CURRENT Call For Auditions
Our audition process is completed for our upcoming season.
Our new audition policy (since 2014) is to hold auditions for our entire season in June. Watch the website often for details in April/May.
But don’t forget — while auditions are held only once each year, you can always volunteer to help out at anytime. See our Helping Out page to find out about volunteer opportunities.
General Audition Info
Auditions for Niagara Regional Theatre Guild (NRTG) productions are now held once each year in June. An appointment is necessary (consult audition announcement for details). Performers of all levels, beginner to professional, are welcome.
Those auditioning for musical roles should prepare and bring sheet music for a single audition song. It is not necessary that it be a song from a show in our season. An accompanist will be provided.
Those auditioning for non-singing roles will be asked to do some cold reading from scripts that will be provided – no monologue is required.
Unless otherwise specified, auditions are held at:
The Ellicott Creek Playhouse
530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda NY.
Need Directions? Consult our online Map.
Watch this page for updated information. Specific dates and times are posted here and on our Home Page as soon as they are available, well in advance of audition dates. The week before auditions, announcements will also be posted in the Buffalo News (“Behind the Scenes” in Thursday’s Gusto magazine), the Niagara Gazette, and in ArtVoice.
At the completion of your general audition, you may be asked to return for callback auditions, which will be held within a week of the general auditions. Many roles are often cast without callbacks — if you are not asked to return for callbacks, it does not mean that there will be no parts offered to you. At callback auditions, candidates for all shows will be asked to do cold readings from the script, and to perform some musical selections from shows you are being considered for.
All of those who are offered roles will be contacted by phone soon after auditions and callbacks are completed. You will be notified at the time of auditions when it is expected that casting will be completed. All who are cast for the season are welcomed as a member of the “NRTG Company” for the entire season. If you are being offered a featured or lead role, it is likely you will be offered at least one other ensemble role as part of your casting “package”, to help ensure all our show casts are strong. Preference will be given for those able to accept their casting as a whole, as part of the “NRTG Company” concept. However, it is NOT an absolute requirement to participate in multiple shows in our season.
Our standard rehearsal schedule begins 5-6 weeks before opening, working Monday through Thursday evenings, 7 pm-10 pm (though in the early weeks not everyone is called for every rehearsal). We pride ourselves on our family-friendly rehearsal schedule, with no Friday or weekend rehearsals until the week before opening.
The week before the show opens will always include a Friday evening rehearsal. Be prepared, as well, to work all day (approx. 11 am-6 pm) on the Sunday before opening, for load-in and either a run-through or technical rehearsal.
All cast and crew are expected to be members of NRTG in good standing. This represents a minimal annual committment, and shows a committment on your part to the organization. Consult the Membership page for details.
All cast members are required to put in some crew hours, helping with sets, props, costumes, and publicity. Work parties are scheduled once rehearsals have begun and take place on the weekends leading up to the show. Crew time is enthusiastically served in our multipurpose home at the Ellicott Creek Playhouse.