Something Rotten Jr.

Something Rotten Jr.
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Something Rotten Jr. – REGIONAL PREMIER!

A hysterical Broadway Junior musical adapted from the Broadway hit!

Open to students ages 10-18

Travel back to the Renaissance for an hour of musical comedy gold in Something Rotten! JR. Adapted from the Broadway hit that Time Out New York hailed as “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years,” Something Rotten! JR. celebrates one undeniable truth: “nothing’s as amazing as a musical!”

In the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.

Something Rotten! JR. features large song and dance numbers, and a wacky cast of over-the-top characters, each with their own moment to shine.



Something Rotten Jr. – REGIONAL PREMIER!

Open to students ages 10-18

Performances will be held at the Parker Arts Schoolhouse Theatre located at 19650 Mainstreet, Parker, CO 80138

Rehearsal Dates:  Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8/20-11/24 (There will also be a few Saturday rehearsals TBA)

Rehearsal Times: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Rehearsal Location: Pickering Creative Artists Academy located at 6920 S Jordan Rd., Suite G, Centennial, CO 80112

Auditions: See Audition Information Below for All the Details
We will be accepting video auditions until Thursday, August 15 at 5:00 PM.

Saturday, November 23 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 24 at 2:00 PM

Registration: $575

Payment Plans Available

Registration is Open!


 Click here for a Character List, Character Breakdown, and downloadable audition information.

We are so excited to have you submit an audition video for Something Rotten, Jr! We want this process to be as fun and painless as possible. Auditions can feel scary, but here’s the good news: You’re already in the show! 

We will be accepting video auditions until Thursday, August 15 at 5:00 PM

Video tips:

Please make sure we can see your entire body from head to toe and that the light is in front of you so we can see your face. Please do not stand in front of a window as the light is behind you and we will not be able to see you very well. Please carefully read this entire document to make sure you understand the audition process.

Link to submit your audition video:

Be sure to send it to via wetransfer or you can also send me a link to a google drive or youtube page with your child’s video, but wetransfer is the preferred way so that it’s all in one place.

Audition tips:

  1. All video audition material must be memorized. We cannot have anyone holding a paper during their video audition or be reading from a paper close to the camera. For younger students or those brand new to theatre, choose a  monologue that is very short. 10 seconds of memorized material is just fine! 
  2. Please wear clothing that you are comfortable in. Some people like to dress up, and that is fine. But if you are more comfy and feel yourself in a t-shirt and sweatpants for this audition, that works too.
  3. Please practice your “slate.” A slate is what you say at the beginning of your audition to introduce yourself to the directors and let them know what you will be performing. If I were auditioning, my slate might sound like this: “Hi! My name is Amy Pickering and I will be playing Alice from Alice in Wonderland and singing “For Good” from Wicked. Thank you.” You tell the directors the character you are playing and what play/piece it is from, as well as the title of the song you are singing and which show it is from.  If the monologue doesn’t list a character name, just tell me the title.

PLEASE DO NOT TELL ME THE NAME OF THE CHARACTER YOU ARE AUDITIONING FOR OR WANT DURING YOUR SLATE. This is unprofessional and not something you should do in any audition, unless the director specifically asks you for it. You are auditioning for the show as a whole, and it is your job to do the best audition you can. It is the director’s job to decide where you fit best into the puzzle. 

  1. You can choose to do your monologue first or your song first. Either way works!
  2. All people must use a Karaoke or instrumental backing track for their song. No a cappela songs allowed (singing without a backing track). YouTube has almost every single song in a Karaoke or instrumental version.
  3. Please limit your entire audition video to 2 minutes or less. We have a lot of videos to get through and we want to make sure we have enough time to give each video our undivided attention. Be responsible and thoughtful as you choose and rehearse your audition pieces. Have your song cued up and ready to go once you begin filming your audition.
  4. Below, you will find a list of possible monologue options and possible song options. I am asking for up to 45 seconds of a monologue (you acting by yourself) and up to 45 seconds of a song from any musical.
  5. When choosing your song, please choose the part of the song that you like the best, or you know the best, or showcases your voice the best. Whether it’s the beginning, middle or end of the song doesn’t matter.

Callback Auditions: Saturday, August 17 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm 

What is a Callback? (second set of auditions) Callbacks are for reading scenes and singing selections from the show, and learning a dance combination. Everyone will be asked to come to callbacks. All kids will receive their script to take home.  Nothing is required to prep ahead of time for callbacks, but being familiar with the songs from the show will be helpful.

PLEASE BE SURE TO LET ME KNOW IF YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND CALLBACKS. While they will not be penalized for not attending, I will need to use their video audition as their callback and might need you to send in additional videos ahead of time to help me with the casting process. These videos would be needed prior to callbacks so letting me know asap and getting the initial video audition before the deadline will be necessary.

Please plan to drop your child off at 12:00 pm with a snack and a water bottle (please make sure they eat lunch before they come), and pick them up at 4:00 PM. We will be doing a group approach to our auditions for this show. We will bring everyone into the audition space, do a group warm up, play a game, and make sure everyone understands what they will be doing and has time to practice. Parents are unfortunately not allowed to join us for the callback as we simply do not have room for cast, our creative staff, and parents in our rehearsal space.




What Parents are Saying

Fabulous academy to access and grow in the arts!
Amy and Michael Pickering absolutely know music, theater, entertaining, education… and they attract high quality teachers who want to share their love of music with kids ready to grow. Both my children have been enrolled in various lessons. My 12 year is currently in the Broadway Bound class which gives her a chance to understand the fundamentals of performing musical theater, during a more casual setting than a full blown musical. My 9 year old son is loving drumming and benefited from piano lessons prior, he is a musician in the making. They are both always energized after their classes. We are grateful for the Pickering team and academy!” – Laura T.

If you are looking for top tier instruction full of joy and fun you should check out Pickering Creative Artist Academy. There’s nothing I love more, than my home full of music and songs from my kids. The growth they have shown in skills and confidence is amazing and keeps them looking forward to their lessons each week. We feel lucky to be a part of the Pickering family!” – Erin O

Michael —

I want you to know that you and Amy inspire. You never tell anyone they can’t do or they are too old. Your energy is infectious and you have provided a place for people of all ability to thrive! My children aren’t “the best,” but under the wing of your academy they believe in themselves and have the courage to share that with the world.
You are building community through music by not leaving anyone behind.
Thank you for all you do!

” – Amanda B