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Gretna Theatre has a commitment to the casting and employment of local talent from the Lancaster/Lebanon/Harrisburg area.  For that reason, open call auditions for each season begin locally in the Spring and would be followed by open call auditions in New York City in accordance with Actors' Equity Association.  Information about these auditions will be made available on this website, AEA, Backstage, and Playbill.  All other auditions are held by appointment only.


As a professional theatre, Gretna Theatre engages both union and non-union actors.  The theatre operates with an Actors' Equity Association agreement that references the COST contract.


Any local actors who are interested in being kept on file for future audition consideration, please mail a hardcopy or drop off a picture/resume and cover letter to: Gretna Theatre, PO Box 578, Mount Gretna, PA 17064



Gretna Theatre is seeking local children of all genders, ages 7 - 14 for its mainstage production of Gypsy. 

Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 22nd in the dance studio at Creative Pursuits Studio (1525 Oregon Pike, Suite 202, Lancaster, PA). A dance call will be held from 10:30am to 12:00pm, and vocal auditions will take place from 12:30pm to 5:00pm. 

Please provide a physical copy of a headshot and resumé of relevant performance experience.

For the dance call, we ask that auditionees come dressed in clothes that they feel comfortable moving in and allow for a full range of motion. Traditional dance attire is fine.

For vocal auditions, we ask that auditionees prepare up to a minute of a musical theatre song and bring sheet music as an accompanist will be provided. Please do not sing a cappella.

Please note: to be considered, children must attend both the dance call and a vocal audition. Please sign up for both the group dance call and an individual vocal audition time below.

For more details and to sign-up, visit 



Digital submissions will be accepted through February 15, 2023. Please send an unlisted video link to with a copy of your headshot/resumé. 




Gretna Theatre offers paid apprenticeships to college students or recent graduates interested in pursuing theatre professionally. 


The 2023 apprenticeships run May 30th through August 6th. 



Acting apprentices are featured in three Kids Series productions and the ensemble of Gypsy. While building their resumés in a fast-paced rehearsal environment alongside industry professionals, apprentices also participate in a series of masterclasses curated by Producing Artistic Director Michael Philip O'Brien. Apprentices also have the opportunity to earn points toward Actors Equity Association membership over the course of the program. 


To apply send two brief cuts of a musical theatre or pop song, a headshot, and resumé to with "Acting Apprenticeship" in the subject line. Attach your audition video(s) as an unlisted link on YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Auditions will be accepted through February 15, 2023.



Production apprenticeships are offered in the areas of Company Management, Costumes, Properties, Scenic Design, and Stage Management. Apprentices in these areas serve as the lead designers and managers of Gretna's popular Kids Series while assisting with seasonal operations. 


To apply send a brief cover letter and resumé detailing prior production experience to with "Production Apprenticeship" in the subject line. Portfolios of relevant work, while not requires, are welcome. Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2023. 


Compensation is $200 per week with housing options available


Gretna Theatre employs both part time and full time seasonal staff each summer for operations.   

For consideration, please forward a resume and cover letter indicating position of interest to:

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GRETNA THEATRE BRANCHES is our theatre's volunteer troupe.  The trees of Mt. Gretna can only go as far as their branches allow, and as a nonprofit organization, Gretna Theatre relies on your help for us to stretch our mission out in the community. Get involved today! Complete follow PDF >  PDF and email it to with the subject VOLUNTEER. 

  • Usher Volunteers - Assist our front-of-house staff as an usher before curtain time and during intermission, greeting patrons, taking tickets, and seating our theater guests.   And see the show for free!

  • Cast & Crew Dinner - Tech Rehearsals are long 12 hour days, and after constructing the set on stage and hanging all of the lights, volunteers have set up hot food/dinner/drinks/snacks for our team.  This happens the Tuesday evening before each new production opens.

  • Special Events Volunteers - Support our fundraising department with setup, greeting, and service at our annual gala each October and at other special events that are so essential in supporting the outreach at Gretna Theatre.

  • Administrative Volunteers - Work alongside our daytime staff in Marketing, Development, or Education doing data entry, phone solicitation, or providing general clerical assistance.  Help keep Gretna Theatre growing!



Script Submission Policy - If you have written a play or musical that you feel is appropriate for Gretna Theatre, please send the following:


  • 1-2 page synopsis

  • 5-10 page excerpt from the script

  • a character breakdown

  • bios for the playwright, composer, lyricist, and any other artistic collaborators

  • Demo CD with tracks clearly labeled (musicals only)

Hardcopy submissions should be mailed to the attention of the Executive Producer.

Please do not send the full script unsolicited. If, upon reading the synopsis package we find that your show is a good fit for Gretna Theatre programming, we will request a full script at that time. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope or postcard for response, and please allow up to 6 months for review.



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