Summer Stock 2020 – Youth Theatre Northwest

Audition dates:

Aristocats: group audition 

March 24 4:00- 4:45pm 

March 28 10:00-10:45am 

13, Shrek, and Men On Boats*, Summer of Horror** individual audition 

March 24 5:00pm- 9:00pm  

March 26 4:00pm-9:00pm  

March 28 11:30am-6:00pm 

*Men On Boats can also accept video audition especially for those who are currently away in college. If you are interested in a video submission, please contact Executive Artistic Director Mimi Katano at  

** If you are interested in Summer of Horror ONLY, please film a one-minute monologue and send to If you were in Summer of Horror in 2019 and are interested in being called back for Summer of Horror 2020, please email   

Callbacks March 31 and April 1 (times TBD)

SIGN UP FOR GRADES 4+ (13, Shrek, and Men On Boats, Summer of Horror)

SIGN UP FOR GRADES 1-5 (Aristocats ONLY)


Teen Musical (actors grades 6-12)


Directed by Mimi Katano 

Musical Direction by Haile Looper

Rehearsals: June 22-July 9 (There IS a rehearsal on July 3) Mon-Thurs 4:30-9:30, Fridays 1:00-6:00 

Performances: July 10-25 Thursday/Friday/Saturday at 7:00pm 

Location: YTN Parish Hall Theatre (Mon-Thurs rehearsals and all performances), Friday rehearsals are at Mercer Island United Methodist Church

Tuition: $650 

Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are the labels that can last a lifetime. With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County) 13 is a musical about fitting in – and standing out! 

Evan Goldman is plucked from his fast-paced, preteen New York City life and plopped into a sleepy Indiana town following his parents divorce. Surrounded by an array of simpleminded middle school students, he needs to establish his place in the popularity pecking order. Can he situate himself on a comfortable link of the food chain... or will he dangle at the end with the outcasts?!? 

Directed by YTN’s Executive Artistic Director Mimi Katano, and Musical Direction by Halie Looper (Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr. 2019), this duo reprises their roles from YTN’s 2013 production and will be casting 15-20 teens.  

Though this is a show about middle school, 13 requires some advanced singers and students who look older than 13 for some of the roles.  High school aged actors are encouraged and welcome to audition. 


Young Stage Musical (actors grades 1-5)

Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS

Directed by Rachel Carlson 

Rehearsals: June 29-July 17 (no rehearsal on Friday, July 3) Mon-Fri 10:00-2:00 

Performances: July 18-July 26 Sat/Sun/Fri at 11:00am 

Location: Risdon Middle School, Newcastle 

Tuition: $525 

Based on the beloved Disney animated film, and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable twists and turns. 

In the heart of Paris, a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. Laughs and adventure ensue as the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnap caper. Now it's up to the rough-and-tumble alley cat, Thomas O'Malley, and his band of swingin' jazz cats to save the day. 

Directed by YTN Alumni Rachel Carlson (Radio Drama 2019 and 2020, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse 2018) Disney's The Aristocats KIDS will be looking to cast 15-20 energetic actors who want to gain production experience. 


Multi-age Musical (actors grades 4-12)

Shrek The Musical Jr. 

Directed by Zoe Wilson  

Musical Direction by Nathan Shiu  

 Rehearsals: July 20-August 6 Mon-Fri 10:00-3:00 

Performances: August 7-16 Friday 7:00pm, Wed/Thurs/Sat/Sun 11:00am 

Location: Risdon Middle School, Newcastle 

Tuition: $650 

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family. 

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek.  One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task — if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way. 

Zoe Wilson (Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr., and The Lion King Jr.) returns to YTN Summer Stock to direct this production and Nathan Shiu (Fiddler on the Roof Jr., Mary Poppins Jr. and The Lion King Jr.) joins her as the Musical Director. They will be looking to cast 25-30 actors. 


New This Year! 

YTN Annex: an advanced acting program for high school and college students

Men On Boats (actors ages 14-20)

Directed by Erin Murray 

Rehearsals: July 27-August 13 Mon-Fri 4:30-10:00 (plus possible weekend rehearsals) 

Performances: August 14-22 Thursday/Friday/Saturday at 8:00pm and Sundays at 7:00pm. 

Location: YTN Parish Hall Theatre 

Tuition: $350 (Work Study Available)  

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Men On Boats is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. But the intriguing part is that this piece of history is being told by 10 women playing the explorers, cleverly putting a distance between what actually happened and how we can understand it now. As Ben Bradly of New York Times wrote, “…imagining life in another, distant time always requires a leap of faith. The past has its own language, customs and sense of the human place in the world. Whenever screen and stage artists try to summon what life must have been like long ago, we’re too often conscious of jarring inconsistencies, of the anachronisms that are allowed to slip in. Men on Boats starts from the realization that we can never recreate exactly how it was. This play’s perspective is that of a contemporary reader filtering accounts of another age through her own latter-day sensibility.”  

This thrilling and widely acclaimed play by Jaclyn Backhaus comes to YTN as the inaugural production of YTN Annex, our new advanced acting company, directed by Erin Murray. We are looking for 10 female identifying and non-binary actors of high school and college age.  


Teen Horror Film (actors grades 7-12)

Summer of Horror

Directed by Kim Douthit

YTN’s hit film-making project returns! Directed by horror film and supernatural connoisseur Kim Douthit, YTN’s high school students will create a horror film from the ground up. Along with the directors and production staff, students will learn the art of filmmaking and acting for camera. Our film will have its red carpet premiere in late October in a theatre (to be announced) as YTN’s Halloween Event and a possible showing at SIFF.

Film 1: Week of July 13 4:30-10:00

Film 2: Week of August 10 4:30-10:00

Film 3: Week of August 24 4:30-10:00

Each film will have different scripts and we will have them by callback and know which film will shoot when. You can be in multiple films if you wish.  Just let us know when you send in your audition video of your preference.

Tuition: $550 (if in all three films)

$450 (if in two films)

$350 (if in one film)