Willingham Performing Arts Academy


Winter 2024 Production of

“She Loves Me” (August 6 & 7)  in the Willingham Theater

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Fall 2024 Production of

“Lucky Stiff” (August 12 & 13)  in the Willingham Theater

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OPEN AUDITIONS – Fall 2024 Production of Lucky Stiff

AUDITION DATES: August 12 & 13 from 6-8pm

AUDITION LOCATION: Willingham Theater

TECH WEEK: 10/16/24 – 10/23/24

SHOW DATES: 10/24/24 – 10/27/24

AGE RANGE: Must be 14 years or older to audition.

WHAT TO PREP FOR AUDITION: Please prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song in the same style as the show. Bring your own sheet music for our accompanist or be prepared to play a karaoke track from your phone as you sing. At your audition you may be asked to do a ‘cold-read’ from the script, run scenes with others, learn a short group dance combination, etc. Please wear comfortable, close-toed shoes that you can move in.

VIRTUAL AUDITION OPTION: If you are unable to make it to auditions, you can video record yourself singing your audition song and send it via email to: charlie@yadkinarts.org before 8pm on August 13th.

AUDITION PACKET: An audition packet with more details will be linked to this page soon!

QUESTIONS?: Send them to charlie@yadkinarts.org


Based on the novel, The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth, Lucky Stiff is an offbeat, hilarious murder mystery farce, complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds and a corpse in a wheelchair. The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6,000,000. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn… or else his uncle’s gun-toting ex! Featuring a tuneful Flaherty and Ahrens score, an ensemble cast of zany characters and small rock combo orchestra, Lucky Stiff is an audience charmer.

Whether you prefer to study privately or with a group, WPAA is a great place to grow your artistic talents and sharpen your skills. Offering lessons in vocal, piano, and youth acting throughout the year.

Meet Our Artistic Director

Meet Our Artistic Director

A Little Bit About Charlie:

Charlie Kluttz was born and raised in Concord, NC and moved to Winston-Salem, NC in 2010 to study voice at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He obtained his Bachelors in Music (Classical Vocal Performance) and worked extensively with community theaters in the area while at UNCSA. Kluttz currently serves as a Music Director, Scenic Painter, and Scenic Designer for the Yadkin Arts Council in Yadkinville, NC. Kluttz also serves as the primary group and private lesson instructor for the Willingham Performing Arts Academy. Additionally, he is the current Music Theatre instructor for the Acting Out! program which operates under the UNCSA School of Drama.

We hope to see you this fall at the Willingham Performing Arts Academy!

Costume Rentals!

Our Spark Costume Shop if an offshoot of the academy and offers a wide variety of rental options for all types of performances and events.

If you are interested in signing up for a class, renting a costume, or would like more information about auditioning for a show please email info@yadkinarts.org