FREE audition information session

Covering various audition topics/questions, specifically concerning auditions that require prepared monologues.

The session is designed to inform both the theatre novice and the stage veteran. The first session was offered by Venice Theatre Lead Instructor and veteran director/choreographer/actor Brad Wages. The next session will be led by Venice Theatre’s Artistic Director, Benny Sato Ambush. Participants may attend either or both.

You’ll hear reasons for auditioning with monologues, and learn about such topics as:

  • How to find out about auditions.
  • How to find monologues appropriate for you.
  • Slating/ First Impressions
  • What to wear
  • What to do during your monologue audition
  • Various do’s and don’ts.
  • Questions/Answers

** These sessions are informational and not a “hands-on” coaching session for the participants.


Wed. May 25, 2022
7 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Instructor: Benny Sato Ambush


Check-in at Venice Theatre’s Arts Education Center located towards the back of Venice Theatre’s parking lot, near the KMI bridge.


Audition prep workshops and classes are available through our Education & Community Engagement Department. Why take a class? You will be best prepared and more likely to be cast if you know:
  • The actor’s process
  • The vocabulary of acting
  • Basic audition techniques
  • What an actor does.

Having had at least some introductory training in acting and auditioning from any reputable source will exponentially enhance your chances of being cast.

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If you are unable to attend scheduled auditions …

We will accept a video submission. Submissions for specific shows must be received no later than the first day of scheduled auditions. You may send a general audition submission at any time. Send a Youtube link or a link from your cloud to madeline@venicetheatre.net.

Helpful Tips on Video Auditions

Perusal scripts for the 2022-23 Season

The Revolutionists

God’s Country

Arabian Nights


Frequently Asked Questions

No. Venice Theatre auditions are open to the public. You do not have to have taken any classes or have been in a show before. However, you will be best prepared and more likely to be cast if you know the actor’s process, the vocabulary of acting, basic audition techniques, and know what an actor does. Having had at least some introductory training in acting and auditioning from any reputable source will exponentially enhance your chances of being cast. Venice Theatre offers such opportunities.

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Non-musicals: Usually the Director will have you cold-read a scene or two. Additionally, the Director may have an informal interview or perhaps have you participate in an improvisation. If a monologue is required, that will be included in the audition information for the individual show.
Musicals: Just as in non-musicals, you will be asked to read a scene. You will also need to have at least 16 measures of a song memorized. Bring the sheet music so the Musical Director can accompany you. Additionally, the Choreographer will teach you a dance routine appropriate to the show. So wear comfortable clothes and dance shoes if you have them. Hard-soled rubber or tennis shoes are best if you don’t have dance shoes.

• Sheet music for a musical. Local music stores, bookstores or www.musicnotes.com are good resources for sheet music.
• Dance shoes if you have them.
• Additionally, if you’d like to bring a headshot or a small recent photograph it can be helpful, but is not necessary.

Most musical directors prefer that you bring sheet music, not a CD.

If a monologue is required the best sources would be to search the web or your local library and/or book stores for monologue books appropriate for your age.

It is best to have read the show for which you are auditioning so that you know the story and the characters beforehand. We make perusal scripts available here on the website.

The general rule is that Directors prefer you to sing a song in the style of the show, but not from show. For instance, if you are auditioning for The King and I, prepare a Rodgers and Hammerstein or other classic musical theater song, but from a different musical. That way the director won’t have to listen to 50 people singing the same song!

A director may take as long as 6 weeks to cast a show. We post audition results on the audition page of our website under “Casting Callboard” and on Facebook and Instagram. Some directors will notify you via phone or email.

The general rule is that you look nice and wear clothes that you can move in. Dressing slightly to the style of the show is a good idea. For example, a woman would not dress in jeans and a t-shirt for a show such as My Fair Lady. A man would not dress in formal attire when auditioning for Rent.

That varies, depending on the show. If the information you are looking for isn’t on our website, please contact the administrative offices at 941-484-4033.

