Ocala Civic Theatre Auditions for the student production “And a Child Shall Lead” Sept. 1-2

Auditions for the student production And a Child Shall Lead will be held Thursday, September 1 and Friday, September 2 at 5:00 p.m.

This is the heroic true story of children coming of age in the “Jewish city” of Terezin, established by the Nazis near Prague as a way station before the death camps of WWII. In the face of unspeakable horror, these children use their determination and creativity to build lives filled with hope and beauty – playing, studying, making art, and writing an underground newspaper – all at the peril of being executed. Their actual poems and stories are woven into a fast-paced drama, evoking the universality of children caught in the insanity of war.

Eight roles are available (four male, four female) for ages 10-16. Students should prepare a one-minute dramatic monologue. It is only necessary to attend one night of auditions.

Students must audition and be cast in order to register for this performance class. Tuition is $250. And a Child Shall Lead is directed by Kirstin Kennedy.

Rehearsals are Monday, September 12 through Thursday, October 20 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. There will be three performances:

  • Friday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m.


Ocala Civic Theatre, located at 4337 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40) in the Appleton Cultural Center, produces more than 12 fully staged, professional-quality live performances each season and also hosts touring companies. The Theatre is volunteer-based and is one of the largest community theatres in the state, serving more than 70,000 Marion, Citrus and Lake County residents each season and reaching more than 700 students ages 4-18 year-round through the Education Department. Ocala Civic Theatre is a not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) organization established to uplift, inspire, and entertain by providing quality theatrical experiences and performing arts education.