FAQs about Auditions at Venice Theatre

What will the audition be like?
• Non-musicals: The Director will have you cold-read a scene or two. Additionally, the Director may have an informal interview or perhaps have you participate in an improvisation. Usually, a monologue is not required.
• Musicals: Just as in non-musicals, you will be asked to read a scene. You will also need to have at least 16 measures of a song memorized. Bring the sheet music so the Musical Director can accompany you. Additionally, the Choreographer will teach you a dance routine appropriate to the show. So wear comfortable clothes and dance shoes if you have them. Hard-soled rubber or tennis shoes are best if you don’t have dance shoes.

What should I bring?
• Sheet music for a musical. Local music stores, bookstores or www.musicnotes.com are good resources for sheet music.
• Dance shoes if you have them. (See above for alternatives.)
• Additionally, if you’d like to bring a head shot or a small recent photograph it can be helpful, but is not necessary.

Can I bring a CD to sing with?
Most musical directors prefer that you bring sheet music, not a CD.

Where can I find a monologue?
In most cases, a monologue is not required. However, if one is required (find out by calling the theatre or checking the audition page of our website) the best sources would be to search the web, your local library and/or book stores for monologue books appropriate for your age.

What do I need to have prepared for a straight play?
It is best to have read the show for which you are auditioning so that you know the story and the characters beforehand. Perusal scripts are available here on the website.

Do I have to have experience?
No. Venice Theatre auditions are open to the public. You do not have to have taken any classes or have been in a show before.

Should I prepare a song/monologue from the actual show?
The general rule is that Directors prefer you to sing a song in the style of the show, but not from show. For instance, if you are auditioning for The King and I, prepare a Rodgers and Hammerstein or other classic musical theater song, but from a different musical. That way the director won’t have to listen to 50 people singing the same song!

When will I find out if I am getting a callback/part?
A director may take as long as 6 weeks to cast a show. We post audition results on our website.

Should I dress up or in character?
The general rule is that you look nice and wear clothes that you can move in. Dressing slightly to the style of the show is a good idea. For example, a woman would not dress in jeans and a t-shirt for a show such as My Fair Lady. A man would not dress in formal attire when auditioning for Rent.

How old does my child have to be to audition?
That varies, depending on the show. If the information you are looking for isn’t on our website, please contact the administrative offices at 941-484-4033.

What will the rehearsal schedule be like?
The range of the rehearsal schedule could vary between 5 to 12 weeks, 4-6 days a week, depending on the show. Traditionally, musicals have a longer rehearsal period. Most rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. and run up to 10 p.m. “Generations” productions try to let the younger cast members out by 8:30 p.m. Most Directors will not call you to a rehearsal unless needed, so depending on your role, you may not be required to be there every night.

If you have questions that are not answered here, please call 941-484-4033.THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN VENICE THEATRE AND ... BREAK A LEG!