Audition with SVCT

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.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

South Valley Civic Theatre expects that all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual identity, culture, age, gender expression, background, ability, economic status, education, credentials and experience have the opportunity to be engaged in our programming. .We encourage all actors to audition.

Vaccination Considerations for Auditions & Participation in SVCT Productions

South Valley Civic Theatre is committed to preserving the safety of our staff, cast, crew and audience members. To that end, we are requiring all cast and staff to be fully vaccinated for performances at both the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse and at Limelight in Gilroy. We thank you for your support of community theater.

Upcoming Auditions

Later Life

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Calling for actors to audition for a  production of A.R. Gurney’s play Later Life, which will run January 20 – February 5 at the Limelight theater in Gilroy, CA.  Limelight, presented by South Valley Civic Theatre, is holding open auditions for Later Life on September 23 and 24 in Morgan Hill.

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The Story

Austin has spent his entire life convinced that something terrible is bound to happen to him. One night, at a party, overlooking Boston harbor, he has the pleasure of rekindling a romance begun almost thirty years ago with Ruth. Now a multiple divorcee, Ruth’s personal life is in such turmoil that mutual friends look to Austin as Ruth’s last shot at normalcy. At the same time, these friends are hoping the wildly unpredictable Ruth will help loosen Austin from the grip of years of depression and lifelessness. Comically, and sometimes painfully, these two people rediscover each other and themselves while a bevy of free-spirited other guests rally behind them and remind them of the infinite possibilities that life holds, should one only choose to pursue them.

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Our Team

  • Director: Bill Tindell
  • Limelight Executive Director: Peter Mandel
  • Limelight Managing Director: Emily Shem-Tov
  • Scenic Design: Andrew Cummings
  • Lighting Design: Peter Mandel
  • Costume Design: TBD
  • Stage Manager: TBD

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Audition Dates

  • Friday, September 23, 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 24, 9:30 am
  • Saturday, September 24, 5:00 pm
  • Callbacks: Sunday, September 25, 1:00 pm

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Rehearsals and Performances

  • Rehearsals begin November 30 and will be held Monday through Thursday at the SVCT Warehouse (Building G2, 16842 Joleen Way, Morgan Hill, CA) or the Gilroy Center for the Arts (7341 Monterey Rd, Gilroy, CA)
  • Evening Performances: January 20, 21, 27, 28 and February 3,4,10,11 at 8:00 pm.
  • Matinee Performances: January 29, February 5, and February 12 at 2:00 pm

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Scheduling Your Audition

Please come to either a Friday or Saturday audition spot. Please sign up here, or contact the producer at limelight@SVCT.org if you would like to audition but are unavailable to do so during any of the above times.

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Audition Preparation

  • Click here for an audition packet. Please complete the packet and bring it to your audition.
  • Bring a headshot, a resume, and a list of all potential conflicts to your audition
  • We’re looking to see your creativity in creating characters (multiple role scenarios) so come prepared to demonstrate 2-3 different characters. Try out different appearances, postures, accents, dialects, and other elements of your characters.   You can bring costumes, wigs, props, and other items if you would like.  A comedic or eccentric dialogue or monologue(s) would be appropriate.

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Additional Information

  • Click here for descriptions of the roles we will be filling.
  • All roles are volunteer and non-AEA.
  • All auditions will be held at the SVCT Warehouse (Building G2, 16840 Joleen Way, Morgan Hill).
  • Please contact the show’s producer at Limelight@SVCT.org  with any additional questions.

Audition Tips

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  1.  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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.
  7. Relax and enjoy the experience!