If participating in live theater is new to you, we offer an open, supportive, and unintimidating environment for your personal adventure. If you’re a stage veteran, we offer open auditions for all roles and the opportunity to hone and celebrate your skills with other capable amateurs and appreciative audiences.
Audition signups are now available for the musical Cabaret, with performances April 24 – May 16, 2020. Auditions are open for older teens (age 17+) and adults. CLICK HERE for additional details about the production (synopsis, performance dates, staff).
- Saturday, December 7, 10 am
- Sunday, December 8, 3 pm
- Callbacks: Tuesday, December 10, 6 pm. We will contact you directly to arrange a time.
- CLICK HERE for an audition packet. Please complete the packet in advance and bring it to your audition.
- CLICK HERE for descriptions of the roles we will be filling.
- Please prepare a one minute monologue.The director may or may not also ask you to do a cold reading from the script.
- Prepare a 1 minute/36 bar vocal selection, preferably a Broadway song. Bring sheet music or a karaoke version of your selection on CD, phone, or iPod. No acapella (singing without an accompaniment).
- Come prepared to learn a short dance routine. Wear comfortable, laced shoes (or jazz dance shoes) and clothes that you can move in.
- Please arrive promptly and be prepared. The warehouse will be open at least 30 minutes prior to the start of auditions.
- Auditions are closed to just the auditioners and the audition panel.
- NOTE: All auditions will be held at Limelight Actors Theater at the Gilroy Center for the Arts, 7341 Monterey Road, Gilroy. (This is NOT our usual audition location.)
- If you are interested in auditioning but are unable to participate on the above dates, please contact the show’s producer at Cabaret@SVCT.org to determine if an alternate time can be scheduled. Please contact the show’s producer with any additional questions.
The Audition Process at SVCT
Auditions are usually held 2-3 months prior to a show’s opening. People on our email list will receive advance audition notification, with links to details of the upcoming auditions. (CLICK HERE to join our email list.) Each audition usually includes 3 sessions on a Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday. All auditions (unless otherwise noted) are held at SVCT’s warehouse, Building G2, 16840 Joleen Way in Morgan Hill.
If you are interested in being in the show, but are unavailable for the scheduled auditions, please notify the producer. An alternate audition time, although not guaranteed, may be arranged at the producers’ and director’s discretion.
If the audition panel is undecided about some part casting after the auditions, callbacks may be scheduled. Callback times and dates will be listed on the information provided to the actors at the auditions. (Callbacks are not indicative of casting and not all auditioners will be needed for callbacks.)
After the cast list is finalized, it will be posted on the warehouse office window and on SVCT’s website. A notification and link will also be posted on SVCT’s Facebook page. Please “like” us on Facebook to stay informed!
- Read the audition notice carefully. If you are on SVCT’s email list, you will have received an electronic audition notice. It will provide a link to details of what you are expected to prepare in advance–a song, a monologue, etc.–and how/whether to sign up for an audition in advance.
- Complete your audition packet in advance. Download and complete the audition packet and bring the completed packet to your audition. In particular, it is important that the staff know your scheduling conflicts when determining how to cast you. While you may complete the packet at the audition, preparing it in advance means you will have that much less to deal with at the audition.
- Consider bringing a resume and head shot to the audition. Either note your acting experience in the audition packet or (particularly if you are auditioning for a major role) attach your resume to the packet. If you do not attach a head shot to your packet, typically SVCT staff will take a photo of you at your audition (either is fine).
- When in doubt… audition! The best way to master auditioning is to do it over and over; you’ll conquer those nerves and you’ll get to practice your acting and singing. As you become more comfortable with auditioning, you will find it easier to get into character and your acting will become more natural.
- Do advance homework. Learn a bit about the show you are auditioning for and the parts you are interested in. Practice how you might characterize the part you would like to play. If auditioning for a major singing role, prepare an audition song that reflects the style and range of a song that character sings, but do not choose a song from the play for which you are auditioning. If auditioning for a non-musical drama or comedy, prepare a monologue that reflects the nature of the part for which you are auditioning or the play. (If you are auditioning for a chorus part, the previous guidelines are not as important.)
- Come prepared. Be on time–15 minutes early is even better. If auditioning for a musical, bring shoes you can dance in and wear comfortable (but not sloppy) clothing. Bring two copies of sheet music for your audition song (preferably), bring a karaoke version of your selection (on CD, phone, or iPod), or be prepared to sing a capella (last choice–some music directors will not accept that option). If you have them, bring a resume (preferably on a single sheet of paper) and/or a head shot. If you will be delivering a monologue, bring a copy.
- Relax and enjoy the experience!