US Tour Auditions


Saturday 18th November 2.30-3.30pm @ The Dream Factory. Workshop audition, please dress comfortably and practically.

We are delighted to be returning to Los Angeles in autumn 2018. Playbox’s exchange programme with the renowned Santa Monica Playhouse first began in 1989, and it has always been a highlight in our company’s calendar!

The tour involves a blend of performance, workshops, theatre trips and sightseeing.

We are seeking not only a company of superb performers, but also a team of young people who will gel together as an ensemble – who will be ferociously hard-working, positive, supportive and extremely responsible, as well as being excellent ambassadors for Playbox Theatre.

The tour involves a level of independence and we will need to know that we can entirely trust every young person travelling with us, and be sure that the group dynamic will be a truly successful one. We require parents to fully understand the nature of the tour and what is expected of participants.


Estimated cost: £2,000 (payable in three instalments between casting and 2 months prior to departure)

We would love to bring the cost of the tour in under this figure and are working to achieve this ~ the above figure is the maximum it will be.

Dates: Thurs 25th October – Sunday 4th November

Rehearsals: Monday 20th – Friday 24th August 2018 (9am-6pm daily)

Followed by Sundays from 9th September, until the tour (9am-6pm daily)


Monkey ~ Journey to the West (fast-paced, physical piece directed by Emily Quash

The Dream (abridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Stewart McGill)

My Magic Island (early years performance/participation workshop inspired by The Tempest devised by Toby Quash)

Accommodation: Self-catering apartments, Cal Mar Hotel Suites, located in heart of Santa Monica. Company will be in suites of 4 per apartment. Members will be required to share King Size beds (2 per bed). There is a kitchen in each apartment and members will need to self-cater. Supermarkets nearby. There is a swimming pool on site and access to the gym. Emily and Toby will be staying on site and will supervise members.

Tour content:        

  • Performances of all projects at venues in Santa Monica
  • Universal Studios
  • Disneyland
  • Tickets to a theatre performance in Los Angeles
  • Cycle trip to Venice Beach
  • Workshops

Notes: The price of the trip includes flights, internal travel in US, entry to all above attractions, accommodation, insurance.

The price does not include food, travel to and from Heathrow airport.

Age suitability: We are seeking a senior company, but will consider Playbox members born on, or before, 31st January 2004. Age is a major consideration for casting and we are unlikely to cast many people who are below 15 years of age, at the time of the tour.

Notes: There is ‘free time’ during this tour and members will be expected to be independent and to adhere to all rules, times, meeting places etc. No-one will be permitted to go anywhere by themselves. Santa Monica is a lovely part of Los Angeles and Santa Monica Playhouse, the beach, Third Street Promenade etc are all within walking distance of the accommodation. Curfews will be set, and boundaries outlined for company members, however we do not supervise the company at all times.

There will be a short meeting for interested parents at 3.30, following the audition. At this time, the directors will outline the tour in more detail, so that parents can make a final decision regarding whether they would like their child to be considered for the tour, before casting begins.


Please do take a look at our Playbox Audition & Casting FAQs, available on the ‘About Us’ pages of our website for useful tips and information before attending your audition.


Posted on: 2nd November 2017