Auditions & Involvement

Children's Theatre at UW-Marinette has offered opportunities to be a part of a live theatrical production to hundreds of children since 1993. Currently, Children's Theatre presents a musical in October and a non-musical production in February.

Auditions for Children's Theatre Productions are open to students ages 6-18. For musicals students auditioning are asked to prepare a song that is 1 minute or less from a musical (please bring piano sheet music along with so that you may be accompanied by the musical director on the piano), be prepared to learn a dance combination and participate in a cold reading from the script. 

For straight plays, auditionees are asked to perform a memorized monologue or poem as well as be ready to participate in a few improvisational games and read from the provided script. 

Monologues for young people.

During the audition process parents and other supporters are asked to wait in the hallway or lobby, unless the student auditioning is under 8 years old, then the decision is up to the auditioner and their family. Auditioning can sometimes be intimidating, but we do our best to keep it a positive experience and low key while still gaining the insight we need. Casting results are usually posted on this website and the Children's Theatre Facebook Page about two days after the final audition date, as stated on the information sheet available at auditions.

Cast Announced for The Secret Garden

We had a number of great auditions this week and have a great cast. I want to thank everyone who auditioned for Secret Garden this week. There were a lot of really great auditions, and we had a really tough time making our decision on a final cast. Just a reminder, there is a mandatory meeting on Monday, December 15, at 5pm at the theater for Parents' Night and our first read through. Without any further ado, here is our cast:

MARTHA - Kayelona Rakowski
COOK - Lauren Teeple
JOHN - Ozzie Nykanen
PHIL - Charlie Rowell
BETTY - Lauren Halfmann
JANE - Alyssa Thayer
MRS. CRAWFORD - Isabel Rowell
KANCHI - Camryn Brissette
MARY LENNOX - Emily Halfmann
MISS WIGGIN - Galen Hodlofski
DICKON - Alex Meyers
DR. CRAVEN - Ben Matthews
MRS. SOWERBY - Abbie Lindbom
NURSE - Peyton Berman
COLIN - Jonah Zuehls
MAID - Maysen Brissette
LILIAS - Meredith Lakari
SERVANTS/SOWERBY CHILDREN/FAIRGOERS - Delia Paquette, Noah Mallory, Bryeli Smith, Jessica Weiss, Nadia Neziri, Hallianna Bardowski, Carley Malke, Heather Vanidestine, Isabella Harris, Madison Arneson, Kelsey Seymour, Abigail Matthews, Micah Mallory

I'm very excited to get to know you all and look forward to having a great show!

Patrick Mines,
Director, The Secret Garden


Throughout the year, families, organizations and businesses have contributed to the success of this popular program in many ways including:

  • Sponsoring shows through monetary contributions in exchange for program advertisements or "Above the Title" sponsorships.
  • Providing scholarships for actors.
  • Volunteering to build sets, run lights, make costumes and other activities.
  • Donating goods or services for use in productions.

To be a part of Children's Theatre, contact the Office of Continuing Education by email at or by phone at (715) 735-4300 ext. 4343

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