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 SVCT’s production of the legendary Stephen Sondheim musical, Follies, with performances September 8 – October 7, 2017. Auditions are open for adults and students aged 16 or older. CLICK HERE for additional details about the production (synopsis, performance dates, staff).
- Tuesday, July 11, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
- Wednesday. July 12, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
- Callbacks: Thursday, July 13, 7:00 – 10:00 pm by invitation
Scheduling Your Audition
CLICK HERE to reserve an audition slot.
Please contact the producer at Follies@SVCT.org if you would like to audition but are unavailable to do so during any of the above times.
- CLICK HERE for an audition packet. Please complete the packet, including the conflict calendar, and bring it to your audition.
- Prepare a 2 minute vocal selection (show tune; not modern pop). Bring sheet music or a karaoke version of your selection on CD, phone, or iPod. Do not perform a song from this show; rather, pick a song that highlights your vocal skills and range. Do not perform acapella please.
- Come prepared to learn a short dance routine. Wear close-toed, laced shoes and clothes that you can move in.
- Please arrive 15-30 minutes early for your scheduled audition time.
- Named character size is 9 men and 14 women, age range late teens-80s, plus additional ensemble (showgirls, singers, dancers, other guests, waiters, waitresses, photographers, etc.) Minimum age to audition is 16 years old. CLICK HERE for descriptions of the named roles we will be filling.
- All auditions are held at the SVCT warehouse, Building G2, 16840 Joleen Way, Morgan Hill.
- Please contact the show’s producer at Follies@SVCT.org with any additional questions.
The Audition Process at SVCT
Auditions are usually held about 9 weeks 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.
After the cast list is finalized, it will be posted on the warehouse office window and on SVCT’s website.
- 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.
- Consider bringing a resume and head shot to the audition. If you do not, a photo will be taken of you there and you will have the opportunity to write resume details on your audition form. However, having them prepared in advance means you will have that much less to deal with at the audition.
- 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). 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!