Wednesday, May 27, 2015



Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl


Director: Carson Nattrass
Choreographer: Kimberley Rampersad
Music Director: Danny Carroll

Part of our 2015/2016 Season

Rehearsal Begins: November 9, 2015
Opens: December 3, 2015
Closes: December 27, 2015


WINNIPEG AUDITIONS: Tuesday, JUNE 9 & Wednesday, JUNE 10, 2015
Location: Manitoba Theatre for Young People, 2 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, MB
No auditions expected in other cities. 

NOTE: The script will be available to read at MTYP. The sides, vocal selections and backing tracks will be available after May 27th on MTYP’s website. As the show will be sung to backing tracks, the vocal selections will be sung to the tracks in the audition.

Sides and Music can be found here.



Please prepare a standard British accent.


 male; 10-15 yrs old (G#3 to G5)


 male; 30’s. (A2 – A4)


 female; lower class; 30-60 yrs old (F3 – E5)


 female; lower class; 30-60 yrs old (F3 – E5)


 male; 20-40 yrs old (G2 – A4)


 male; 20-40 yrs old (G2 – G4 and a C5 Falsetto)


 female; 20-40 yrs old (G3 – F5)


 female; 20-40 yrs old (C3 – G4)


 female; 20-40 yrs old (Ab3 – F5)

Please visit for full character breakdown.

Please submit by June 1, 2015, indicating role, to Auditions will be by appointment only. Successful applicants will be contacted to schedule an audition time. MTYP welcomes submissions from artists of all ethnicities.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

General Auditions - Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s 2015/2016 Season

Pablo Felices-Luna, Artistic Director, will be holding General Auditions in Winnipeg for
Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s 2015/2016 Season on:

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015,
Thursday, June 4th, 2015,
Friday, June 5th, 2015.

Actors are invited to submit a headshot and resume. Auditions will be by appointment only. Actors are asked to prepare two contrasting monologues of their choice, no longer than two minutes in length each. Actors may prepare a song as well to be sung with an instrumental CD or acapella.

Submissions can be mailed to:

Attn: Casting
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
2 Forks Market Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4X1

Electronic submission can be sent via email to

Note: Digital submissions must be in PDF format.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, May 11th, 2015. Successful applicants will be contacted to schedule an audition time. Please include a current phone number and email address.

Manitoba Theatre for Young People is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and engages professional artists who are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the terms of the Canadian Theatre Agreement.

Equity members will be seen first at all open audition calls. Equity members cast in any productions with MTYP will be engaged under an Equity form of contract. CAEA members: please bring your membership card to the audition. 

MTYP welcomes submissions from artists of all genders and ethnicities.


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE: MTYP's Musical Theatre Company presents The Drowsy Chaperone, May 1-3, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  (23 April 2015)  Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s Theatre School is proud to present The Drowsy Chaperone, Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison, Book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar.

About the Show (from fringe to Broadway):

The Drowsy Chaperone is Canada’s greatest Musical Theatre hit.  Based on a spoof of old musicals, The Drowsy Chaperone was first written to be performed at the pre-wedding party of title characters Janet de Graff and Bob Martin.  The show grew to become a fringe sensation, and eventually a hit on Broadway.  It continues to be performed around the world. 

Synopsis: The Drowsy Chaperone concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan; as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors.

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Media Contact:

Neil Shah, Box Office & Interim Marketing Manager
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
Office: 204-947-0394 ext. 233 |  


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015


WINNIPEG (15 April 2015) – Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) is proud to present Kaput, April 17-26 on the MTYP Mainstage. Created by acclaimed acrobatic clown Tom Flanagan, Kaput received acclaim on the fringe theatre circuit, including the Mervyn Stutter’s Spirit of the Fringe Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, before being featured at the 2014 International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Showcase. Kaput will feature a blend of acrobatics, physical comedy, and improvisation for the whole family, ages 6 and up.

Synopsis: Described as “physical comedy at its best” (Entertainment Hive), Kaput tells the story of a clumsy ‘Mr. Fixit’ who, despite his best efforts to perform the simplest of tasks, manages only to fuel the catastrophe around him. Starring the larger-than-life Tom Flanagan (of the world-renowned Circus Oz and Tom Tom Crew), Kaput is hilarious, acrobatic, and “dangerously clever” (Rip it Up).

Kaput harkens back to a different time in theatre and film,” says MTYP Artistic Director, Pablo Felices-Luna. “Styled after the work of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, this wonderful slapstick comedy is brought to life almost entirely without words. The chaos that ensues is sure to offer wonderful entertainment for the whole family and a great way to finish off the 2014-15 season.”

