for Mainstage & Readers Theatre Showcase
All roles at ACT are open to anyone in the community! No experience is necessary to audition. Here are a few tips to help you understand our audition process:
Auditions are held over two nights, and you may choose either night to audition. Auditions for Mainstage shows are held on our Mainstage; auditions for Readers Theatre Showcase and 35below shows are held in 35below. For Mainstage or Readers Theatre show, there’s no need to make an appointment – we’ll get you signed in when you arrive! Some 35below shows do offer audition sign-ups (and we’ll list that by show).
We list approximate age ranges of the characters – but it’s always a good idea to come by and check out the script so you can get a feel for the characters.
For musical auditions, you must prepare 16 bars of music and bring your sheet music to the audition in the key in which you will be singing. We will provide an accompanist. No one may sing along to a CD or other recording.
For non-musical auditions, all audition material is provided and will be available at the auditions. Generally, you will be asked to read pages from the script in front of the director, the stage manager, and another reader.
Note: Asheville Community Theatre policy prohibits participation by anyone on any sex offender or sexual abuse registry to any activity sponsored by Asheville Community Theatre. The only exception is being a member of an audience of an event sponsored by ACT.
By Tom Godleski
Directed by Lori Hilliard
AUDITIONS: October 8-9, 2018; 6:00-9:00 pm
PRODUCTION DATES: November 30-December 16, 2018
REHEARSALS: Begin October 14, 2018
DIRECTOR SEEKS: 8 men (all ages), 9 women (all ages) and 12 children (8 and older)
AUDITION NOTES FROM DIRECTOR:
- Select one or two sides to read for us: Snowbound Audition Sides.
- Please prepare one verse of a Christmas Carol (“Away in a Manger” or “Silent Night” work best).
- If you play an guitar or violin please bring it and be prepared to play 8 to 16 measures of a song.
- Wear clothing you can move in comfortably. You may be asked to dance a step or two.
- Families are encouraged to audition.
Harry (age 30s): father to Cathy and James, married to Anne (modern day pilot and son to Gregory)
Otto (20s): father of Gregory, married to Jackie (sings)
Pete (late 20s, 30s): a soldier, willing to help, strong, long lost love- Iris (dances)
Mr. Gable (40s or 50s): businessman, serious, matter of fact
Conductor (40s +): kind, caring and hard worker
Jack (20s): Charming, kind, boyfriend to Sarah (sings/dances)
Bob (40s): Son to Vernie, sarcastic, cynical, bachelor
Jeter (could be teen or older): works as a News Butch, strong, loud, confident, sense of humor
Anne (age 30s): mother to James and Cathy, married to Harry (modern day)
Jackie (20s): generous, loving, mother to Gregory, married to Otto
Vernie (late 70s): wise, respected, grandmother, knows everyone, mother to Bob
Teresa (30s): kind, outgoing, sister to Sarah
Sarah (20s): sweet, enthusiastic, girlfriend to Jack (sings/dances)
Iris (30s): independent, strong, choir bus driver, librarian, long lost love of Pete (dances)
Norma (20s-30s): quiet, chaperone for the choir
Ethel (20s-30s): outgoing, teacher, chaperone for the choir (dances)
Betty (any age): ticket counter clerk, knows everything, diligent worker, possible comic character
Cathy (age 6-7): daughter to Anne and Harry (modern day)
James (age 7-8): son to Anne and Harry (modern day)
Gregory (age 10-12): energetic, studious, curious, son of Otto and Jackie (dances)
Margaret, Phoebe, Lottie, Beth, Karen, Jeffrey, Joyce, Dale, Lewis, Carol (7-11): children’s choir
Music by Tom Snow, Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Adapted for the stage by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie
Directed by Jerry Crouch; Music Director: Lynda Shuler; Choreographer: Tina Pisano-Foor
AUDITIONS: December 3-4, 2018; 6:00-9:00 pm
PRODUCTION DATES: February 8-March 3, 2019
REHEARSALS: Begin December 9, 2018
DIRECTOR SEEKS: Large cast of men, women, and teens. Download full breakdown here!
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Adapted for the stage by Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus
Directed by Candice Burchill
AUDITIONS: February 11-12, 2019; 6:00-9:00 pm
PRODUCTION DATES: April 5-21, 2019
REHEARSALS: Begin February 17, 2019
DIRECTOR SEEKS: TBD
HANDS ON A HARDBODY
Book by Doug Wright; Music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green; Lyrics by Amanda Green
Directed by Jerry Crouch; Music Director: Lynda Shuler
AUDITIONS: April 8-9, 2019; 6:00-9:00 pm
PRODUCTION DATES: June 7-30, 2019
REHEARSALS: Begin April 14, 2019
DIRECTOR SEEKS: 9 men, 6 women
By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Stephanie Hickling Beckman
AUDITIONS: June 10-11, 2019; 6:00-9:00 pm
PRODUCTION DATES: August 9-25, 2019
REHEARSALS: Begin June 16, 2019
DIRECTOR SEEKS: 2 men, 3 women
READERS THEATRE SHOWCASE
THE WISDOM OF EVE
By Mary Orr
Directed by Wendy Strauss
AUDITIONS: September 11, 2018, 10:30 am-2:30 pm
PRODUCTION DATES: September 28-30, 2018
REHEARSALS: September 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27, 2018 from 10:30-2:30
DIRECTOR SEEKS: 5 men, 5 women
There are no auditions posted at this time for 35below shows.