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.

COVID Vaccination and Masking Policy for Cast and Staff

SVCT’s ability to produce a show depends on the continued health of those cast in the production. Therefore we require all involved in our productions (cast, staff, and other volunteers) to be up to date on vaccinations–as defined by the CDC. (For clarification of the latest definition by the CDC, search on “cdc when are you up to date”,) You will be asked to confirm your status to the show’s producer before participating. Masking requirements throughout the rehearsal period will be determined by the producer of the production.

Upcoming Auditions

Auditions are now complete for Sweeney Todd. The two remaining 2022-2023 season shows that have not been cast include Becky’s New Car (at Limelight in Gilroy) and Matilda (at the Playhouse in Morgan Hill). Audition notices will be posted on our website, on our Facebook page and in our Facebook group, and via our email list. To join our mailing list, CLICK HERE.

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!