Application, Instructions and More Information

We are pleased to announce that we have made the audition application digital. You can complete the entire application online, upload your photo, send links directly to the people that will verifiy and recommend you if you are a student applicant, and submit payment ALL ONLINE! 

 

ACTORS • SINGERS • DANCERS

Because of the nature and demands of summer and professional theatre operation, most producers are interested in experienced, trained candidates for their seasons. The NETC auditions are intended to showcase the best possible talents we can offer to theatre producers; therefore, all performer applications will be screened by a panel of theatre professionals who will select those they feel qualify and merit an audition appointment.

This selection process is intended to improve the standard of these auditions for both the applicant and the producers. Screening and selection will be based on training and experience, and versatility in roles previously played. On student applications, comments and recommendations from directors and instructors are required, and will be an important consideration in the selection process.

Approximately three weeks before the audition, all performing applicants will be notified of the screening results and the date and time of their audition if they have been selected. In addition to those selected to audition, a limited number of stand-bys will be selected. No time slots can be given to stand-bys, but they are guaranteed they will audition. Stand-bys must check in and sign up at an appointed audition session, and will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis as slots open up during that session. Only those applicants who are selected and invited will be allowed to come in on stand-by. Applications of those who are not selected for an audition or stand-by slot will be distributed to the theatres attending the auditions. For those not selected these auditions provide an excellent opportunity to have their resume distributed to over 35 theatres; producers do review these applications and have hired directly from them in the past.

The auditions committee will schedule the date and time of each selected applicant's audition. However, in the case of extenuating circumstances (job, distance, rehearsal or performance commitments, etc.), applicants who will have difficulty in attending the auditions on a particular day or at a particular time may submit their preference on the application, and we will try to accommodate them if space is available, or on a stand-by basis. There is no guarantee, however, that such requests can be filled.

The selected applicants will audition for the assembled body of producers on March 9 - 11 . There will be two audition rooms running at the same time at all sessions: one for those who are acting only; the other for those whose audition includes singing and/or dancing. Applicants are required to note on their application whether they will be acting only or if their audition will include singing and/or dancing, so that they will be assigned to the appropriate audition room. Since a total of only 710 applicants can be accommodated (355 in each room), applicants will be given only one audition appointment, and may not audition in both rooms. It is important, therefore, that performers showcase their strongest talents. Applicants with limited or no experience in musical theatre are cautioned not to apply for a musical audition, as previous experience is a strong consideration in the selection of performers for these slots. Acting Only candidates are guaranteed an audition.

Performers will be given a TOTAL OF TWO MINUTES AUDITION TIME (strictly enforced) to present two contrasting selections. Singers should prepare one song and one brief monologue or two musical numbers; non-singers should prepare two brief contrasting monologues. Singers and dancers must bring their own sheet music. An accompanist will be provided, or applicants may bring their own accompanist. If the NETC accompanist is used, music must be in the right key (the accompanist will not transpose). It is strongly recommended that no applicant try to do any song or dance without an accompanist. Recorded accompaniment is not advised. Most theatres will hold callbacks and interviews following each audition session for applicants in whom they are interested.

Callback lists will be posted every hour. Applicants should plan to remain for at least one hour after their audition to check the callback lists. Dance Call will be held at the end of each Audition day. Applicants may also be asked by theatres to attend a further/later callback at another location. Theatres which do not hold callbacks or interviews at these auditions may prefer to contact applicants directly at a later date.

Be well prepared for your audition ! Get help from an experienced director or coach when preparing your selections.Choose your selections carefully -- producers have expressed displeasure with audition monologues that are violent or obscene. Choose material that is appropriate to the types of theatres for which you are auditioning and to the shows generally done by these theatres, and with a realistic view as to what roles and productions in which you might actually be cast. Take your age and limitations into account when selecting characters or plays for your audition pieces. In other words, do characters and material you would conceivably play in a professional or summer theatre. Two minutes for two selections is a very limited time, and applicants are urged to prepare their selections carefully within the established time limit in order to showcase their talent to the best advantage.

Wear clothing that is simple, permits ease of movement, and is serviceable to your audition selections. Movement is very difficult to evaluate when the applicant is wearing boots or heavy clothing. Hair styles which hide features are detrimental. Costumes and props are unnecessary.

INTERNSHIPS AND APPRENTICESHIPS

On your application, please check if you would be interested or willing to accept an internship or apprenticeship. Several of the theatres use these auditions to find applicants for their intern and Equity Membership Candidate programs. A few theatres, which offer internships / apprenticeships, charge a fee for these positions. Most offer some kind of benefit: a small stipend, room and/or board, college credit, an option to register as an Equity membership candidate, etc. Theatres offering internships and apprenticeships will furnish descriptions of their programs and benefits, and this information will be distributed to applicants at the auditions.

 

SOME OF THE COMPANIES THAT ATTENDED RECENT AUDITIONS:

Barnstormers, Barrington Stage, Bill Hanney's Theatre By The Sea, Berkshire Theatre group, Blue Gate Musicals, Camden Shakespeare Festival, Carousel Music Theater, Chamber Theatre Productions, Children's Stage Adventures, Circle in the Square Theatre School, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Cortland Repertory Theatre, Encore at the Point, Fiddlehead Theatre, Fort Peck Summer Theatre, Glove Theatre, Hackmatack Playhouse, Hampstead Stage, Company, Hangar Theatre, Jeans Playhouse, Inter-Lakes Region Summer Theatre, Lost Nation Theatre, Mass MOCA, Matt Davenport Productions, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Missoula Children's Theatre, Mt. Washington Valley Theatre Co., Mystic Seaport Museum. New Bedford Festival Theatre, New London Barn Playhouse, North Country Center for the Arts, North Shore Music Theatre, Palace theatre, Prescott Park Arts Festival, New York Film Academy, Ogunquit Playhouse, Palace Theatre, Papermill Theatre, Patrick Dorrow Productions, Peterborough Players, Plymoth Plantation Players, Powerhouse Theatre Training Program at Vassar, Prescott Park Arts Festival, Pricilla Beach Theatre, RWS Entertainment Group, Royal Caribbean Productions, Shakespeare Academy at Stratford, Shakespeare Productions, Inc., Stella Adler Studio of Acting, The Theatre At Monmouth, Virginia Repertory Theatre, Walden Shakespeare, Weathervane Theatre Players, Winnipesaukee Playhouse

If you have any questions or need help with an application please email auditions@netconline.org or call 617-851-8535.