August 14, 2018

Auditions for JR RRS Ages 7-11

Our award-winning Jr. Rising Stars are thrilled to announce auditions for the Spring musical, Seussical, Jr!  This delightful musical features Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters who spring to life onstage in a fantastical musical extravaganza!


Sunday, February 4- 12:00-5:00PM

Monday, February 5 from 4:30-6:00PM

Callbacks Monday, February 5 at 6:00PM. 

Please have the children prepare ONE verse of “Alone In The Universe”.

    (Please start at 1:06 and end at 2:05.) 
Jr. Rising Stars is open to children ages 7 to 11. (up to 6th grade, so may include children who have recently turned 12).
Please note that your children may simply come to the Y and sign up.  The first audition is in and out, though it depends on the numbers that arrive at the same time.
Please contact Shawn Renfro, Managing Director, with any questions at or call the Performing Arts office 347-913-4430.


Meet Your Team!





Michael is stoked to be back with the Riverdale Y for his fifth show! Michael has co-directed Guys and Dolls and Once on This Island for the Jr. Rising Stars and choreographs for the Riverdale Rep. He is a proud Point Park University Alumni and current actor. Regional Credits include: Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Cabrillo Music Theater, and many more. He can’t wait to pass on the joy of theater with kids who are so eager to perform!





Music Director

Carter is glad to be back at the Riverdale Y! He co-directed the 2016 production of Hairspray and has since been traveling the world and performing. Besides directing and performing, Carter is an experienced vocal coach and piano teacher! Here’s to another amazing season!







Matt is thrilled to be back at the Riverdale Y after directing Thoroughly Modern Millie to choreograph Seussical! He recently taught the Little Rising Stars, Jr Rising Stars, and Rising Stars MT Dance/ Movement. Matt is a proud BFA Musical Theatre and Dance minor graduate from Point Park University. Regional credits include, Arab in West Side Story (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival) and Ren McCormack FOOTLOOSE (West Virginia Public Theatre). Excited for this adventure with everyone! Thank you to the entire Riverdale Y creative team! See you all soon!




Co-Director / Stage Manager

Hannah is thrilled to be a part of the Seussical artistic team! Hannah is a Kansas City native who moved to NYC last year after graduating from Montclair State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She began teaching as a high schooler at her hometown youth theatre organization.  Whether it be summer camps, dance classes, or musical productions, she’s done it all! Hannah is so excited to be a part of the YMHA community working with the kids and with her fellow directors to put on a wonderful production!