Tom Flanagan is one of Australia’s youngest leading acrobatic clowns.  A graduate of the internationally renowned circus school, The Flying Fruit Flies; Flanagan started tumbling, twisting, flying and falling at the age of six.   Flanagan has performed at festivals and venues around the world collecting accolades including the Argus Angel and Star of the Festival Award.

With its presentation of Kaput, MTYP is building on its pledge to enhance young people’s lives through the performing arts. This presentation of Kaput is suitable for youth ages 6 and up, and adults of all ages.

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Media Contact:

Neil Shah, Box Office & Interim Marketing Manager
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
Office: 204-947-0394 ext. 233 |


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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE: MTYP's 2015-2016 Season - Heart and Imagination LIVE at MTYP

WINNIPEG (7 April 2015) – Join us at Manitoba Theatre for Young People, where heart and imagination live! From the magical James and the Giant Peach to the heartwarming Peg and the Yeti, the inspiration of The Power of Harriet T to the powerful Danny, King of the Basement, MTYP’s 2015-16 season offers compelling stories and inspiring characters for audiences of all ages.

The season kicks off with MTYP’s production of Danny, King of the Basement by David S. Craig, which will feature an all-new production design, and is followed in November by Peg and the Yeti, an imaginative participatory adaptation of the book by Kenneth Oppel.

This holiday season, don’t miss a musical adventure of epic proportions with Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. With songs by Tony-nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, magical creatures and a journey from England to New York City that takes on a life all its own, this MTYP production is sure to delight audiences of all ages!

MTYP will get the conversation going in 2016 with The Power of Harriet T, a story of courage and perseverance based on the inspiring life of Harriet Tubman. The journey continues with Snow Angel, a story about the ripple effect of kindness told with movement, using masks and music. Internationally-acclaimed Visible Fictions will transport audiences to Sherwood Forest this Spring Break with The Adventures of Robin Hood, offering a modern and unexpected take on the classic tale that doesn’t skimp on adventure. Bringing the season to the close is Hannah Moscovitch’s powerful play for teens, In This World.

“Coming to MTYP, people told me how their favorite shows had really captured the heart of this theatre.” says MTYP Artistic Director Pablo Felices-Luna. “We set out to explore what the heart of MTYP was, and found these stories pointing us towards home, a home that some cherish, some long for and some strive to improve.” 



Danny, King of the Basement

October, 2015
Ages 7-13

Uplifting and heartfelt, Danny King of the Basement invites audiences to discover Danny’s story, and how he uses his imagination and creativity to help himself and his friends overcome the realities of a tough childhood. “Succeeds in entertaining while compassionately depicting the challenges many children cope with daily, and silently.” Seattle Times

Peg and the Yeti

On the Mainstage: November, 2015
Spring Tour: April/May, 2016
Ages 3-7

A brave young girl named Peg sets out on a great adventure to climb Mount Everest. She travels across the world until she reaches the Himalayas, befriending a mysterious Yeti who helps her reach the top of the mountain. “Sheer inventiveness.”

James and the Giant Peach

December, 2015
Ages 5+

Don’t miss this heartwarming musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic, James and the Giant Peach this holiday season! An adventure of epic proportions featuring larger-than-life magical creatures, “this all-ages pleaser is a must-see.” 

The Power of Harriet T

On the Mainstage: Februay, 2015
Fall Tour: November/December, 2015
Winter Tour: January/February, 2016
Ages 9+

A moving story of courage and perseverance, The Power of Harriet T is based on the life of Harriet Tubman, who fled slavery and risked her life to help others find safe haven in Canada via the Underground Railroad. “Tubman’s story is powerful.” Montreal Gazette

Snow Angel

February/March, 2015
Ages 3-7

Celebrate the magic of winter and witness how one girl’s acts of kindness create a ripple effect that is felt throughout her community. Told with movement, using masks and music, Snow Angel is a “thoroughly delightful show.” Stage Door

The Adventures of Robin Hood

March/April, 2015
Ages 8+

This Spring Break, be prepared to unleash your imagination as Visible Fictions invites you to Sherwood Forest in this modern and unexpected take on the classic tale. “Laugh out loud funny.”Broadway World 

In This World

April, 2015
Ages 13+

A potent drama by award-winning playwright Hannah Moscovitch, In This World invites audiences into a thought-provoking and emotionally intense verbal duel between two high school girls on issues of culture, trust, class and race. “Powerful theatre. Now Toronto


For more information, contact:

Neil Shah, Box Office Manager, MTYP

Office: 204-947-0394 ext. 233 |


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