Audition Policies at MMAS

MMAS produces up to nine full-scale plays and musicals each season.

MMAS posts its full audition season on Theatre411 in September.

Currently all of MMAS’s 2016/2017 auditions are posted on Theatre411.

MMAS also posts audition notices on its website to offer members early announcements.

 

GENERAL AUDITION POLICIES AT MMAS

Frequently Asked Questions

SCHEDULING AN AUDITION: MMAS has an assigned audition coordinator for each production (see list below). Those interested in scheduling an audition are asked to email the audition coordinator. In the subject line type Audition Request and the show’s abbreviated title. In the body of the email indicate times you are available to audition, a headshot and resume. The audition coordinator will get back to you with the time of your audition.

PRELIMINARY AUDITIONS: All audition requests will be scheduled. Please read the audition notices carefully as different directors have different preferences for audition times and material. Some may ask for a short monologue, some will require cold readings. Make sure you know what is required for your particular audition. (See the 2016/2017-audition guide below) If you cannot attend the preliminary audition, time will be allotted at the beginning of the callback for you to audition.

CALLBACKS: Callbacks are typically held a day or two after the preliminary audition. If you are called back, you are best served to familiarize yourself with the scripts and music (if applicable) as you will likely be asked to read or sing for different parts.

PRELIM AND CALLBACK CONFLICTS: If you cannot attend either the preliminary audition or the callback but you are interested in auditioning please let your audition coordinator know so that he or she can contact the director to work out an alternate time/option. (PLEASE NOTE: Directors may ask you to submit a video audition for preliminary consideration.)

REHEARSAL/PERFORMANCE CONFLICTS: On the audition form you will be asked to note all potential conflicts during the run of the show. Please organize and be prepared to report ALL scheduling conflicts that occur from audition through the closing performance. (Schedule conflicts are a factor in final casting decisions. If conflicts notably increase following casting – for practical reasons only – you may be asked to forfeit your role.)

CASTING: MMAS supports and encourages diversity in casting. Do not assume your physical type, ethnicity, age, or gender necessarily disqualifies you from a part.

NOTIFYING THE CAST: If you are cast, you will receive a phone call from the audition coordinator confirming your part and acceptance. All auditioners will receive a final email with the cast list.

REHEARSALS: Directors at MMAS build their rehearsal schedules in consideration of their own and cast availability. There will be a maximum of three rehearsals per week that typically involve two evenings and one weekend block. Barring exceptional circumstances, all performers and technical artists are required to attend all of tech week.

PERFORMANCES: All of the productions, with the exception of the summer production, perform three weekends. Opening night is the Friday of tech week and all subsequent performances run Thursday through Sunday. The summer production opens on the Thursday of tech week and runs Thursday-Sunday the following week.

MMAS VOLUNTEER PERFORMANCE: The Wednesday of tech week MMAS volunteers are invited to attend your final rehearsal. It serves as a nice warm-up for opening night!

CURTAIN TIMES: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening shows: 8:00 pm.

Sunday matiness: 2:00 pm.

TECH WEEK CALL TIMES: Tech week call times start at 6:30.

PERFORMANCE CALL TIMES: Opening night: 90 minutes before curtain. Subsequent performances: 60 minutes before curtain. Actors are welcome to arrive earlier if they so chose.

HEADSHOTS/PUBLICITY: Laura Gustafson serves as the resident photographer for MMAS. Laura takes uniform headshots of all cast members during tech week that are then showcased in the lobby. Actors are notified of the exact date as tech week approaches. Laura also takes publicity photos during tech week. To this point, you will notice on the audition form that MMAS requests information regarding your hometown newspaper along with permission to use interview and photo material for the purposes of show promotion. We thank you in advance for providing this important information and appreciate your agreement to help us promote your show to assure full houses.

MAILING LIST: As a courtesy to all first-time MMAS auditioners, your contact information will be updated into our database to assure you receive email notifications of future auditions, classes, performances, and MMAS sponsored events. This is our way of saying “thank you” for auditioning for an MMAS production.