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Audition Songs for Children

posted Aug 9, 2015, 12:44 PM by Jonathan Dunski

Click the link below to see a list of around 100 musical theatre and film songs that were written for pre-pubescent, child actors -- a great resource if you're looking for an audition song.

The Wiz of the West

posted Jun 25, 2015, 9:44 AM by Jonathan Dunski

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — PLAY Conservatory interprets an American classic with The Wiz of the West, playing at St. Pius X High School on July 18

This original one-act musical is the classic story of THE WIZARD OF OZ adapted with a Western-style twist – or should we say, twister?!  Follow Dotty and her little dog Mooch as they meet up with Scared Crow, Tinhorn, and Lionel, and set off on an adventure of personal discovery.  They tangle with Mad Dog’s gang of bad, barkin’, back-bitin’ hounds who work for the meanest old witch in the West, Hawknose Halley.  Then they encounter the brainless Buzzards and the terrifying Tarantulas.  The singin’ Coyotes help move things along while Ma and Pa Munch and the rest of the Munch Kin point out the way to Dr. Ozzy, the Wizard of Frontier Medicine.  The Wiz of the West is quest... with a twang!

Book, Music and Lyrics by Michael McGill; Directed by guest teaching artists Katie Marsh and Michael Francis.

Two public performances of The Wiz of the West play on Saturday July 18 at 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm  at St. Pius X High School, 5301 St Josephs Dr. NW. Albuquerque, NM 87120. 

Running time is 60 minutes.  The play is appropriate for children ages 4 and up, and intended to be a fun time for the entire family.

General admission is $10. Free admission for one child (12 and under) with 1 adult purchase.  Purchase advance tickets online at, or at the door one hour before curtain.

The Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) will have provided a week-long residency teaching and directing 40 local students, ages 5 to 16.  Touring for 39 years, MCT brings magic to nearly 1,200 communities in all 50 states, 3 Canadian Territories and 5 provinces and 16 countries, annually.  Their mission is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.  To find out more, go to

PLAY Conservatory, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, offers unique and challenging educational Theater programs for kids, and creates works that play to every generation.  To find out more, go to The Wiz of the West marks PLAY Conservatory’s 29th production since its origin in 2007.

This project was funded in part by a grant from New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a grant from Albuquerque’s Urban Enhancement Trust Fund.

For more info, contact

Actors age 12 to 16: corporate videos open call

posted Jun 12, 2015, 9:39 AM by Jonathan Dunski

The American Society of Radiologic Technology will hold an open casting for boys and girls age 12 to 16 for ten roles in a series of corporate videos to be shot in late June.

Open Casting

9AM Saturday, June 13

ASRT Offices

15000 Central Ave. SE

Albuquerque, NM 87123


We’re about one mile east of Tramway on the south side of Central, past the Believers Center. Look for helium balloons marking the driveway gate and the lobby entrance.

We will select ten young actors for roles in a series of four videos helping kids to discover and explore medical imaging, radiation therapy and other facets of radiologic technology. The videos will be shot on Saturday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 30. Eight kids are needed for the shoot on June 30; only two are required for June 20. These are half day shoots and actors will be paid.

For questions, contact Greg Crutcher at

Actors in grades 6 to 12: commercial open call

posted Jun 12, 2015, 9:36 AM by Jonathan Dunski   [ updated Jun 12, 2015, 3:05 PM ]

Actors in 6th to 12th grade are invited to apply to appear in commercials and print ads to promote APS's new online learning program.

Be seen in a TV commercial, print ads, eight billboards, and TV station web ads.

To apply: send a selfie along with your name, grade, what school you attend, and contact information to
It doesn't matter whether or not you attend an APS school. 
If you have any questions, call Johanna at 362-6643.


posted May 19, 2015, 2:27 PM by Jonathan Dunski

PLAY Conservatory offers a variety of summer theater programs for kids and youth, and now for ADULTS, too!

The Wiz of the West is an original musical project by the renowned Missoula Children’s Theatre, who will be sending us two directors to work in residence with our students, on stage at the Jim Morley Theater at St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque’s west side, the week of July 13.

In addition, Saturday workshops offer a variety of topics, from acting to dancing, stagecraft to slam poetry.  There are even workshops that students can take alongside adults… so parents and grandparents can get in on the fun.  Workshops are held on Saturday afternoons at the Horn Family YMCA in Albuquerque, June 6 through August 29.

Register online for these programs at:

Deadline for registration is May 31.

