“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…”
Who May Audition?
Anyone may audition for a Grand Opera House production! All our performers are volunteers. Some come to the Grand Opera House with a lot of experience and others come as first-timers. No experience is required to participate.
When are Auditions?
Auditions are generally scheduled five to seven weeks prior to a show’s opening. You only need to audition once, but are welcome to attend all audition evenings. Sometimes additional nights are used for “call-backs”. We normally audition one show at a time.
How are Auditions Conducted?
For plays, auditioners are usually asked to read scenes from the script. Depending on the nature of the production, the director may ask everyone to read the same scene or may have a number of scenes to read. Directors also utilize improv exercises in some auditions. At the audition, the director is looking for general characteristics, technique and ability to work with others.
For Musicals, actors should prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre selection in the style of the show that best shows their vocal range. Please bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Actors may be asked to read from preselected sides from the script. Those auditioning may also perform a dance audition of a short dance learned during the audition, depending on the needs of the show.
Those auditioning should be prepared to list all conflict or potential conflicts and availability for the rehearsal period as specified in the Audition notice. Availability for evening dress/technical rehearsals and all performances is mandatory. Rehearsals may possibly run evenings Monday through Friday and various times on the weekend depending on necessity. NOTE: Rehearsal dates and times are in part determined by the availability of the cast! There will be a rehearsal schedule; unless scheduled, not everyone will be expected at every rehearsal.