Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts’ “BROADWAY IN CONCERT” presents 

A Little Princess

Directed by Meris Robinson


During CHSMA’s Broadway in Concert, students age 13-19 learn and perform the music from a musical with limited staging.  This will include minimal lines and will not include sets or costumes. As a result, there are far fewer rehearsals, making this class a unique opportunity for busy students to prepare and perform a full role that they can put on their resume, without the enormous time commitment of a fully staged production.  In the process, students grow enormously as singers and performers and create friendships with other students who share their interests.

There will be five rehearsals, one dress rehearsal and a total of four performances.  The show will be double cast, meaning roles will be given to two people, each of whom get to perform the entire role twice. We will perform the show two times each night, once with one cast, and once with the other.  There will be four performances in total.  

The rehearsals will be directed by Meris Robinson and will feature Chuck Higgins as an adjunct teacher and conductor.  

Tuition – $325  

AUDITIONS – Sign up Here


Friday, August 23, 6:00-8:00pm

Studio 12 at CHSMA

Schedule 10 minute slot online


Sunday, August 25, 3:30-6:00

Studio 12 at CHSMA

Singers and Actors aged 13-19. Motivated actors/singers who are team players.  We support diversity in casting all roles.


  • To schedule an audition, please use fill out the Online Audition Signup.  If you cannot access the link, please email Meris Robinson at mrobinson@chsma.com.  In your email, please include when you are available from 6:00-8:00 8/23.
  • Prepare a 16-bar memorized audition cut that demonstrates your acting and musical skills necessary for a role you hope to receive in the show.  
  • If possible, bring an accompaniment track for your audition cut.  If one is not available, bring a copy of your music for the director.  
  • Prepare either the top two or the bottom two parts of the attached audition cut.  This will help us to gauge your music preparation skills, your voice part, and your ability to harmonize.  
  • Begin work preparing callback cuts for any roles you hope to receive.  There will only be one day between auditions and callbacks, so it would be wise to look at this now.  
  • Fill out the entire audition packet including the conflicts sheet.


  • Students will be notified if they are called back no later than 10PM, 8/23
  • You may be allowed to leave early or asked to stay a little late.


REHEARSALS: 3:30-8:30 on Sundays –  9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20

DRESS REHEARSAL: 4:00-9:00, Friday, 10/25

PERFORMANCES: 10/26 and 10/27 (exact times pending)

OTHER DETAILS: 10/6 rehearsal will be a memorized sing-through.  Students must be memorized by this day. We will sing through the show with both casts without using music. 



Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts (CHSMA) is proud to announce A Little Princess as our Fall Broadway in Concert (BIC) show. A Little Princess by Andrew Lippa and based on the beloved children’s book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is the story of a little girl with a great big imagination. Separated from her father, and her home in Africa, young Sara Crewe is sent to boarding school in London. When things go badly for her there, her imaginative powers come to the rescue – helping to transform a drab institution into a place of magic and mystery. As the girl wins the affection of the other students she draws the ire of Miss Minchin, the dour headmistress; Sara is made a servant to the institution when her father is reported dead, and his fortune seized. Sara counters all Miss Minchin’s best efforts to degrade her with the grace and virtue of a little princess.


The ages, genders, and races listed below represent the ages, genders, and races for the character in the original musical.  As a school that supports equal opportunity, we will cast the student who best fits a role, even if that student is a different gender, race, or age than the original character.  

Sara Crew

  • Our story’s protagonist. Intelligent, witty, sensitive, and pretty. Raised as an only child with privilege in a British colony in Africa, Sara at first finds herself out of place in London.  
  • Must be able to sing easily in all registrations and in both legit and contemporary Musical Theater style.  
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 12 to 15
  • Vocal range: G3-E5


  • A scrawny, underfed orphan and scullery maid working at the school where Sara lives. Becomes Sara’s first friend at the school but is picked on by the other girls. Mezzo/belter.
  • Mezzo/belter, cockney accent
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 11 to 14
  • Vocal range: G3-C5


  • Both Sara’s Nanny in Africa, and Sara’s doll that the girls imagine comes to life.  Soprano
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 25-35
  • Vocal range: A3 -G5

Captain Crewe

  • An explorer and adventurer who adores his daughter. Sensitive, handsome, courageous, and deeply ethical.  Baritone
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 30 to 45
  • Vocal range: A3-G5


  • Appealing, loyal and intelligent boy. Aljana’s son.  Tenor.
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 15 to 18
  • Vocal range: B3-A5

Miss Minchin

  • Our story’s antagonist, she is Head of the girls school. Domineering, unyielding, and bitter at times. Mezzo/belter
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 40 to 55
  • Vocal range: F3-B4
Miss Amelia

  • Miss Minchin’s younger, kinder sister and a teacher. Easily flustered, perhaps a bit dim, but with a good heart. 
  • Legit
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 25 to 35
  • Vocal range: A3-E5


  • The first of the students to befriend Sara. Sweet, simple, unpopular, and very sensitive.
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 11 to 14
  • Vocal range: G3-E5


  • The ringleader of the girls who dislike Sara. Nasty, condescending, calculating, and witty.
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 12 to 15
  • Vocal range: A3-D5

Queen Victoria

  • Deft, dry sense of humor. Charming and kind, but stately.
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 18 to 25
  • Vocal range bottom: C4-G5


  • A friend of Sara, she is the youngest girl. 
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 10-13
  • Vocal range: G3-E5


Umbrella Man






St. Louis Woman



Q. I have some conflicts during the rehearsal schedule.  Can I still participate?

A. Please list these out fully on your audition sheet.  We can only accommodate a small number of conflicts. Identifying conflicts will not remove you from consideration for a role; it will just indicate the need for discussion before casting. Unplanned absences must be limited to illness or emergency.



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Music Rehearsals 



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Music Rehearsal


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Memorized Sing-through


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Dress Rehearsal

Call time – 4:00


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