By Cori Anne Laemmel

Auditions December 11 & 12, 2017
By appointment only

Callbacks (as needed) December 13 & 14, 2017

Please read thru all the information below before scheduling an audition. If you have any questions, please reply to this email or call us at 615-818-7358. Thanks!

Seeking 50 actors between the ages of 6-18 for 2 casts.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: Please prepare one minute of a contemporary monologue. All the characters in Ward are children or teens, so please choose a piece that is from the perspective of a character close to your own age. Poetry is not recommended.  All pieces should be memorized. Please bring a headshot and resume to your audition, if you have one.
Auditions will also include reading from the script. Actors with difficulty reading can let us know and we will provide a partner to assist!
Actors called back for the roles of Genevieve or Hopscotch may be asked to sing or dance in the callback.
All ages, genders, ethnicities and skill levels are encouraged to audition.
We will not be able to cast all who audition.

Break a leg and HAVE FUN!

For tips on choosing a monologue or advice for the audition process see below.


Rehearsals: January 3-28, excluding Jan.13-14.  Rehearsals will take place after school hours and on weekends (4-8:30pm Mon.–Fri.; Sat. 10am-6pm and Sun. 2-6pm). Performers will not be called every day.

Mandatory Tech Rehearsals Cast 1: January 29-31
Mandatory Performances Cast 1: February 1-4 (Thurs-Sun evenings & Sat matinee)
Mandatory Tech Rehearsals Cast 2: February 5-7
Mandatory Performances Cast 2: February 8-11 (Thurs-Sun evenings & Sat matinee)
Possible Holdover Weekend: February 15-18
Due to the complexity of casting, we cannot accept requests for performance weekends. We do allow 3 pre-approved conflicts during the regular rehearsal period. Please note that we will not be rehearsing on January 13-14. 

The Theater Bug is located at 4809 Gallatin Pike, Nashville in the back building of New Life Baptist Church.

If you have questions, contact us via email ( or text or call 615-818-7358.

To schedule an auditions click HERE.

The Barefoot Children in the City of Ward Synopsis

“Welcome to the City of Ward! You can stay here forever, as long as you know the rules!" Inside the gates of Ward lies an incredible city made up only of children. The city is beautiful, but hides a secret. In reality, it is the children's ward of "Nations Hospital" one of the best pediatric facilities in the world. Join the children as they invite you into the world of their imaginations that will surely make you a believer in magic.”

Because this shows deal with topics such as cancer and the death of a character, we encourage families to read the material prior to auditions. The script is currently under rewrites and an updated version will be out after casting, so please expect changes, though they will not be drastic. The show will be produced in partnership with Gilda's Club Nashville who will be providing support and answering questions for students, parents staff and audiences through the process as needed.


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!