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Do you dream of being part of an incredible international theater festival, digging deeper into their art, and sharing their gifts with the community? The Kettleworks Traveling Players are for you!

Travel team members will have the opportunity to perform at the Junior Theater Festival West in Sacramento, CA, and every member will be given an excellent, in-depth performing arts education. It is our goal to connect with our local community through our travel team as safe opportunities arise.


An informational meeting for the 22-23 KTP Season will be held in March 2022. Check back soon to sign up for this meeting! In the meantime,

please EMAIL US with interest.

Join us for our Spring '22 production of The Claw!

Have you ever wondered what it was like inside of an arcade claw machine? This adorable new musical from Beat By Beat Press tells the story of a broken down claw machine and the stuffed animals that reside inside. Their world is turned upside down when the claw machine is suddenly repaired, and for Dot the Cow the excitement also brings a lot of anxiety. Who will get chosen by the claw? Where do they go? And why are humans so obsessed with pizza? Join KPA this spring to find out!

This production is open to performers in 1st - 8th grade. Performers must be at least 6 years old to participate.

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Directed & Choreographed by: Jennifer Kessler

Age/Grade Levels: Performers grades 1-8. Performers must be at least 6 years old to participate.

Audition Dates: March 5-6, 2022   View Audition Details HERE

Performance Dates:  May 6-7, 2022 (Be sure to keep May 8th free for our cast party!!)

Rehearsal Dates: 

Mandatory Rehearsal/Tech Week Dates:  April 23 - May 7, 2022 

                   NOTE - Tech Week (May 2nd - 7th) involves nightly rehearsals so please plan accordingly

Weekly Rehearsal Details: 

   Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:30 PM  

   Thursdays, 4:30 - 6:30 PM

   Saturdays, 1:00 - 5:00 PM  

  - A full schedule will be provided to registered performers the week after auditions.

  - Please note that the amount of rehearsal will vary depending on the individual's role. 

Tuition: $365.00 per performer 

  Payment plans available (Pay in Full -or- Two Installments)


  65+ Hours of Training in Acting, Singing & Dancing

  Full Performance of The Claw

  Ample stage time for every performer

  Professional script & music tracks

  Show T-shirt 

  Technical items required for productions

Performers Must Provide:

  Dance shoes (TBD - either jazz or ballet shoes)

  Dance tights & undershirts / shorts for performance

  Personal makeup & hair products

Special Notes: 

The final performances will be the culmination of many weeks' hard work by the performers, staff, and volunteers. Attendance is a very important aspect of this program as the performers rely on each other throughout the process, building their knowledge and skills together. We understand that sickness may occur, but it is understood that barring unforeseen illness or emergency all performers will attend every required rehearsal. 

* At KPA we firmly believe that every arts experience is vibrant and important. We use our performers to their fullest potential and believe that every member of the Company, and every single role in a story, is vital to a show's success. We do not support role shopping and therefore do not give refunds of any kind for tuition.


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By Denver Casado, Jessica Penzias, Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm,
Christyn Budzyna & Jack Mitchell

We always encourage our students to arrive as prepared as possible for auditions, and we love providing the right tools! Check out the show info below - it's everything you need to build your confidence before you arrive!


The Claw is a new children's musical from Beat By Beat Press about big life changes and the strength it takes to deal with them. 


When an out-of-order claw game suddenly turns back on, all of the toys are ecstatic! Well… all of the toys except for Dot, a terrified stuffed cow. Dot is desperate to hold onto her home and her best friend, Aiden. Luckily,  Dot has some help from the fabulous Flair Bears, the superhero-strong Mighty Mutant Power Turtles, the wise Beanie Elders, and the all-knowing Mystical 8-Ball.  Can she conquer her fear of the unknown through training, perseverance, and support from her friends before the Claw changes everything?

Character Descriptions


The Claw- The wise old sage, the hand of fate, and our narrator. The Claw is the bridge between the audience and the story, and also acts as the mysterious force with the power to change lives.

Dot (a cow)- An anxious stuffed cow who wants nothing more than to stick to the status quo. What could be better than every single day with your best friend?

Aiden (a dragon) - A charismatic stuffed dragon, and Dot's best friend. While cherishing a sweet friendship with Dot, Aiden also yearns for the next great adventure.

Mystical 8-Ball - Based on the Magic 8-Ball toy, Mystical 8-Ball communicates using a trio of answers: YES DEFINITELY, MOST LIKELY, and OUTLOOK HAZY.  Clearly, the future is unclear.

THE FLAIR BEARS (roles may be combined or added).

A group of wildly eccentric stuffed bears, each passionate about different forms of art.

Bearonica - A dancer.

Bearbara - A very dramatic bear.

Bearnacle - A painter.

Bearlin -  A sculptor.

Bearnard - A novelist.

Beary - A very punny bear.

Shakesbear - A Shakespearean expert.

THE MIGHTY MUTANT POWER TURTLES (roles may be combined or added).

