Who can be in a Civic Theatre Guild production?
Anyone can be in a Civic Theatre Guild production as long as you pass the audition. Variables such as age, gender and anything else that the director deems mandatory for the character will be a factor on whether or not you get the role. For example, a 19 year old male won’t get the role of a 90 year old grandmother!
Do I need acting experience?
No. Community theater is all about the amateur player – the one willing to take the chance to go out on that stage and give it their all. All you need is a positive “can do” attitude and a willingness to commit your time and energy. And above all, be prepared to have fun and interact with some great people!
What will be required of me if I attend an audition?
In most instances, you will be required to read a few lines of the play based on the character you are auditioning for. This gives the director an opportunity to imagine you as that character and determine if your voice, appearance and demeanor can be molded into their vision of what the character would be like. Remember, this is a stage and there are no microphones to amplify your voice so speak clearly and project your voice. Be as animated as possible and have fun!
What traits will the director be looking for at the audition?
It’s always helpful if you have some familiarity with the play and the character you are auditioning for. Copies of each play are available for reading prior to the audition dates. Usually, the director will make these available to interested parties at the public library. Reading the play in advance allows you to project more emotion into your character during the audition. You can ask the director for ideas on what they’re looking for if you are unable to read the play before the audition. At the very least, be sure to be articulate by speaking clearly and loud enough that the whole theater would be able to hear you. Feel free to exaggerate the tone of your voice and the emotions behind them. And don’t forget to have fun!
How much time will I need to commit to rehearsals?
There is no set time on how long a rehearsal will take since it depends on both the complexity of the play and the director. As a rule of thumb, you should anticipate rehearsing 4-5 nights a week, usually Monday-Friday, with some weekend rehearsals scheduled at the director’s discretion. Rehearsals usually last a minimum of 1.5-2 hours per night and major roles may require more rehearsal time. Ideally, rehearsals will begin 5-6 weeks prior to the first performance.
Will I get paid for my time?
No. This is a strictly volunteer endeavor by those who donate their time for the sake of providing quality theatrical entertainment to the community. Everyone involved leaves feeling enriched with a deep satisfaction derived from whatever role they play, on stage or off.
What other ways can I be involved in the production?
If you don’t care to act, you can always help out backstage with props, costumes, lighting, sound or being a stage manager. Every production needs at least four crew members and there are never enough to go around!
Will I need to provide my own costumes?
Sometimes. Costumes for period pieces will usually come from the Civic Theatre Guild’s collection of costume pieces or from a specialty shop. Plays set in the modern day can be costumed more easily from the contents of our own closets. The director may appoint a costume coordinator to help with your costuming needs.
Will I have to wear makeup?
Almost always, yes. Because of the small venue, most plays do not require heavy stage makeup. Almost every face requires some enhancement in order to stand out under the harsh stage lights. If prosthetics, hair coloring or other major makeup is required, the director will let you know.
How long does a production run from opening night to final performance?
Most Carriage House productions run for three weekends, usually Friday and Saturday evenings and a Sunday afternoon matinee. Some directors will shorten the run by a week, but add a Thursday night performance. CTG productions at the WYO Theater tend to last one four-day weekend.