Required of all cast members
- Cast members will show up no later than five minutes before rehearsals begin.
- If a cast member is going to be absent, contact the director by phone or email no later than two hours before rehearsal begins.
- Cast members will be present at all dress rehearsals and performances.
- Cast members will put forth their best effort to memorize the script, bring energy and enthusiasm to every rehearsal and performance, and be flexible and willing to work with the director on any adjustments.
General audition information
- The State Street Theater Co. (SSTC) conducts open and easy auditions: no parts are precast unless we announce them it in advance. For most shows, all roles are open for all people auditioning. SSTC casts by talent on a show-by-show basis and offers no favors or paybacks.
- We try to make the process fun without all the drama. This is community theater so we don’t take ourselves too seriously. However, we take the production very seriously and want all performers to do well, but unlike other theater companies, we want you to have fun at auditions and maybe learn something. If you are relaxed you will have a better audition. We also know that you will be nervous, which is normal.
- There is nothing to prepare unless specifically required. Just take time to fill out the audition sheet carefully. We will take your picture so we can guarantee to know who you are, even if we know you already.
- We will teach you what you need to audition and show us your best. Listen carefully to directions and follow them.
- Management is looking for talent but also for people who listen, learn, have fun, and follow directions.
- Wear comfortable clothing and footwear.
- For a musical you will be asked to sing. The Vocal Music Director will teach you a song (depending on the role) then you present it to the Management. You have time to study it with other people in your vocal range. You carry the music on stage with you. No memorizing!
- If this is a musical audition, you will be asked to read from the script or improvise a scene. There will be time for you to go into the hall and practice with another person who is auditioning for a different role.
- If this is a musical, you will be asked to move a little. This is called “choreography” but do not be alarmed. Movement to music is something that every human being can accomplish. Trust us. It will be easy and we are looking for people who are willing to learn and improve every time we do the routine.
- Parents must accompany their children to auditions and callbacks. We encourage them to attend rehearsals, but more on that if your child is cast. All the kids will sing and dance. The older ones might read from the script but the little ones will not have to read from a script. They will “play” on stage so there are no headaches about kids who cannot read well. If they get roles, parents, the director and other staff will help them with their memorization.
- Ask questions at the appropriate time. If you have not been read for a part you like, ask the Director or Assistant Director if you can read for it. We will be honest and tell you if you have a chance. Watch the movie to get an idea about the story. The musical is different and has scenes not in the play, and vice versa.
- You may attend several auditions but it is not necessary. Callbacks are if Management needs to hear, see, or watch for leading roles and how they work, sound, and look together.
- If you have questions, e-mail the director or call the office.
1 North State Street, New Ulm, MN 56073
- Auditorium (Doors 7 & 10)
- Off Broadway Studio (Door 9)
- Black Box Space (Doors 7 & 10)
Production handbook; policies and procedures
Review the production manual here to learn how our theater company operates, including volunteer positions, the calendar, how we select plays, audition expectations, and a whole lot more. Join us!