The range of the rehearsal schedule could vary between 5 to 12 weeks, 4-6 days a week, depending on the show. Traditionally, musicals have a longer rehearsal period. Most rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. and run up to 10 p.m. “Generations” productions try to let the younger cast members out by 8:30 p.m. Most Directors will not call you to a rehearsal unless needed, so depending on your role, you may not be required to be there every night.

If you have questions that are not answered here, please call 941-484-4033. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN VENICE THEATRE AND … BREAK A LEG!

Casting announcements are posted here and on our Facebook page. If you have been offered a role, please do not share the news until after the theatre has made the announcement. Thank you.

The Fantasticks Cast

El Gallo– Tanner Fults
Matt– Jackson Carney
Luisa– Lauren Wickerson
Hucklebee– Charlotte Crowley
Bellomy– Stacy Gilson
The Old Actor, Henry– Giovanni Porreca
The man who dies, Mortimer– Sophie Buchmeier
The Mute– Ava Dillhyon

The Wind in the Willows Cast

Toad: Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan
Rat: Emmett Kanapaux
Mole: Ava Dillhyon
Badger: Dan Cole

Company: Jill Schroeder, Dawn Carpenter, Reese Erwin, Sophia Cristeas. Pepper Miner, Onyx Caridi, Charlotte Zuckerberg, Makaila Lindsey, Avery Vance, Riley Vance, Cleo Warn, Delaney Lockwood, Dhrriti Khetan, Hannah Randi, Jimmy Timpson, Lorelei Popham, Cooper Neilson, Silas Thormo

To Kill a Mockingbird cast

Director Benny Sato Ambush thanks all who auditioned and is pleased to announce the cast of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.
  • Jean Louise Finch:  Suzanne Custer
  • Scout:  Dylan Grantham
  • Atticus Finch:  Jim Floyd
  • Mrs. Henry Layfayette Dubose:  Elaine Enoch
  • Miss Maudie Atkinson:  Peg Harvey
  • Miss Stephanie Crawford:  Lynne Doyle
  • Jem:  Van Dinverno
  • Dill:  Eli Clinch
  • Heck Tate: Jerry Zezas
  • Judge Taylor:  Jack Rabito
  • Nathan Radley: Ronald Smith
  • Arthur “Boo” Radley: Rik Robertson
  • Mayella Violet Ewell:  Haley Hines
  • Robert E. Lee “Bob” Ewell:  Tony Boothby
  • Walter Cunningham: Shawn Genther
  • Mr. Gilmer:  Leon Acosta
  • Link Deas / Double as Lynch Mob Member:  Patrick Eaton
  • Reverend Sykes:  Edwin Watson
  • Calpurnia: Kelly Buford
  • Tom Robinson: Alfred Redmond
  • Helen Robinson: Gabbie Magner

Teen Improv Troupe – Spring 2022

Director Luke Manual McFatrich is happy to welcome this semester’s troupe members: Kiley Berkery, Sophie Buchmeier, Delaney Lockwood, Nik Messer, Ashley Ng, Tyler Pietryka, Lorelei Popham, Hannah Randi and Asher Woomert!

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“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” Cast

From the Director: Thanks to all who auditioned. Those cast should signify acceptance of the role by sending an e-mail to stage manager Lisa Million at lisamillion@venicetheatre.net. Please also email your headshot and a 50-word bio with your acceptance or as soon as possible. We will be in touch soon about rehearsals. Thank you and congratulations! … Continued

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Introducing Pinky’s Players!

Director Becky Holahan is pleased to announce the cast of Pinky’s Players! Robert Arditti Patrick Burke Michael Buscemi Robin Cross Bob Dawson Heather DeBoer Clint Faulkner Rachel Hayes Tim Hedley Joan Kelly Joe Kelly Adam Lang John Liska Bridget Meaney Eileen Paddock Mark Pagliaro Candice Pineault Kier Piotrowski Sandra Saunders Faya Scudder-Cotherman Seth Selitti Christian … Continued

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“A Christmas Carol” Cast

From Murray: Thanks to all who auditioned.  We could have cast the show in at least three different ways, due to the high quality of the vocal auditions.  For those who were not cast, I look forward to working with you in the future. Those whose names appear on the list should signify their acceptance … Continued

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