Children's Theatre Company Seeking Latinx, Afro-Latino and African-American Student Actors!

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Casting Call


At Children’s Theatre Company (CTC)

Written and adapted for the stage by Jacqueline Woodson

Directed by Talvin Wilks

Uprooted from his family, surrounded by the unfamiliar, Lonnie couldn’t feel more alone.  But this year, his class is learning to write poetry.  Lonnie’s verses take him form his foster home to the classroom, into the street, and back to a time when his family was all together.  As Lonnie finds his voice, you’ll discover how poetry can bring you closer to others and yourself.


Things to Know About the Show

  • Locomotion is performed by a small cast of adults and students, and is based on the book of the same name by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Content Advisory:
    • Lonnie is in foster care after his parents die in an apartment fire. 
    • Lonnie describes some abuse he suffers at the hands of other foster kids in a group home.
    • Lonnie experiences flashback memories of his childhood.
    • Lonnie is separated from his little sister in foster care.
    • Enrique comes to school with bruises and his classmates ask if he gets hit at home.
    • Enrique is later diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia and is in the hospital.


What to Prepare

  • Preliminary sides are attached.  Additional sides provided by the theatre

We are looking for African-American, Afro-Latino and Latinx actors to be at this audition.  We are casting youth ages 10 and up.  See below for more details:


(Youth Role) Lonnie – seeking African-American youth actor between the ages of 12 and 18 

(Youth Role) Lili – seeking African-American youth actor between the ages of 10 and 18

(Youth Role) Enrique – seeking Afro-Latino, African-American, or Latinx youth actor between the ages of 12 and 18


All roles are understudied. 



December 20, 2022 through March 5, 2023

We rehearse/perform Tuesday through Sunday – after school and all day on the weekends.  There would be a seven-week period in which students would be required to work with their schools to be out of school during our technical rehearsals and for student matinee performances.  For the technical rehearsals (January 18-27), they would be able to attend school in the morning – needing to be at the theatre by 11:30am.  For the student matinees (January 31-March 3), they would be called at the theatre from 9:30am – 12:30pm Tuesday through Friday.





What to Prepare

  • YOUTH: Please follow this link (Youth Audition Form) to fill out our audition form.
  • Please follow this link (Conflict Form) to fill out a conflict form for any conflicts you may have between December 20, 2022 and March 5, 2023.
  • You will be reading a section of the script (“sides”) for the director of the production, Talvin Wilks.  CTC Casting Director, Traci Shannon will read the script along with you.
  • Sides will be emailed to you once you have scheduled an audition.



If the director, Talvin Wilks, would like to see you again to spend more time with the script, those callback times will be determined after the initial audition.



To ensure the safety of our company and audiences from COVID-19, we will follow all CDC guidelines, along with Equity approved protocols throughout the production period.  All company members must be fully vaccinated and boosted if eligible by August 1, 2022 and provide proof of vaccination.



Children’s Theatre Company is actively recruiting and seeking performers from under-represented communities including, but not limited to, people of color, performers with disabilities, and LGBTQ performers for all casting, recognizing the value and importance of reflecting the diversity of our audience on stage.



Contact information

Children's Theatre Company
Traci Shannon
Web site


PDF icon Enrique side 1.pdf (510.3 KB)PDF icon Lili side 1.pdf (356.53 KB)PDF icon Lonnie side 1.pdf (579.96 KB)

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