Western Reserve Playhouse in Bath, Ohio are holding auditions for our youth Main-Stage Production The Neverending Story (Atreyu and the Great Quest) 

Adapted by David S. Craig. Based upon the novel by Michael Ende


The Neverending Story (Atreyu and the Great Quest) 

Adapted by David S. Craig Based on the novel by Michael Ende

Directed by Shley Snider

Performances:  August 26-28 & September 2-3, 2022 (Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sunday, August 28 at 2PM)




Told with all the thrills of a classic adventure, the story begins with Bastian, a lonely boy, who stumbles into a curious bookshop where he discovers a curious book—The Neverending Story. Bastian hides in the attic of his school and begins to read, and a huge adventure surges into life. Fantastica, a land of stories, is being destroyed by the Nothing. The Childlike Empress has chosen Atreyu, a young hunter, to be the Hero of the Great Quest. Atreyu, an orphan, is an unlikely choice, but he accepts and, with his horse and companion, Artax, rides to face the menace. First, he experiences the Nothing and discovers its thoughtless destruction. Then he is guided by a dream to the Swamps of Sadness where he meets Morla, the Ancient One, who reveals another solution. He must find the Childlike Empress a new name. With this new direction, Atreyu faces Ygramul the Many, befriends Falkor the Luck Dragon, and solves the riddles of the three magic gates to meet Uyulala. From her he learns that only a human child can give the Empress a new name. In despair he faces his final test—the werewolf Gmork—and returns to the Childlike Empress without a new name. However, his quest has attracted a human child. It is Bastian himself who calls out a new name for the Empress, and the story rushes to its triumphant and moving conclusion. Commissioned by Seattle Children’s Theatre and Imagination Stage.



When: May 28, 2022 from 1-4PM

Where: Western Reserve Playhouse 3326 Everett Rd, Bath, OH 44286


Show Dates: August 26, 27 28, 2022 and September 2 & 3, 2022


Callback:  If needed, will take place Monday May 30th from 6pm to 8pm .Callbacks will be in person at the theater. Come dressed to move.


Sign Up for a Time Slot at:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4facaa28a7f8c61-auditions 



  • Those auditioning will be asked to have prepared a 30-second comedy or fantasy monologue, preferably where you are playing a character that is energetic or full of movement. Monologues should be memorized. Connection to character, ability to memorize, and the actor’s movement will all be assessed, so choose a monologue that requires lots of energy! You may choose a speech from a play or from a movie.


  • Please bring a headshot or photo and a resume if you have one. 


  • The character descriptions below should NOT be taken as literal guidelines for casting. They offer a very broad outline to give a rough idea of character types. 


  • Before auditioning, actors are strongly encouraged to read the play, book or watch the movie.


  • Roles are open to all ethnicity and gender identities.


  • We will work with all actors and will accept video auditions as well. Unlisted YouTube links or Vimeo links are the preferred method of sharing your video content. Please be sure your share settings are correct before sending. Please avoid sending large video files to download. Please do not exceed 3 mins total in your video.  Also include headshots and resumes and email links to august@thewrp.org  All audition videos should be submitted no later than 5/25/22.


  • You will be asked to sign for and accept your role if cast. 


  • Cast members should arrive at their first rehearsal with all of their lines memorized.


  • In person rehearsals will begin the first week of August and only be 4 weeks including tech week. There will be additional zoom meetings or small group zoom meetings to go over characters before rehearsals start. 



No equity contracts offered at this time.




The following roles are available. All parts except Bastian will also play additional small roles. All roles are open to actors of all genders, races, and ethnicities.


Casting ages 11-18 for youth parts and see breakdown for the two adult parts listed below. (These adult parts would be a great time for parents to get involved too!!!)


BASTIAN – a bullied child who finds an escape in reading.


BULLY #1 (Age range 11-18)


BULLY #2 (Age range 11-18)


BULLY #3 (Age range 11-18)


ATREYU – a young warrior in Bastian’s book and the story’s hero.


FALKOR – A luck dragon with a sassy attitude.


YGRAMUL – A terrifying spider-like creature with five heads.


ARTAX – Atreyu’s faithful horse and best friend.


MORLA – a lazy tortoise-like creature and the most ancient being in Fantastica.


ENGYWOOK – a friendly gnome who believes he is a great scientist.


URGL – his wife who loves to pick on him.


THE CHILDLIKE EMPRESS – Ruler of Fantastica.




Additionally, the following roles are available for adult actors. Adult actors will not be required to attend all rehearsals.


FATHER/GMORK – male presenting, 30-50, strong movement skills.


BOOKSELLER – male presenting, 40+, friendly and mysterious.


Adult actors may email interest to director Shley Snider at thatswhatshleysaid@yahoo.com  to discuss the roles and set up an audition if needed.


It is a great honor and pleasure to help lead WRP in creating content that perpetuates arts education in our community.  At WRP, our mission for this Education Department is to enrich our community by guiding students of all ages in the art of the theatre as it is essential to society. It is our most ancient communal activity. For thousands of years, human beings have chosen to tell each other stories, and to animate those stories to the level of performance in order to make sense of our various histories, religions, and experiences across the planet. As a community playhouse, it is our duty to pay forward our studies of how and why providing storytelling for our community is an essential function of our economy and quality of life. We are committed to both introducing our students to the fundamental techniques that permeate all facets of public presentation/ theatrical performance, and elevating our students to a better understanding of advanced communication skills, group creativity, and the significant role of art in everyday life.

In the past year, challenging as it has been for all of us, we have been lucky enough to offer online and onsite classes in many of the performing arts for adults and children alike. Our classes included audition preparation, vocal lessons, accents and dialects, youth play production, painting, costume design, play reading, and more. Now in 2021, we are expanding our horizons. Just you wait and see! For as long as we have a community that is eager to learn, eager to be entertained, and eager to perform, at WRP we will be offering educational workshops, productions, and experiences that reflect your desire to create.

We hope that you have enjoyed our content thus far, and look forward to working with you now as we replant our roots and begin to bloom after this long and cold winter. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all.

August Scarpelli

Education Director