Anyone may audition! Theatre Harrisburg is committed to identity-conscious casting. This means the casting committee will consider an auditionee's identity in relation to that of a character. Thus, you may audition for any character you wish to, but please be aware that the casting committee must consider licensing restrictions and other such factors when casting. In some cases, casting notices will be very specific with regard to character (gender-presenting, race, ethnicity, etc.) in others, open to anyone. Regardless of casting notices, everyone is welcome to audition for any show, unless age specific requirements are noted (some shows may not be suitable for minors).
How do I audition?
Each show director will set their requirements for audition day. Standard requests will be that you bring your upcoming scheduling conflicts to share with the casting committee, fill out an audition form (parents/guardians will need to sign this form as well for minors), and have fun! Musicals typically ask you to prepare 16-32 bars of a song to sing for the committee. Some plays ask for a prepared monologue, others give you something to read at the open call. Many musical auditions will have a movement or dance call. Please see individual shows below for more information!
What is an open call?
An open call audition means anyone is welcome to attend that day. There may be sign-ups in advance for time slots, but beyond that, open means just that!
What is a callback?
Callbacks are closed, invitation only auditions. During a callback, individuals are selected from open calls and other means to attend a second audition. This second audition gives the show director and casting committee an opportunity to have you read from the show script, sing from the show, and work with other auditionees so that we can put together the best cast possible for a show.
How will I know if I get the part?
Everyone who auditions is notified either by e-mail or a call if they are being offered a role in a show. Typically, an email is sent to those who did not fit the director’s vision for that particular show to let them know they should try again for a different production. Calls are made within a few days of callbacks for role offers.
Do you pay actors?
Theatre Harrisburg is a non-profit Community Theatre. Our actors, crew, ushers, and box office personnel are all volunteers...and we love them for giving their time and talents to us!
Are any of your shows pre-cast?
Theatre Harrisburg does not pre-cast shows. Some directors and other production members may invite community members to audition, but no one is ever offered a role before the auditions are completed. Each show has a committee attached to it for casting that includes the Artistic and Production Director to insure our inclusive and conscious policies are being adhered to in a manner befitting our stance of being the home where “community takes center stage.”
When are rehearsals?
Rehearsal schedules will vary per director, but generally rehearsals are in the evenings during the week and may include a weekend rehearsal, as well.
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