Children's Theatre Company Seeking Youth Actors for SOMETHING HAPPENED IN OUR TOWN

Casting Call


At Children’s Theatre Company

Written by Cheryl West

Directed by Timothy Douglas


Friendships challenged, a world changed, and two young people struggling to make sense of it all.  Follow best friends and next-door neighbors, Josh and Emma, as they navigate their way through an experience beyond their control and understanding.  Emma’s family is white, and her beloved uncle is a police officer; Josh’s family is Black, and his teenaged brother Malcolm is fired up about being an activist.

Josh and Emma have many questions about the tragic killing of a Black man by a white police officer.  Real questions that deserve real answers.  But during conversations over dinner, at bedtime, before and after school, their families find answers don’t come easily.  As tensions rise, Emma and Josh learn painful lessons about patterns of injustice.  Can they save their friendship and start a new pattern in their community?

Things to Know About the Show

  • The play is based on the picture book of the same name, which was written by a bi-racial team of child psychologists.
  • This show is a world premiere.
  • Content Advisory:
    • Honest conversation, from multiple perspectives, centered around a police shooting of a Black man.
    • Snatches of the news coverage are heard.
    • Concern among adults and young people about family members getting hurt.  Young people see the possibility of themselves getting hurt.
    • Discussion of looting/burning/rioting in protest of the shooting.
    • Young people verbally bullied by their peers.


Children’s Theatre Company is looking for Black, white, Asian American, and SWANA (Southwest Asian and North African) actors to be at this audition call.

All of the children (except Malcolm) are about 8 years old in the play – however, we will be casting only youth 10 and up.  See below for more details:

ROLES (white)

Emma Hartley – Big, affectionate personality.  Open, vulnerable heart.

Daniel – Emma and Josh’s classmate.  Opinionated.

ROLES (Black)

               Josh Perkins – Thoughtful, cautious.  Wrestling with his world that is being shaken.

               Malcolm Perkins – About 16.  Dynamic, fired-up about justice.

               Sophia – Emma and Josh’s classmate.  Opinionated.

ROLES (Asian American)

               Ling – Emma and Josh’s classmate.  Stands up for herself.

ROLES (Middle Eastern)

Omad – New student whose family recently arrived from Abu Dhabi.  Timid.  Comes in at the end of the play.


All roles are understudied.  We will be casting 5-7 youth understudies as well.



January 25 through March 27, 2022

We rehearse/perform Tuesday through Sunday – after school and all day on the weekends.  There would be a five-week period (February 22 – March 25) 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.



Friday, July 23                   5:00pm – 6:00pm

Saturday, July 24              10:00am – 7:00pm

  • We will be holding these auditions in person at the Children’s Theatre Company at 2400 Third Avenue South/Minneapolis 55404.
  • We share the building with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia).  Our entrance for auditions is through the Stage Door on the south side of the building across from the parking ramp.
  • We will be following our COVID protocol for these auditions – everyone will be masked.  More information will be sent closer to the audition date.
  • To sign up for a time slot, follow this link:


What to Prepare

  • Please follow this link to fill out our audition form.
  • You will be reading a section of the script (“sides”) along with the director of the production, Timothy Douglas.  CTC’s Production Stage Manager, Jenny Friend, will also be present, watching and participating.
  • If you are auditioning for the role of Emma, please find sides here: Emma Sides
  • If you are auditioning for the role of Josh, please find the side here: Josh Side
  • If you are auditioning for the role of Malcolm, please find sides here: Malcolm Sides
  • If you are auditioning for the roles of Daniel/Sophia/Ling/Omad, please find the side here: Student Sides



If the director, Timothy Douglas, would like to see you again to spend more time with the script, those callback times will be Sunday, July 25 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  Please be aware that we will be contacting people Saturday afternoon and evening to set up callback times.  It will be a quick turnaround.


To ensure the safety of our company and audiences from COVID-19, we will follow all CDC guidelines, along with our industry union approved protocols throughout the production period.  All company members must be fully vaccinated by December 1, 2021 (if they are able) and provide proof of vaccination.


Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions to [email protected].

Contact information

Children's Theatre Company
Jenny Friend
Web site

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