2019-2020 Season Auditions

Welcome! Venice Theatre is always looking for volunteer actors, singers and dancers.

Mamma Mia! Auditions

Jul 28 & 29, 2019 | 7 p.m.

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

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The Bikinis Auditions

Jul 28 & 29, 2019 | 7 p.m.

The Bikinis are bringing back the sun, fun and all the hits they sang down the Jersey Shore in ‘64. Catch up with four inseparable friends 20 years later as they relive their heyday and beyond with a nonstop celebration of songs like “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Heat Wave,” “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” and more!

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Hamlet Auditions

Aug 4 & 5, 2019 | 7 p.m.

By William Shakespeare Danish prince Hamlet discovers that his uncle Claudius murdered his father and took the throne; Hamlet’s mother has married the usurper. This action-packed interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy will have you on the edge of your seat.

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The troupe will meet once a week for 9 weeks to explore popular improv games, techniques and concepts in a fun, fast-paced environment. No experience required. Troupe rehearsals will culminate in a ticketed performance on our Pinkerton Stage, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. 

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Save the dates for the rest of our season auditions:

  • Good People: Aug. 25-26
  • The Silver Foxes Singers/Dancers: Sept. 16
  • The Silver Foxes Actors: Sept. 17
  • Guys and Dolls | Yard Sale: A Musical About Junk | Chicago: Oct. 6-7
  • A Christmas Carol: Oct. 20-21
  • Gulf View Drive: Nov. 3-4
  • Menopause The Musical: Nov. 10-11
  • Blackbird: Feb. 16-17
  • Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical: March 1-2
  • SummerStock, SHOW TBD: April 11

Frequently Asked Questions

Non-musicals: 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. Usually, a monologue is not required.
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 head shot 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.

In most cases, a monologue is not required. However, if one is required (find out by calling the theatre or checking the audition page of our website) the best sources would be to search the web, 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.

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.

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 our website and on Facebook. 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!

Venice Theatre posts casting announcements here and on our Facebook page.

If you have been offered a role (congratulations!), please do not share the news until the theatre has made the announcement. Thank you.

The Jungle Book storytellers are below.

Monkeys, Wolves, and Villagers will come from the ensemble.
Thank you so much to all those who auditioned!

Mowgli- Marcus Calderon
Shere Khan- Thomas Harris
Raksha- Nikki Pietryka
Bagheera- Keely Gringas
Akela- James Clinch
Tabaqui- Jackson Carney
Baloo- William Smith
Chil- Abigail Clark
Kaa 1- Stacy Gilson
Kaa 2- Catalina Grieco
Ban- Jackson Mitchell
Luna- Makaila Lindsey
Taak- Eli Clinch
Messua- Julie Buckler
A Woman- Melyssa Dawson
Buldeo- Daniel Cole
Hunter 1- Jory Smith
Hunter 2- Roslyn Taylor
Swing 1- TBA – From Ensemble
Swing 2- TBA – From Ensemble

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Venice Theatre seeks to nurture spaces with strong safety nets that support that ethos without compromising a visceral and authentic experience for artists and audiences.

We believe that even in the absence of high-risk material, having pathways for response to unsafe conditions and harassment help to maintain the integrity of the work, its participants, and the organization.

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