of DACO that if an actor auditions for a show (agrees to take any role including ensemble) and is cast, they must accept the role they are given. If the actor chooses not to participate in the production following the cast list being announced, they may NOT audition for another show for 1 year.


That actor will also NOT be considered for a lead role in the next production they audition. In addition, this action may be considered in future casting decisions and any written references.

Not only is dropping a show unprofessional, it is disrespectful to the directors, cast members, and above all to the craft of theatre itself.

Available roles include:

Madeline (Female) The brave and endearing little girl who turns tragedy into triumph! 

Miss Clavel (Female) The disciplined yet loving boarding-school nun who watches over the "twelve little girls in two straight lines."

Monsieur (or Madame) Brun (Male or Female) The French history teacher at the boarding school.

Harsha (Male or Female) The magical Rug Merchant who helps make the twelve little girls' Christmas wishes come true.

Mrs. Murphy (Female) The slightly bewildered yet humorous cook who works at the boardinghouse.

The Little Girls (Female)

Other roles:

Citizens of Paris, Zoo Patrons (Male and Female, All Ages)