Rehearsing a routine

New Member Auditions

WOW holds annual auditions for new members, either after the April or November productions. There are usually up to a dozen places available for children between 10 and 18 years old, although this varies from year to year depending on the number of leavers and cast requirements of upcoming productions. 

Rehearsing a routine

How to Audition to Join

Once set, The official dates of our next audition workshop and auditions will posted below as well as on WOW’s social media pages. There may also be a notice in the show programme for our latest production. When applications are open, there will be a form below to register for the audition workshop.

Being involved in a WOW production is a huge commitment, not just for the young performers but also for their parents or carers. WOW asks that families only start the process if they are confident they can match the commitment outlined below and in our Expectations Summary.

What Happens at the Audition?
Everyone wishing to audition needs to be able to attend the audition workshop to prepare for the auditions. At the workshop, participants are taught up to three songs and a couple of dance routines. One song and one dance routine must be performed at the audition along with the applicant’s own choice of monologue, which lasts no longer than one minute. Each individual audition may be recorded for the sole purpose of helping with the selection process. Videos will only be viewed by the Panel and will be deleted once the process is complete. 

The Audition panel, which includes the Chairman and Creative Team from the workshops, looks for a good voice, musicality and a degree of presence and potential together with the ability to move well. (Those auditioning do not necessarily have to be trained dancers but please be aware that they may be competing for places with others who attend dance classes.)

How do I find out the Audition Result?
Following the auditions, parents will be advised if their child has been selected by email and/or SMS message. WOW is always oversubscribed and any performers not selected are welcome to try again. Some members have taken up to three attempts to be offered a place and this reflects the determination and enthusiasm that we are looking for.

2024 Audition Dates

UPDATE (14 April) Due to unprecedented demand all places are now taken for our audition workshop and auditions. Our short reserve list is also full.
For those that already have a workshop place please be aware that depending on age, there will be two intake dates for children offered a place in WOW. Children who are old enough to be in our November production of ‘Our House’ will commence in June. Younger children will begin after Our House in November / December for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

  • Audition Workshop – Monday 29 April 7 pm – 8:30 pm. Fully Booked
  • Auditions – Sunday 12 May from 9:00 am. FULL


  1. Unless otherwise specified, all children must be at least 10 years old by the audition date and will be required to provide a recent colour headshot (passport sized) for the Audition Form, which we ask to be completed before the auditions. Please be aware that younger children may not yet be ready for the demands of a WOW production and may benefit from waiting until they are older to audition.
  2. Once confirmed as a member, there will be a half-yearly membership due, as well as a production fee for the upcoming show. (These are currently £65 a year for 6 months of membership plus £35 for the upcoming production, making a combined fee of £100 for half the year.) Please advise a committee member in confidence if these fees may present a barrier to participation.)
  3. Rehearsals take place up to three consecutive evenings a week until 9pm, from Sunday to Tuesday. We generally start with learning the music on up to two evenings a week.
  4. Not all rehearsals are full company ones but members are expected to attend those to which they are called.
  5. WOW depends on volunteers and needs licensed chaperones to stage our shows. We, therefore, expect a parent/carer to obtain a chaperone licence from Dorset Council. We also ask parents to join the chaperone rota for rehearsals and to help behind the scenes.
  6. The decision of the audition panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into. We are also unable to give individual feedback.

When auditions have been announced, there will be a form below to book a place at the workshop and auditions. Once the form is submitted, applicants should receive an automated acknowledgement. (If not seen, please check your Spam or Junk Mail folder.) All information provided is used in accordance with our Privacy Policy for Workshops. Safeguarding and other policy documents can be found on our Policies’ Page.

Sorry, the form has reached its submission limit and all places at the workshop have been filled. Unfortunately the short reserve list is also now full.