Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre

Youth Education/Entertainment Series (Y.E.S.!)

Announces Auditions for


All auditions are open calls, with notices posted in BackStage West, by email, and on our website. You may also call the box office for audition information, approximately 8-10 weeks before a show opens. To sign up for our Y.E.S. Audition email list, please click here.

Open Auditions for Ages from 8 – 18




A Play by Greg Banks

Based upon the story by Carlo Collodi




This exciting new adaptation of the classic Italian story incorporates the audience’s imagination to reinforce the universal importance of telling the truth. Desperate for a son, lonely puppeteer Gepetto crafts a wooden boy. Pinocchio, however, is not content with his stilted life, so after making a promise to his father, he heads off to school, believing that’s the key to becoming a real boy. Along the way, Pinocchio is easily sidetracked by diversions that he hopes will result in more money, friends and fun. Though he gets tricked out of his only possessions, Pinocchio eventually overcomes his scheming foes with the help of a clever cricket and a helpful fairy.

Monday, May 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, May 25, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

No Appointment Needed.  Actors only need to attend one day of auditions.

CALLBACKS on Monday, May 29, from 5:30 to 8:00pm and Tuesday, May 30, from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

You will be notified by email if you will be needed for Callbacks.
Auditions are cold readings from the script.
This play is done in story theater style. Casting is not gender-specific. All actors will play multiple roles and must demonstrate the ability to switch from one strongly differentiated character to another.  All actors must move well.  Dance is a plus – there is a lot of rhythmic movement and syncopated noise-making created by the actors.  Dedication and commitment are required. Playing a musical instrument would be nice. Rehearsals will be difficult and challenging, physically and emotionally.Disney is not spoken here, and “cute” is not a compliment.
Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Street parking available. Venice Family Clinic’s parking lot is available on weekends and on weekdays after 6 p.m. Do not park at our neighbors AAMCO/Viking Motors or SGI or you will be towed.
July 16 thru July 30, 2017 Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. School Shows will require actors to miss their morning classes, but they can receive community service credit.  Please note that actors MUST be available for all performances, including School Shows. This is non-negotiable!
Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, June 4 and are usually held Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm and Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Actors are not called for all rehearsals, only rehearsals where they are being used for a scene. Rehearsals will be worked around actors schedules as much as possible. However, if you are going to be out of town for 2 full weeks, you will probably not be cast.  As always, we consider homework a priority!
A picture (school picture or snapshot is fine), resume or list of shows done, and your conflicts for the rehearsal period. All conflicts MUST be submitted prior to callbacks.  Please check with your school choir/band/theatre director, your soccer/baseball coach, or any other adult who schedules your time, about all conflicts PRIOR to auditioning. If additional conflicts arise after casting, it may result in an actor being replaced.


Actor 1:  Male or Female, any age: plays Cricket/Showman/Coachman

Actor 2:  Male, any age: Gepetto/Fox/Donkey

Actor 3:  Male or Female, any age: Policeman/Cat/Lampwick

Actor 4:  Male or Female, any age: plays Pinocchio

Actor 5: Male or Female, any age: The Musician: must play several musical instruments

Actor 6: Male or Female, any age: Fairy/Ticket taker

Actor 7: Male or Female, any age: Kurogo


Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to William Wilday at 424-227-6091. Or you may email him at

Non-Equity, no pay
Watch short video here ( ) about Y.E.S.