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, 1776, with performances April 26 – May 12, 2019. Auditions are open to men and women ages 16+. Click here for additional details about the production (synopsis, performance dates, staff).
- Tuesday, January 15, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
- Wednesday, January 16, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
- Friday, January 18, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
- Saturday, January 19, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Callbacks: tentatively scheduled for Sunday afternoon, January 20, depending on needs and availability
Scheduling Your Audition
Auditions are by appointment only. Click here to reserve an audition slot.
Please contact the producers at 1776@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 and bring it to your audition.
- Sides (readings from the script) will be available at auditions and can be downloaded now here. Please choose two sides to read at your audition. If two characters are listed, you may choose either character for which to read. You do not need to memorize the sides and may be asked to do a third side as a cold reading at the audition.
- Prepare a 1 minute/36 bar vocal selection. 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.
- Click here for descriptions of the roles we will be filling.
- All congressional roles will be portrayed as men, but women may be considered for some of these roles if willing to cross-dress and sing in the appropriate vocal range.
- All auditions are held at the SVCT warehouse, Building G2, 16840 Joleen Way, Morgan Hill.
- Please contact the show’s producers, at 1776@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. A notification and link will also be posted on SVCT’s Facebook page.
- 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). 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!