Auditions for “Monster in the Closet (TYA)”

Wednesday, August 3 – 7:00PM &  8:30PM

Thursday, August 4 – 7:00PM &  8:30PM

Sign up for an audition slot here. 

The Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater will hold auditions for Monster in the Closet by Angela D. Stewart on Wednesday, August 3 and Thursday, August 4. Auditioners should sign up for one of the available slots on one of the nights. This Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) Production will be directed by Brenton Cochran and Kayleigh Joyce

The play tells the story of Emily, who has a big problem.  Not only is she sent to bed just as she reaches the highest level of her new video game, but there’s a monster in her closet!  It’s not just her imagination.  Her friend Stephanie saw it, too.  Suffering the teasing of her brother and his friends, Emily and Stephanie recruit some of their own friends to help capture the monster.  What they don’t know is that Murray, the closet monster, doesn’t mean any harm — he only wants to play Emily’s new video game.  He’s too scared of kids to even think about trying to frighten them.  Murray’s boss, the Dream King, has heard about his goofing off on the job, and now Murray is on probation. Murray’s supervisor, fellow monster Wanda, is not happy with him either.  After all, every monster knows that when a child is born, a monster is assigned to watch over her — not to play with her toys and especially not to get caught in the act!  What will happen when Emily has all her friends over for a sleepover to try to capture Murray?  Even with Emily’s friend Brain’s careful analysis and planning, the girls wind up trapping the Dream King and his secretary, Toady, instead of Murray.


Saturdays, October 8 & 15 at 2:00PM and 6:00PM

Sundays, October 9 & 16 at 2:00PM 


Auditions are open to ages 11 and up. Roles for teens and adults. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Callback auditions, if needed, are to be determined. Rehearsals will begin in September. All actors are volunteers, no equity contracts are available for this production.

Sign up for an audition slot here. 


The directors reserve the right to double or combine roles. 

EMILYathletic young girl; loves telling stories
TOM her big brother; loves teasing his little sister
MOM middle-aged; has a thing for neatness
STEPHANIE Emily’s friend, fond of anything police-related
BRAINEmily’s friend, very studious; a talking encyclopedia
MEGAN Emily’s friend, bookish; loves reading mythical fantasy
TARA Emily’s friend, rough-and-tumble tomboy; fond of baseball
KELLY Emily’s friend, sarcastic; a true skeptic
MARY Emily’s friend, very absorbed in her appearance
CHRISTom’s friend, superstitious
SHELBY Tom’s friend, quiet; has a crush on Emily
NATHAN Tom’s friend, Stephanie’s brother; fond of basketball
MURRAYimpish male closet monster with fangs, claws, horns and a very long tail; loves video game
WANDAfemale closet monster; motherly
TOADYlittle monster; harried secretary to the Dream King
DREAM KINGstatuesque, rather self-absorbed fellow
SANDMAN ethereal character with a long white beard and flowing robes
ROBIN rookie Dreamweaver; a glowing little sprite
JAMIE experienced Dreamweaver; also a glowing little sprite

As of November 1st, 2021, Broadview Heights Spotlights requires all volunteers, actors, and production staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to auditions in order to be involved in any production. Please bring proof of vaccination to auditions along with a headshot and resume if you have them.

For more information contact director Brenton Cochran at