A new play by Cori Anne Laemmel
Presented with gratitude to the Metro Arts Commission Creation Grant

Director: Cori Anne Laemmel
Assistant Directors: Evan Wilkerson and Margaret Horne
Choreographer: Bakari King
Music Director/Composer: Laura Matula
Stage Management: Jonah Darnell
Costuming: Lynda Cameron-Bayer
Set Design and construction: Matt Logan and Tyson Laemmel

The Theater Bug is excited to announce auditions for the new original play, Second Hand Wings, by Cori Anne Laemmel with music by Cori Anne Laemmel and Laura Matula. Second Hand Wings will be presented under the mentorship of The Rainbow Squad, East Nashville’s first middle school LGBTQ+ group, as well as adult members of the trans community. The show is an allegory about trans youth, and was lovingly created together with members of the trans community of all ages and their families.

The Theater Bug is seeking 30-60 diverse young actors ages 6-18 for one-two casts. There is one role for an actor 4-5 years old. To be seen for this role please submit an email request to here and we will see these actors together on Dec 16th. The roles of Robin and Wren the Youtuber should be played by trans actors between 8-12 and 15-18. There are additional roles also written with trans actors in mind.


*Please note that the pronouns “they/them” will be used in the synopsis when referring to Robin/Robby.

As a young child, Robby is eager to learn the words and meanings for things discovered in the world around them. “Run” and “Sky” and “Fast” all felt just like they should, but when Robby is called “boy” something doesn’t feel right, and Robby yearns to find the word that matches their heart. One day in the park Robby sees a robin in a tree and struggles to explain to friends and family the pain of being born a bird without wings. Confiding in Astrid, a young girl in the same class, Robbie tells her about being a bird and wanting to be called Robin instead of Robbie. In a kind moment, Astrid offers Robin her dress up wings. Robin searches for a way to fly, while the community discovers the power behind the words, “I believe and I love you.”

Character Breakdown will be released prior to auditions.
To read an excerpt from the play, click HERE
To listen to the song "City of Boxes", click


December 12-13, 2pm-8pm

Call Backs:

December 14, 4-8pm and December 15, 12-6pm

4 and 5-year-old auditions:

December 16, 2-3pm


After school and weekends from January 4-26
(Some principals may be called between Christmas and New Years)

Mandatory tech and show dates:

If two casts: January 27-February 10 (Both casts tech, pick up rehearsals and shows)
If one cast: January 27-February 1 (Tech week) February 2-3 & 7-10 (Shows)
* Parent meeting for those auditioning: December 11, 7-8pm

Performers must be available on ALL mandatory dates.
Performers are allowed 3 conflicts in the rehearsal period.
Students will only be called as they are needed for scenes and will never be called more than 5 days in a week with the exception of a show week.

Audition Requirements:

All actors must prepare a memorized one-minute contemporary (modern) monologue in an age appropriate role. There are a few singing roles, though this play is not a musical. To be considered for a singing role, please prepare one minute of the song of your choice. Please bring a karaoke track or sheet music in the correct key. If you are using an accompanist, please sign up in the accompanist hour (December 12 from 6-8pm). Actors may also be asked to read from the script. Young readers will be given a buddy to help.

4&5-year-old actors auditioning for young Robby do not need a song or a monologue and will just be asked to memorize sides from the script. This is the first and last scene of the play. Sides need to be memorized prior to auditions. Robby is a happy, curious and adventurous child. A dreamer armed with the bravery to face adversity. Click here to download young Robby sides.

Break a leg and HAVE FUN!


The first step in auditioning is choosing great, appropriate material that you love! When choosing material you'll want to make sure it:

  • Is age appropriate. All material should be for a character that could be played by you.

  • Is unique. Some material has been heard so many times, it gets a little lost on your audience. Let's find you something special!

  • Plays to your strengths. If you are an awesome alto, don't choose a soprano piece.

  • Is something you love to perform. If you love it, it will show!

Wondering where to find a monologue? Here are some tips:

  • Read plays! Lots of them. Look for characters your age. Check the library, Amazon or book stores. Straight plays tend to have more monologues than musicals, but you can find them in either.

  • Read books! Some of your favorite fictional characters may have great monologue material! These may need some editing so it sounds like it is being delivered in the present tense to another person. You'll need to edit our the "he saids" and other narrative parts. We can help.

  • Watch movies! I bet you can find some one minute pieces from a character you love in your favorite movie!

  • Surfing the internet for monologues can be a little risky. Many of them are not great pieces or are pretty over done. You could find a gem if you look hard enough!

What about songs?

Since we often require everyone to have sheet music for a program, we wanted to give you a hand. Some of our favoite places to find sheet music are:

OR you can check with us and we will try and help you! Please double check that the song is in the key you want!