Auditions:  December 5-6

Location: Tyler Civic Theatre Center

AUDITIONS: from 7-10PM


Winner of the Helen Hayes Awards for Best Production and Best Musical, “CROWNS” is a moving and celebratory musical play in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of history and identity as seen through the eyes of Yolanda, a young African-American woman who has been sent South to stay with her aunt after her brother is killed in a northern city. As strong women tell the stories of their lives through stories of their hats, Yolanda witnesses a tradition tracing back to African rituals and slavery and forward to the New Testament and contemporary fashion. Gospel music and dance underscore and support the narratives.

TCTC seeks dynamic Singers, Actors and Dancers for CROWNS, the Musical. (Non Union/No Pay)


MOTHER SHAW (Age 50s- late 60s)
African-American, Female
Obatala -- Orisha of wisdom -- creativity

MABEL (mid 30s-60s)
African-American, Female
Shango -- Orisha of fire -- red and white

VELMA (late 20s-50s)
African-American, Female
Oya -- Orisha of storms -- purple

WANDA (30s-60s)
African-American, Female
Oshun -- Orisha of rivers and water -- gold and water

JEANETTE (20s-40s)
African-American, Female
Yemaya -- Orisha of seas -- blue

YOLANDA (late teens-early 20s)
African-American, Female
Ogun -- green and red

MAN/ELEGBA (45-60s)
African-American, Male
Orisha of crossroads -- red and black


3 Male & 3 Female Singers/Dancers/Movers
Age: Teens-early 40s

All auditions and rehearsals will be in person at the Tyler Civic Theatre.

Please prepare a memorized 16-32 bars of gospel, R&B, pop, blues, rap or hip-hop. If you read music, please bring your sheet music clearly marked. An accompanist will be provided. You may also bring an mp3 or link to the track of your music. You may be asked to sing a cappella. Everyone auditioning will also be required to sing with LIVE piano. You will also be required to learn a short dance/movement combination. Please dress accordingly.

Please fill out the google form to receive more information regarding the show and auditions:

Rehearsals begin December 12, 2022
Director & Choreographer: Illeana Kirven
Assistant Director & Choreography: Pamela B. Erwin
Music Director: Darren Richardson
Stage Manager: Luane Chancellor

Production dates are February 10-12 and February 16-19, 2023.

**Please bring any known scheduling conflicts to your audition. **

If you have any questions, please contact the theatre at 903-592-0561 or via email at


Auditions:  January 30-31

Location: Tyler Civic Theatre Center

Cast list from Wikipedia - Click HERE


Auditions:  march 20-21

Location: Tyler Civic Theatre Center


Auditions:  april 3-4

Location: Tyler Civic Theatre Center

Click HERE for the cast list (from the Rogers & Hammerstein web site)


Auditions:  may 22-23

Location: Tyler Civic Theatre Center

Click HERE for the character descriptions (from the Broadway Rose web site.)


Auditions:  july 10-11

Location: Tyler Civic Theatre Center

Click HERE for character descriptions (from Stage Agent web site)


Auditions:  august 28-29

Location: Tyler Civic Theatre Center

Click HERE for jurior character descriptions

Bradford, Wade. "'Twelve Angry Men': Characters from Reginald Rose's Drama." ThoughtCo, Aug. 27, 2020,

Auditions:  october 2-3

Location: Tyler Civic Theatre Center

The cast includes Ebeneezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Marley’s Ghost, Fred, Fezziwig, the Ghost of Christmas Present, Old Joe, Gentlewoman No. 1, Fan, Mrs. Fezziwig, Belle, Martha Cratchit, the Laundress, and Gentlewoman No. 2, the Ghost of Christmas Past, Mrs. Cratchit, and the Charwoman.


Preparing for the Audition

  • The days activities should be appropriately scheduled on the day of your audition. Be well rested and fed.
  • Pre-read the play or songs for which the audition is being held if possible. Some publishers allow you to order a script. Find the publishers name listed with the play name above.
  • Rehearse your song or monologue for the audition.
  • Be aware of your needs for script, music and musical accompaniment in singing auditions.
  • Dress appropriately for dance auditions: comfortable clothing and proper dance shoes.
  • Call backs are sometimes held after auditions for the director to check voice, look, interaction or other factors that will help in casting. Callbacks do not mean that you are going to get a part and not getting called back does not mean you are not going to get the part. It is just an opportunity for the director to check something that might not have been apparent the first time around or to check dynamics of a group or pairing.

Two forms are required before you can audition, the Audition Information Sheet and the Media Release Form.  Blank forms will be available at the Theatre, or, if you click HERE, you can print out blank forms, fill them in and bring them with you to the audition.  NOTE:  This is a 'fill-in' PDF form.  Some browsers let you fill in the form fields on the form from the browser.  Or, you can download the PDF and use a PDF reader (like Adobe Reader DC) to fill out the form on your computer and print out a nice, legible form to bring with you.

If you are cast, please fill out a medical release FORM CLICK HERE
(please print and Bring with you. it is mandatory)

Social Distancing and auditioning

The Tyler Civic Theatre Center is dedicated to the health and safety of all employees, volunteers, actors, auditioners, cast, crew, patrons and visitors.

We are practicing social distancing and the instructions from experts and our state government.

This makes auditioning complicated.  Each production has its own challenges.

Some auditions might be in social-distanced in-person.  Others might use streaming technologies like Zoom.  In other cases, the director may only want audition tapes (or other media).

There will be more specific information appended to this page for each specific audition as it becomes available.

Theater Terms

Audition. A formally arranged session for an actor to display his or her talents when seeking a role in an upcoming production of a play, film or television project, usually to a casting director, director or producers.

Blocking. In rehearsals, actors practice the required movements, in a pattern or along a path, for a given scene that allows them to avoid any awkward positions, such as one actor walking in front of another actor or standing with his or her back to the audience.

Callback. A second audition where an actor is either presented to the producer and director or, in the case of commercials, is filmed on tape again for final consideration.

Call Time. The time you are supposed to report to the set.

Cold Reading. Delivering a speech or acting a scene at an audition without having read it beforehand.

Diaphragm. The lower part of the lungs, filling the abdominal space, that supports the voice when actors and singers breathe correctly on stage.

Downstage. The area of the stage closest to the audience.

Greenroom. Where actors wait to go onstage. Not necessarily green.

Hot Sheet. A notice that comes out once a week with up to date information for actors.

Monologue. A speech used by an actor to demonstrate his or her ability at an audition.

Notes. Instructions, usually regarding changes in an actor’s blocking or performance, given after a rehearsal by the director, musical director, choreographer or stage manager.

Off-book. When an actor knows his or her lines and no longer needs to carry the script.

Props. Any moveable object, from a letter to a sword, used by an actor during a performance.

Read-through. When the director and the actors sit around a table and read through the entire script to get familiar with the story, their roles, and their fellow actors.

Stage Left. The side of the stage that is to the actor’s left as he or she faces the audience.

Stage Right. The side of the stage that is to the actor’s right as he or she faces the audience.

Strike. To remove something from a set, or tear it down.

Understudy. An actor, often playing a small role, who learns another role, so as to be able to perform it if the regular actor is ill.

Upstage. The rear area of the stage farthest from the audience; also used to describe an actor’s attempt to distract audience attention from what another actor is doing.

Tyler Civic Theatre is a community theatre, which means that the actors who perform on our stage are everyday people who have a talent and interest in the theatre. Everyone from the novice to the most seasoned actor is welcome to audition for our productions. From musicals to comedies, dramas, and children's productions, there is something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming audition!