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Caryl Crane Youth Theatre is excited to offer SHOWCASE 2021, a musical theatre boot camp beginning March 8, 2021. SHOWCASE provides students with demanding material, and seeks to challenge them artists, educate them in a professional setting, and increase their confidence as they learn to trust their instincts.

In SHOWCASE, students tear apart and explore musical scenes and numbers from the works of some of musical theatre’s greatest composers, lyricists, and book writing teams. Develop acting and singing chops with songs and scenes from My Fair Lady to Mean Girls.

The material worked on during SHOWCASE will be presented as part of a unique musical theatre revue which will be live-streamed March 24 and 25 at BGSU Firelands College. All participating SHOWCASE students are invited to perform.

SHOWCASE meets Monday-Thursday, March 8-11 and March 15-18 from 5:00-6:30 for ages 10-13, and 6:00 - 8:00 for ages 14-18 at BGSU Firelands College (location TBD). Showcase 2021 will have two Live-Streamed performances on March 24 and 25 at 6:30 pm. Cost for SHOWCASE is $10 per class or $30 per week. It is open to students ages 10*-18 with a passion for theatre and musical theatre. SHOWCASE is designed for actors, singers and dancers with a commitment to refining their craft. Artists and design students may also utilize this intensive to hone their creative skills with professional designers.

Click on the link to sign up:

What: CCYT presents SHOWCASE 2021
Who: Students ages 10*-18
When: March 8-11, 15-18, 2021 (March 18 is a mandatory Dress Rehearsal).
Performances: March 24 and 25 at 6:30 pm via LIVE STREAM.
Where: McBride Auditorium, BGSU Firelands College
Cost: $10 per class or $30 per week

*Students who turn 10 before 12/31/2021 may participate with permission from Artistic Director

CCYT Fall Season Auditions August 2 and 3, 2021

"Set the Stage!" is Caryl Crane Youth Theatre’s new educational outreach program designed to offer children from the surrounding school districts the opportunity to see their first live theatrical show at no cost. The experience, which includes admission to an unabridged performance of each show in the 3CT 2012-2013 season, as well as educational and artistic interaction opportunities, will provide the initial theatre exposure a child needs to foster an interest and passion in the theatre arts for life.

Launched in January 2012, “Set the Stage” offers children (12 and under) and their parents, who may be faced with economic hardship, free admission to each production in CCYT's current season. All applications must be received in writing and will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come basis, and in consideration of qualifying income levels. Each show of our current season will participate in one non-public performance for the “Set the Stage” program and will consist of study guide materials, a pre-show interactive workshop with the various designers, an unabridged performance and a post-show discussion with the actors and director. Please contact 419.372.0642 if you would like to learn more, or be on the organizing end of the program.

Click here for a printable application and Set the Stage!

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The Teen Board of Caryl Crane Youth Theatre is looking to recruit new members, ages 13-18 from different area middle and high schools, to the Teen Board. The board's mission is to build participation among peers in support of CCYT’s teen programming, including: stage productions, outreach, and community events.

What exactly is the CCYT Teen Board?

CCYT’s Teen Board exists to create revolutionary theatre experiences, and to advance theatre as a means of educating, challenging and inspiring teenagers in our community.

The CCYT Teen Board:

  • Twenty-Four middle and high school students, 13 to 18 years old
  • Operates in conjunction with CCYT’s Advisory Board
  • Attends weekly meetings to develop and lead teen programs, including special events and outreach
  • Learns about theatre operations and management
  • Creates communications for teens
  • Meets with Artistic Director to establish programming
  • Meets arts professionals and leading regional artists
  • Represents CCYT in the community
  • Develops leadership skills
  • Has FUN!

Participate in all teen board events this season, including teen-coordinated fundraisers, group trips to local theatres, and cool performance opportunities like the Senior showcase and The Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival!

Those interested in becoming part of CCYT’s Teen Board contact Brian Marshall:

Shrek Jr. (ages 6-12) will be presented September 16-19, 2021.

The Great Gatsby (ages 12-18) will be presented October 28-30, 2021.

All Together Now (ages 10-18) will be presented November 18-21, 2021.

