Welcome to our 72nd Season!

Venice Theatre is always seeking volunteer actors, singers and dancers to perform with us.

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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Click below for perusal scripts for shows we are auditioning this season. You can also find them in the audition event for each show.

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 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 for the show you are interested in) the best sources would be to search the web or your local library and/or book stores for monologue books appropriate for your age. Sometimes the Director will provide monologues ahead of time that will be included on the website.

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 Great American Trailer Park Musical Cast

Director Luke McFatrich is pleased to announce the cast of The Great American Trailer Park Musical! Betty: Kim Kollar; Jeannie: Colleen Buchmeier; Norbert: Steve O’Dea; Lin: Andrea Keddell; Pickles: Darah Woomert; Pippi: DaNiesha Carr; Duke: Seth Bracewell

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Teen Improv Troupe Cast

Director Luke McFatrich is pleased to announce the new cast of the Teen Improv Troupe! Kiley Berkery, Nina Dotres, Caroline Kinsella, Nik Messer, Ashley Ng, Todd Moore, Tyler Pietryka, Asher Woomert

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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 second 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 auditions@venicetheatre.net.

Helpful Tips on Video Auditions

Arts environments require risk, courage, vulnerability, and investment of our physical, emotional and intellectual selves.

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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