Seven reasons you will audition for community theatre this year

I’m talking to you, kitchen dancer, hair brush singer, impassioned performer of the shower soliloquy. That’s right, day dreamers, script readers, dramatic bow givers. It’s time. Dust off your tap shoes, sip a little lemon tea and read on, because here, for your pre-auditioning pleasure, are seven reasons you are going to try out for community theatre this year:

1) For fun. Let yourself be someone else for a couple of hours each night. Dress up! Pretend! That life you live every single other day of the year will be waiting for you after the run. Yank on a hoop skirt and twirl a little, loosen up your hips and rock.

2) Because you’re just the right age. You can’t be too old for community theatre. You’re probably not too young either. Grab a script and take a look. The perfect part is right there waiting for you. Go get it. Now!

3) The director wants you to. Honestly. You won’t be wasting anyone’s time or infringing on anyone’s space. You deserve an audition spot and any theatre company would be happy to give it to you. Read the script, prepare, take a deep breath and…go!

4) Applause. Come on, in what other capacity will people applaud you — literally clap their hands together and hurrah for what you did? Everyone deserves to take a real bow at least once in their life.

5) Connections. You meet all kinds of cool people when you spend a summer on the boards. There will be actors, for sure. But there will be teachers, doctors, business owners, college students, precocious kids, and all kinds of interesting folk. One summer play can yield a lifetime of friendships.

6)  It’s a brave thing to do. You’ll be nervous. Everyone is. You’ll see talented people whose warm up exercises alone intimidate you. Your first instinct might be to turn and flee. Don’t do it. Stand your ground. You’re going to feel really proud of yourself once you nail that audition. I promise.

7) You’ll learn. Community theatres have high standards. People pay good money to see these shows. They recruit talent to build sets, design costumes, play music, collect props and perform. The whole situation is rife with education and you’ll be in the thick of it. Maybe you haven’t auditioned for a play since you nailed the part of Miss Biddy the Hen Royal in the sixth grade talent show. Maybe you’re a theatre major who plans to make acting your career. Or, maybe you’ve always wondered how it felt to say a line, hit a mark, or line up for a curtain call. I’m telling you this is your summer. Go get it. No day, but today.

Katherine and Evita Attic Theatre
When my oldest daughter Katherine was five-years old we both auditioned for Attic Theatre’s Evita. The experience led to a lifelong love of theatre for both of us, me as a talented audience member and she as a performer.
Katherine and me in Evita
How cool is this shot? Katherine and I are both on stage in this scene. Hint: I’m not the one wearing long white gloves and singing, “Don’t cry for me Argentina.”
Katherine as a lost boy
A few years later, Katherine performed as a lost boy in Attic Theatre’s production of Peter Pan. In true community theatre fashion, Paul Hoffman, a local business leader, played an excellent and merry Captain Hook. That’s Katherine in the backwards baseball cap.
Carl Wenzel played the lead role in this 1961 community theatre production of Angel Street in 1961 and is still an active member of Attic Theatre today.
Carl Wenzel played the lead role in this 1961 community theatre production of Angel Street and is still an active member of Attic Theatre today.
You'll sing, you'll dance, you'll make new friends. Audition today!
You’ll sing, you’ll dance, you’ll make new friends. Audition today!

5 thoughts on “Seven reasons you will audition for community theatre this year

  1. You know…. I never thought about this? No, I won’t be auditioning for on stage – I can’t sing, dance, or remember my own name, let alone lines. But sewing for a local theater could be really fun! Thanks for the idea!

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