A superhero-strong group, these turtles are focused on power and strength - even if sometimes their moves are a little slow.

Ren - Named after Rene Magritte, a well known Belgian surrealist artist.

Del - Named after Eugene Delacroix, a famous French Romantic artist.

Van - Named after Vincent Van Gogh, a Dutch post-Impressionist artist of immense fame.

Cam - Named after Camille Pissarro, a well known Danish-French Impressionist / Neo-Impressionist painter.

Sal - Named after Salvador Dali, a renowned Spanish surrealist artist. 

THE BEANIE ELDERS (roles may be combined or added).

Inspired by the Beanie Babies of the 1990's, these old curmudgeonly toys often try to one-up each other, have classic tastes, and a unique wisdom after so many years in the Claw game. 

Wallee the Walrus - A Beanie-style walrus.

El the Elephant - A Beanie-style elephant.

Mo the Moose - A Beanie-style moose.


In order to be part of The Claw it is necessary for every interested performer to attend auditions. All who audition for the full production will be given a role.


* Please prepare 45-60 seconds of a musical theatre style song. (Performers are welcome to choose a song from any musical, including The Claw.)

Each performer will perform his/her song individually and we will also conduct a workshop-style group audition including a group song, improvisation activities, acting sides from The Clawand a dance portion.

* We highly encourage you to take a look at the Audition Materials available to help you prepare for the acting portion.

TIPS: - Make sure your song is completely memorized.

           - Be sure to use a background / karaoke style track with no voices - we want to hear YOU!

               * We highly recommend using a background track or live accompaniment as opposed to singing a capella*

           - Choose a song that shows off your strengths.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions!


Audition Materials

We want to help young performers to feel confident at auditions! Please check out the materials below to help your performer prepare. We know they will blow us away!

Are you looking to view some acting sides & sheet music?

Would you like to listen to full songs from the show?

**New to auditioning? "Acting Sides" are portions of the scripts that will be used in the auditions to help us decide casting.

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***Please note this information is for our '21-22 season.**

Check back soon for updated '22-23 season details!

Age/Grade Levels: Auditions for The Kettleworks Traveling Players are open to all performers ages 8 - 18.

*Please note that performers must remain 18 years old or younger through Spring 2022.*

Audition Date:  Auditions will be held simultaneously with auditions for our full production of

Once On This Island JR. Travel team participants may be asked to attend one extra audition session.

  See further Audition Details HERE

Tuition:  Please email us regarding tuition. There are a few options, depending on travel & rooming choices. 

                 **We offer payment plans (pay in full -or- monthly).

                 **Please note - total KTP tuition INCLUDES the $415 tuition for the full production.

Included (in addition to the full production - see above):

  A trip to participate in the Junior Theater Festival West in Sacramento, CA

  100+ Hours of Training in Acting, Singing & Dancing

  A guaranteed role in our Winter Production of Once On This Island JR.

  A guaranteed role in our Fall fundraiser concert, "All Together Now!"

  Opportunities to perform for, and connect with, our local community

  Professional script 

  KTP team SWAG including T-shirt, bag, water bottle, and hoodie/jacket 

Rehearsals, Performances, and Virtual Travel

Members of the Kettleworks Traveling Players will participate in our Fall 2021 Production of Once On This Island, JRDuring the months of January & February 2022 KTP team members will have team-focused rehearsals to create a 15-minute adjudication performance. This selection will be presented and adjudicated by performing arts professionals at the Junior Theater Festival West 2022. At JTF West our performers will get to participate in exciting and exclusive workshops, performances, talk-backs with industry professionals and more! Former JTF guests include Olivia Rodrigo (HSMTMTS), Krystina Alabado (Mean Girls), Pasek & Paul (The Greatest Showman), Megan Hilty (Smash), Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast ... all things Disney, really!), and many more big names in the business. We may occasionally have brief additional rehearsals & filming as local performance opportunities arise between the months of October '21 - February '21. 

Junior Theater Festival West '22 Dates - February 18-21, 2022

  A Special Note:  It is the goal of the Kettleworks Traveling Players/Kettleworks Performing Arts to create a true theatre family with this troupe. We here at KPA strive to nurture mutual respect in every performer who passes through our doors and to instill a strong sense of work ethic while encouraging passion and building community. A big part of this character building is consistency in our rehearsals, activities, and performances.  Attendance is a very important aspect of this program as the performers rely on each other throughout the process, building their knowledge and skills together. We understand that sickness may occur, but it is understood that barring unforeseen circumstance all performers will put in their best effort to attend every required rehearsal, and if a missed rehearsal is unavoidable the performer/performer's family will do all they can to independently catch up on any missed materials.  In the case of potential COVID-19 exposure within a performer's family, said performer would be asked to attend rehearsal virtually in order to keep up with new materials.


Auditions for our 21-22 Kettleworks Traveling Players will be held in conjunction with auditions for Once On This Island JR. If you wish to audition for KTP, please register for our Winter Production and indicate your interest in KTP then keep your eyes peeled for further communication from us!