Community Theatre League Audition Policy
All roles, unless otherwise announced, are open. CTL encourages anyone who is interested to audition and is always eager to welcome new faces and fresh talent to its stage. Except as specifically required by the author for certain roles, CTL policy is to cast regardless of color, race or disability.
If, after open auditions, the director believes that a particular role or roles cannot be cast, additional actors may be contacted and further auditions may be held as required. Being invited to audition, either directly or indirectly, does not guarantee a role.
In the event an actor cannot attend regular auditions, s/he may audition at a pre-arranged time at the director’s discretion. Callbacks will be held if necessary. Not being called back does not mean that auditionees are not cast in the show. Likewise, being called back does not mean they will be cast.
Please note that by auditioning, you are obligating yourself to a considerable rehearsal and performance process. Please be certain that you are willing and able to make this commitment.
Audition / Rehearsal Facts and FAQs
CTL strives to make the audition process a positive and comfortable experience for everyone. Our goal is put on a wonderful show for the audience and an enjoyable and fulfilling process for local performers.
Who may audition?
Anyone may audition, depending on the age groups required for the selected play or musical. Some people come to auditions who are long-time, experienced performers, while some have never been on stage before. No experience is necessary for tryouts. Frequently, auditionees who may not be cast in a particular show choose to participate in the production, through backstage, costuming or technical support.
Do I have to prepare for auditions?
Play auditions generally do not require advance preparation. Actors may be asked to perform monologues, or may be asked to read from the selected script and to interact with other performers during the audition process, at the discretion of the director. For musicals, you will be asked to bring your own piece of prepared music. Unless stated otherwise in the audition notice, you may bring a CD with pre-recorded background instrumentals (i.e., karaoke tracks). Most singers use sheet music, and an accompanist will be provided for you.
Most directors post information on the CTL website regarding character outlines and a synopsis of the show. Reviewing this information before auditions should provide an idea of what parts might be available and suitable for a specific performer. Please be advised that stage productions of stories which may have also been produced as books or movies might have differences in cast and content.
When are rehearsals?
Directors wait to finalize the rehearsal schedule until after the cast has been chosen. All schedules are subject to change. Most shows rehearse at least three days a week. The days depend on the individual director’s schedule and cast availability. Some rehearsals may be on weekends. Rehearsals are more frequent closer to show dates. The average rehearsal period is six weeks before the show opens. Musicals usually have a longer rehearsal time.
How long do rehearsals last?
Rehearsal times vary depending on the director. Most rehearsals will run 2-3 hours. Starting times vary. Shows with children in the cast usually start earlier in the evening than those with adults. Starting times are usually 6:30 PM or 7:00 PM. An effort is made early in the rehearsal process to target specific performers at specific times, to minimize “down time” for performers at rehearsals.
What happens after the audition?
All those who audition are contacted via phone or email. An announcement is made at auditions, to advise when auditionees should expect to hear from a member of the production team. A cast list is posted on the CTL website once it is final.
Casting decisions are ultimately made by the director, with input from the show’s production staff, which includes the Production Manager, Music Director (if applicable) and at least one of CTL’s Artistic Directors. CTL reserves the right to recast a part if a performer behaves in a manner that is deemed detrimental to the production.