Adventure Theatre MTC Conducting DC-Wide Search for Teen Musical Theatre Stars

Chosen teens work with Tony-Award winning 'Big River' writers William Hauptman and Roger Miller as well as top DC talent.

Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC) seeks eight middle and high school students (aged 11 – 18) for the roles of Huckleberry Finn, Jim, Mary Jane, and Alice in Huckleberry Finn’s Big River, a world premiere Theatre For Young Audiences co-production with The Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma in association with Rogers and Hammerstein Theatricals and First Stage Milwaukee. Huckleberry Finn’s Big River is based on the Tony Award Winning musical, Big River book by William Hauptman and music and lyrics by Roger Miller. ATMTC will conduct auditions September 24- October 2, 2018, in Washington, DC, Montgomery County, Fairfax County, Prince George’s County, and Frederick County. All interested teens should register for an audition timeslot at All actors will receive compensation for his or her role.

These auditions will seek to find four African American teen performers, female and male, and four teen performers, female and male, of any race. Auditions will be held in partnership with Duke Ellington School of the Arts, NextStop Theatre, Frederick Community College, Six Flags America, Fairfax County Public Schools, and Montgomery County Public Schools

To illustrate an American story, against the tapestry of different ethnicities and cultures, the Huckleberry Finn’s Big River script and designs are sculpted using feedback from community influencers. Community influencers ensure the production reflects the values of our current culture. Adventure Theatre MTC seeks to celebrate courage, to encourage social change and social justice, and to engage generations about our current nation’s social climate through this new work. One of the changes implemented was making Jim a young man.

Michael J. Bobbitt, Artistic Director of ATMTC, says of the script change, “As this is a production that will speak to young, modern children, we need Jim to be a young voice; someone they can understand and relate to. I hope this production will be fresh and exciting for fans of the musical but also educational and poignant for young children who may not know the dark side of our nation’s history. I cannot wait to see what talent the DC area holds, and I hope that this new generation will cherish this new musical as much as previous generations have the Broadway version.”


Seeking middle and high school students aged (11 – 18) for the roles of Huckleberry Finn (any race), Jim (African American), Mary Jane (any race) and Alice (African American). 


September 24, 2018: 4 to 6:30pm
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Performance Hall
3500 R St NW
Washington, DC 20007

September 25, 2018: 4 to 6:30pm
NextStop Theatre
269 Sunset Park Dr.
Herndon, VA 20170

September 26, 2018: 4 to 6:30pm
Frederick Community College
Visual & Performing Arts Building
Black Box Theater
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702
Directions: North entrance to the college (across from Monocacy Middle School, the 2nd stop light for FCC). The parking lot on the direct left when you enter the North entrance is the Visual and Performing Arts lot.

September 28, 2018: 4 to 6:30pm
Adventure Theatre Academy
2nd Floor Wintergreen Plaza
837 D Rockville Pike (2nd Floor Wintergreen Plaza)
Rockville, MD 20852

October 2, 2018: 4 to 6:30pm
Six Flags America
13710 Central Avenue
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Grand Theater on Main Street

Talented hopefuls should prepare (16) sixteen bars of one song and bring with them sheet music, a one minute monologue, and a headshot/photo or resume. Adventure Theatre MTC will provide an accompanist. Adventure Theatre MTC will conduct rehearsals January 10 – February 7, 2019, with performances running during the daytime February 8 – March 17, 2019. For more information on auditions or to participate in committees for social change, e-mail [email protected] or call 301-251-5766.


Adventure Theatre MTC educates and inspires new generations of theater artists and audiences with exceptional theatrical experiences.


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