castings & auditions
Interested in auditioning, but not sure what to do or how to prepare? All roles at ACT are open to anyone in the community! No experience is necessary to audition.
January 3rd & 4th, 2024
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Upstairs in the Theatre
Please prepare a one minute solo to share with directors Barbara Sullivan & Brian Shutter.
We are hoping to cast people of all ages for this unique musical. If you have any further questions call Area Community Theatre at 608-374-7469. Leave a message if nobody is there to answer. We will return your call as soon as possible.
Here are a few frequently asked questions and tips to help you understand our audition process:
Auditions are held over two nights, and you may choose either night to audition. Auditions for our shows are typically held on our Main stage unless otherwise noted in our audition announcement.
We list approximate age ranges of the characters – but it’s always a good idea to come by and check out the script so you can get a feel for the characters.
tips on auditions
Relax and have fun. Auditions do not have to be a painful process, just look at it as another chance to perform.
Come prepared to list all your schedule conflicts from the day of auditions until the closing performance of the show. This is VERY important.
Most auditions consist of “cold readings” from the scripts. That means you will be asked to read some of the dialogue from the show, sometimes with other people sometimes by yourself. Don’t worry if you stumble over words, we’re looking for energy and character choices.
For musicals, we want you to sing something, preferably no longer than 1-2 minutes. CDs and mp3s are fine, but please bring your own player. It’s not necessary to sing a song from the show, just choose a song that best displays your vocal talent, style and range. Include song-appropriate facial expressions and body language during your audition and be sure to project your voice. You may have a lovely voice, but if we can’t hear you, we won’t know it. Regardless of your vocal training, be confident and shine when you get your chance!
Be courteous and professional. Remember you never get a second chance to make a first impression, and your audition lasts from the minute you walk in the auditorium until the moment you leave.
Each director has a unique way of holding auditions. These tips are meant to be a guideline and can be different, depending on the show and the director. For detailed information on a specific show audition, contact the director in advance.
I love the ACT because it gave me the chance to get back on the stage after a 20 year absence. It even let me share that stage with my son while performing in one of my favorite musicals! Thank you ACT!!
-- Sam Komay