A show is what happens when many people come together to create something magical. We welcome skilled, experienced volunteers, but we also appreciate folks who want to try something new. Use the Contact link in the header to tell us what you’re interested in doing. Here are some ways you might be able to help:
- Set Construction
- Set Design
- Set Décor
- Tech (such as lighting or sound)
- Stage Management
- Costuming or Alterations
- Bartending (must have valid Washington alcohol server’s permit)
You’d be surprised at the kinds of skills we might need, such as hanging wall paper, wiring a low-voltage doorbell, or making a turkey out of paper-mache that looks delicious. Actors, stage crew, and production crew (depending on time contributed) are eligible for small stipends.
Tip: We nearly always need ushers, and that’s a great way to dip your toe into the theater community and see if you’d like to do more.
The Gorge is blessed with a tremendous number of skilled actors, but we’re always on the lookout for new faces. We’re actors too, and we know how nerve-wracking auditions can be. We try to put you at ease and make the audition fun. If you don’t get a part, please come back and try again. We know EXACTLY what it’s like to audition over and over before landing a role. Actors, stage crew, and production crew (depending on time contributed) are eligible for small stipends.
Tip #1: Ask for a copy of the sides (script excerpts used for the audition), and also try to read the whole script before you audition. You’ll have a better idea of the available roles, and you’ll feel more prepared, which will help you relax and have fun. You do not need to memorize the sides (it’s probably better if you don’t).
Tip #2: Check the preliminary rehearsal schedule in advance and note any conflicts on your audition form. Conflicts don’t mean you won’t get cast, but they do help the director finalize who rehearses when. Double check that you can be at every performance.
Tip #3: Bring a list of shows you’ve been in and roles you played so you’re ready to fill out the audition form. It’s amazing how one’s mind can go blank when audition nerves kick in.
Auditions for The Foreigner
February 25 and 26, 6:30pm, The Bingen Theater
The Foreigner, by Larry Shue, is a laugh-out-loud comedy about two friends staying at a fishing lodge. One must leave, but the friend left behind is painfully shy and dreads having to talk to strangers. The fellow leaving hits on the idea of telling everyone at the lodge that his buddy is a foreigner and doesn’t speak English. As a result, the “foreigner” overhears much more than he should, including details of a plot he must try to stop, yet without revealing that he knows everyone’s private secrets.
Roles: Five men, two women. The gender or race of the characters may not be changed according to the play’s licensing rights.
Role descriptions, audition sides and the preliminary rehearsal schedule are available in our press release.
Auditions for Noises Off
Early June 2019
Noises Off, by Michael Frayn, is a spectacular comedy. The story begins with an acting troupe’s dress rehearsal before starting their tour, and that final rehearsal does not go well. We catch up with the actors a couple of weeks later and… the scene is even worse. Eventually we get to peek backstage and learn why everything is rapidly – and hilariously – going downhill. The question is: Can this play-within-a-play be saved?
Roles: Five men, four women. The gender or race of the characters may not be changed according to the play’s licensing rights.
Auditions for February 2020 Play (To be announced)
The auditions for February’s play will be in late September 2019. Rehearsals will begin in November.