Casting Expectations

MTC’s Theatre Programs provide a range of roles to our students to prepare them for participation in Theatre in high school and beyond.  We view all roles as having equal importance and expect parents and students to do the same.
Upon receiving their role, students are expected to embrace their role and begin working diligently to make their role the best it can possibly be.  
Please do not expect that your child will receive a “lead” role because they had the “best” audition, have participated in many productions, “look the part,” or have received lead roles in the past.  We intentionally rotate our students through a variety of roles to broaden their experience and preparedness for long-term involvement in theatre. 
Auditions determine casting only insofar as the director’s assessment of how well-prepared the student was for the script readthrough, and if their singing voice has the natural range required for certain roles.  
If your child receives a role that appears “small”, remember that their role may include aspects not printed in the script and that supporting and ensemble characters can be the most memorable actors in a musical  – IF the actor takes on their role with the fullest enthusiasm and creativity.  Similarly, if a student receives a role that appears to be a “lead”, their performance may be disappointing if they do not work diligently to fulfill their role.
We recommend that you do not sympathize with disappointment over casting as doing so may be counterproductive to your child’s commitment to their current production and may set unrealistic expectations for their long-term involvement in theatre.  
Your child may receive one role or multiple roles in the production.  Additional participation (cameo lines, etc.) may be added during the course of rehearsals.  The ultimate outcome of your child’s role in this and future productions depends entirely on what your child chooses to make of their role.