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Mainstage – Disney The Descendants 2023

Registration for Disney, “The Descendants” is open! Please review the following details and then click the link at the bottom of the page to register.

Join Us on Stage!

This is your chance for young performers to participate in our upcoming production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr”! During this memorable experience, participants will gain confidence, work cooperatively with others, and be responsible for meeting deadlines and expectations. This will be both fun and challenging while participants learn about the essentials of acting, music, dance, and stagecraft as well as theater history. We look forward to nurturing your imagination and creativity in a way the entire family will never forget!

Spring 2023 Venue:

Our production of ”Disney’s The Descendants” will be held at Hillsdale Little Theater in San Mateo, April 20-23, 2023.  We are confirming the location and will let participants know if this changes.


Audition Format: Your performer will perform a monologue of their choice and a song from a list provided by the staff. Performers should review the songs prior to the auditions. Please see our audition page for tips and more information, including downloads of the song list.

Auditions will be held at Melodic Remedy in San Carlos.

Auditions: January 14 & 21 by appointment (Revised 12/7/22)

Callbacks: January 22 by invitation only. (Revised 12/7/22)

A link to sign up for an audition slot will be included in the registration confirmation email.


Auditions and all rehearsals will be at Melodic Remedy Dance Studio, 767 Industrial Road, San Carlos


Children and Adults (ages 6 and up).

What to Expect as an Actor:

  • All participants will be cast in the show.
  • All participants will perform in at least two ensemble numbers in the show.
  • The audition process is a combined effort by the artistic staff and a board appointed representative. All will be involved during auditions and will participate in providing audition feedback to students. The audition team will make final casting decisions.
  • As an ensemble-based theater group, ALL participants will perform in ALL performances in the appropriate/assigned ensemble numbers whether or not they have a speaking or specialty role.
  • Please note: For our first show back since COVID has shut the theater down, we are planning for a one weekend (4 performance) single-cast show.

Rehearsal and Performance Details:

  • Rehearsals are held at Melodic Remedy Dance Studio in San Carlos.
  • Rehearsals are held on Saturdays and Sundays for all cast.
  • If we need an evening rehearsal, it would be a Tuesday from 6:30-9:30, but this is only as needed.
  • The performance of will be held at Hillsdale Little Theater in San Mateo

Family Involvement & Mainstage Policies:

Creating theater is about people working together. While we are fortunate enough to have a professional production staff, parent volunteers are an integral part of putting on an eTc Mainstage production. Both actors and their families have roles in the production. A typical eTc Mainstage production includes a total of over 2000 hours of volunteer time. This is divided among the families of all cast members. It is important to review and understand eTc’s Family Involvement & Mainstage Policies (displayed during the registration process) which cover the following topics:

  • COVID-19 Safety Rules
  • Participant Behavior Guidelines
  • Parent Responsibilities
  • Mandatory Parent Meeting
  • Mandatory Volunteer Requirement
  • Mandatory Work Days
  • Attendance and Conflicts Policy
  • Costume Policy
  • Drop/Refund Policy

Important Dates:

Rehearsals for all cast are held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons in San Carlos.

Tech Week rehearsals are 5:30-9:30 pm at Hillsdale Little Theater in San Mateo. eTc must be informed of all conflicts for the entire season by the participant’s audition date. Participants are allowed three conflicts, but those conflicts may not fall on Mandatory rehearsal days, during Tech Week, or during any performance. Please review the eTc Attendance and Conflicts Policy.

