Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

Auditions | The Capital Encore Academy High School (200 Mason St.), by appointment only 
Youth Auditions: Friday, October 27th | 5-9pm 
Teen & Adult Auditions: Saturday, October 28th | 12-8pm 

Callbacks | The Capital Encore Academy High School (200 Mason St.), by invitation only 
Sunday, October 29th | 2:00-3:00 (dance call), 3:15-7:30 (appointments) 

About the show: This enchanting, Tony-nominated Broadway adaptation of the beloved musical will put a spell on audiences of all ages. Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella showcases some of the songwriting duo’s loveliest tunes, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” as well as some new characters and surprising twists. Add a dash of fairy-tale romance, magical onstage transformations, and the iconic pumpkin and glass slippers—and you’re guaranteed to have a ball! 

Music by  Richard Rodgers 
Lyrics by  Oscar Hammerstein II 
New Book by  Douglas Carter Beane 
Original Book by  Oscar Hammerstein II 

Directed by  Thomas Caruso 
Choreographed by Lisa Shriver 
Musical Direction by  Sarah Wussow (CFRT’s Memphis)

Important Dates:

  • Rehearsal Begins: January 2, 2024 
  • Previews: January 25 & 26, 2024 
  • Opening: January 27, 2024 
  • Closing: February 18, 2024 (with a possible extension thru Feb. 25)  

**Note: Student and Public Matinees may be added after casting. 

Rehearsals are from 2:00pm – 10:00pm Tuesday – Friday and various times at the weekends. We may rehearse up to 42 hours a week. Your schedule and hours will vary depending on the size of the role. Pay ranges from $325+ per week for non-union actors. This production is a Tier 3 Equity Guest Artists Agreement, and the weekly rate is $683.00 per week, plus per diem, health and pension. Housing for out-of-town artists is available. 

To request an appointment, please email: with your headshot, resume, and filled out AUDITION FORM and CINDERELLA CONFLICT FORM. 

Local actors should attend the in-person call at CFRT. Out of town actors should send their video submissions (either Google Drive, Youtube, or Dropbox link) by 5pm on Friday, October 27 (due to an expected high volume of submissions, anything sent after this deadline may not be accepted.) We will contact you for a Zoom callback if needed (scheduled for Tuesday, November 14 from 5-9pm) 

What to prepare: Please prepare the song & sides provided for the role of your choice (an accompanist will be provided for in-person auditions/callbacks. Tracks can be found here for OOT video submissions-  


Ella: Though no one notices her beneath her rags and quiet demeanor, she is opinionated, charismatic, passionate, beautiful, and funny. Idealistic and hopeful, she courageously challenges the prince to change the policies in his kingdom -and helps him discover who he truly is. Always her late father’s daughter, she is determined to see the good in everyone despite her hardships and suffering. We see her blossom into a confident woman. 
Ella Sides
CFRT Ella Aud. Cut 1
CFRT Ella Aud. Cut 2

Topher: A misguided and lost prince who longs to do something important with his life. Though brave and heroic, he. feels lonely and unfulfilled. Channing but NOT a stereotypical ladies’ man, he is thoughtful, appealing, and innocent -with an unforced goofy streak. Moral, genuine, and kindhearted, he is at a crossroads and must take control of his kingdom and his future. 
Topher Sides

Madame: Ella’s selfish stepmother. The epitome of vanity and fashion. A ravenous social climber who values wealth, status, and material possessions above all else. Unapologetically dismissive and sometimes cruel, Madame schemes her way up the social ladder. 
Madame Sides
CFRT Madame Aud. Cut

Sebastian: The kingdom’s Lord Chancellor. Though he is Topher’s trusted advisor, he is devious and selfish. Using propaganda and dishonesty, he keeps Topher isolated and in the dark about his kingdom. Sebastian rules without regard for the lower class, or anyone other than himself -and truly believes he deserves to rule the kingdom. 
Sebastian Sides
CFRT Sebastian Aud. Cut

Marie: A friend to Ella and the town’s resident crazy lady and beggar woman, Marie is actually a fairy godmother in disguise. Wise, warm, otherworldly, and charming, Marie rewards Ella for her kindness by making her dreams a possibility. 
Marie Sides

Gabrielle: Ella’s stepsister and daughter of Madame. Encouraged by her mother and sister to value material wealth and social status, she unenthusiastically joins them in their abrasive behavior. Quietly passionate, empathetic, and witty, she is drawn to Ella and Jean- Michel. Ironically aware that she doesn’t fit in. 
Gabrielle Sides

Charlotte: Ella’s stepsister and daughter of Madame. Brash, self-centered, materialistic, snooty, loud, sassy; and bratty, she has a ridiculously high, but unfounded, opinion of herself. She never passes up an opportunity to be the center of attention. 
Charlotte Sides

Jean-Michel: A feisty, passionate peasant determined to make a change for the starving class. Impetuous. A firebrand, but lacks authority and isn’t taken seriously as a revolutionary. Hip; a crush on Gabrielle, though their courtship is forbidden because they are from different social classes. 
Jean-Michel Sides

Lord Pinkleton: The Lord Chancellor’s right-hand man. Announces royal balls, banquets, and even the weather to the villagers. 
Lord Pinkleton Sides

Adult Ensemble (Casting 3 female-presenting and 3 male-presenting, ages varying): Footman, Coachman, Knights, Peasants, Townspeople, Ladies & Gentleman of the Court, etc.  
Female: Gabrielle Sides
Male: Sebastian Sides
CFRT Ensemble 1 (male/female)
CFRT Ensemble 2 (female)

Teen Ensemble (Casting 1-2 female-presenting and 1-2 male-presenting, ages 14-19; teens must have full availability and will perform in all shows): Footman, Coachman, Knights, Peasants, Townspeople, Ladies & Gentleman of the Court, etc.  
Female: Gabrielle Sides
Male: Sebastian Sides
CFRT Ensemble 1 (male/female)
CFRT Ensemble 2 (female)

Youth Ensemble: Casting 12 youth ensemble members (ages 8-13) that will be split into two casts who will alternate performances- 6 youth per cast.  
CFRT Ensemble 1