Audition Only Shows

In addition to technique and production classes, HITS offer Audition Only Shows, the most notable of which is the annual HITS production at Miller Outdoor Theatre in the spring. Audition Only Shows are largely limited to MainStage and Rising Stars age levels, although younger students occasionally audition. It's important to note that these shows are cast by audition only and students can register for the show only if they are cast.

Throughout the process, all participants learn a great deal about what it takes to put on a full-scale show. Rehearsals and casting will be structured toward producing a stylish and professional performance for Houston audiences.


shrek audition

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.

"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek.

Shrek presents a treasure trove of creative opportunities, including costumes, sets, puppets (there is a fire-breathing dragon after all) and more! Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.

Book and Lyrics by DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE  


Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

HITS is not only going green this spring, we are going big with Shrek The Musical at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

The production will be directed by Chesley Krohn, along with Michael Mertzas Music Director, and Dana Lewis as the Choreographer.

This Audition only production will be for students in grades 7 thru 12. The cast will rehearse on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Mondays from 7 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

There will be six performances for this cast at Miller Outdoor Theatre, March 29 - 31, 2018 and April 5-7, 2018.

Auditions will take place as follows:

Monday, November 27, 2017   5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Vocal Auditions*
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Vocal Auditions*
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Vocal Auditions*
Thursday, November 30, 2017 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dance Audition**
**Every one auditioning should attend the dance audition, no additional signup is required.
Friday, December 1, 2017 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Director Callbacks
Saturday, December 2, 2017 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Callbacks
Sunday, December 3, 2017 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Callbacks (if needed)

*Vocal Auditions are scheduled in 5 minute increments. Please bring a 16-bar cut of sheet music to the audition. Sides for reading will be provided at the auditions.

Prior to arrival for your vocal audition, please complete the Audition Form and review the conflict calendar with your spring schedule. Attach your headshot to your completed audition form.

The dance audition is for everyone auditioning. Please wear shoes and clothing that you can easily move in.
You will be notified of callbacks and casting via email. 

Preliminary Rehearsal Schedule

Intensive Rehearsal Week (required for all students** casted in the production):

January 2-5, 2018          12:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

** If your school is in session during any part of this week, then you will be required to come after school is dismissed from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Rehearsals will begin January 6 and run through March 18, 2018. Rehearsals are Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Mondays are also available for rehearsals for called individuals from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. as needed.

Spring Break - March 12-16, 2018
Rehearsals will be announced if necessary.

Tech Weeks will begin Monday, March 19 and go through Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Call times are 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. week 1 and 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. week 2. There is no call on Sunday, March 25, 2018. 

HITS will perform at Miller, March 29-31 and April 5-7, 2018.

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Theatre is an art form of collaboration. It takes artists, technicians, actors and individuals like you to bring HITS Theatre's work to the stage. Tuition only covers a fraction of HITS operating costs every year. Every donation helps to keep our theatre open.