Have you ever had a question and didn’t know where to find the answer? Here are answers to the questions most commonly asked by our friends and patrons. If you can't find an answer you're looking for, just ask us by emailing your question through the CONTACT US page.
- What does Children's Musical Theatre of Bartlesville do?
- How do I get involved in a CMT program?
- How old do my kids need to be to participate in a Main-stage show? How were those age limits chosen?
- Why is there a 40 mile radius (from Bartlesville) geographic limit to your programs?
- How is a Main-stage Summer Musical chosen?
- How is the cast selected for Main-stage Musical?
- What is the best way to prepare for a Main-stage Musical auditions?
- Does my child need to participate in dance classes to be in a CMT production?
- Where does CMT get the artistic staff?
- Where does CMT get all their sets and costumes?
- Is CMT something my whole family can be involved in?
- What is in the big tan warehouse at 101 S. Wyandotte?
- Where can I drop off payments and forms after office hours?
- If I were to donate funds, how is my money used?
What does Children's Musical Theatre of Bartlesville do?
CMT provides quality theatre arts education and musical theatre performance opportunities for young people. For a list of specific programs and services we provide, visit OUR PROGRAMS section of this website.
How do I get involved in a CMT program?
For youth interested in participating in a CMT program, see OUR PROGRAMS for specific information on each program CMT offers. We’re always on the lookout for individuals wanting to share their talents with us. Visit our HOW TO HELP pages to find out ways to donate or volunteer.
How old do my kids need to be to participate in a Main-stage show? How were those age limits chosen?
Students must be 7- 17 before August 1 for the Main-stage Summer Musical. There are Summer Camps and other programming for all ages. The cast for the Main-stage Musical must have a certain level of reading ability to keep up with rapid script and music work in rehearsals, as well as an experience and maturity level to accomplish focused, productive work in large group rehearsals. Seven years old is the minimum age where those capabilities are generally present. A maximum age of 17 was set so that young people will move on to adult cast work at the appropriate time.
Why is there a 40 mile radius (from Bartlesville) geographic limit to your programs?
Cast members in the Main-stage Summer Musical program must live with 40 mile radius of Bartlesville because the program is financed predominantly by local funding and local volunteers. We want the Main-stage Summer Musical program to benefit kids in our area. The 40 mile radius allows us to reach the rural areas surrounding Bartlesville, without encompassing the metropolitan Tulsa-area. Tulsa-area folks have many opportunities to train and participate in a variety of arts activities. Our focus is to serve an underserved area in Northeast Oklahoma.
How is a Main-stage Summer Musical chosen?
First, the process: A small committee of volunteers who are familiar with CMT and with the process of producing shows review available options. The license for the musical has to be available for Amateur Theatres. The show Producers have most say in what show is selected because they are the ones who have to supervise the project from beginning to end.
Second, the priorities: The musical has to accommodate a large cast and the message and material needs to be family friendly. The show has to be doable from a technical and artistic standpoint within the realm of our resources (i.e. money, volunteer capabilities, abilities of a youth cast). And the show has to appeal both to a kid and adult audience. CMT also tries to vary the type of the show selected from year to year, alternating between fantasy vs realistic, dramatic vs comedic, or traditional music vs contemporary music. Also taken into consideration are whether a show is heavy in male or female parts and whether there are parts for younger and older cast members. Especially challenging costuming and heavy technical demands are also considered.
Take-home message: selecting a Main-stage Summer Musical for CMT is a challenge!
Audition decisions are made entirely by the artistic staff, most of whom are visiting from outside our community. Their choices are completely subjective, based on what they see in the few days of auditions. The staff is selecting a group of people who give them a chance to carry out the artistic vision they have for show. We rotate the artistic staff, particularly the Director, so that the same person does not come in sequential years. This puts all those auditioning on equal footing, with the same opportunity to impact the artistic staff, since the staff is not overly familiar with auditioners. Typically, about 1/3 of the Main-stage Musical casts consist of young people that are new to CMT.
See the Audition Information and Tips page for specific information of preparing for any audition. Encourage potential auditioners to attend the Audition Workshop after the first of each year. Beginning Audition Workshops are for new auditioners or those who want to have a better audition. Advanced Audition Workshops are geared towards older potential cast members who are trying for larger roles. See the AUDITION WORKSHOPS page of this website for more information.
No, absolutely not. But, participating in a dance class can help with the dance auditions for the Main-stage Musical. All dance steps are taught to all the auditioners during auditions, but familiarity with dance steps, and having confidence in one's ability, helps calm nerves at audition time. See DANCE CLASSES for information on dance classes offered at CMT Stage School.
Where does CMT get the artistic staff?
Careful interviews are done to screen professionals who are usually from out-of-town to avoid favoritism in casting decisions. When CMT has a favorable experience with Artistic Staff, they are not rehired for the same Program two years in a row so that youth have the opportunity to learn from varied professionals.
Where does CMT get all their sets and costumes?
Talented volunteers make sets and costumes for every CMT program that has a performance. CMT is also fortunate to have a sizeable building with the ability to store set pieces, props, and costumes that can be used over and over...which saves money on materials and volunteer time!
Absolutely, yes! Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and older siblings can all volunteer in some way for every CMT program. Part of what makes CMT special is the family experience. See HOW TO HELP for volunteer opportunities.
What is in the big tan warehouse at 101 S. Wyandotte?
Children's Musical Theatre of Bartlesville's building houses offices, flexible dance and vocal classrooms/rehearsal spaces, a scene shop, and storage space for costumes, props, and some set pieces. Ongoing construction and remodeling will bring expanded parking and a black box theatre to CMT. You can make an appointment for a tour of CMT through the CONTACT US page or by calling the CMT Office at 918-336-0558. We are always excited to show off our home!
Where can I drop off payments and forms after office hours?
There is a rural mailbox outside the fence around the CMT parking lot on Wyandotte. The CMT Office is open during normal business hours and there is an attendant in the foyer on evenings when Stage School classes are in session.
Your monetary donation can be earmarked for Administration needs, a specific Program, Scholarships for fee-based programs, or for the Setting the Stage Campaign. We have a responsibility to our community and our donors and work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization. We make our IRS Form 990 available for review, as required by law. Contact the CMT Office for details.