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.
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.
auditions coming up....
ACT's Cabaret Room
Oct. 8 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Oct. 9 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
ACT's Great Gatsby Room
November 12, 13, 14
We are auditioning ages 9 – 99 on Friday, October 8th, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, and Saturday, October 9th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Auditions will take place on the first floor of ACT in the Cabaret Room.
There will be solos as well as ensemble songs, so all are encouraged to audition! Please prepare a short 1 minute Broadway song of your choosing that best showcases your voice to be performed for the directors during auditions.
Rehearsals will start Monday, November 1st. The rehearsal schedule will be constructed after casting is completed. There will be dates for soloists to rehearse as well as the Ensemble, so no one will be required to attend all rehearsals. This is the perfect opportunity to be part of a production for those who are not able to commit to the typical 6 – 8 weeks of rehearsals and performances as everything will be completed in 2 weeks!
Show dates are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 12th – 14th. If you are at all interested in auditioning, but have a conflict (even on one performance day), please audition! For additional information, please email Sam Komay at firstname.lastname@example.org or message Sam Schroeder Komay via Facebook. On with the Show!
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