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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 email a copy of your headshot and resume, along with a short note of introduction, to



Headshots and resumes are now being accepted for all shows in our 2024 Season. For show descriptions, please visit this page. Interested actors should email PDF copies of their headshot and resume, along with a note of interest and information about their local/non-local status to Please put the show title in the subject line of the email for reference. SUBMISSION DEADLINES ARE NOTED BELOW FOR EACH SHOW. For the 2024 season, all auditions will be held virtually.  


Seeking actors for the following roles: 


Burt & Me

Book by Larry McKenna, Music & Lyrics by Burt Bacharach

Director: Michael Philip O'Brien

Musical Director: Brigitte Rottman

Choreographer: TBD

Rehearsal Dates: June 4 - June 16, 2024

Tech Dates: June 18-19, 2024

Performance Dates: June 20-29, 2024

Submission Deadline - January 22, 2024


Joe - Male identifying, ages from teens to 20’s, tenor. The narrator and main character. He is sweet and driven, with a love for the music of Burt Bacharach. A small town boy with big dreams. Seeking an endearing actor with a great voice.  


Jerry - Male identifying, ages from teens to 20’s, tenor with falsetto to B. Jerry’s best friend and right-hand man. He loves sports and is always willing to give advice about dating, although he has little success himself. . Can be a bit much at times , but still a good guy and a good friend. 


George/Father DeJoseph - Male identifying, 40’s-50’s, baritone. George is Joe’s widowed father. A loving dad who doesn’t really understand his son, but tries to be supportive. Father DeJoseph is the leader of a choir that brings Joe and Lacey together, he’s an authority figure, but has a fun side. 


Lacey - Female identifying, ages from teens to 20’s, mezzo/belter. Lacey is a sweet, girl next door type. She knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to make the first move when it’s necessary. Joe’s love interest. 


Sally - Female identifying, ages from teens to 20’s, mezzo/belter. Lacey’s best friend and the object of Jerry’s affection. She’s a little more jaded than Lacey and plays hard to get with Jerry until he wins her over. 



Music by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulaeves

Lyrics by Tim Rice, Based on an idea by Tim Rice

​​Chess: In Concert

Director: Michael Philip O'Brien

Musical Director: Dan Kazemi

Rehearsal Dates: July 1-7, 2024

Tech Dates: July 8-9, 2024

Performance Dates: July 11-20, 2024

Submission Deadline - January 17, 2024


Freddie – Male identifying; late 20’s to mid 30’s; rock tenor up to C. Freddie is an American chess champion (loosely based on real-life chess champion, Bobby Fisher). A genius, but a hothead who is hounded by the press. 


Anatoly – Male identifying; mid 20’s to 40’s ; baritone with tenor notes to G#.  Freddie’s rival, a Russian chess champion. He seems at first to be in lockstep with his handlers, but has some surprises up his sleeve. More grounded and empathetic than Freddie. 


Florence – Female identifying;  20’s to 30’s; mix/belt up to E. Florence was born in Hungary and raised in America since fleeing in 1956 with her father. She is Freddie’s chess “second” and an incredible chess mind herself. Florence is strong, smart and complicated.  


Molokov – Male identifying; late 30’s to 50’s; bass down to a F#. Molokov is the head of the Russian delegation. He is Anatoly’s “second” and a key part of the political machine. He is intellectually formidable and he knows how to play the game. 


Svetlana – Female identifying; 20’s - 30’s; mix/belt. Svetlana is Anatoly’s wife. She has been living in the Soviet Union without Anatoly as he is off playing chess and has a quiet strength that contrasts Florence. 


Arbiter –; could be 20’s to 50’s; high rock baritone belt up to A. He is a charismatic, authoritative figure in the game of chess, as well as the narrator for much of the show.


Walter – Male identifying; 30’s-50’s; bass-baritone down to G#;. Walter is the head of the American delegation. He is all about politics and press coverage.


Every Brilliant Thing

By Duncan MacMillan and Johnny Donahue

Director: Michael Philip O'Brien

Rehearsal Dates: July 16- 25, 2024

Tech Dates: July 26- 31, 2024

Performance Dates: August 1-10, 2024

Submission Deadline - January 31, 2024

Solo show for an actor of any gender identity, should be at least mid-30s, but age is flexible. Narrator must have a warm sense of humor and be comfortable with improvisation. CONTENT WARNING: This show deals with mental health issues, including suicide and depression.


Submission Instructions for Non-Equity Actors

Non-Equity musical theater actors interested in submitting for Burt & Me or Chess, please record 2 contrasting 16-bar cuts or one of the 32-bar cuts provided here. Actors interested in submitting for Every Brilliant Thing, please record a 1-minute contemporary monologue or original storytelling piece. All Non-Equity actors should email PDF files of your headshot and resume to Kate Galvin, Casting Director at by January 1st. Please include the subject line “Non-Equity Season Submission” and if you are local to the Mount Gretna/Lancaster area, please indicate that in your email. 




Gretna Theatre is seeking current students and recent graduates interested in pursuing theatre professionally for its 2024 summer apprenticeship programs. This year's programming runs from May 28 through August 4, 2024, and offers paid apprenticeships in the areas of Acting, Costumes, Properties, Scenic Design, and Stage Management. 

Please complete this form to start your application. Additional materials will be required, according to the position for which you apply. 


Acting Apprentices will be featured as lead roles in our three Family Series productions as well as members of the ensemble in our mainstage production of Burt & Me. While rehearsing alongside working industry professionals, acting apprentices also participate in a series of masterclasses curated by Gretna's Producing Artistic Director Michael Philip O'Brien. 

The Costumes, Properties, and Scenic Design Apprentices will serve as the lead designers for Gretna's popular Kids Series under the mentorship of Gretna's Production Manager and visiting artists. When not in production meetings and technical rehearsals, these apprentices assist with the mainstage series as needed.

Stage Management Apprentices serve as the production stage managers for Kids Series productions, and will each act as an assistant stage manager for at least one mainstage production. Stage Management apprentices will also have additional opportunities to assist with seasonal operations and mainstage productions as needed.

All apprenticeships pay $300/week with limited housing options available. Applications and auditions are being accepted through February 16th. If you have any questions, please contact


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:



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 Producing Artistic Director.

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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