Audition Info

Knoxville Children’s Theatre (KCT) will hold auditions on Monday, August 12, 2024 for our upcoming production of BEOWULF: THE FIRST AVENGER.

The audition will take place from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM at KCT at 109 E. Churchwell Avenue.  KCT Artistic Director Dennis E. Perkins will direct the production. Auditions are by appointment only. Auditionees may choose from the following appointment times: 4:30 PM, 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, and 7:30 PM. Seven auditionees will be seen at each appointment time; a maximum of 49 auditioners will be seen.   

There are at least 15 available roles.  The minimum age to audition is 11 years old, and the maximum age is 18.  

There are at least 3 roles for actors making their KCT debuts.

BEOWULF: THE FIRST AVENGER is an original adaptation of one of the oldest and most important epic poems of Old English literature. Conceived and written by Alex Drinnen and Dennis E. Perkins, this exciting rendition tells the tale of the great Geat warrior Beowulf who saves the Kingdom of the Danes from not only the greedy ravages of the monster Grendel but also his equally fierce and vengeful mother.  After his victories, Beowulf returns to his homeland to become King of his people where he will face monsters of his very own. Staged by KCT Artistic Director, Dennis E. Perkins, the epic scope of this tale about heroics, ethics, and the goodness of Kings will come to life through a visually dramatic presentation in the tradition of Total Theatre.

Auditonees should prepare a SHORT (one-minute) monologue from a classic play or novel. The monologue should express a wide emotional range and a theatrical level of volume and expression. 

  • The play’s genre is epic adventure.  
  • Choose an appropriate monologue, preferably from a published play.  Auditionees may select a cutting from a published book.  Pieces from Shakespeare’s works or other verse plays are encouraged.
  • No songs or poems. 
  • Please, no monologues from films or television shows. 
  • Monologues will be evaluated on volume, clearness of diction, and depth of emotional expression.  
  • Ability of physical transformation is an advantage.
  • Memorization is required.

Auditionees should bring their calendars. Actors will be asked to list all conflicts with the rehearsal schedule. A detailed schedule will be available at the auditions. The director will make every attempt to work around conflicts, whenever possible.
Rehearsals will begin on or about Sunday, August 25 continuing through Thursday, October 24, 2024.  Rehearsals are held Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.   Actors should expect to attend most, but not all, rehearsals; conflicts may be listed at audition.  

    • Orientation/First rehearsal on Sunday August 25 is mandatory for first time participants.
    • Tech rehearsals, October 17, 20, 21 ,23, and 24 are mandatory.
    • Actors must also be available for all 11 regular performances: October 25- November 10, Thursdays through Sundays.  
  • The production will not rehearse August 30 – September 3 in observance of Labor Day.
  • The production will not rehearse October 4-12 for Fall Break.

Due to time restrictions, auditionees without an appointment will not be seen.

To make an audition appointment please use the online audition request form found at:

No calls for appointments, please.

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