Something Rotten! Information Page

Everything you need to know about what happens at the auditions for Something Rotten!

1. First, read the Synopsis of the musical (CLICK HERE). The musical will be advertised as PG-13 and therefore, we will only audition people 16+ years of age. You may watch the Broadway Touring Company production on YouTube HERE
Or search on YouTube for “Tap Dancing Eggs the Musical.”

2. Take a look at the rehearsal schedule (CLICK HERE) to ensure that you are available for most (hopefully all) of the rehearsals. (Schedule updated Sept 26 2023)

3. Fill in the Audition Application (CLICK HERE) and get parental permission if you are 16 or 17 years old. Print the audition form to bring to your audition. There will be additional forms at the theatre if you do not have a printer available.

4. Sign up for one of the following time slots: HERE
Saturday, Nov. 25, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 26, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 26, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m.

If the time slot you need is full, please email Kathleen Cassidy at and we will see
what we can do.

5. Prepare audition music.
Please prepare one of four pieces for your audition, as outlined HERE. Choose the single piece that best suits your voice.
However, if you are auditioning for the roles of Nigel, Nick, Shakespeare or Nostradamus prepare “God I Hate Shakespeare.”
If you are auditioning for the role of Portia prepare “We See The Light” and if you are auditioning for the role of Bea prepare “Right Hand Man.”
Please do not bring any other prepared number to the audition.
There are three male non-dancing, non-singing roles in this production.
Please email Gord McConachie-Anderson with any music questions,

6. Review sides that will be used in the audition. CLICK HERE.
Please prepare a side that has the character you are interested in. Nick and Nigel have two, all the others have one. Lines do not need to be memorized.

These digital copies are available to you for the sole purpose of auditioning for OSLT’s production of Something Rotten! Any other use, including uploading, copying or distributing this material, may be an infringement of copyright if done without securing the permission of the copyright owner, Music Theatre International (MTI).


Arrive 10 – 15 minutes before your time slot. We will give you a name tag and we hope you meet some new and interesting people today! Our goal is to make you feel as welcome and as comfortable as possible while you are auditioning. We are so glad that you have decided to take the plunge and audition for an OSLT production.
Please wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in and bring water. You may be at the theatre for up to 3 hours, so bring a snack if you will need one. Please wear dance or leather soled shoes, if possible, for the dance part of the audition. Bring tap shoes if you have them.

Here is what will happen during your audition time:

Part 1: Our choreographer, Paula Mercer, will take everyone onto the stage. With the group, she will do a warm-up, then stage movement, then a dance combo, followed by a jazz combo and then a tap combo. Everyone must do the first three, but you may step out if you do not want to try the tap or jazz segment. But be brave!!! You do not need to have tap shoes to try the tap sequence.

Part 2: Everyone will meet on stage for a vocal warmup with our Music Director Gord McConachie. You will then retire to the lobby to wait your turn for an individual vocal audition on stage. Gord will check your vocal range and ask you to sing the (one) musical number that you have prepared for the audition. While you are waiting your turn for your vocal audition or after you have completed your vocal audition, the Assistant Stage Managers in the Lobby will have copies of the sides (parts of the script) that we will use for readings after all the vocal auditions are complete. They will help you find someone to read with while you wait.

Part 3: All those with interest in reading for a speaking role (we hope everyone does try this), will then gather on the stage and we will mix and match people to read together with Director Kathleen Cassidy.

Part 4: The creative team will then get together and make decisions about the casting. If we need to see you again, we will call on Monday to ask you to return for a Callback on Tuesday, Nov. 28th at 6:30 at the Roxy. Please be sure you keep that evening open.

Part 5: You will be notified before Saturday, Dec. 2nd whether or not you have been cast in the show. If you have been cast, please ensure that your OSLT Membership is current. We apologize for the tight timeline, but we want to get going right away so we can take a break at Christmas.