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The Shaw
Children Auditions


Thursday February 18–Saturday February 20, 2021
Location:  ONLINE (ZOOM)

As always, the Shaw Festival encourages submissions from Artists of all ethno-cultural backgrounds.

Gypsy is a 1959 musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents.  Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with “the ultimate show business mother.” It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life. The character of Louise is based on Lee, and the character of June is based on Lee’s sister, the actress June Havoc.

It is frequently considered one of the crowning achievements of the mid-twentieth century’s conventional musical theatre art form, often called the book musicalGypsy has been referred to as the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers, among them Ben Brantley (“what may be the greatest of all American musicals…”)[1] and Frank Rich.[2] Rich wrote that “Gypsy is nothing if not Broadway’s own brassy, unlikely answer to King Lear.”[3] Theatre critic Clive Barnes wrote that “Gypsy is one of the best of musicals…” and described Rose as “one of the few truly complex characters in the American musical.”

We are looking for one girl between 9-13 years for the following role: 

  • Scout/Swing Girl

Requirements: Must sing and dance at Intermediate Level (Jazz and Tap dance, strong en pointe) 

Attended by: Associate Artistic Director, Director and Choreographer Kimberley Rampersad, Music Director Paul Sportelli, Associate Music Director Ryan de Souza.

To apply please fill in this application form and submit a resume and a headshot or recent photo.

  • If your child is selected for an audition, you will be notified by: Wednesday February 10, 2021
  • Deadline to submit: Monday February 8, 2021 at 6pm
  • If you have any questions while completing this form, please direct them to or 905-468-2153 ext 2217
Thank you for your interest in the Shaw Festival

As one of the world’s leading theatre companies and Niagara’s 20 largest employers, The Shaw is dedicated to an ongoing process of increasing diversity and inclusion in our audiences, our programs, and in all of our hiring for staff, artists, and in the recruiting of board members. The Shaw is committed to a future when our theatres joyously draw on and include all peoples, fully reflective of the world around us. As such, the Shaw Festival is an equal opportunity employer committed to a barrier-free recruitment and selection process. We encourage and invite applications from applicants who identify as Indigenous, Black or as persons of colour (IBPOC), the LGBTQ2+ communities and those identifying as gender female. In accordance with Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and in keeping with our wish to ensure a fully inclusive environment, please advise Human Resources if you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process. We will be happy to assist.

We acknowledge and honour the land upon which we gather as the historic and traditional territory of First Nations peoples. In particular we recognize and thank the Neutral Nation, the Mississauga and the Haudenosaunee for their stewardship of these lands over millennia.

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