Auditions

OCT’s 2014-15 general auditions were held June 26-29 for ages 9 and up, including adults. p If you are curious, find out more about the shows in the upcoming season.

OCT is an award-winning professional theater company. However, we encourage actors at all levels of experience to participate in auditions. We hold general auditions annually in June and callbacks during summer and early fall. For the upcoming season,  Ivy + Bean and Schoolhouse Rock Live! are now cast. Callbacks are underway for Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (no youth roles), and Skippyjon Jones. We will continue to hold callbacks until all shows are cast.

OCT’S Experience Auditions

There are no roles available for ages 8 and under in the 2014-2015 season, but our Education Department will host experiential auditions for ages 6-8 on June 11th.  OCT holds these auditions as a learning experience for students for whom roles are not offered. Our Artistic Director and Acting Academy Manager will be in attendance and will give you tips for successful auditions in the future.  Auditions will be held in groups of about 8 students.Your 30-minute audition block will include an ensemble warmup exercise and a sharing of monologues with the full group.

Your monologue should be approximately one minute long and from a play if possible. We will also accept monologues from books or poems for younger actors.  You only need one copy of your headshot and resume for these auditions.

OCT’S Season Auditions

During auditions, you will be asked to present a prepared monologue (approx. one minute) and submit two copies of your headshot or current photo and a resume. We do not require a song for general auditions, and there is no accompaniment available. You may prepare 12-16 bars of music to sing a cappella if you wish; not all auditioners will be asked to sing.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR OCT AUDITIONS

Make an appointment on or after May 1st by calling 503-228-9571. Bring your resume, headshot, and a prepared monologue:

  • RESUME: Include contact info, all shows you’ve been in (professional and non) with role listed and which theater company or school and director, any film/camera/voice work, all training/classes with company/school and instructors, as well as special skills and interests.
  • HEADSHOT: This can be a professional 8x10 headshot, or a current photo. Class photos work great. You do not need a professional headshot for OCT, as long as your photo is current and looks like you.
  • MONOLOGUE: Your monologue should be approximately one minute long. We strongly prefer that your monologue be selected from a play, and that you are familiar with the content of the play.  Consider reviewing our season of shows (see link at top), and selecting something in a similar genre that is appropriate for your age and type. We will also accept monologues from books for the youngest actors if you can't find an appropriate play. However, as you move towards professional theater, you will need to present pieces from plays. Adults: we prefer a single contemporary monologue.
CALLBACKS

You won’t hear from us unless we want to call you back for a specific show. Most callbacks will be scheduled by October. If called back, we will tell you at that time what to prepare. Generally, you will be asked to do cold readings from the script and a song if being considered for a musical. Occasionally, we will have additional callbacks later in the season as needs arise, so we'll keep your information on file all year long. Please check back at the top of this page to find out if a particular show has been cast.

FAQ’S

Who will be at the auditions?

OCT’s Artistic Director: Stan Foote, and Educational Director: Dani Baldwin, will be at auditions. Occasionally we will have other directors present, as well as members of our Young Professionals program to assist you.

Who does OCT cast?

OCT casts age-appropriate (youth for youth roles, adults for adult roles). We look for professionals who are well-trained and fun to work with. Casting is a tough job – sometimes very talented people cannot be cast for various reasons.

What does OCT look for at auditions?

We look for actors who know how to present clear characters. We want physical actors who use their bodies in creating characters and who know how to use their voices with clear diction and projection. Actors ideally have a theater vocabulary so they’re able to take direction. These skills can be polished through solid, skill-building Acting Academy classes.

What if I can’t make the audition dates, or it’s past the audition dates?

It is rare that we can cast without seeing you at an audition. However, please send your resume, headshot and a cover letter to our Production Manager if you absolutely can’t make auditions, but still want to be considered for a role.

Does this count as my YP audition?

If you’re interested in Young Professionals, you can use this as the audition if you let us know ahead of time. However, you will still need to set up an interview with Dani Baldwin before August 6th: dani@octc.org, 503-228-9571 ext 106.

What’s the rehearsal schedule?

Rehearsal schedules may vary, but OCT shows generally rehearse Monday-Thursday evenings and Sunday days, beginning approximately 6 weeks before opening. If you have a smaller role, you might not be needed for the entire rehearsal process.

What’s the performance schedule?

OCT performs school and public shows. Please see our current season schedule and our school performance schedule for examples. All cast members will be expected to be available for all performances.

HELPFUL TIPS
  • Always arrive early to your audition.
  • Be you: We want to see who you are, your age and your personality. We want you to feel good about your audition and look forward to meeting you.
  • Have fun! Theater is fun, the more you show you love it, the more excited we’ll be to work with you.