OCCT Audition Information


• Auditions are free of charge and completely open to the public. You don't need to make an appointment, just show up on the audition date and be prepared as described below.
• You need to choose and prepare 16 bars of a song for your audition. You can not just sing acappella - we have to hear you sing with music. You can choose any Broadway show tune or old standard song - not a song from the show we're auditioning. A new popular song you hear on the radio isn't a good choice. You must bring either sheet music for the song in the key you want it played or a CD without vocals (like a Karaoke version), or the music on your phone. If you bring sheet music, a piano accompanist will be available at auditions to play for you. You MUST have a prepared song to audition.
• Wear comfortable clothes to move freely in, you will learn a simple dance and may read from a script.
• Be prepared to list date conflicts you might have with other school performance, sports groups or other events.
• Have a parent or guardian present to sign permission slips.
• There is no charge to audition. If you are cast, our participation fee is currently $325.00 and helps to cover instruction, costumes, props, sets insurance, venue rentals for rehearsals, performances and other costs associated with the show. Parents are asked to perform15 hours of pre-show labor (per family) doing publicity, set construction, costuming, prop making, or whatever they can contribute. Parents also sign-up to work at least 4 out of the 8 shows helping with costumes, sets, props, hair & make-up, ushering, concessions, merchandise, box office and telegrams. Deposits of $150 for pre-show hours and $150 for show-run hours are required per family. These are refunded when parents meet their work-hour requirements. Parents who know they won't be able to meet the hour requirements can forfeit the deposits up front and we'll use hired labor to work their hours.
• At OCCT we have no problem with actors listing only the roles they will accept. We understand that kids are all busy and have other options for performance and activities. We do ask that if you do specify a role, and you are given that role, please accept the role. If you say that you will accept any role and you are cast then please honor the commitment you made. Changing your mind a few days after auditions is not fair to the organization, to the other kids trying out, or the directing team who may have to re-shuffle the whole cast or find a replacement.
• Rehearsal schedule is Saturdays from 9AM to 3PM, and Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00PM until 9PM. That schedule usually starts the Saturday after auditions and continues up until the week before the show opens. Not all characters are called to every rehearsal. The final week before opening there are tech and dress rehearsals every night from 6:00PM until 10PM.
• Shows run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for two weekends.
• Our goal is to help kids learn skills in the Performing Arts, but we also must provide a quality show worth our ticket price to continue to exist. We can't give a part to everyone who auditions. We do encourage you to come out and try, even if you've never acted before. You will always learn something at an audition, even if you don't get cast for the show. We get a large turnout at the auditions, and many of the kids have a lot of stage experience.

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