Auditions Coming Up for Festival Of New Musicals

WINTER PARK — Actors and actresses, take note: the Winter Park Playhouse is looking for those with strong acting and singing talent to perform in their upcoming Festival Of New Musicals.

The festival celebrates new musicals that are still in the creative stage and haven’t been finalized for a full production. The playwrights and composers get an opportunity to preview their show and get suggestions and feedback from the audience, while the crowd attending each performance gets to see a new work in progress.

While in the past, some of the shows have used a few as two actors, many of the productions have large casts of 10 or more actors. That’s why the Playhouse is eager to recruit and book talent for the shows, which are being performed in June.

The Playhouse is hosting these auditions on Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and again on Tuesday, Feb. 13 during the same times. These auditions are being held by appointment only, at the Playhouse’s theater at 711 Orange Ave. in Winter Park. Call  (407) 645-0145 to schedule an audition time.

What is the Festival Of New Musicals?

The 7th Annual Florida Festival of New Musicals was first launched in 2018, created to advance and elevate the original American art form of musical theater by fostering the development of new musicals. The Playhouse, which frequently brings in brand new musicals making their Central Florida debut, also aims to boost the artistic growth of writers and composers.

This four-day event will showcase six new musicals that are currently in the development stage and haven’t been produced on stage yet. The Festival also enables the writers and composers to get exposure to not only the public, but the news media and to regional theater producers and directors.

Who Should Attend the Auditions?

The Playhouse is looking for both professional Equity (O.A.T. Category 4 Contract for Mainstage Musicals & Staged Reading Contract for the Festival) and non-Equity musical theatre performers. 

“Actors of all ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition,” the Playhouse noted in a news release, while adding that the theater does not provide housing for performers who live outside of Central Florida.

“We are committed to celebrating all dimensions of diversity and ensuring that everyone feels a sense of inclusion and belonging,” the Playhouse added. 

The Playhouse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union of stage actors and stage managers, and the National Alliance of Musical Theatres.

Michael Freeman is an Orlando journalist, playwright, and author of the book A Christmas Eve Story. Contact him at

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