The new Bucks County Playhouse Acting Apprentice Program, led by Broadway choreographer and founder of “Steps On Broadway” Patrice Soriero, will hold auditions for its summer 2020 program this Saturday, Jan. 11 at Lambertville Hall, 57 Bridge St., Lambertville, New Jersey.
New York City auditions will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26 at Manhattan Movement and Arts in New York, New York. Auditions are open to students about to start college as well as those currently enrolled in college (must be over 18 years old). To secure an audition slot, please send headshot and resume by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to these auditions, casting for the Acting Apprentice Program will be conducted nationwide through both live auditions and video submissions. Apprentices come from some of the top-ranking musical theater programs at colleges and universities throughout the country. Apprentices accepted in past years include students from University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati, Syracuse University, Rider University and Point Park University.
While a live audition is highly recommended, performers who are unable to audition in person may do so by video submission. If auditioning via video, please email headshot, resume, completed application, as well as video of a 32-bar cut and a short dance combination (sent as a link on YouTube, Vimeo or other video-sharing website) to email@example.com by Saturday, Feb. 1.
In 2020, the centerpiece of the Summer Apprentice Program will be the Playhouse’s new production of The Addams Family, directed by Hunter Foster and choreographed by Shannon Lewis. Apprentices will become part of the acting company of the show, serving as chorus members and/or swings. Orientation will begin on June 5. The production begins rehearsal June 9 and runs June 28-Aug. 1. In addition, apprentices will perform in the Playhouse’s new cabaret series, learn from Broadway professionals through BCP’s masterclass series, and may have the chance to appear in readings of new works in development.
The Bucks County Playhouse Apprentice Program is part of the Actors’ Equity Association Membership Candidate Program (EMC), and apprentices may be able to obtain EMC points for some of their work at the Playhouse.
After orientation week in New Hope, the next two full weeks of the apprenticeship will be in NYC rehearsing The Addams Family in one of Broadway’s finest rehearsal studios, from June 9-21. Apprentices will return to New Hope on June 22 and remain there through the show’s closing on Aug. 2. Full term attendance in NYC and New Hope is required. A small stipend will be paid for food and expenses.
In 2016, the Playhouse re-launched the Acting Apprentice Program, giving talented young actors in professional training programs the opportunity to work alongside its Equity company of actors, under the direction of some of America’s leading directors, choreographers and producers.