Audition Zone

The Railway Chlidren
Important Production Dates

Auditions on Zoom

Saturday 18 September between 9.30am and 12.30pm

Rehearsals at Shalford Village Hall

Kings Road, Shalford, Guildford GU4 8JE

Red Team - 9.30am to 12pm

Blue Team - 12.30pm to 3pm

Saturday 5 March, Saturday 12 March

Saturday 19 March,  Saturday 30 April

Saturday 7 May, Saturday 14 May

Saturday 21 May, Saturday 28 May

Saturday 11 June and Saturday 11 December

There is no rehearsal on Saturday 23 October

Production Week at the Yvonne Arnaud's Mill Studio

Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX

Tuesday 14 December - Technical Rehearsals

Red Team - 10am to 3.30pm

Blue Team - 4pm to 9.30pm

Wednesday 15 December - Dress Rehearsals

Blue Team - 10am to 3.30pm

Red Team - 4pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 16 December

Red Team Performance (3.30pm) 2.30pm to 5.15pm

Blue Team Performance (7.30pm) 6.30pm to 9.15pm

Friday 17 December

Blue Team Performance (3.30pm) 2.30pm to 5.15pm

Red Team Performance (7.30pm) 6.30pm to 9.15pm

Saturday 18 December

Red Team Performance (3.30pm) 2.30pm to 5.30pm

Blue Team Performance (7.30pm) 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Our summer show will be The Railway Children at the Stoke Park Railway, Guildford. We can't wait to finally be able to perform this show.

Auditions will be on Zoom and last 5 minutes eachWe'd like you to book your time in advance.

Auditions slots are available on Saturday 18 September between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

If you're unable to make the audition date, please drop us an email as we may be able to offer an alternative.

Everyone's welcome to audition - even those who are just joining the workshops. There's no lower age limit.


The Audition

We are asking everyone to learn at least one of these three short audition pieces. Children may prepare more than one.


It is important that children are fully prepared for the audition as it will show us that they are committed to taking part and able to learn lines.

There's no need to be nervous, we just ask that everyone tries their best. At the audition, children will be asked to act out the piece(s) that they've learned. They may be asked to do this a couple of times.

Everyone will be considered for all the roles, regardless of gender.

Rehearsals and Commitment

Rehearsals will take place at Shalford Village Hall, Kings Road, Shalford, Guildford GU4 8JE.

Children must be available for all of the rehearsal and performance dates for their team.

Everyone will be sent an electronic version of the script. Lines will need to be learned by Saturday XXX.

All cast members will need to apply for the necessary permission for absence from school if required. There is no charge for this and it is relatively easy to apply for. We will give you further details about how to do this.

Missed Rehearsals

In fairness to everyone, we take attendance at rehearsal very seriously. If children miss a rehearsal without first discussing it with us, they will sadly lose their role.

We know that occasionally there is a long-standing commitment or a last-minute situation that means there is no other option. However, once a rehearsal is missed, a second rehearsal missed, for any reason, will mean a lost role.


Choosing a Team

If you already know about a prior commitment that means you'd miss a rehearsal, please let us know now. We will try to put you in a team that's rehearsing at a different time.

If you have a team choice, please let us know this as well. Choosing a team reduces your chance of being offered a role as it can make casting the production difficult. Please only choose a team if you really have to.

Show Fee

We charge a Show Fee to cover our costs. The show fee is £95 and paid before your audition. We'll refund it if we're not able to offer your child a role.

It includes production and rehearsal costs including script, costumes, and shoes. It doesn't include tickets to see the show.

Paying the show fee shows a commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances.

To appear in The Railway Children, you must continue to attend our weekly workshops during the Summer Term 2022.

Please pay the show fee, before you audition, by bank transfer: Account: 71408100 Sort Code: 40 22 12


Putting on the show is expensive. We can't cover these costs with the Show Fee alone, so we ask each cast member to sell a minimum of 10 tickets to their extended family and friends. We will have posters and flyers available. Ticket sales help cover the production costs and ensure that we can keep performing.


There are lots of different parts available. We will split the cast into two teams (Red and Blue) who will alternate rehearsals and performances. As with any show, some children will have more to do than others. We'll work hard to include everyone as much as possible.


Changes Caused by COVID

In the event Government restrictions changing and preventing us from doing public performances, we will record the show and release it digitally. However, due to this being outside, it is extremely unlikely that this will happen. Whatever happens, the show won't be completely canceled. Not doing public performances will be the very last resort.

Anything Else?

We think we've covered most things here, but if there's something we've missed, just drop us an email - we're more than happy to help.