Festival of Shorts

Thank you to our Season Sponsor, Wood County Park District
Thank you to our Season Sponsor, Wood County Historical Center and Museum
Thank you to our Season Sponsors: Wood County Park District and Wood County Historical Center and Museum
Horizon Youth Theatre presents a program of short one act plays written and performed by students. One play has been created and will be acted by the Devising Workshop; the others were chosen from those written during the mentoring program. 

Ages called: 

Auditions are open to ages 7-18. No previous experience necessary.

How to audition:

  1. Submit audition form
  2. Submit one monologue from the audition packet to flipgrid.com/hytauditions

Audition form and monologue video need to be submitted by midnight on Friday, April 16.


Students should plan on in-person rehearsals. We will be working with each director to help find locations. Weather permitting, families are free to offer use of their yards, porches, etc. Most rehearsals will likely take place in publicly accessible areas like the Woodland Mall or City Park. For in-person rehearsals, students should plan on wearing masks. We will continue to monitor the public health guidelines before deciding whether masks are required during filming.

We will rehearse for about 5 weeks and a schedule will be provided. Occasionally, a Saturday or Sunday may be required. Actors are expected to be at all rehearsals and performances (whether virtual or in person) unless pre-approved by the director. Unexcused absences may result in dismissal. Be sure to communicate with the director.

Cast lists:

The cast list will be announced via email, HYT website, and Facebook as soon as possible. If a child is not cast, they are invited and encouraged to audition for the next available opportunity. Keep trying! 


We are hoping to record each production during the week of May 17, with streaming dates TBD. Recording schedules will be based upon the availability of all cast members.


There is a $40 participation fee. A discount may be given to siblings and scholarships may be available. No additional fees will be required. One script is provided for each actor. Students may be required to provide some of their own costume pieces. HYT normally asks for parent participation in handing out programs, ushering, costumes, helping with performances, advertising, refreshments, or snacks. Due to the pandemic, however, with the performances being recorded, there may be minimal parent involvement required. 

1 Step 1
Audition Form
Student Info
Parent/Guardian Info

Please make a list or upload a pdf file below.
Include all afternoon, evening, and weekend conflicts you have between now and the performance. Be sure to include all sports, dance, scouts, mid-week church activities, 4-H, choir, chess, school clubs, orchestra, band, etc.

Conflicts not listed here (other than last-minute school events) will require director approval, which may not be granted.

Previous Experience

Please make a list or upload a pdf file below. Include backstage experience. List most recent first. You may also upload a resume at the bottom of this form instead.

Please read and approve each section below:
If my student participates in this HYT activity:
Media Release


Recreational theater activities, auditions, rehearsals, and performances (“theater activities”) may involve substantial risks of bodily injury, property damage, and other dangers associated with participation in such activities. Dangers related to such activities include but are not limited to: broken bones, cuts, strains, sprains, bruises, concussion. Each participant in these activities should realize that there are risks and dangers inherent in them, and also in the training and preparation for such activities. It is the sole responsibility of each participant to observe and obey all posted rules and warnings and to follow any oral instructions given by Horizon Youth Theatre (“HYT”), its Volunteers, Employees, Representatives, Directors or Agents. In the case of a minor child, his/her parent or legal guardian is responsible for ensuring his/her safe participation in such theater activities. I, the undersigned hereby acknowledge that HYT does not warrant or guarantee in any respect the competency or mental or physical condition of any individual participant in any recreational activities. All participants in voluntary recreational theater activities, or their parents or legal guardians, will be required to agree to the below set forth Release, Waiver of Liability and Covenant not to Sue. I acknowledge that I am solely responsible for any hospital or other costs arising out of any bodily injury or property damage sustained through my participation, or that of my minor child, in such theater programs and activities, and I grant HYT permission to authorize emergency medical treatment, if necessary. I understand and agree that HYT assumes no responsibility for any injury or damages which might arise out of or in connection with such authorized medical treatment. I further acknowledge that I am solely responsible for any costs associated with property damage arising out of my use or presence, or that of my minor child, upon any and all audition, rehearsal, and/or performance venues utilized by HYT (“HYT facilities”). I certify that I have received a copy of this Notice, which I have read and understand. I accept and assume all risks, hazards, and dangers involved in such activities in which I, or my minor child, may elect to participate including the training and preparation for such activities.


I, the undersigned, am the parent or legal guardian of the minor child(ren) as set forth below (hereinafter referred to as “child”). I, for myself and my child, hereby acknowledge that participation in recreational theater activities as set forth above involves an inherent risk of physical injury and hereby assume all such risks. I, for myself and my child, hereby agree that for the sole consideration of HYT allowing my child and me to participate in such voluntary recreational theater activities in connection therewith, making available to my child and me, for his/her/our use while participating in such activities, certain facilities, grounds, or personnel do hereby waive liability, release and forever discharge HYT, its Volunteers, Employees, Representatives, Directors or Agents of any and all demands, rights and causes of action of whatever kind or nature, arising out of all known and unknown, foreseen and unforeseen damage to property, bodily and personal injuries, and the consequences thereof, including death, resulting from my voluntary participation in, or in any way connected with, such theater programs and activities. I further covenant and agree that I am solely responsible for any costs associated with property damage arising out of my use or presence, or that of my minor child, upon any and all HYT facilities. I, for myself and my minor child, further covenant and agree that for the consideration stated above I will not sue, and I agree to indemnify and hold harmless HYT, its Volunteers, Employees, Representatives, Directors or Agents for any claim for damages, including all attorney fees and other litigation costs, arising, or growing out of my child’s or my voluntary participation in theater programs and activities. Further, I understand that this Release, Waiver of Liability and Covenant not to Sue shall be effective during the entire period of my child’s and my participation or enrollment in programs and services conducted by HYT.



Horizon Youth Theatre expect all participants to be on their best behavior at all times. Respect for oneself, others, and facilities are demanded from everyone involved in Horizon Youth Theatre. If a participant’s behavior becomes unmanageable, a parent/guardian will be notified and corrective action will be taken. If the participant’s behavior continues, Horizon Youth Theatre reserves the right to dismiss the participant from the production (without reimbursement).

Offending behavior includes, but is not limited to:

a) hurtful language, threats, or bullying
b) destruction or misuse of property
c) disruptive behavior or noises


- The safety of your children is the highest priority for Horizon Youth Theatre

- Children will stay in a group with the director/instructor at all times

- Upon dismissal, all children will stay in the performance space until family or designated individuals pick them up

- If you have worked out an agreement with the director/instructor to have your child picked up outside of the activity space, (IE the exterior door), your child will wait with the cast until the director is able to walk them out – there are absolutely no exceptions

The Horizon Youth Theatre board is determined to carryout our mission to provide education through theatre in a safe and positive learning environment.