All-of-us Express Children's Theatre (AECT) is always seeking talented youth participants! No previous training or experience is required to audition. There is no fee to audition, but there are participation fees.

If you have auditioned with AECT before, in-person auditions may be different than you are used to. Please read through this carefully to prepare for auditions. 

Auditions are open for ages 9-18 (8-year-olds are acceptable as long as they will turn 9 by Nov. 1). You may check out a script prior to auditions through the front desk of the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, for a $15 deposit. Scripts must be returned at or before auditions to receive your deposit back. 

Auditions for "The Hobbit"

Auditions for "The Hobbit" are Aug. 26-27, 2021. You must audition on one of these days to be considered for this production. To audition for the show, you must reserve a time slot here:

There will be an audition workshop for this production held on Wednesday, Aug. 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This workshop requires pre-registration, and is $15 to attend ($10 for members). The workshop serves as a practice audition and a chance to ask questions about the production or AECT in general. You can register for this workshop by visiting the front desk of the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, or calling (517) 333-2580 ext. 0. 

For auditions, only five people will be allowed to audition at a time, and AECT cannot guarantee that walk-ins will be accommodated. Some people will be asked to return the morning of Aug. 28 for a callback. It is preferred that anyone hoping to be cast in the show is available to attend this. You will be told by the night of Aug. 27 if you should come. 

AECT asks that the youth auditioning come into the building alone if they are comfortable to further keep the number of people in spaces down. The entire audition process will take about 30 minutes. 

In accordance with CDC guidelines, AECT is not requiring masks for this production, but masks are recommended for anyone not fully vaccinated. All-of-us Express staff are all fully vaccinated. 

Please bring a calendar or list of conflicting dates with you so you can disclose any conflicts with rehearsals at the time of auditions. Rehearsals will begin Sept. 9, and the production itself will take place Nov. 5-7 and Nov. 12-14. There will be a full calendar of dates available to view at auditions, but dates will not be finalized until after casting in order to work around conflicts. Please be aware that ALL rehearsals and performances beginning Nov. 1 are MANDATORY to participate in this production. 

Those auditioning will still be given the option to sign up for a crew in the event that they are not cast in the show. 

Crew Sign-up Information

If you are only signing up for crew, you should NOT attend auditions. Instead, please fill out the online form here.

You will be contacted with your crew assignment after auditions have concluded and will be given access to the online calendar to find your crew schedule. You must complete the crew sign-up form by August 27, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. 

Find additional crew information here.