Key Dates

Note: Schedule and times subject to change (last updated 12/16/2022)
Auditions: January 14 & 21 by appointment; Must be registered and have an audition spot to audition.  The link to the audition signup will be emailed to you when you complete the registration.
Callbacks (by appointment only): January 22, 2023
Parent and Volunteer Meeting — Mandatory — Saturday, January 28, 2023
Script Read Thru: First day of rehearsal – Saturday, January 28, 2023


Rehearsals will be scheduled for the following groups within the following time periods (subject to change):

  • Saturdays 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (All Cast)
  • Sundays 11 am – 3 pm (All Cast)
  • If we need an evening it would be a Tuesday 6:30-9:30, but this is only as needed
  • No rehearsals on: Sunday, February 19 (Presidents Holiday) and Sunday, April 9 (Easter)
  • Mandatory rehearsal days – beginning Saturday March 11, 2023
  • *IF you have any known conflicts during the final weeks, please contact the production coordinator immediately
  • Load-In: Monday, April 17, 2023Time TBD
  • Tech Week: April 17-19 at Hillsdale Little Theater in San Mateo
    • Monday April 17 – Cue to Cue/ Tech 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Tuesday – Wednesday April 18 and 19 – Tech rehearsal 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Company Party: TBD
  • Performances April 20-23 (Cast call time will be approximately 1 hour before curtain)
    • Evening Performance: Thursday April 20 at 7 pm
    • Evening Performances Friday April 21 at 7:30 pm
    • Matinee Performances: Saturday-Sunday April 22 and 23 at 2:00 pm
  • Strike will be immediately after the Sunday April 23rd matinee – All families participate in Strike, ALL actors are to stay until released

Registration Fees:

Registration fees are per person and include a complimentary T-shirt.

  • $450 first child participant (ages 6-17)*
  • $300 additional child participant (ages 6-17)*
  • $375 adult registration

*IMPORTANT NOTE: the registration fee does not include costume fees.  The costume fee depends on the complexity of your character’s costumes. The
maximum costume fee is $125. You will be charged costume fees prior to the last show.
Headshot fees are now included in the registration fee.
All fees must be collected prior to the last show. Please review the Costume Policy for more information.

Additional Costs:

  • Costume rentals are provided by eTc, but are the financial responsibility of the actor. Costume bills will be distributed prior to the closing of the show and must be paid by the closing performance. The costume charge is based on the complexity of the costume(s), but will never exceed $125. Please review the Costume Policy for more information.
  • Participants must provide their own shoes and makeup.
  • Headshots are required. We contract with a local photographer to have them done on an all-cast rehearsal day for a nominal fee of $10 which is included in your registration fee. If you are absent on Headshot day, then the staff will take a headshot photo at the next rehearsal. You will receive the headshot as part of the bio after the show. We encourage you to purchase additional photos from our photographer.
  • Families can purchase a volunteer requirement buy-out option for $300 during the online registration process if unable to volunteer 20 hours during the run of the show. Please review the Mandatory Volunteer Requirement policy for more information.
  • Parents are responsible for purchasing their own tickets to the performances.
  • There is a small per-person fee for the company party to cover the facility rental.
  • Sweatshirts and additional T-shirts (after the included participant t-shirt) may be purchased.
  • Additional one-liners (after the included one-liner) for the program may be purchased.
  • We offer both family and corporate sponsorships which include benefits such as playbill ad space, advance ticket sales, and one liners.

Drop/Refund Policy:

Any registrant who drops from the program is entitled to a refund as follows:

  • 100% refund prior to January 13, 2023
  • 75% refund prior to first Audition Day – January 14, 2023
  • NO REFUNDS will be given following auditions

Scholarship Opportunities:

A limited number of full, partial and work scholarships are available and are awarded based on financial needs. Students on scholarships may be required to contribute an additional twenty hours of assigned duties. Please email for more information prior to registering online.


  • Please fill out the online registration form completely for all participants.
  • When checking out, you may choose to pay now with a credit or debit card, or to pay later and we will collect your fees at the audition (check or credit card accepted). Payment must be received in full before auditioning.
  • After completing the registration, you will receive an email confirmation of your registration. You will also receive an email containing links to Audition Signups and Forms that you must print out and bring with you to auditions.
  • Minimum Number of Participants: eTc needs a minimum number of participants to make the show financially feasible. If we do not have enough participants registered (minimum 40) then eTc reserves the right to cancel the production.

Questions? email

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