2019-2020 Season Auditions

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

The Silver Foxes are a professionally-directed volunteer troupe who have been bringing entertainment to the area for 25 years. These young-at-heart retirees act, sing and dance! They travel throughout the area from November to April performing at communities, organizations, and other venues. In March, they bring a full-scale production to our MainStage.

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The longest-running American Musical in Broadway history finally comes to Venice! CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway musicals great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the sexiest, most astonishing Bob Fosse-inspired dancing you’ll ever see.

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One person’s junk is another one’s treasure! This original musical comedy about a break up, a yard sale and … a mermaid caught our attention when it won awards at a recent national festival. Trust us, this show is as funny as its title!

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A magical Venice Theatre tradition celebrating its 20th year! Our original musical adaptation of Dickens’ classic story follows Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Brad Wages) as he reflects on his past, present and possible future.

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The final play in Arlene Hutton’s “Nibroc Trilogy.” In 1953, Raleigh and May continue their journey with a cross-country move to Siesta Key, FL. Not long after arriving, their dream house shrinks as relatives descend, further testing the couple’s love as they make difficult decisions in a changing world.

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Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, sexual hangups and more! This musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you dancing in the aisles!

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Una and Ray had a relationship 15 years ago and haven’t set eyes on each other since. She’s found him again and is seeking answers about the past. Guilt, rage, and raw emotions run high in what The Telegraph calls, “an extraordinary, no-holds-barred drama."

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Matilda is an extraordinary girl with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind. But her talents are constantly belittled by her cruel parents and headmistress. Dreaming of a better life, she stands up against those who would oppress her, taking her destiny into her own hands.

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Save the date for SummerStock 2020 auditions!

  • SHOW TO BE DETERMINED: Auditions, April 11, 2020.

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.

Thank you to those who auditioned for Good People. Director Kelly Wynn Woodland is happy to announce the following cast:
  • Margie – Nancy Denton
  • Jeannie – Lynne Doyle
  • Dottie – Karen Kelly
  • Mike – Paul Hutchison
  • Stevie – Jory Smith
  • Kate – TBA

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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