South Carolina Children’s Theatre holds open auditions for each of its productions at SCCT headquarters (1200 Pendleton St). This means that ANYONE can audition and yes, first-timers are often cast–adults as well as children.  You don’t have to have previous acting experience, you don’t have to be taking classes with us–ANYONE willing to make the time commitment it takes to get a show ready for performance is welcome to audition.  The auditions vary based on the type of show, the cast needed, and the director’s requirements. Therefore, you will need to check the Audition Details (below) for the specific production you are interested in. We cast age-appropriately–so adults are cast in adult roles and kids in kid roles.  Some productions may have adults performing as children if the demands of the show warrant it.  For example, if the show will tour to schools as part of our Elementary Tour, it makes sense to cast actors who are not enrolled in school.  Musicals typically require most (but sometimes not all) characters to sing, but almost all musicals have an Ensemble of actors who sing together.  The only costs involved in participation are script fees (but you get to keep your script) or if you choose to buy a cast shirt–there is no ‘participation fee.’


2019-20 MainStage Season Audition Schedule

Please check back soon.


2019-20 2nd Stage Season Audition Schedule

2nd Stage Productions are often chosen to suit multiple occasions for the entertainment and educational needs of our community. Open auditions are not always available for 2nd Stage for this reason. Should an audition be needed it will be listed here.


PAID Touring Opportunities

South Carolina Children’s Theatre provides an opportunity for actors of ALL ages to become involved in professional-quality productions for families of the Upstate.

In addition to our MainStage and 2nd Stage shows, which involve volunteer actors, both adults and children, we also tour shows to Upstate schools and organizations which offer adult or homeschool actors paid opportunities to perform. We mount a few shows each year and are seeking to hire actors with some daytime flexibility for touring.

Actors for these tours will need to provide their own transportation to our downtown headquarters for rehearsals and at the start of tour days. Actors are expected to help with set load-in and -out at each venue.

If you would like to be considered for touring productions, please send a resume and headshot to Artistic Director Betsy Bisson – [email protected]


Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!” – musical—all roles sing

Fall and Spring Semesters, 2019/2020

* This show will also feature on SCCT’s MainStage in 2019. ACTORS who are cast in the MainStage performance of Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!” will be given preferred status for casting in the 2019/2020 school tour. Although the MainStage run is considered community theatre, therefore unpaid, the actors who tour the show to schools will be paid per the aforementioned tour rate. Actors cast in the June run will be first contacted about touring for the Fall semester. Auditions for the MainStage run will be April 28 at 4:30 PM.


The Boy Who Cried Bully (4 actors) – non-musical

October 2019

Based on the famous Aesop’s Fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Boy Who Cried Bully teaches as well as entertains. This script provides the elementary-aged audience with a specific action plan should they be confronted by a bully and lays the foundation for continued bullying prevention efforts at the middle school level. It also stresses the idea that bullying comes in many forms.

Nate: A male actor to play a clever 3rd Grader who is targeted by the school bully.  He is the class clown who often tells tall tales that get him into trouble.

Sam/Mr. Silver/Zoe: A female actor who plays 3 different roles- Sam is a 5th grade bully who terrorizes the school with the help of her toady, Max / Mr. Silver is a custodian who thinks he is a pirate / Zoe is an exuberant 3rd grade pleaser who is smitten with Nate.

*Actors of all races are needed for this ensemble.  For this cartoon-style show performers need to be comfortable with comedy and big character choices. All actors sing a short parody of the 60s song, “Wooly Bully” at the end of the show- character “singing” is encouraged.

We WILL ACCEPT video submissions. Please email your submission (or a link to your submission on YouTube, Drive, or Dropbox) to [email protected] no later than Monday, June 24.

Rehearsal Dates will range from August-September on select dates where cast is available.
Potential Tour Dates:  Tues, Wed, Thur or Fri Oct. 2nd- Nov. 1st

Actors for these tours will need to provide their own transportation to our downtown headquarters for rehearsals and at the start of tour days. Actors are expected to help with set load-in and -out at each venue. Tour typically runs 2-3 days per week (weekdays only since we tour to elementary schools). Have conflicts? Don’t rule yourself out- we have a bit of flexibility if needed to work with cast conflicts.

In 2018-2019 the show performed 26 shows and we were able to reach just over 3,500 students across the Upstate!

Check out our Bullying Prevention Page for more info:

General Audition Information

Audition Preparation

Are you nervous about auditioning? Would you like to be better prepared for an upcoming audition? Take one of our Audition Prep Workshops to help better hone your auditioning skills.

South Carolina Children’s Theatre Students

If you are currently enrolled in one of our classes, you will have the benefit of receiving your audition form in your class to fill out at home. We will hold an early audition slot for you, which will give you the right to go into the audition without having to wait. Enroll in one of our classes today.

FAQs About Small Children Auditioning

We typically recommend that very young children (pre-K) wait until they are a little older to audition for our MainStage shows.

Our standard rehearsal process requires up to four nights a week from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and tech week (the final week of rehearsal) requires cast members to be at the Gunter Theatre from 6:00 p.m. to potentially 10:00 p.m. every night. We make every effort to release young cast members as early as we can during the rehearsal process, so depending on the age of the cast, rehearsals often end by 8:45-9pm before tech week.  Absenteeism is absolutely not allowed, and very young children are not typically equipped to handle the time commitment.

Each season, some of our MainStage shows will have casting opportunities for elementary-aged children. We encourage all very young children (K3-5th) to watch for auditions with our 2nd Stage, which will have more opportunities for youngsters, including child-friendly rehearsal and performance times.