Venice Theatre holds auditions for winter musicals DIRECTORS SEEK PERFORMERS FOR sweeney todd, ragtime and the rocky horror show

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Venice Theatre holds auditions for winter musicals DIRECTORS SEEK PERFORMERS FOR sweeney todd, ragtime and the rocky horror show


(Venice, FL) Directors Murray Chase, Brad Wages and Allan Kollar are seeking performers of all ages to audition for Venice Theatre’s upcoming musicals: Sweeney Todd, Ragtime and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. Music Directors Sheila Plummer, Michelle Kasanofsky and Eli Schildkraut will be on hand to hear vocal auditions. Dance captain Jasmine Deal will teach a short dance combination.


Auditions for all three shows take place Sunday, Nov. 15 and Monday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Performers will sing for all directors and music directors in the same room. After the vocal audition some may be asked to stay for the dance portion of the audition. Auditioners may audition for any and all of the shows that interest them; however, they can only be cast in one show due to overlapping rehearsal and performance schedules.


Interested auditioners are asked to e-mail Volunteer Coordinator Kim Kollar to make an appointment at [email protected]. Auditioners should prepare 16 bars of a song, bring sheet music for the accompanist, and dress comfortably for the dance portion of the audition. Acting callbacks will be held later that week at days and times to be announced.


More about Sweeney Todd: All roles are open for Murray Chase and Sheila Plummer’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. 13-14 people will be cast. Strong vocal skills are required. Dance will be minimal.

Rehearsals will begin in early December and continue until opening, with a week off around the Christmas holiday. The show runs in the 90-seat Pinkerton Theatre Jan. 21 through Feb. 14, 2016.


More about Ragtime: Brad Wages and Michelle Kasanofsky are seeking a large cast of all ethnic backgrounds and ages for Ragtime.  The show requires vocal and moderate dance ability from all. Wages says, “Ragtime is not just an award winning musical; it’s an Experience.” At the time of this writing the roles of Coalhouse Walker, Sarah Brown and Tateh have been cast. All other roles are open. The show runs on Venice Theatre’s MainStage Feb. 16 through March 13, 2016 including a daytime performance for schools on Friday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m.


More about The Rocky Horror Show: Allan Kollar and Eli Schildkraut are seeking performers age 18 and older to audition for Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. This is the live stage production that inspired the film. At this point all roles are available, but some actors may return from previous Venice Theatre productions to reprise their roles.


Perusal scripts and scores for all shows are available by calling the Directors Office at 941-484-4033. More information about available roles, character descriptions and the audition process is available at or


All auditions and performances will be held at Venice Theatre located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. on the island in Venice.


Venice Theatre

140 W. Tampa Ave

Venice, FL  34285

TICKETS: 941-488-1115 |

Venice Theatre is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making a dramatic impact on all stages of life. The second-largest of 10,000 community theatres in the United States, it is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. in Venice, FL. Its MainStage offers seating for 432 patrons and features musicals, plays, concerts and special events.  Its Yvonne Pinkerton Theatre seats 90 patrons and is home to the theatre’s “Generations,” Stage II and Cabaret Series. In addition to providing entertainment to the community, Venice Theatre offers a wide range of education and outreach programs for children and adults.

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