DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT TO AUDITION?
No appointment needed. It's an open call! Please arrive between 6pm and 8:45pm.
WHERE ARE THESE AUDITIONS HELD?
Auditions will be held at Milford Arts, the MAC located at 40 Railroad Avenue South in Downtown Milford (It looks like a train station, but its not). Parking is free in the train station lots after 5pm. The signs say Permit Parking--but after 5pm, it's cool!
WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN I ARRIVE?
A friendly Pantochino face will greet you, ask you to sign in, fill out a very brief form, then you'll wait to be called in to sing.
WHAT ABOUT MUSIC?
All our shows are musicals and we'd like to hear everyone sing something! We ask that you prepare two songs (one up-tempo, one ballad) and bring sheet music. Our accompanist will play your song while you sing. It's best to make sure your songs are in the proper key for your vocal range. While we prefer you sing to our live accompanist, it is okay to bring in a prerecorded track and sing to it (though you will need to have your own speaker/system so we can hear the music!). Not every role we are casting sings solo, so if you are not a Barbra Streisand or Frank Sinatra, it's still okay!
WHAT SHOULD I SING?
Good question! In general, standard show tunes are the best. And the sheet music is easy to find. Often times the sheet music to a current popular tune doesn't translate so well. Maybe avoid current pop music (but feel free to sing pop tunes from the 50's, 60's and 70's--they don't write'm like they used to!) The bottom line is--sing a song you KNOW really well and feel comfortable singing. No need to learn a specific song just for this open call. Show off what you do best! Please prepare 16 bars uptempo, 16 bars ballad. It's a good rule to always be prepared to sing a full song should you be asked to sing more!
I DON'T SING AT ALL. CAN I STILL BE SEEN?
Prepare a brief (1 minute) comic, contemporary monologue and we'll be happy to hear it!
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I PREPARE OR BRING?
Please bring in a resume (or type up a list of your theatrical achievements) and bring in a head shot (or a recent photo of yourself). We may ask you to read from one of the scripts. There will be no dance or movement at our open call.
WHAT IF I AM CAST IN A SHOW?
Then how lucky are you!! Our shows rehearse in our studio space in the former Saint Ann School in Milford. We begin about three weeks prior to the opening performance (Monday through Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons). The performances are Friday nights, Saturday afternoons and evenings and Sunday afternoons. It's a very do-able, simple schedule!
IF I AM CAST, IS THERE A FEE?
Nope. No fee. You are cast in a professional show and we are thrilled to have you. Adult actors are paid for their work. For teens and children, there is no pay offered.
WHAT SPECIFIC ROLES ARE BEING CAST?
We are casting all the roles in our three show season. Because all of our shows are 100% original, they are probably being written as you are reading this answer. Therefore, we do not have a character breakdown posted. It's pretty cool being in an original piece! Several of our original shows live on as they are now published, licensed and performed world-wide. S'pretty cool to see a show begin performed somewhere and being able to say "I originated that role in Milford!"
WHO WILL BE AT THE AUDITIONS?
The Pantochino team of Bert Bernardi, Jimmy Johansmeyer and Justin Rugg will be 'behind the table' at your audition.
ANY FINAL THOUGHTS?
Yes! Come! Audition! Have a great time! We can't wait to meet you!