Audition for a show or sign up to volunteer—there are many ways to be a part of Waterville Opera House experiences.
Calling all performing artists!
COVID-19 Policy: The Waterville Opera House is requiring all performers in the 2021-2022 season to be fully vaccinated. Anyone auditioning will need to bring a copy for their vaccination card and a photo ID (a picture of the card will be acceptable).
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.
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.
Auditions will likely involve singing, book work, and dancing. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
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.
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 are to wait in the Hathaway lobby during rehearsals.
Each performer receives 2 complimentary tickets to the production. Performers should call our Box Office to reserve their complimentary tickets.
Waterville Opera House performers are required to provide their own undergarments, shoes, and basic hair and makeup products.
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.
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.
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 Opera House lobby on the second floor of City Hall. You may keep your coat and personal items in the office adjacent to Concessions. A pre-show meeting will take place prior to all performances so volunteers can receive event-specific instructions.
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: T-shirts, jeans, mini-skirts, athletic apparel, brightly colored athletic shoes, and any graphics with political or controversial meaning.
Positions include ushering (directing patrons to their seats), scanning tickets, selling merchandise and concessions, among others. We ask that new volunteers sign up for Floor Usher.
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 this is your first time volunteering with us or you need additional information about an event, please contact our Box Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator, Emilienne Ouellette, at [email protected]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.Inquire