Can anyone audition for a SEACT show? Yes! A frequent question is, “What are the directors looking for?” Directors and producers consider a number of factors when casting a show. Most of the following apply, in no particular order.
1. Ability and “fit” for the particular role is important (age, sex, height). However, these things are considered within the context of the rest of this list. SEACT encourages colorblind casting to the extent that publishers allow for a licensed work.
2. Can I see and hear the actor? Actors on stage must understand that a raised eyebrow isn’t a raised eyebrow unless the back row can see it. A whisper isn’t a whisper unless the back row can hear it. Projection of action and sound is critical.
3. Will this actor be committed to the rehearsal and show schedule? Conflicts may be listed on your audition form, and they may affect casting. Unexcused absences jeopardize a production. You can and will be replaced, if necessary.
4. Will this actor represent SEACT in a professional way, serving as a role model and volunteering for other aspects of the production such as painting a set or pulling costumes?