5 Broadway Audition Pieces for Young Girls

Pieces for Young Female Singers

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Great children singers are hard to find. A child with talent and a desire to sing in a show will find opportunities to perform. Most large cities have a children’s theater that includes three or more musicals. Within contemporary musical theater there are a plethora of roles perfect for the budding singer. Just take my advice, the worst thing you can do is to audition with a common piece like “Tomorrow,” from Annie.

Here are some suggestions of newer, age appropriate pieces to help young girls stand out from the crowd.

"What It Means to Be a Friend" from 13

The musical premiered in 2007. It is about a 12 year old boy named Evan who has just moved from New York City to a small town in Indiana. He meets Patrice, and they hang out all summer long. On the first day of school, he meets popular kids and ignores Patrice. She sings this song in response. The popular kids and Evan end up having a falling out, and only two people show up for his 13th birthday or bar mitzvah, one being Patrice. He learns by the end he does not mind trading false popularity for a few good friends.

“My Friend the Dictionary” from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The show was produced on Broadway in 2005 and won six Tony Awards. Although it is a bit older than some of the other selections on this list, it is still considered contemporary.

“My Friend the Dictionary,” is a whimsical piece with a bit of poignancy. The innocent Olive Ostrovsky explains she has saved a spot for her mother, more symbolically, because she is in an ashram in India. She also saved a spot for her father who has not yet arrived. Her father never ends up coming, and she expresses how she wishes her mother was home and her father not so angry in the “The I Love You Song,” later in the show.

She ends up placing second in the competition and since she never paid the entrance spelling bee fee of $25, the announcer comes up with a fictitious prize covering the cost.

“Naughty,” from Matilda the Musical

Based on the novel by Roald Dahl of the same name, the show won seven 2012 Laurence Olivier and five 2013 Tony Awards. The musical is about five year old Matilda who is gifted and has the power of telekinesis. She is unloved by her family and finds her father’s dishonest ways of selling used cars deplorable. Her response is expressed in this song, where she decides to add hair dye to her father’s hair oil turning his hair green so she can change her story by being a little naughty. Matilda finds out her school teacher, Miss Honey, also grew up in an abusive home with her aunt who is now an evil headmistress at the school Matilda attends. Matilda successfully scares the aunt away with her power of telekinesis and the hidden will of Miss Honey’s parents reveals she is the rightful owner of her family’s house and money. Matilda lives happily ever after with Miss Honey.

"The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz" from Seussical

Seussical debuted in 2000 on Broadway receiving the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and is still a contemporary favorite particularly for schools and community theaters.

It combines several books by Dr. Seuss including “Horton Hears a Who!”, “Horton Hatches the Egg,” and “Miss Gertrude McFuzz.” Gertrude is a shy little bird with one feather for a tail that loves Horton the elephant. This is her love song to him, and in it she tells him of all the different things she has done to try to make her tail prettier. At the end of the show Horton’s egg hatches into an elephant bird and Gertrude and Horton raise it together.

“Ring of Keys,” from Fun Home

Fun Home opened Off-Broadway in 2013 and on Broadway in 2015. It won many awards including Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original score in 2015. It is a musical about Alison and her father, Bruce, who are both homosexual. Bruce has a wife and feels homosexuality is a curse and ultimately commits suicide.

While Alison slowly discovers who she is, her father forces her to wear dresses and barrettes in her hair. In this song, young Alison sees a butch woman for the first time, with her swagger, short hair, and her clothes just the way they are supposed to be. She feels they are somehow alike and wishes her father would allow her to be who she wants to be.