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Auditions for The Velveteen Rabbit and Aladdin will occur in mid-December.  Audition dates will be announced by September 30. We try our best to spread out opportunities to as many as possible throughout the season. Learn about our shows at this link.

Mainstage Audition Results


After hours upon hours of deliberation and then more conversations over the weekend, we have decided upon the cast for Hansel & Gretel.  Additionally, you will find postings for our Crew, Front of House Team, and Showtime Pals.

Please look for your name carefully.  If you signed up for crew, front-of-house, Showtime Pal etc., it may be posted after the cast list.

We will be in touch soon regarding Teaching Apprenticeships.  These positions need to be decided amongst our entire staff here at DJT.  We will contact Teaching Apprentices individually, using contact info supplied at auditions. Students will be contacted by September 1.

Thanks again to all the students who auditioned!  We mean it here at Davenport Junior Theatre when we say you should all be very proud of your audition. You were all quite brave and we were really impressed with your talents.

Unfortunately, we were not able to cast everyone who auditioned as we have a limited number of roles.  Over 60 students auditioned for   Many considerations go into selecting a cast. We have to cast a variety of students and take into account all sorts of consideration to fulfill the vision of our director and design team.

Please note that over the course of the season we try to spread around roles and opportunities to as many kids as possible.

Whether cast or not, we have included a list of other awesome opportunities coming up here at DJT that you should all consider.  We will have many, many more Mainstage productions and the best thing you can do between now and then is stay involved and keep learning!

Should you have any additional questions about the audition process, do not hesitate to e-mail our Artistic Director, Daniel Sheridan E-MAIL, or call 563/888-2216. He would be happy to chat with you about the audition.


Other Opportunities

Whether cast in a production or not, we hope that you will continue to explore Theatre and Dance at DJT.  Be sure to check out all the great opportunities!

Theatre classes begin September 12.
Dance classes begin September 14.

Theatre Classes - 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 those who may want to explore design and technical theatre, checkout our new Sound Design and Stagecraft classes too.

Dance for Theatre - This is a crossover class perfect for students interested in both theatre and dance! Students learn basic dance moves that are used in theatre musical performances, as well as basic tap and jazz skills that are valuable to any stage performer. Other dance classes are available too!

Magic Workshop - Award-winning magician, David Casas, will lead this special 6-week magic workshop series at Davenport Junior Theatre!  Students will learn basic tricks involving slight of hand, rope, balls, cards, and other everyday items turned to magic. Magic teaches focus, dedication, coordination and communication.  All magic tools are covered by the enrollment fee. The class will conclude with a demonstration of skills learned.  Join us as you learn the skills it takes to say “Abracadabra” and “Presto!”

Season Kick Off Celebration – We would like to invite all families (students and parents) to our Season Kick Off Celebration on Friday, September 4 from 6:00pm – 6:45pm.  This event will feature a special light show, behind the scenes tours, and tons of other cool stuff all about DJT.  We’ll even have a reception following the event with light refreshments and a chance to mingle.  We hope you and your family can join us.


Hansel & Gretel

Listed below is the Cast, Crew and other positions for Hansel & Gretel

We will be sending out a packet to you in the mail by Monday, August 31.  In this packet, there will be a detailed schedule, script, information about registration payment, registration forms and other important documents.  Please take time to look them all over as a family.

The first rehearsal will be Tuesday, September 8 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. All actors are called to attend. We would also like the crew to attend rehearsal if they are available.  If you are unable to attend, pleaes email Daniel Sheridan. In your packets that will arrive in the mail, you will receive a full schedule that will take you through the end of the show in October.  We pride ourselves on reliable and consistent scheduling.

Parents Meeting : On the first day of rehearsal, we ask parents to join us for the opening 30 minutes.  We have information for you and the kids that we’d love to share!  We’ll also have a chance to field any and all questions you may have as well.

Actor registration is $75.00.  Tech Crew and Assistant Stage Manager registration is $45.00.  There is no fee for Front-of-House or Showtime Pal.  Payment details will be found in your packets.  An online registration option will be provided at a later date.

If you are on a Crew, you will receive a specific schedule of when you need to be at rehearsals. Generally, the crew begins attending rehearsals roughly 14 days before the show opens. The schedule will be found in your packet.

Tuesday, September 8 – Friday, October 16
(Detailed schedule will be found in packet. We try to take into consideration student schedules.)

Tech Week:
Wednesday, October 7 – Friday, October 16
(Please no conflicts from this point on. It is vital that students are there throughout tech process and for final rehearsals. Unlike a sport, we cannot have just anyone fill in.)

Saturday, October 17 at 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Sunday, October 18 at 2:00pm
Saturday, October 24 at 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Sunday, October 25 at 2:00pm
(There are no Wednesday afternoon Stepping Stones performances for our October productions.)

Cast List:
HANSEL, a young boy – Roger P
GRETEL, his sister – Audrey S
FREDERICK, a neighbor boy – Tyler W
SUSIE, a neighbor girl – Kira R
JOHANNA, a neighbor girl – Bell K
LYDIA, a gypsy storyteller – Grace H
FRICK, a goblin in the service of the witch – Cayla O
FRACK, another goblin – Sydney R
WITCH, of the forest – Emily B
MOTHER, of Hansel & Gretel – Veronica A
FATHER, of Hansel & Gretel – Shaun G
TROLL, two headed forest creature – Emma H, Joie S
OWL, wise and helpful – Andy P
DEW PRINCESS, of the forest – Grace A
ECHO, forest sprite – Emma B
SANDMAN, spirit of peace and rest – Faith D
ENSEMBLE, kids, cookies, and variety of other characters – Katie Mah, Jack S, Nate F, Malia P, Lillian Y, Molly D

* Remember that there is a $75.00 enrollment fee for actors.  More details will be found in your packets.

Tech Team
Assistant Stage Managers – Cara H, Katie Mak
Crew – Sam S, Alexa N, Matthew Y, Aaron R, Sam H
* Specific crew duties (i.e. stage hand, costume crew, light board op, etc.) will be decided at a later date.  Please join us at the rehearsal on Tuesday, September 8 from 6pm – 8pm. $45.00 enrollment fee, details in packet you will receive.

Front-of-House – Inna G, Madison P, Cyrus B, Sydni S
* We will be in touch soon about the Front-of-House!  It is a lot of fun.  Just like the audition, the experience begins the moment the audience walks in the door.  And you will be the ones to make the first impression!  Your work in the lobby sets the stage for the show.  We will have one special training rehearsal that will be scheduled at a later date.  Working the front of house is like performing a small part in the show!  Not required to be at opening rehearsal.

Showtime Pals – Emily A, Rebecca C, Jenny M, Katelyn S
* Actors playing Showtime Pal will be contacted by Artistic Director Daniel Sheridan at a later date. There will be one rehearsal scheduled prior to the show.  Scripts will be sent in advance. Showtime Pal may be the most important role in all of Junior Theatre and we are excited to have you as part of this long tradition!  Not required to be at opening rehearsal.


Auditions for Aladdin and The Velveteen Rabbit will be in mid-December.  We will announce dates officially by September 30.  Please do try out again, as we try to spread parts and opportunities about throughout the season.

Remember to checkout our line up of Fall Theatre and Dance classes.  Now is always a good time to keep learning and having fun!  Theater details click here.  /  Dance details click here.

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?  Click here for the journey!

Take a look at our past Mainstage productions!

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