The Who’s Tommy

The Who's Tommy
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CMT Mainstage Presents


March 2 – 11, 2018 • Featuring local performers ages 14-20

In 1997, CMT premiered a show pioneering the theatrical experience we now know as “CMT Mainstage.” Reimagined and reinvented for our 50th season, we invite you to join us at the arcade this winter for The Who’s Tommy! 

After witnessing a murder as a child, traumatized Tommy slips into a catatonic state. As his existence wears on, he’s abused by sadistic relatives and neighbors – but his life is saved when he discovers an uncanny knack for the game of pinball. He rises to international superstardom, and inspires people all over the world. 

Based on the groundbreaking 1969 rock concept album, The Who’s Tommy is a stirring story of hope, healing and the human spirit. An exhilarating score gives this show a cross-generational appeal that’s made it a Mainstage favorite! 

Tony Award winning songs like “See Me, Feel Me” (performed at the Woodstock music festival in 1969), the instantly recognizable “Pinball Wizard” and the powerful “The Acid Queen”  

Kevin Hauge

Kevin R. Hauge

Artistic Team

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In his 22nd season as Artistic Director at CMT, Kevin has led the nation’s premier theater company for youth in taking on increasingly challenging and professional-quality productions. His innovative approach to productions includes incorporating modern techniques and technology, culminating in recognition of artistic excellence from the National Endowment for the Arts in the form of ten grants. Kevin was an Honorable Mention for the 2016 Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education, an honor given to only twenty educators throughout the entire nation. A recipient of the prestigious Lin Wright Special Recognition Award by the American Alliance for Theater and Education, he’s been the guest speaker at the International Association of Theater Educators Conference in Washington D.C., and the Education and Technology conference in New York City. Kevin has collaborated on productions in a variety of venues all over the world. He’s staged ice shows, magic shows, musical revues, industrial shows, corporate parties, television specials and book musicals for a variety of companies, including Tropworld (Atlantic City), Harrah’s (Reno), Six Flags Parks (nationwide), and Royal Viking Cruise Lines (worldwide). Some of the unique productions Kevin has worked on include You’re in the Movies (MGM Grand) in Las Vegas, World of Wonders (Everland) in Seoul, South Korea, and a special Easter Celebration (The White House) in Washington D.C. Kevin has appeared several times as a guest artist with the San Jose Symphony, and has served on the Exhibits Committee at the Tech Museum of Innovation.

Joey Dippel

Artistic Team

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JOEY DIPPEL grew up with CMTSJ since 1998, where his role as townsperson in Cinderellastopped the show with his one-line (“Our daughter’s looking dreamy-eyed…”). Amidst 30+ shows, CMT performing highlights include Race in Newsies, Bert in Mary Poppins, Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, & Tommy in The Music Man. After graduating from Archbishop Mitty High School, he earned his BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where he choreographed the college’s productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Into a Lamplit Room, & Street Scene. As a performer, he has worked for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Bucks County Playhouse, Pioneer Theatre Company, Weston Playhouse, & the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport. He is now a NYC-based director/choreographer, having worked for the Broadway Dreams Foundation, the Musical Theatre Factory, Broadening Theatrics (A Chorus Line), New York Theatre Barn, & CMT’s most recent productions of Cats &Evita. Joey is also a dance coach for Polish Your Passion NYC ( @johnjoseph5

Ian Leonard

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Cast list will be posted December 18th

Auditions: December 12-13
Callbacks: December 14-16
Ages 14*-20
Registration opens November 28

“Young Tommy” Auditions:

We’re looking for three to four male actors between the ages of 8-10 to portray “4-year-old Tommy” and “10-year-old Tommy” in our Winter Mainstage production of The Who’s Tommy. (NOTE: If you’re cast in The Who’s Tommy, due to scheduling conflicts you will not be eligible to participate in CMT’s Rising Stars production of Once Upon a Mattress.)


Please e-mail your head shot, resume and audition video to by Monday, December 4th.

Your video must include the following:

  • State your name, age, and height
  • Say the line “Happy Birthday, Mum!” with great excitement
  • Stand perfectly still, and stare at the camera with no emotion or movement for 15 seconds


You’ll receive a response within 24 hours of your video submission, regarding callbacks and what to prepare


Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, December 5th


Casting decisions will be announced by Friday, December 8th