Tibbits Young Audiences Auditions for The Nifty Fifties

The Tibbits Young Audiences (TYA) team is excited to get the students back on stage with The Nifty Fifties.

*Due to current restrictions, several adaptations have been made including reducing the size of the cast to 25 students in order to maintain social distancing.  While the TYA program usually casts 50 students from grades 4-8, because of the limited cast size this production will be limited to older students in sixth through eighth grades.


Audition Dates: Feb 8 & 9, 5pm at Tibbits Opera House. Students need only attend one time. Masks are required inside the theatre.

Show Dates:  April 23 and 24 at 7 pm and April 25 at 2 pm

How to Prepare for the Audition: Students should bring a current, non-returnable photo, their completed audition form, and be accompanied by one parent or guardian; no additional guests will be allowed. Audition forms and the part of the script the auditionees will be reading are available at the links below.

What to Expect at the Audition: Temperatures will be taken before entering the theatre.  Students must project through their mask for the audition. They will be asked to introduce themselves from stage, read parts from the script, sing a familiar children’s song, and follow some simple choreography.

Rehearsal Information: Rehearsals will begin Feb 15, 2021 and will be held Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:15; not all roles meet all days. Rehearsals will be in small groups to allow for social distancing and masks will be required.

Show Information: The Nifty Fifties by Tim Kelly with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur is a funny, top-tapping tribute to the 1950s. It tells the story of Gracie Stanley, who has gotten herself into hot water by promising to deliver her distant cousin, rock star Ziggy Springer, for the high school dance.  When Ziggy is unavailable she and her friends decide to fake his appearance. The story takes some turns and features memorable characters include a singing soda jerk, a snooty rival, a “totally square” building owner, a paranoid brother, a beatnik gang and its “bad dude” leader.

The Nifty Fifties will be directed by Julia Littley and produced by Tirsha Odisher with musical direction by Jayne Lillis. This production is generously sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Coldwater.

TYA Audition Form

NIFTY FIFTIES – Audition Scripts