Directed by Jonathan Kronenberger



8 years -10 years old

PARENTS: If you are not familiar with the material, I would urge you to watch the movie and/or read a detailed synopsis of the plot (one is available on  The story is about a very dysfunctional family and the topics involved in the show include: homosexuality, out of wedlock sex, suicide attempts, a grandfather dying, stealing a corpse, obscenities, heroin usage, a rather adult pageant performance, and many things normally considered inappropriate for a show that children are in. There will definitely be things to discuss as a parent throughout the process.


If Interested: Email to submit yourself for the show. Please include a headshot/photo and resume if you have them. If we would like to see you audition we will invite you to the below audition date.

Audition Date: Wednesday March 20th 6:30-9:00pm. We will let you know if we need to see you at this audition date. Sides and songs will be provided ahead of time.

Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm 

What to prepare:  We will send you a link to sides and songs to prepare.

Performance Dates: May 17 - June 1st. Shows will be Thursday-Sunday. Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8pm. Sunday performances will be at 7pm.  (Show will open on a Friday night and close on a Saturday night)

Rehearsals: Begin April 15th. Rehearsals will be Sundays-Thursdays. Typically 7pm-10pm, though Sundays are usually 6pm-10pm. 

Pay: Blank Canvas Theatre dedicates 20% of the net profit to the cast of each show. The cast splits this evenly.

*At this time there are no AEA Contracts for this show. However we may explore the option if needed.


Blank Canvas Theatre                                 

1305 West 78th Street, Suite 211 (at 78th Street Studios)                                 

Cleveland, OH 44102                                

(Click here for directions or visit our website at


The Story


From the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George) and William Finn (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) comes a musical comedy about one modern family's unexpected route to brighter days. Based on the Academy Award-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine is an outrageously funny and surprisingly touching musical.

The Hoover family has seen better days. Richard, the father, is a floundering motivational speaker, Grandpa's been kicked out of his retirement home and Uncle Frank's been dumped by his boyfriend. Moody teenager, Dwayne, has taken a vow of silence, and overextended mom, Sheryl, can do little more than slap on a smile. But, when the youngest Hoover... energetic Olive, enters a regional children's beauty pageant, the family thinks that their luck could change and embarks on a cross-country trek, chasing the coveted title of "Little Miss Sunshine."

Character Breakdown    

* The age range for each character is flexible and ALL ethnicities and body types will be considered.

The below character tracks may be changed or altered based on those that audition.


Olive Hoover: (Female, 8-10. Alto) The youngest member of the Hoover Family and aspiring beauty queen. 

Bridget/Mean Girl: (Female, 8-10. Alto) A contestant in the Little Miss Sunshine finals and a mean girl in Olive’s mind. 

Tracee/Mean Girl: (Female, 8-10. Alto) A contestant in the Little Miss Sunshine finals and a mean girl in Olive’s mind.

D'Borah / Mean Girl: (Female, 8-10. Alto) A contestant in the Little Miss Sunshine finals and a mean girl in Olive’s mind. 


 If you have any questions feel free to contact us at We look forward to seeing you at auditions!