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Cry-Baby Auditions at Live Arts

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Live Arts Teen Theater Company Presents: Cry-Baby
Music and Lyrics by Adam Schlesinger & David Javerbaum
Book by Thomas Meehan & Mark O’Donnell
Directed by Bree Luck
Musical Direction by Kristin Baltes
Choreography by Heather Powell

Audition and Production Dates
For Performers Ages 14-20
Performances July 13-29
Auditions take place April 15 and 16
This is a full Live Arts Production!

Email Volunteer@LiveArts.org for details and/or to sign up to audition.


This jumping, jiving Tony nominee is a rebellious teen comedy event! Based on the cult classic, 1990 John Waters film, Cry-Baby features a delightfully demented book from the writers of Hairspray and a rockabilly score from the co-founder of Fountains of Wayne and the executive producer of “The Daily Show.”

It’s 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism and Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker is the coolest boy in Baltimore. He’s a bad boy with a good cause – truth, justice and the pursuit of rock and roll. Cry-Baby and the square rich girl, Allison, are star-crossed lovers at the center of this world. Fueled by hormones and the new rhythms of rock and roll, she turns her back on her squeaky clean boyfriend, Baldwin, to become a “drape” (a Baltimore juvenile delinquent) and Cry-Baby’s moll. At the other end of the topsy-turvy moral meritocracy of 1954 America, Baldwin is the king of the squares and leads his close-harmony pals against the juvenile delinquents, who are ultimately arrested for arson, sending the drapes all off to prison. It’s Romeo and Juliet meets High School Hellcats.

Filled with unforgettable songs and a truly unique and fresh story, Cry-Baby is perfect musical theater. Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker, Allison and Baltimore’s energetic juvenile delinquents will dance their way right into your audience’s heart!

This production is a Live Arts Teen Theater Company production. Auditioners must be ages 14-20 at the time of the audition. Auditions take place at Live Arts on April 15th and 16th with callbacks on April 22nd. The fast-paced rehearsal process will begin May 15th and take place five days a week. For more information about auditioning and to request an audition slot, please contact volunteer@livearts.org using ‘Auditions’ in the subject heading


You should contact volunteer@livearts.org to receive an electronic copy of the script for your perusal.
If you are called back, you will be given short scenes from the script (“sides”) to prepare.
° CONFLICTS? At auditions, you will be asked to write down your schedule and any known conflicts for the rehearsal and performance period. Please consult with your parents, if appropriate, and bring your calendars!
email volunteer@livearts.org & include for which character(s) you are coming to audition
For 27 years, Live Arts’ mission has been Forging Theater and Community. As Live Arts is a community theater, actors are not paid to perform.

You can also call the Live Arts Office at 434-977-4177 if you have questions regarding auditions.



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