The Lab Rat

The Lab Rat By Rhiannon Petersen MYTC Playwright Commission 2017

The MYTC Playwrighting Commission 2019

The Midnite Youth Theatre Company supports new and emerging writers and is calling for submissions for the MYTC Playwright Commission 2019.

The commission offers a successful playwright (or writing team) $3,000 to develop a short (45 – 60 minute) script suitable to be performed by actors aged between 14 and 21.

In addition to the commissioning fee the winning applicant will receive:

  • Confirmation that the resulting script will be programmed as part of The Midnite Youth Theatre Company’s future 2020 Season;
  • Confirmation that the production will tour internationally as part of the MYTC Touring program in 2020

What we are looking for:

  • Cast size: 10 – 40 characters
  • Plays that are driven by or utilise an ensemble cast are much more desirable than plays that rely on one central character.

Submissions must not exceed 2 pages (11-point font) and should include:

  • Contact details
  • A brief synopsis
  • Proposed cast size (See above)
  • Brief vision for the look and feel of the show e.g. staging elements, technical requirements
  • A statement from the writer on the impetus for the work
  • Writers are encouraged to include up to 4 pages of their existing work that reflects their writing style.

Successful applications must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be Australian citizen’s resident in the country or hold a Permanent Resident Visa.
  • Only one application will be accepted per writer
  • Shortlisted applicants will be required to participate in a phone/skype/in-person interview to determine the successful commission.
  • Applicants must be able to deliver a production ready draft for early 2019
  • For applications seeking to adapt extant material (books, poems, songs, games, etc.) the applicant is responsible for securing adaptation rights from the copyright holder.  Any fees associated with such rights are the sole responsibility of the applicant.  A letter from the copyright holder confirming permission to adapt the original work must be submitted with the application.

Applications will close at 9am, 24 September 2018 Please email applications to: with the Subject: MYTC Playwright Commission 2019


Midnite Ensemble Production (18 -25 years)


Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim  Book by James Lapine

Director Gregory Jones

Musical Director Jackson Griggs


The Midnite Youth Theatre Company is excited to announce the auditions for The Ensemble production of the musical, Into the Woods to be staged at the Studio Underground – State Theatre Centre of WA


The auditions will be open to performers aged 18 to 25 years.


Venture into the woods with the acclaimed Tony Award winning musical classic by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. This witty and wildly theatrical production brings together a talented ensemble of 18 to 25 -year-old emerging performers, and features dazzling songs like Children Will Listen, Agony and No One Is Alone. Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honour the giant in the sky at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true.


Rehearsals begin Sunday 1 September and continue:

Wednesday 7pm – 9.30pm and  Thursday 7pm – 9.30pm, Sunday 1pm to 5pm

Venue: Drama Centre, Christ Church Grammar School from August to November.


5 Performances:

Wed to Sat: Nov 28, 29, 30, Dec 1, at 7.30pm

Sat Dec 1. Matinee at 2.00pm

Venue: Studio Underground – State Theatre Centre of WA, Northbridge



Sun 26  Aug, 1pm – 5pm

Wed 29 Aug, from 6.30pm

Call backs Thurs 30 Aug (if required)



Prepare a song by Stephen Sondheim. Accompanist provided.

Bring a current headshot (or recent photo) and 1 page acting resume or list of theatre/performing experience.

Email to book your audition day/time slot


Character Breakdown


NARRATOR – An intellectual and pleasant story-teller who helps to orchestrate the show and illustrate lessons to the audience.


Range: G2 – E4


CINDERELLA – A young, earnest maiden who is constantly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters.


Range: G3 – G5


JACK – The feckless Giant killer who is ‘almost a man.’ He is adventurous, naive, energetic, and bright-eyed.


Range: B2 – G4


JACK’S MOTHER – Browbeating and weary, Jack’s protective mother who is independent, bold, and strong-willed.


Range: Bb3 – Gb5


THE BAKER –   A harried and insecure baker who is simple and loving, yet protective of his family. He wants his wife to be happy and is willing to do anything to ensure her happiness but refuses to let others fight his battles.


Range: Ab2 – G4


THE BAKER’S WIFE – Determined and bright woman who wishes to be a mother. She leads a simple, yet satisfying life and is very low-maintenance yet proactive in her endeavors.


Range: F3 – G5


CINDERELL’S STEPMOTHER – The mean-spirited, demanding stepmother of Cinderella.


Range: A3 – F#5


FLORINDA AND LUCINDA  – Cinderella’s stepsisters who are black of heart. They follow in their mother’s footsteps of abusing Cinderella.


Range: C4 – Ab5


CINDERELLA’S FATHER – Distant and uncaring. More looking for ways to move up the social ladder.



LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD  – A spoiled young girl who is strong-willed, quick-wited, fearless, yet youthful and naive.


Range: Bb3 – F5


THE WITCH – Sarcastic, ugly-then-gorgeous, obsessive protector of Rapunzel who is straightforward and aggressive.


Range: F3 – G5


CINDERELLA’S MOTHER  – Deceased with her soul guarding and aiding her daughter from a tree.


Range: E4 – F4


MYSTERIOUS MAN –  A mischievous vagrant and nosy meddler. He is a good-natured protector and observer.


Range: G2 – Eb4


WOLF – Hungry and insatiable hunter who takes advantage of the weak by misleading and captivating his prey.


Range: Bb2 – Gb4


GRANNY –  Little Red’s grandmother, vengeful about her altercation with the wolf.




RAPUNZEL  – A loopy-but-lovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely. She yearns to experience the world.


Range: B3 – A5


CINDERLLA’S PRINCE  – Vain and gorgeous, he is a disloyal lover who is currently searching for the next new, exciting thing.


Range: B2 – F4


RUPUNZEL’S PRINCE – Just as vain and gorgeous as his Prince brother, he is always chasing the newest, most exiting endeavor.


Range: C#3 – E4


STEWARD – Cinderella’s Prince’s right-hand man. Snobbish and deceitful. Takes bold action when needed.



GIANT (Voiceover.) – The Giant’s wife is an angry and vengeful ‘monster.’ She is seeking restitution for her loss.



Notes: Some roles will may be played by the same performers


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