Open Auditions for Caryl Crane Youth Theatre’s

Shrek Jr., The Great Gatsby, and All Together Now: A New Musical Revue
August 2 and 3 from 9:00 am - 11:30 am
McBride Auditorium
BGSU Firelands College

Caryl Crane Youth Theatre is holding open auditions for its upcoming Fall 2021 Season productions of Shrek Jr., The Great Gatsby, and All Together Now, August 2 and 3, 2021, in the McBride Auditorium at BGSU Firelands College. The annual holiday musical, The Mickey Mouse Club Christmas Concert, will be cast via sign-up, later this Fall.

Shrek Jr. (ages 6-12) will be presented September 16-19, 2021.

The Great Gatsby (ages 12-18) will be presented October 28-30, 2021.

All Together Now (ages 10-18) will be presented November 18-21, 2021.

Great roles available for actors, singers and dancers, ages 6 through 18. No experience necessary! To participate in Shrek Jr, you must be age 6 or above by the first rehearsal on August 30, 2021. To Participate in All Together Now, you must be age 10 by the first rehearsal on November 8, 2021. Rehearsals for all productions are weekday evenings between 5 pm – 8:30 pm (times vary per production requirements). Roles may be double-cast for any/all productions.

No sign-up required. You only need to attend 1 audition day. If you aren’t able to attend either audition day, video submissions will be permitted. Please text Artistic Director Brian Marshall, 216-771-5862, or email at for more information on how to submit a video.


Be prepared to Sing and Dance!

There will be a short dance call for all three shows prior to singing. Dress to move.

For Shrek Jr., see music selection below. For The Great Gatsby and All Together Now, please prepare no more than 32 bars (45 seconds tops) of a song that shows you off the best (Jazz, Musical Theatre, Pop). Bring a track without vocals (YouTube link is perfect). A Bluetooth speaker will be provided. If auditioning for Shrek Jr. and All Together Now, you do not need a second song. “Freak Flag” will be your audition for both!

For The Great Gatsby, please choose one of the audition monologues that can be found here: . They do not need to be memorized. Copies will be provided at the audition. Seeking all roles + Ensemble and Jazz Singers. Gatsby auditions will take place after singing auditions are complete.


All - Please learn the refrain of "Freak Flag" from Shrek Jr. Lyrics can be found below. Memorization is not required. The selection and sheets with the lyrics will be available at the audition.

Reference recording

Freak Flag Lyrics


Let Your Freak Flag Wave

Let Your Freak Flag Fly

Never Take It Down

Never Take It Down

Raise It Way Up High

Let Your Freak Flag Fly

Let It Fly, Fly, Fly


You may be asked to read or sing additional material if the director needs to see more at the time of the audition. A tentative CALLBACK is scheduled for August 4 from 9 - 10:30 am, should it be deemed necessary.

As with all BGSU Firelands College Theatre and Caryl Crane Youth Theatre main-stage productions, there is NO tuition. The Cast Lists will be posted on Sunday, August 8 by 5 pm. The cast will be notified when scripts are available, and a detailed rehearsal schedule will be provided upon completion of casting. More information is available by texting Brian Marshall, Artistic Director at 216-374-3047 or emailing

ALSO SEEKING Costume and Props coordinators, and Tech crew for ALL shows!

Important Dates for Each Show:


            Rehearsals Begin August 30 - Monday through Thursday 5:00-7:30 pm
            (no rehearsal Labor Day - Tentative rehearsal Saturday Sept. 11, 9-12 at the Library)
            Performances: September 16 (7 pm), 17 (7 pm), 18 (2 pm) and 19 (2 pm)


Rehearsals Begin October 12 - Monday through Thursday 5:00-8:30 pm
Performances: October 28 (7 pm), 29 and 30 (7:30 pm)


Rehearsals Begin November 8 - Monday through Thursday 5:00-8:30 pm

(A breakdown will be provided a month prior - with specific call times - you will NOT need to be available for every rehearsal at all times)

            Performances: November 18 (7 pm), 19 and 20 (7:30 pm)
            November 21 is a TBD performance at 2 pm