Attention: Harlem Youth Audition For The TADA! Youth Theater The Resident Youth Ensemble

September 30, 2021

TADA! Youth Theater, located at 15 West 28th Street in New York City, is holding open auditions for young people, ages 8 to 18.

For its free Resident Youth Ensemble from October 8th through October 22nd, 2021. Students from the New York/New Jersey area are welcome to participate.

TADA!’s Resident Youth Ensemble is a free, pre-professional, and positive youth development program. By developing a stronger sense of self, and providing avenues for feeling accomplishment, pride, and success, TADA! strives to make growing up easier for New York/ New Jersey children and teens.

Hakiem Porter from Harlem participates in TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble and encourages Harlem youth to audition.

Hakiem Porter from Harlem participates in TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble and encourages Harlem youth to audition. He attends Talent Unlimited High School in Manhattan and performed in the TADA! the musical production of The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood. Hakiem says, “Theater lets me escape my daily troubles. TADA! puts a smile on my face. I want to pursue theater as a potential career. Theater lets me speak up and have a voice. It teaches you how to respect yourself and how to gain confidence in yourself.” The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood music is by Jule Styne, lyrics are by Bob Merrill, and the book is by Robert Emmett. TADA! was the first company to perform this musical on stage. It was originally produced as a TV special in 1965 featuring Liza Minnelli, Cyril Richard, and Vic Damone.

No advance preparation is required for auditions. There will be a physical and vocal warm-up, followed by learning a song and dance combination. Parents/Guardians must be present for check-in of every young person who is auditioning. There is a cap for each audition time slot with a first-come, first-serve policy.

To sign up for auditions and for more information, please visit here

TADA!’s Safety Policy requires that all people ages 12+ be vaccinated. Proof of vaccination or documentation will be required upon check-in. Masks are required at all times in TADA! spaces.

TADA! Youth Theater’s mission since 1984 has been to provide young people from different social, racial, economic, and cultural backgrounds with musical theater programs that inspire them to learn, be creative, and think differently through high-quality productions, positive youth development, and education programs. ​

TADA!’s vision is that all young people grow up feeling successful, creative, confident, accepted, and accepting of themselves. Through the ability of people learning to express themselves well, we can break down barriers of racism and inequality and create positive, active citizens. For more information, please visit

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Photo credit: TADA! Youth Theater.

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