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Adult professionals (Ages 19+) are invited to audition for The Butterfly Room and COCA’s Summer Rep: Matilda The Musical.

FRI, OCT 15 | 4:00–9:00PM

SAT, OCT 16 | 10:00AM–3:00PM

WHO: AEA and NON-AEA adult actors (ages 19+). This is a Guest Artist II Contract (housing is not provided with this contract), pending Equity Approval.

We are especially interested in casting adult actors who have worked as teaching artists and are committed to supporting the artistic growth of young people throughout the rehearsal and performance process. The production follows a professional theatre workshop model.

WHEN: Auditions will be held in individual, 15-minute appointments on Friday, October 15 from 4:00–9:00PM, Saturday, October 16 from 10:00AM–3:00PM at COCA. Callbacks will be held on Sunday, October 17.

WHERE: COCA (Center of Creative Arts), 6880 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63130 in Johnson Studio

WHAT TO PREPARE: A side from the musical or musicals you’d like to be considered for and 32 bars of a song.

Click here to download sides for The Butterfly Room.
Click here to download sides for Matilda The Musical.

When you arrive for your audition, you will indicate which productions you are auditioning for and have prepared the corresponding sides.

Please bring two copies of your headshot and resume.


NON-AEA actors should make an appointment using the information below.

Register for Audition Appointment

AEA Actors and all actors auditioning for The Wolves should submit a video audition and headshot/resume in lieu of an in-person appointment. These materials can be submitted by October 16 to Delaney Piggins, Artistic Producer, at dpiggins@cocastl.org.

COCA Summer Rep: Matilda The Musical

Composer: Tim Minchin
Book: Dennis Kelly
Based on the novel by: Roald Dahl
Director: Jennifer Wintzer
Choreographer: Jamie McKittrick
Music Director: Colin Healy

FRI, JUL 22 | 7:00PM
SAT, JUL 23 | 3:00PM & 7:00PM
SUN, JUL 24 | 1:00PM & 5:00PM

Matilda Wormwood, a young girl with extraordinary powers, uses her love of reading and storytelling as an escape from her life with her neglectful and abusive parents. Matilda is sent off to school where she struggles under the reign of the school’s cruel headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, who punishes children for not abiding by her strict rules. Matilda befriends her kind teacher, Miss Honey, who realizes Matilda’s talents and encourages her to embrace her uniqueness. Matilda learns how to stand up to the adults in her life and discovers her own remarkable powers.

Presented by Mary Strauss

Matilda The Musical Time Commitment

Matilda The Musical rehearses M-F evenings and some weekends near teach and performance
Matilda The Musical’s first rehearsal: JUN 6
Matilda The Musical opening: JUL 22
Matilda The Musical closing: JUL 24

Casting the Following Roles

Mr. Wormwood
Matilda’s uncaring father. A slimy, greedy used-car salesman.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: D3

Mrs. Wormwood
Matilda’s self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer.
Gender: Female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Mrs. Phelps
A nice librarian.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 45

The Escapologist
A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: C3

The Acrobat
A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: D4

Mrs. Wormwood’s ballroom dance partner.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: D#3

Mrs. Wormwood’s Doctor when she goes into labor with Matilda.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Cook, Henchman 1, Henchman 2, Henchman 3, Kids (Amanda, Nigel, Eric, Alice, Hortensia, Tommy), Parents.

Descriptions courtesy of MTI

Audition & Show Information for The Wolves

Audition & Show Information for The Butterfly Room

COCA Health & Safety Procedures

  • Performers who show proof of vaccination and follow COCA’s testing policy may be unmasked only while on-stage. All other performers will remain masked.
  • COCA requires performers to test weekly with support from Nomi Health, our health/safety partner.
  • Performers will maintain at least 10 feet of physical distance from the audience.
  • Directors, Choreographers, Designers, Music Directors and Stage Managers will be masked at all times when engaging with performers in rehearsal studios and on-stage.


Questions on registering for an audition? Contact COCA’s Registration Office at 314.561.4898 or registration@cocastl.org.

Questions about the productions or the audition? Contact Delaney Piggins, Artistic Producer, dpiggins@cocastl.org.