Teen Actors Needed for Industrial Video

posted Apr 24, 2015, 8:29 AM by Jonathan Dunski   [ updated May 19, 2015, 2:18 PM ]

K-12 Video Project

  • children ages 12 to 16
  • actors will be paid
  • shooting on June 20 and/or June 30
  • short scripted segments, for an industrial film
  • The situations in the videos involve kids learning about how medical imaging and radiation therapy work and considering it as a profession.
American Society of Radiologic Technologists is developing four videos about the radiologic science profession for the K-12 audience. Each video will have a child narrator, probably in the range of 12 to 16 years old, and each video will be two to three minutes long. The topics of the four videos are:
  • Introduction to radiography.
  • Introduction to radiation therapy.
  • Overview of medical imaging specialties.
  • “Talk to a Technologist” (kids will ask R.T.s why they chose the profession, what they studied in school, what the best part of their job is, and so on).
To be filmed on location at CNM and UNM. Storyboards and scripts are being developed, and filming will take place this summer.
If you’re interested in acting in these videos, please contact Greg Crutcher at

UETF Funding for Summer Stock

posted Apr 22, 2015, 10:55 AM by Jonathan Dunski

PLAY Conservatory's summer stock programs will be funded in part by the
Urban Enhancement Trust Fund for the FY 16-17 UETF funding cycle.  An award of $8,000 will be used to support audience development, which will allow PLAY Conservatory to give away even more complimentary tickets to the community. 

Up with People performs Feb. 27, 28

posted Feb 25, 2015, 9:50 AM by Jonathan Dunski   [ updated Feb 25, 2015, 9:52 AM ]

PLAY alumnus Tristan MacLean returns to Albuquerque this weekend, after six months of touring with Up with People. Catch him and the rest of the dynamic cast in a live show on February 27 and 28 at NDI's Hiland Theater. Join the entire PLAY family as we celebrate Tristan's accomplishments and his new friends from around the world!


Tristan is spending a year traveling the world with Up with People, using his voice in performance and his heart and hands in community service. After his first six months, Tristan shared these thoughts about his Up with People experience: "There were so many things that I was able to see and experience that I will never forget. From the amazing and colorful sunsets in Havana, Cuba to the hospitality in Laconia, New Hampshire; it was all an experience I will not soon forget. Enriching and enlightening. My eyes have been opened to the positivity in the world and the beautiful people across the globe. I also gained many new friends from the program but most importantly families from all around the world who welcome me back."


"I love coming home and look forward to sharing our enchanted state with UWP, and likewise sharing UWP with New Mexico," says Tristan.


Up with People's brand new show The Journey will be performed at the Hiland Theater on Feb. 27 at 7:00pm and on Feb. 28 at 3:00pm & 7:30pm. Proceeds benefit Saranam


CLICK HERE to buy tickets online.

Meet the Producer

posted Feb 13, 2015, 1:00 PM by Jonathan Dunski   [ updated Feb 13, 2015, 1:01 PM ]

Jonathan is making myself available to talk personally with parents and students for a couple of "town hall" meetings.  

Enjoy two opportunities to ask questions and visit in person with him on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 11:30 am and on Monday, Mar. 2, at 7:00 pm, at Active Solutions Inc., 5100 Indian School Rd NE.  

Please sign up (click here), if you plan to come.

AUDITION for Camelot (Nat'l Tour)

posted Feb 12, 2015, 2:52 PM by Jonathan Dunski   [ updated Feb 13, 2015, 9:14 AM ]

Popejoy Presents La Vida Llena Broadway in New Mexico, in conjunction with Phoenix Entertainment, is searching for up to three young male actors to portray the role of “Tom of Warwick” in the National Tour of Camelot at Popejoy Hall on March 19 – 22, 2015

SEEKING: TOM OF WARWICK: Tom is a young boy destined to be a Knight.  He wants to fight for what is right and gives Arthur hope for the future.

REQUIREMENTS: Ideally, Tom should be in good physical shape, appear to be between the ages of 8 and 13 and under 5’ tall. Tom is an acting role with no singing required. Actor should be able to memorize approximately 10-15 lines and take simple stage direction quickly. Actor must be able to attend rehearsal and wardrobe fittings on March 19, 2015. Actor will need a chaperone over 18 years of age to accompany him at all times.

WHAT TO SUBMIT: Actor must submit a headshot and 50 word bio. 

WHAT TO PREPARE: Actor must prepare to read the “Tom of Warwick/King Arthur” scene, end of Act 2 (download below). The scene should be memorized for the audition. 

This production is an honest, grounded production in style. The actor needs to be present and energetic but please do not push the acting and dialogue. We are looking for boys with a natural, honest presence who speak as if they are having an honest conversation.

Complete an audition form (download below).


DATE:             FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015

TIME:             4:00 TO 6:00PM

LOCATION:     Food Court, Coronado Center, 6600 Menaul NE, Albuquerque 

An appointment may be won via lottery in the contest offered by 2KASA:

Otherwise, this is an open call.  Arrive early to ensure your audition will be seen.  

The audition committee will screen all those auditioning by having the boys read the scenes with an actor reading Arthur. These auditions will end at 6:00pm, whether or not all prospects have been called. Those auditioning may not get to read the entire scene. Being cut off prior to the end of the scene does not indicate whether a boy will or will not be chosen as a finalist.

The audition committee will select finalists to be submitted to Camelot. Those selected will read their scenes again to be video recorded for submission. Those recordings will be the scenes used by Camelot to make their final choices. Those auditioning must be able to stay long enough to have their second reading recorded to be considered for the role. Video recordings will begin at 6:30pm.

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