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Audition

Calling all performing artists!

The Mousetrap

COVID-19 Policy: The Waterville Opera House is requiring all performers in the 2021-2022 season to be fully vaccinated. Anyone auditioning for The Mousetrap will need to bring a copy for their vaccination card and a photo ID (a picture of the card will be acceptable).

Audition Dates: November 28 at 1:00pm & November 29 at 6:00pm

Auditions Location: WOH Rehearsal Studio, Hathaway Creative Center, 10 Water St, Waterville.

Show Dates: January 21, 22, 28, 29 at 7:30pm; January 23, 30 at 2:00pm

Description: After a local woman is murdered, the guests and staff of Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a blizzard. It soon becomes clear that the killer is among them, and the seven strangers grow increasingly suspicious of one another. When a policeman arrives, traveling on skis, he confirms their fears and begins interrogating the suspects. As the storm rages outside, the group work to unmask the murderer before they can claim their next victim. This dark tale from Agatha Christie, the Queen of Mystery, continues to captivate audiences nearly seventy years after its debut.

Audition Materials: Coming in November!

Announcements

Auditions will be announced on this page, in the Waterville Opera House email newsletter, and on Facebook. Character descriptions and audition materials will be available on this page.

Audition Process

Candidates must complete an audition form and return it to the production team. Candidates may also receive an audition number and are required to have their photo taken upon arrival. Please have your scheduling conflicts available. Candidates should review the audition materials and come prepared to perform as an individual and in group work.

Musicals

Auditions will likely involve singing, book work, and dancing. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Children

Depending on the show, there may be a specific audition time for children only. All parents will be required to wait outside of the audition space as part of the audition is demonstrating to the production team that a child can take direction without a parent present.

Rehearsals

Performing in a show at the Waterville Opera House requires a serious time commitment. Performers should be prepared for 3-4 rehearsals per week (often 6:30pm-9pm on weekdays, and a weekend day). A detailed rehearsal schedule will be published once the cast has been finalized. Rehearsals will take place at the Opera House Dance Studio in the Hathaway Creative Center (10 Water St, Waterville). Due to limited rehearsal space, parents will be asked to wait in the Hathaway lobby during rehearsals.

Tickets

Each performer receives 2 complimentary tickets to the production. Performers should call our Box Office to reserve their complimentary tickets.

Performer Responsibilities

Waterville Opera House performers are required to provide their own undergarments, shoes, and basic hair and makeup products.


Volunteer

We are always looking for people to join our dedicated team of volunteers! Volunteering is a rewarding way to give back to your community and gives you the opportunity to see Opera House performances for free.

Time Commitment

Theatre events typically require a minimum 3 hour commitment, while concerts can run as long as 4 – 5 hours. Keep time requirements in mind when choosing which events to volunteer. All volunteers should plan to stay throughout the entire performance to help clean up the theatre once patrons have left.

Arrival

Volunteers are required to arrive 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to event time. Arrival time is listed when you sign up. New volunteers should take care to arrive early so you can be trained prior to patron arrival.

Upon arrival, please meet in the office to the right of the Opera House lobby on the second floor of City Hall. You may keep your coat and personal items in this office. A pre-show meeting will take place here prior to all performances so volunteers can receive event-specific instructions.

Dress Code

In order to maintain a consistent and professional appearance, please observe our simple dress code by wearing: black and white clothing (patterns are acceptable), your Opera House name tag (provided), and a welcoming smile! The following clothing is not allowed: anything revealing, t-shirts, jeans, or athletic apparel.

Volunteer Positions

Positions include ushering (directing patrons to their seats), scanning tickets, ID checking, selling merchandise and concessions, among others. We ask that new volunteers sign up for Floor Usher, Will Call, or Elevator.

We use an online service called SignUp.com to manage our volunteers. There may be limited volunteer opportunities and sign ups are first come first serve. If you need additional information about an event, please contact us.

SignUp.com

We rely on more than 200 volunteers annually! All of our community performers are volunteers, please see the auditions section for more information. If you are interested in working backstage during a show, painting scenery, sewing costumes, playing in the orchestra or getting involved in other ways, please contact us.

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As an actress and avid theatre-goer, I love the professional approach WOH takes with every production. WOH presents community theatre at its finest! It is a wonderful proving ground for aspiring performers and theatre technicians, many of whom go on to professional careers.
Birdie Newman Katz

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