fREQUENTLY aSKED qUESTIONS
I've never done theatre before, should I even bother to audition?
- Yes, we welcome newcomers! It is helpful if you have an understanding of how to read a script. Please understand that often newcomers are cast in smaller or cameo roles.
- A cold reading is when you are given a few pages from the script (or other material) and are asked to read it without any rehearsal. You will be given a few moments to look at the pages during the scheduled audition time.
- Of course! You are welcome to audition if you have the time to devote to multiple activities. Please be aware that if you have many conflicts during the scheduled rehearsal time you may not be cast or you may be cast in a smaller role.
- Generally our auditions consist of cold readings. Sometimes we may ask those who audition to prepare a one minute, memorized monologue. If you are auditioning for a musical you may be asked to prepare a portion of a song. Prior to any audition you should make yourself familiar with the script or story. If possible read the script prior to the audition. It may also be a good idea to practice speaking in front of a small group of people. This will give you more confidence when you are asked to stand and speak in front of others at the audition.
- Unfortunately, no. We have a small performance space and limited backstage space for extra people. Casting more people also means more costumes and props which adds to the budget of the production. Casting decisions are made by the director with occasional input by the board of directors.
- Yes! Casting a production is a tricky process. Even with a good audition an actor may not be cast in a show. There are many factors that directors consider including age, physical factors, chemistry with other actors, and availability to name a few. In addition, the more you audition the more comfortable you will be with the audition process.
- No, we are a community theatre group. It does not cost anything to be in a production.
- No, we are a non-professional community theatre group. We are run by volunteers and rely on volunteers to make our productions successful. There are a small amount of stipend positions in which people receive a small amount of pay for a large amount of work.
- At auditions speak loudly and clearly. Use physicality whenever possible. Have a clear understanding of the character and the character's intentions. Dress neatly and be sure that hair is pulled away from your face. Ask questions if there is something that confuses you. LISTEN to the director. They may ask you to try something different to see how easily you can follow directions. Try to relax and have fun!
- Yes, we are always looking for people to help with technical positions such as running the lights and sound, helping with props and costumes, and working run crew backstage. Please email us if you are interested in any of these positions.
- We believe there are many benefits to being part of a community theatre production. You will learn to work with different directors and actors. You can try new things like set building and running lights. You will have productions that you can add to your theatre resume. You will meet new people who will become your theatre "family". You will have lots of fun!
- The Wagner Middle School is our venue. This means that this is our performance space. We have an agreement with the school to use the space during our prearranged times. We are essentially guest in the building and as so we must treat it with respect by only utilizing our designated rehearsal and performance space. While we consider this space when choosing our productions we are not a part of the school or affiliated with the school in any way.
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