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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 performers for its mainstage productions of Jekyll & Hyde: in Concert and Gypsy.


Child auditions for Gypsy will be held at a later time.


Please provide a headshot/resumé and prepare a 32-bar cut of a musical theatre or pop song in the style of the shows. 


Character breakdowns for the mainstage productions can be found here:

LANCASTER: January 19 - 21, 2023

Creative Pursuits Studio, 1525 Oregon Pike, Suite 202


Equity: January 19 - 20, 2023; 6 - 10pm

For more information and to select an audition time, visit 


Non-Equity: January 21, 2023; 10am - 6:00pm

For more information and to select an audition time, visit 


PHILADELPHIA: January 27, 2023; 11am - 6:30pm

Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 North 2nd Street

To select an audition time, visit


NEW YORK CITY: February 2 - 3, 2023; 10:30am - 6:30pm

Studios 353, West 48th Street


Equity: February 2, 2023

To schedule an appointment, send an email to with "NYC EPA" in the subject line indicating your preferred audition time and attach a copy of your headshot/resumé.


Non-Equity: February 3, 2023

To schedule an appointment, send an email to with "NYC NON-EQUITY" in the subject line indicating your preferred audition time and attach a copy of your headshot/resumé.

Jekyll & Hyde



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 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 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 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 out THIS FORM 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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