Types of Calls Offered

INITIAL AUDITIONS

Vocal Appointments
Please prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song. Sheet music is strongly preferred-no transpositions or lead sheets. Please put music in a binder, no loose papers. CD accompaniment tracks with no vocals are acceptable. No a cappella singing. Songs from the show are acceptable. 

Open Group Auditions - Not always offered. Please check current audition notice.
No preparation is required. Actors will learn a short vocal selection from the show as a group, then asked to sing the selection in small groups or as a solo.  Pre-registrations are encouraged but not required. You must arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the call time to secure your spot. Any actors that are not present at that point risk losing their position. Day-of registrations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.  

Open Vocal Call
If you are unable to attend the appointments for any reason, but would like to sing your own material, please attend this call. Please prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song. Sheet music is strongly preferred-no transpositions or lead sheets. Please put music in a binder, no loose papers. CD accompaniment tracks with no vocals are acceptable. No a cappella singing. Songs from the show are acceptable. Pre-registrations are encouraged but not required. You must arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the call time to secure your spot. Any actors that are not present at that point risk losing their position. Day-of registrations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis

Open Dance Call - Not always offered. Please check current audition notice.
For actors that consider dancing their strength. A short combination will be taught and performed. Please wear appropriate dance and footwear. Some actors may be asked to sing. Please prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song. Sheet music is strongly preferred-no transpositions or lead sheets. Please put music in a binder, no loose papers. CD accompaniment tracks with no vocals are acceptable. No a cappella singing. Songs from the show are acceptable. Those that do not have music will be taught a selection from the show. Pre-registrations are encouraged but not required. You must arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the call time to secure your spot. Any actors that are not present at that point risk losing their position. Day-of registrations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. 
 

CALLBACKS

Actors MUST attend one of the above calls FIRST to be considered for the production. Actors will be notified after their initial audition if they are needed at callbacks.  

Dance Callbacks
Actors will learn a short combination in the style of the show.  Please come dressed to move - dancewear and dance shoes are preferred. (Tap shoes requested for both shoes, if you have them. Please do not purchase shoes for auditions.)

Read/Sing Callbacks
Actors may be asked to read from the script and may also be taught additional music and dance selections to demonstrate for the directors. Not being invited to callbacks does not necessarily mean an actor will not be offered a role. *Please be prepared for the entirety of this portion of callbacks.  Parents may drop off and come back.*

What to Bring:

Please bring a list of ALL conflicts.  Please note, there are no absences allowed during tech week.  If you are offered a role, you will have 48 hours to update your conflicts.  After that, none will be accepted.

Please bring a resume or a list of pertinent training and performance experience.

Please bring a headshot, if you have one.  All actors will have a picture taken at registration.

If singing your own material, please bring 1-2 selections that best show your vocal range and ability.

CASTING:

GCPA strives for a quality experience for every actor. In order to provide this experience, we have a specific number of spots for each production and, unfortunately, cannot cast every actor that auditions. 

GCPA never pre-casts and only cast actors that attend auditions unless there is no option for a role with specific needs. (I.E. no one that can safely sing a specific role) In that case, GCPA may hold further auditions.

Casting calls are made within 2 weeks of auditions, unless stated otherwise. You will be notified either way by phone or email.

The cast list is not posted until all actors have accepted the offer. Not all calls are made at the same time. Should someone turn down an offer, GCPA will consider other actors to fill that space.

If cast, we encourage you to keep your offer confidential until the cast list has been posted, signaling that and all actors have been notified.

If you are not cast, we encourage you to audition again. The needs of each show change with each round of auditions, so the next show may be perfect for you.

UNDERSTUDIES:

GCPA highly values the role of Understudy and the quality of experience and education it provides.  We do not always understudy every role. When we do, it is because we feel the opportunity is the right fit for that production and specific actor. We never double cast and there is never more than one understudy per role, though an understudy may cover multiple characters. Understudies are cast in the ensemble and may have additional featured roles.  We utilize the understudy in the same manner a professional company would - as an actor trained to perform in a specific role should the actor in that role be unable to perform. We do not schedule an understudy performance. GCPA runs this way for one reason: GCPA prioritizes giving our actors as authentic an experience as possible to that of a professional job. 

The understudy is not required to attend all of the rehearsals for the role he/she is covering, However, he/she is always welcome and encouraged to come when possible.  The understudy is
responsible for getting any missed blocking, music, director's notes, etc from the actor or stage manager.  The understudy will step into the role if the actor cast in that role is unable to perform, whether in rehearsal or performance.  The production fee is the same for all, as the fee covers costs of production and education, not the experience of the role itself. All actors cast have access to the same tools and experience.  GCPA strives to keep production costs low and production values high. GCPA also offers need based financial assistance and payment plans.

The role of Understudy is far from "second place" and the training and experience an understudy receives at GCPA is far from second rate. Our creative teams strive to fully integrate understudies into the creative process. Their collaboration on the development of a role and their participation in the cast community is vital and valuable. We believe even our youngest actors will rise to high expectations of professionalism, and actors learn and grow in ALL roles to which they fully commit.

Tips:

Arrive at least 15 minutes early to the audition time.

Dress comfortably in clothing that is clean and tidy.  No costumes. 

Put your music in a binder and clearly mark where you begin and where you end. 

Bring water and snacks in case you are asked to stay.

Be courteous and polite to GCPA Staff and all actors and parents. 

 

To learn great tips, etiquette, and ways to prepare for and improve your audition, check out our Audition Intensives.  CLICK HERE for more info.