Auditions

All-of-us Express Children's Theatre (AECT) is always seeking talented youth participants! No previous training or experience is required to audition. There is no fee to audition, but there are participation fees.

If you have auditioned with AECT before, in-person auditions may be different than you are used to. Please read through this carefully to prepare for auditions. 

Audition information for AECT's production of "Matilda JR."
  • Auditions are open for ages 6-18.
  • There will be an Audition Workshop on Wednesday, May 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. You do not have to attend the workshop to audition, but it is always encouraged.
  • If you would like to attend this workshop, please register in advance. The workshop will fill up, so don’t wait! Interested participants can register at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center's front desk or by calling (517) 333-2580 ext 0.
  • You may check out a script prior to auditions through the front desk of the East Lansing Hannah Community Center for a $20 deposit. Scripts must be returned at or before auditions to receive your deposit back.
  • Those auditioning do not need to prepare a song. Everyone will be asked to sing a portion of "When I Grow Up" and can practice prior to auditions if they choose to. 
  • Auditions for Matilda JR. are May 19-21. You must audition on one of these days to be considered for this production.
  • To audition for the show, you must reserve a time slot here: https://bit.ly/matildaauditions. Only five people will be allowed to audition at a time and staff can't guarantee that they will be able to accommodate walk-ins.
  • Some people will be asked to return the afternoon of Saturday, May 21 for a callback. It is preferred that anyone hoping to be cast in the show is available to attend this. You will be told as soon as possible after your audition if you need to attend.
  • Please bring a calendar or list of conflicting dates with you so you can disclose any conflicts with rehearsals at the time of auditions.
  • Rehearsals will begin Thursday, May 26 and the production itself will take place July 29-31 and Aug. 5-7. 
  • There will be a full calendar of dates available to view at auditions, but it will not be finalized until after casting so staff can attempt to work around conflicts. 
  • Please be aware that ALL rehearsals and performances beginning Tuesday, July 26 are MANDATORY to participate in this production. 
  • Those auditioning will still be given the option to sign up for a crew in the event that they are not cast in the show. 

Crew Sign-up Information


  • If you are only signing up for crew, you should NOT attend auditions. Instead, please fill out the online form here.
  • You will be contacted with your crew assignment after auditions have concluded and you will be given access to the online calendar to find your crew schedule. 
  • You must complete the crew signup form by Friday, May 20 at 8:30 p.m.