PERFORM at Anchorage Community Theatre

ACT typically has five shows in a mainstage season, which starts in the fall and ends in the spring. We need community members like you to make our shows happen! To be cast in a play, actors must first attend an audition.

At ACT we have an open audition policy — that means anyone can audition for any show. As a community theatre, we want to work with actors who are interested in learning and improving. If you have never auditioned for a play before, or if you acted in a past life, you are in the right place. Join our email list to stay up-to-date on auditions!


Our next season show is The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, directed by Stephanie Leigh. Find more information about the show here. Auditions will be held Saturday, October 6 at 12pm and Monday, October 8 at 6pm. No need to attend both days — just choose one!

To read the play before auditions (not required, but it’s a good idea!), drop by our office and borrow a script.

Auditioning FAQ's

What’s an audition at ACT like?

At ACT we do what is called a cold read. That means no memorization is required! You'll be given a small section of the script (a side) and the director will ask you to read for a character by yourself or with another actor who is auditioning. Every director is different — some will give you instruction in the audition to see how you respond to direction, and some will just want to see your first instincts. The director will contact you soon after an audition if they want to offer you a role.

Can I read the script before auditions?

Reading a play before you audition for it is always a good idea — you want to make sure you like the play, and it will help you feel prepared in the audition. If you’d like to read the script ahead of time, you can check one out from the ACT office. A $20 deposit is required and will be returned to you when you bring back the script.

Will I get cast?

Maybe! If you don't get cast after your first audition, don't worry! Feel free to give us a call, and the director can provide feedback to help improve your next audition. If you want to learn more, keep an eye out for upcoming classes.

When are auditions helD?

Generally, auditions happen 6 to 8 weeks before a show opens, allowing for at least 5 weeks of rehearsals.