Flint Youth Theatre
Playwright: Cheryl L. West
Based on the book by Doug Atchinson
Director: B Alex Reed
Producing Artistic Director: Michael Lluberes

AEA TYA & Non Union

Rehearsals: January 8- February 9, 2018
Performances: February 10-25, 2018


Akeelah and the Bee

Wednesday December 6, 6:00-9:00pm Student Auditions
Thursday December 7, 6:00-9:00pm – Student Auditions
Monday December 11, 6:00-9:00pm Adult Auditions
Tuesday December 12, 6-7:30pm Adult and Student Callbacks 

PLEASE NOTE: Auditions will be held at The Flint Institute of Music, Room 182, 1025 E. Kearsley St., Flint

Please call 810.237.1530 to reserve your 10 minute audition time.
For other audition inquiries, please email


Gail – Akeelah’s mother. Female. 30s-40s. African American. A nurse. Tough-loving. Present, but aloof.
Side B, Side C

Dr. Larabee – (CAST)

Batty Ruth – (CAST)

Drunk Willie – Male. 50s-70s. African American. Perpetually drunk super of the apartment building. Former lover of Batty Ruth. Doubles as Principal Welch. (CAST)

Dylan’s Dad- Male. 30s+. Asian American. Severe. Firm. Doubles as several ensemble roles.
Side I

Reggie – 18-20s. African American. Akeelah’s older brother. A bit of a slacker. Makes poor choices, but his heart is in the right place.
Side A, Side B

Other Ensemble Roles: DJ Rule/Judge/TV Announcer/Pronouncer



Akeelah Anderson – teens. African American. A spelling enthusiast. A kind-hearted girl with a smart mouth. Highly motivated. Guarded, with a capacity for vulnerability.
Side A, Side D, Side F

Reggie – 18-20s. African American. Akeelah’s older brother. A bit of a slacker. Makes poor choices, but his heart is in the right place.
Side A, Side B

Georgia – Teens. African American. Akeelah’s best friend. Unconditionally supportive. Emotionally available, but a bit sassy.
Side F

Izzy 11, a girl terrified of her own shadow. Mostly non-speaking role, but should have a strong stage presence.
Side A (Akeelah)

Dylan - Teens. Asian American.  Arrogant. Spelling Bee champion.
Side E

Javier- Teens. Latino. A gregarious kid with a preppy style.
Side G

Ratchet Rhonda – Teens.  African American. Akeelah’s biggest tormentor. Rude. School bully.
Any Two Akeelah sides.+ a poem or rap of choice

Trish – Teens. Any Ethnicity. Suburban. Socially awkward. Admires Akeelah and Georgia.
Side H

Ensemble – 3-4 actors, open gender/ethnicity. Physically strong. Should have a good sense of rhythm and/or some musical ability.
Prepare a poem, song, or rap of choice.

For script submission, please email



Flint Youth Theatre – Michigan’s Professional Theatre for Young Audiences seeks a Costume Shop Manager.

Duties include costume construction for all productions, managing and overseeing any overhire for costume construction, working with Guest Designers to realize designs, maintenance of costumes for production and costume stock, costume rentals and costume shop facilities. 

The Costume Shop Manager is responsible for overseeing budgets and calendars, supervising the costume staff, over hire stitchers, tailors, wardrobe crews and interns.  Minor design duties may be required.

Necessary qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree in Costume Design and/or Technology or equivalent professional experience, 1-3 years working in or supervising a costume shop. Preferred qualifications include: MFA degree in costuming or equivalent in professional theatre experience.

Required skills include stitching, draping, drafting, patterning, measuring, dying of fabric, fitting garments, cutting and altering garments, appropriate tailoring skills, budgeting, purchasing, scheduling, student supervision, and costume rental coordination. Professional design experience is a plus.

Position will require some evening/weekend hours associated with production rehearsals and performances. Reports directly to the Technical Director and Producing Artistic Director.

This is a part-time/contractual position. Pay is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants should submit a cover letter expressing interest and an up-to-date resume to Stephanie Ramirez, Production Administrative Director at


Stephanie Ramirez, Production Administrative Director
Flint Youth Theatre
1220 East Kearsley St.
Flint, MI 48503

Review of applications will begin on or before November 7, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Must be able to pass a background screening.  Must have valid Michigan driver’s license.

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