Interested in performing in an Acting Against Cancer show?
We can’t act against cancer without actors! Being in our shows is a lot of fun
but also a lot of work. Acting Against Cancer was started out of a love for theatre and
helping others via the arts; therefore, we strive to maintain a positive, friendly and
communal environment during the rehearsal process. We love to have a good time,
and in order to do so, a certain amount of respect and professionalism is absolutely
necessary. We also ask that all participants remember why we put on shows. We’re
not just acting; we’re acting against cancer, and keeping the mission and cause in
mind during the entire process is paramount. We have a lot of fun and put on some
awesome theatre, so if all of this sounds good, we hope to have you in the show!
How Auditions Work
- Individuals sign up for auditions a certain time in advance
- At auditions, the music director teaches a short song and then has auditionees perform it individually
- The director selects a cold reading, usually a monologue, and has auditionees perform it
- If called back, auditionees will be asked to prepare a song sung by the character for which he or she is being considered
- At callbacks, auditionees will perform their prepared song and more cold readings
- A movement audition will also be taught, if applicable
Auditions are held roughly three months prior to every show. Shows are cast
on an individual basis, as we do not hold season auditions. Auditions are announced
via Facebook, Twitter and our website. We hold two days of preliminary auditions
consisting of time slots made up of small groups, and advance sign up is required.
During musical preliminaries, our music director teaches the group a short harmony
and then has individuals perform. Following the music portion, the director selects a
cold reading, usually a monologue, and has auditionees perform it. In this way, our
auditions are unique in that you need not prepare anything; everything is taught in
the audition room. While intimidating, we believe this levels the playing field and
helps ensure that everyone has a fair shot. Following preliminaries, we hold
callbacks that include more readings, a requested prepared song and a movement
audition, if applicable. Casting decisions are then made based on several different
factors. In addition to talent, we also take into account availability, attitude, ability
to learn and past theatre involvement. Finally, we want to reiterate, no shows are
precast; everyone who walks into the room has an equal chance.