Frequently Asked Questions
This is my first time auditioning for a show, what should I prepare?
If you are auditioning for a musical, you will be asked to sing a selection that best represents your voice as well as the role you would like to audition for. You should prepare an appropriate cutting of this piece (for example, star in the middle if that’s where you want the directors to hear the most.)
Be prepared to dance at your audition – wear comfortable clothes that you can move in (no flip flops or high-heels, unless you are wearing character shoes!)
For plays, and additionally for some musicals, we will provide script selections to read at the audition.
In all cases, if there is a specific selection that the director would like everyone to prepare, those details will be found on our audition information page.
How does your rehearsal schedule work? Can I find specific times online before pre-registering for auditions?
We create our rehearsal schedules based upon cast conflicts, which are submitted during the audition process. Our directors do their best to accommodate conflicts so that all of our rehearsal time can be used to its fullest capacity. A “sample rehearsal schedule” may be released indicating the days of the week or rough times, but a specific schedule comes out in time for our welcome meeting that details who is called when.
What kind of financial commitment should I expect as a parent?
Our show fees are very manageable for families of all means. Currently, we charge a once-per-season family membership fee of $15. Individual actors’ show fees range from $10-20 per actor, depending on the budget needs of that production.
We ask each of our actors to help us reach out to local businesses and patrons by participating in fundraising. There may be a fundraising requirement or “buy-out” of $25-100 depending on the size of the show (plays are typically less expensive than musicals.)
Where does all that fee money go?
Fees and sponsors cover the operating budget of each production. This includes, but is not limited to: licensing rights, venue rental, costume budgets, tech budgets (batteries are a doozy!), professional musicians, paint, wood, and other building materials for sets. Regional prides itself on giving students an authentic, professional performance experience and these fees cover a small portion of that.
Are the directors paid?
Regional Performing Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all of our board members as well as directing staff are volunteers. Sometimes when we rent a venue, we are required to include payment for technical operators (sound and lights, mostly) as part of that agreement.
My family would like to participate, but we do not have the financial means.
It is the mission of Regional to provide authentic theater experience to students of all ages and walks of life. We will work with your family on a case-by-case basis to ensure your student can participate without breaking the bank.