- Are auditions open to everyone?
Yes, auditions are open to anyone within the age range given for each production. NOTE: NOT EVERY ACTOR WILL BE CAST IN EVERY SHOW.
- Do you have to have previous stage experience to audition?
Absolutely not! It makes no difference if you've been in 15 shows or none, all are welcome!
- Are scripts available before the audition?
To give everyone an equal opportunity, we do not offer scripts before the audition except when the script is an original Arts Live Theatre adaptation. However, information about productions and scripts may be found online, at bookstores and libraries. Scenes from the script may also be posted on this website for you to become familiar with the play. See the specific show audition information to the left for available scenes to preview. Actors who wish to read the complete script are welcome to make an appointment with Arts Live Theatre by calling 479.521.4932. Actors may read scripts onsite, although we cannot allow actors to check out scripts we are producing.
- What is the actual audition process?
It's very easy! Audition times are announced a few weeks prior. Usually this will happen on a weekend on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. You are welcome to drop in at any time during those times on either day. Actors will need to choose one day to attend auditions. You do not need a an appointment, however be prepared to wait a bit as there might be other actors before you. After the audition form has been filled out, you are welcome to look over scenes the director has selected from which you will be auditioning. You can take as long as you'd like to look over the material so you feel comfortable. When you are ready, the audition monitor will call you back to meet with the director and another theatre professional where you will read in a small group. Each group will be given the same amount of time to audition, which is approximately 15 minutes and each actor will be considered fairly. There is no pre-casting. Please note for a musical audition, actors will sing a portion of the song they have chosen to audition with. There will not be call back auditions.
- What happens if I mess up at the audition?
Nerves are a tricky thing, aren't they? If you mess up, flub a word, get lost in the script - it is no big deal! The director may stop you and ask you to begin again. And you may ask to begin again, also! We want you to feel completely comfortable and satisfied with our audition.
- What can I do to give a good audition?
There are a couple of things you can do to give a good audition. The most important thing is to speak clearly and to project. We are unable to cast actors whom we do not understand or are unable to hear. And have fun! Have fun pretending to be someone else and really go for it!
And having a great, positive attitude always helps!
Also, it is VERY important you list ALL OF YOUR CONFLICTS on your audition sheet. If an actor is cast and then has several conflicts which weren't listed on the audition sheet, the actor has to be replaced. And that's no fun for anyone! We can work around most conflicts, so not to worry. However, actors who list conflicts the week of dress rehearsals will be unable to audition.
- When does the cast list go up and what happens if I don't get cast?
The cast list will be published a few days following the final audition. We average over 100 young actors at each audition, so not everyone is able to be cast. However, there are other opportunities to be involved! You may apply to work backstage or register to take a class! And, remember - there's always another show just around the corner! Cast list is listed by the actor's name alphabetically.
- What is the participation fee?
In order to be able to bring exceptional productions to Northwest Arkansas, Arts Live Theatre charges a $175 per actor participation fee for a second stage production, and $225 per actor for musicals. This fee is used to assist with the costs of production including costumes, makeup, sets, props, lights, sound and include production t-shirt and DVD. The average cost for produce a non-musical is $6,000 and the average cost to produce a musical is $12,000.
- May I be in two shows at once?
There have been times in the past where actors have been able to be in two shows at the same time with a small overlap in rehearsals. However, this is not always the case depending upon the rehearsal schedule of each production. Sometimes the schedule cannot accommodate an actor being in two shows at the same time. There is no guarantee in being cast in any production, so actors are encouraged to choose which production they would like to audition for, as they may be cast in one or the other, or neither.
ALT requests that all rehearsals for productions are drop off only.
ALT productions require a strict attendance policy. If a child is absent, late or leaves early more than twice from a rehearsal or performance, ALT reserves the right to change that child’s part or dismiss them from the company. No refunds will be given. Extenuating circumstances will be considered by the Director in consultation with the Executive Director.