Time to try...be on your growing edge.

We know the audition process can be overwhelming and unfamiliar to many people, especially those who love theatre but have never done a show or never even performed in front of a single person.  We also have come to learn that in our 44-year history we have been a part of the systemic issue in perpetuating the "normal" ideologies and practices associated with the "audition process".

For this show, both the Director, Javier Vilalta and Artistic Producer, JP Thibodeau have made the choice to break down this barrier and try something new. 

Rather than put everyone through a standard "audition" we have one simple task - send us a video saying "hello" and tell us why you want to take part in this show. 


We hope that this excites our community and even more, encourages those who feel StoryBook and its shows may be outside their skillset or ability, the chance to throw caution to the wind because as Dolly Parton puts it so beautifully - "...you'll never really know if you don't try - You have to try."

So try.

The Smartest Girl in the World


directed by Javier Vilalta

One-Act Play |  Rated 6+  |  Beddington Theatre Arts Centre

They’ve got a plan. Leo and Lizzy Martinez want to be the smartest kids in the world! The children of hardworking immigrants, big brother Leo has convinced his little sis that being smart is the key to helping their family escape a tough, uncertain reality. The first step in the plan—Leo will win the local TV kids’ quiz show. But when their parents refuse to let him join the quiz team, Lizzy learns there’s something deeper driving Leo—something that makes life that much more challenging and unpredictable for her brother and her family. Seeing her brother’s spirit broken, Lizzy is determined to grow up, give up her dreams and rescue the plan to see it through. Along the way, she and Leo discover that it takes more than being serious and “smart” to save a family and one another. The Smartest Girl in the World takes a look at the bonds of family and the key to facing life’s challenges together.


AGES: 10+ 

Some cast may play more than 1 character

Latinx character. Female, looks 8-10.  A second-grader; later, a third-grader.


Latinx character. Male, looks 11-13. Lizzy’s big brother; a sixth-grader; later, a



Latinx character. Male, looks 11-13. Leo and Lizzy’s cousin. Will also play a quiz show contestant.


Latinx character. Female, looks 8-10. Lizzy’s neighbour and playmate. Will also play a quiz show contestant.


Latinx character.  Female, 40s to early 50s. Leo and Lizzy’s aunt; their Mami’s sister.


Latinx character. Female, 30s to early 40s. Leo and Lizzy’s mother.



Latinx character. Male, 30s to early 40s. Leo and Lizzy’s father.


In order to produce a show, we do require anyone who gets cast to be committed to the process.  Please take a good look at what kind of time commitment you are being asked to take part in as this is a volunteer role.  Conflicts may be accommodated and considered during the rehearsal process.  You must be available for all filming dates and at least 90% of scheduled rehearsals in order to be considered for the production.



April 3 to 22, 2021

Saturdays – 2:30 pm to 16 pm
Sundays – 2:30 pm to 10 pm
Monday to Thursday – 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm



April 24 to 28, 2021

Saturday to Thursday - 1 pm to 11 pm



May 21 to June 13, 2021

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StoryBook believes that inclusivity and diversity are integral to the stories we tell both on and off our stage.  We want an environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best work and we have committed to the 35//50 Initiative, We encourage performers of all skills and abilities (physical and/or mental), ages, gender identity, race, sexual orientation,  and ethnicity to apply.

As we mentioned above, we are simply looking for you to try out and see where it takes you.

STEP ONE: Submissions close January 18th at 5pm

Submit a "hello" videos where you introduce yourself to the team and tell them why you want to take part in this production.

STEP TWO:  Saturday, January 23rd between 1 pm to 6 pm

Everyone who submits will be invited to a Zoom chat with the director and a few other theatre artists for a short session on Saturday, January 23rd sometime between 1 pm and 6 pm.  This will not be more than 30-45 minutes and will quite simply be an online conversation.  Nothing to prepare.  Just show up and chat.

STEP THREE:  Sunday, January 24th between 1 pm to 6 pm

Based on the conversations on Saturday the team will invite selected individuals to join them in a smaller Zoom chat on Sunday, January 24th sometime between 1 pm and 6 pm again.  This time you will be asked to take part in reading some scenes from the show.  These scenes will be sent out along with the original invite for Saturday's meeting.  This will allow the director and team to see you interact with others looking to take part in the show.  Nothing needs to be memorized and no extra work than being familiar with the text is required.


Those who the team are interested in having join the production will be contacted and invited to join the production.

Prep for a successful audition.

New to self-taping an audition?

Check out this video we found on YouTube, for some tips and tricks on how to make a GREAT audition Video!

How to upload your "Hello" Video

Here's what you need to know before sending us your brilliant video.

  1. Watch the self-tape video above for some pointers, but don't stress.

  2. At these start of the video - don't forget to say your FULL NAME and AGE

  3. Upload your videos to an unlisted YOUTUBE or VIMEO channel making note of the weblink

  4. Complete the audition form below in full. 

  5. Have a recent photo in .jpeg, .png format no larger than 5MB

  6. Most of all, HAVE FUN!

If you think you have met all the requirements above, you are ready to submit your audition.

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