Frequently Asked Questions
How are auditions run at Avon Players?
- Auditions for a show are generally held 6-7 weeks before a show opens, usually on a Sunday and Monday evening.
you are new to Avon Players, try to come to both audition dates.
Sundays are usually used to gauge individual talent; Mondays are used
to see how people look and act with each other. It is all right to come
to just one or the other if you can not make both, but you certainly
improve your chances the more you can be seen.
a director likes what he/she sees on Sunday, you will be called back on
Monday (generally an hour or two after the published start time). If
you can not attend, let the director know. You may still be considered.
In fact, even if you are not called back, you may still be under
consideration; the director has just seen all he/she needs.
- If you can not make either audition date, contact the director and there may be an opportunity for a pre-audition.
will either inform their cast choices at the end of the second evening
or by telephone the next day. If you are not cast, you will be informed
How to Prepare
Auditioners are generally taught all songs and dance steps during
rehearsals for musicals. Auditioners will read from the script for both
musicals and plays and will have an opportunity to quickly read through
it prior to auditioning. Certainly, it helps to be familiar with either
the songs or the script before coming to auditions. Directors often
leave a copy of the script at the Rochester Hills Public Library
- Wear comfortable clothes. If you plan to audition as a dancer, bring your dance footwear.
You will be asked to fill out an audition form. You will have an
opportunity to list all known conflicts with the rehearsal calendar
provided. Directors can usually work around conflicts if they know
ahead of time. Two or more unplanned absences could be grounds for
dismissal from the cast.
- You will be required to
pay a membership fee or rehearsal fee upon being cast. You do not need
to pay this fee in order to audition.
schedules vary from director to director, but for plays there are
usually three rehearsals a week (M, W, Th), and musicals will add a
weekend day. Rehearsals last three hours.
week is the week before the show. Sunday will be an all day rehearsal
during which the show will be run twice (with a break for dinner), and
there are rehearsals every day of the week, unless the show is prepared
enough to take an off day on Wednesday.
- Shows run
three to four weekends, two to three days a weekend. Evening
performances are at 8:00 p.m. and matinees are at 2:00 p.m.
How can I get involved “behind the scenes” for productions?
in touch with a show’s producer. Generally, audition flyers list the
director’s contact info, and he/she can put you in touch with the
producer. Or contact any of the Vice Presidents on our contact page,
and they will pass along your interest to the producer.
The opportunities fall into one of three categories:
Production Assistant. Long before each show even auditions, production
heads are chosen for costumes, choreography, set design, props, sound
and lighting. These production heads typically are members and have
some experience with Avon Players. However, they often need help, and
the producer could put you in touch with the area where you want to
assist… or learn.
- Set Builders. Unlike the
above production areas, set builds follow a regular schedule, usually
occurring two evenings a week (often a Tuesday and Friday). Avon
Players has some tools on hand, but many builders feel comfortable
bringing their own. Builds for a show start about 2-3 weeks after
auditions (which is when the previous show closes).
Running Crew. These are the men and women in black who help out
backstage during the show: moving furniture, setting or retrieving
props, helping with quick changes, etc. A show has anywhere from 12 to
16 days where it needs help backstage, which includes every weekend of
the show plus a week of tech rehearsals. You can work as many days as
you like, though producers will probably ask you to work at least one
of the tech rehearsals before doing it “for real.”
I have directing/producing experience elsewhere. Can I direct/produce at Avon Players?
Players prefers that directorial candidates have assistant directed a
show at Avon before nominating themselves as a director. However, Avon
Players has also accepted directorial candidates who have presented an
extensive resume of shows directed at schools or other theater groups.
candidates are also asked to assist with a show at Avon before
nominating themselves as a producer. Again, experience elsewhere may be
considered as a substitute.
The slate of shows for
the upcoming season is presented to the Avon Players community in
mid-January, at which time directors may submit their bids. The Board
votes on directors at the April Board meeting.
and directors must be members of Avon Players in the season that they
produce/direct. They need not be members in the season they apply.
How else can I participate at Avon Players?
membership form on our website lists dozens of opportunities to
participate. Find the area that interests you and contact the VP in
charge of that department (using our contact page). Or simply fill out
the back, send in your membership fee, and the VP of Membership will
pass the info along to the appropriate VP.
How much is the membership fee?
There are five classifications of membership:
Sustaining Member A - $75.00. Participation in work areas is voluntary.
Includes all mailings, member events, and one (1) OPENING NIGHT ticket
for each slated show.
- Sustaining Member B -
$90.00. Participation in work areas is voluntary. Includes all
mailings, member events, and one (1) SEAON ticket good for ANY
performance of each slated show.
- Active Member
- $55.00. Required to participate in two (2) production or
nonproduction work areas. Includes all mailings, member events, and one
(1) OPENING NIGHT ticket for each slated show or one (1) ticket for any
other show night at half off the normal ticket price.
- Youth Member - $35.00. Includes all mailings.
I Have Children Who Are Interested in Youth Theatre. How Can They Get Involved At Avon Players?
The Youth Theatre program at Avon Players is conducted immediately at
the close of the regular season, which runs from September thru May.
The Youth Theatre program is designed as a learning experience for
children who are between 9 years and 18 years of age. Children who are
9 years old must have completed the third grade in the year in which
they are looking to join Youth Theatre..
training or prerequisites are necessary for a child to become involved
in the Youth Theatre program. For many children, their experience in
Avon’s Youth Theatre program is their introduction into the world of
acting and productions.
Depending on the Director
who runs the program for a particular year, there may be workshops in
addition to the production. Workshops are designed to make the children
aware of components of the theatre world that go beyond the acting
experience. It is important for the children to also be aware of other
elements that go into a theatrical production.
workshops act as learning tools, and are not a prerequisite for a child
to audition for the production. Normally, two workshops are held, one
week apart, and run between two and three hours each. There is a cost
to attend the workshops. Registration is available both online thru our
web site, avonplayers.org, and in person at our box office.
Auditions for the production occur after the workshops. There are no
prerequisites for the audition. All the child and parent have to do is
to show up at the theatre on the day of auditions and register If a
child is selected for the production, he or she will be required to pay
a tuition fee towards their participation in the Youth Theatre
The production is usually held on a
weekend in early July and has three performances: one on Friday night,
one Saturday afternoon, and one Saturday night.
Information about the Youth Theatre program is posted on our web site,
avonplayers.org, starting in the Spring of the year (April-May). There
you will find information about the dates of the workshops and their
cost, as well as information about the day the auditions will be held
and the cost of tuition.
While Youth Theatre is an
excellent venue for children who are new to acting, or who want to hone
their acting skills, be aware that there are sometimes shows during the
regular season that need young talent. For example, the first show of
the 2011-2012 for Avon Players was The Sound of Music and the last show
of the season was The Secret Garden, both of which required young
talent of different ages. The regular season is another venue in which
your child can be in a production.
The best way to
keep current at what is happening at Avon Players and to receive
regular updates is to go to our home page at avonplayers.org, join our
mailing list and subscribe to our Facebook page.