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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.
HONKY TONK ANGELS
Co-Production with Mountain Playhouse
Full contract dates are May 27 – June 28, 2020
Sue Ellen – An LA career woman in her 30s. A receptionist originally from Texas dealing with a misogynistic boss. Modeled after “9 to 5”. Described as beautiful, sexy, and smart. Strong pop/country belt vocals.
Darlene – Female 18-30. Considered a “sweet Daddy’s girl” from the deep South. Innocent and naïve, but knows that music connects her to who she wants to be. Strong pop/country belt vocals.
Angela – A Texas housewife in her 30s. Good humor and more of a mother than the other women in the cast with her fiercely independent streak. Comedic actress with country belt.
THE LAST FIVE YEARS
All Roles Available.
Cathy and Jamie – both excellent contemporary singer actors who appear in their 20s.
MATILDA THE MUSICAL
All Roles Available.
Adults and Kids who are strong singer comedic actors for Principal and Chorus parts. Strong contemporary singers.
All Kids will be local, and will audition separately.
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
3 extremely clever and comedic transforming character actors who all play a number of roles, including Sherlock Holmes, Watson. ALL ages, ethnicities, genders, identifiers encouraged. Must hav British dialect.
DINO! AN EVENING WITH DEAN MARTIN
Dean Martin – 30s+ A handsome Caucasian baritone with the charisma and self-assurance to recreate the popular Rat Pack singer’s style.
2020 SEASON AUDITION SCHEDULE
Open Calls - February 22 & February 29, 2020
Lancaster Bible College - Good Shepherd Chapel, 2nd Fl
For an appointment:
Open call sign ups, and will be run as an Equity Principal Audition. Kids for Matilda will be seen at a separate call listed below. Please sign up for available time slots HERE. Appointment times will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Actors' Equity Members receive priorty in sign ups and walk in placement over Non Union actors. We will see walk in actors without appointments as time permits on a standby list.
What to prepare:
1-A comedic monologue.
2-Two contrasting 16/32 bar cuts of music theatre.
3-A combination of 1 short monologue and song cut.
ALL actors must bring a headshot and resume stapled together.
NEW YORK AUDITIONS
EPAs will be conducted in early March 2020 in New York City. Please check Playbill, Backstage, and AEA for notices
LOCAL KIDS AUDITIONS
Appointments April 2020 in Lancaster/Lebanon
For consideration for an audition appointment, please mail or drop off a picture and resume to the administrative office at 451 State Route 117, 2nd Fl. or our mailling address below.
Seeking local boys and girls 9-14 with singing and dancing experience for the ensemble and the role of Matilda.
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:
PO Box 578, Mount Gretna, PA 17064
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: JOBS@GretnaTheatre.org
SUMMER THEATRE STAFF: Seeking staff for 93rd Anniversary season that runs approximately Memorial Day through Labor Day: Box Office; Stage Management; Carpenter/Scene Shop; Properties Designer; Costume and Wardrobe Supervisor; Sound Operator; Lighting Electrician/Spot Light Operator. All positions are paid. Some positions are Part Time and some are Full Time.
Email Jobs@GretnaTheatre.org - Subject SUMMER STAFF.
INTERNSHIPS: Our summer theatre provides a paid training ground for early career professionals to bridge the gap between education and the professional world. Some college graduate and some high school graduate, all get hands-on experience working alongside professionals at one of America's oldest summer theatres. Typical commitment is 10-12 weeks. Each January/February we begin seeking interns for acting, technical, graphic design/marketing and administration/management.
Actors should attend auditions listed above, and all other should Email Jobs@GretnaTheatre.org - Subject INTERNSHIP
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!
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.
Community Housing - Gretna is proud to bring the best artists and technicians from all over the country to create great theatre each summer. Many local residents have opened their doors to one of our professional artists. Community Housing is only a 2 to 4 week commitment and artists require a private bedroom, with access to bathroom and kitchen.
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!
Please check back here in the early spring of 2020 for information and registration for our 2020 summer season volunteers!
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.