Auditioning at Anchorage Community Theatre
At ACT we have an open audition policy - that means anyone can audition for any show. We are a community theatre which means we are looking for people who are interested in learning and improving. We want to put new people onstage. If you have never auditioned for a play before then you came the right place. Join our email list to stay up to date on auditions!
Shakespeare in Hollywood
It's 1934 and prolific theatre director Max Reinhardt is given a shot at directing "A Midsummer Night's Dream" - the movie. Oberon and Puck have magically materialized on set (a minor mistake by Puck), and who better to play them than...themselves?
LOUELLA PARSONS: A brash and loud, pushy woman, who is over-the-top in everything: her voice, mannerisms, dress. She wears outrageous hats that are calculated to attract attention. Middle years.
MAX REINHARDT: A pompous and self-assured man, he knows that he is always right, even if no one else seems to recognize that. He treats the world as if he is entitled to have it as desert. Speaks with a strong Austrian accent. Somber dresser with a tendency for loud vests or socks. 50-60 years.
DICK POWELL: A nice star who hasn't let fame and being good-looking go to his head. He does "lounging" well. Mid-to-late 20s.
JACK WARNER: Very much in charge of everyone and everything. If he feels threatened by chaos, he is immediately on top of it. A bully underneath, he still has a soft spot for "the ladies." Very natty dresser. 45-60 years.
DARYL: He is very insecure about his lowly assistant position. He is secretly ambitious, as are all lower echelon workers, but trying hard not to be a toady. Impressively efficient. Looses his cool when faced with his love interest. Wears glasses. Early 20s.
LYDIA LANSING: So ambitious it oozes from her hair ends. At home in her body, which she uses as a seductive tool. Actually, a small-town girl-next-door underneath it all. In her 20s.
OBERON: A natural ruler, confounded when the world doesn't operate at his command. A fair and responsible King, he knows his fate may not lead to happiness. Owns the scene whenever onstage. Costumed in glittery black. 35-55 years.
PUCK: An unknown element of mischief, Puck is flexible in all ways: physically, mentally, spinning on a dime to change directions, easily distracted, agile to escape blame. Acrobatic. Ageless. A dress sense (or lack of it) so outrageous it is laughable.
OLIVIA DARNELL: A sweet girl who embodies the image of the "ingenue." She is pretty and refined, and has secretly yearned to be otherwise. A little sassy, but very sweet and modest. In her 20s.
WILL HAYES: A thin-lipped tightly wound and repressed man, he examines film with the exactitude of an accountant. His joy is in finding transgressors. Pathetic and excessive when he discovers his vanity once he is touched by the magic flower. Costumed in buttoned up pin-stripes. 35-65 years.
JOE E. BROWN: Rubbery-faced and dour, always playing for the comedic moment but never giving it away. Rumpled. 35-55 years.
JIMMY CAGNEY: Crackling with suppressed energy, he mows through his scenes with bull-dog force. Muscular yet graceful. Wears his sleeves rolled up. 30-50 years.
TWO MEN, TWO WOMEN, FILLING VARIOUS ROLES
These roles will be onstage set-changers, provide set-dressing,
double-cast in the scripted roles of Tarzan, Cowboy, Groucho Marx, Warner Bros. etc. No precise age.
THE WARNER BROTHERS
ALBERT: The smart one.
SAM: The dumb one.
HARRY: The elder Statesman.
JACK: Natty, tough, chews cigar. The "doer."
THE SCENE STEALERS
Two tumblers, elementary age, both female.
FEMALE AND MALE NON-SPEAKING ROLES - These roles will provide stars and escorts for the Red Carpet scenes, dancers
a Hollywood party; working film crew on sound stage; sewers and fitters at a costume shop; servers at the commissary.
No particular age.
Rehearsals in January and February
Show performs March 2 - March 25
Written by: Ken Ludwig
Directed by: Jocelyn Paine
Sides can be found at our facebook group!
What is an audition at ACT like?
At ACT we do what is called a cold read. A cold read means that you'll be given a small section of the script (a side) and the director will then ask you to read from that script with another actor who is auditioning. You do not need to do anything to prepare for a cold read, but if you would like to read the script ahead of time you can check one out from the ACT office. A $20 deposit is required, but will be returned to you when the script is returned.
Will I get cast?
Maybe! If you don't get cast after your first audition, don't worry! Give us a call and the director will give you feedback to help improve your next audition. If you want to learn more then check out some of our classes.
When are auditions?
Generally, auditions happen 9 - 10 weeks before the show opens, allowing for around 5 weeks of rehearsal time and 3 - 4 weeks of performances.