More details coming soon for:

Spring Musicals

  • Gypsy (Director, Kristofer Geddie; Music Director, William Coleman)
  • Little Women (Director/Choreographer, Amanda Heisey; Music Director, Michelle Kasanofsky)
  • Auditions Dates – Sunday, Nov. 6 and Monday, Nov. 7 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Spring Plays

  • Cemetery Club (Director, Brad Wages)
  • Roe (Director, Lee Mikeska Gardner)
  • Death of A Salesman (Director, Benny Sato Ambush)
  • Lizzie Stranton (Director, Kelly Wynn Woodland)
  • Audition Dates – Sunday, Nov. 13 and Monday, Nov. 14 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Troupe in a Trunk

Director, Kelly Duyn

Auditions – Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m.

SummerStock 2023 (Show TBA)

Director, Brad Wages

Auditions – Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 1 p.m.

Did you know?

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

Helpful Tips on Video Auditions

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 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. Children will not be kept as late until the final week of rehearsals. 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.

2022-2023 Season Cast Lists

“Xanadu” Cast

Co-directors/choreographers Geena Larson and Vanessa Russo are pleased to announce the cast of Xanadu! Clio/Kira: Laura McKenna Sonny: TBA Danny: James Thaggard Melpomene: Alyssa Goudy Calliope: Jamie Becker Thalia/Young Danny: Brian Craft Terpischore: Rion Towery Erato: Brenna Griffith Euterpre: Julie Kulin Ensemble/Head Skater: Kristin Collins

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“Kinky Boots” Cast

Brad Wages is pleased to announce the cast of Kinky Boots! Please email your acceptance or decline to with your headshot and bio. Rehearsals start Monday, Aug. 22. Charlie Price: Tanner Fults Lola/Simon: Kristofer Geddie Don: Joseph Giglia George: Tony Boothby Pat: Andrea Keddell Nicola: Ariella Pizzaro Johnston Trish: Angie Benardo Lauren: Olivia Turpening Mr. Price: … Continued

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“Arabian Nights” Cast

Director Kelly Duyn is pleased to announce her cast for Arabian Nights: King Shahryar– Luis Javier King Shahryar Understudy /Ensemble– Louis Duchin Vizier– Gary Cook Vizier Understudy/ Ensemble– Drew Washburn Shahrazad– Stacy Gilson Shahrazad Understudy/Ensemble- Rosita Lee Dinarzad Sophia Soriano Dinarzad Understudy/Ensemble-Allie Hunter Ensemble: Allyson Robertson Ava Dillhyon Carmel Riggs Delaney Lockwood Emmett Kanapaux Evie Hunter Kate McKinnis Marisa … Continued

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“Godspell JR” Cast

Director Kelly Duyn is pleased to announce her cast for Godspell JR: Jesus: Sydne Hirshman Judas: Addie Ross John the Baptist: Michael Snyder Lily Aaronson Addison Barber Bowen Batty Natasha Bensen Kaleen Callahan Piper Cusimano Van Dinverno Lily Figueroa Jack Gingras Kate Gingras Anna Hunek Evie Hunter Allie Hunter Emily Kelly Kameron Kozee Ava Lopez Juliette Maglio Jackson … Continued

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“God’s Country” Cast

Director Ric Goodwin is pleased to announce his cast for God’s Country: ACTOR ONE – Charley Riggs (7 roles) ACTOR TWO – Kathi Faulkner (Leatherman, Attorney for Randy Duey; Judith Berg) ACTOR THREE – Jimmie Choate (Berg) ACTOR FOUR – Lynne Doyle (Mueller, Prosecuting attorney; Wife of the farmer) ACTOR FIVE – Henry Barre (Parmenter) ACTOR … Continued

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“The Revolutionists” Cast

Director Candace Artim is pleased to announce her cast for THE REVOLUTIONISTS! Olympe De Gouges: Alyssa Goudy Marianne Angelle: Gabbie Magner Charlotte Corday: Michael Longobardi Marie-Antoinette: Natalia Mock Standby for Olympe De Gouges, Charlotte Corday, and Marie-Antoinette: Alison Guerrero-Heideman Standby for Marianne Angelle: Lisa Willis Richardson

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“The Fantasticks” Cast

Director Brad Wages is pleased to announce his cast for THE FANTASTICKS! 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

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Teen Improv Troupe – Summer 2022

Director Charley Riggs is happy to introduce this summer’s TEENY BOPPERS! Kiley Berkery Carami Crisler Ava Dillhyon Haylee Fadley Allie Hunter Evie Hunter Delaney Lockwood Nikolas Messer Tyler Pietryka Hannah Randi Maddison Rivera Michael Snyder Riley Vance Gianna Weerasooriya Zachary Wroblewski

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