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Playhouse hosting auditions Jan. 18 for Acting Apprentice Program

Young actors like Grace Kelly, Jessica Walter and Rob Reiner launched their careers at the Bucks County Playhouse through the program

The Times

Source: Bucks County Playhouse

Auditions for the renowned Bucks County Playhouse Acting Apprentice Program will be held on Friday, Jan. 18 at 11:30 a.m. at Lambertville Hall, 57 Bridge Street in Lambertville, New Jersey. 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, contact Producing Associate Jeremy Ehlinger by email at Jeremy@bcptheater.org or call 267–740–2090, ext. 110.

In addition to these local auditions, casting for the Acting Apprentice program will also 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.

In 2019, the centerpiece of the Summer Apprentice Program will be the Playhouse’s new production of Mamma Mia! directed by Broadway and television star John Tartaglia. Apprentices will become part of the acting company of the show, serving as chorus members and/or swings. The program will run June 1-Aug. 4.

The new Playhouse Acting Apprentice Program, led by Broadway choreographer and dance educator Patrice Soriero, prepares the next generation of musical theater professionals for their own performing careers. Over the course of the program, Apprentices attend master classes, workshops, and talk-backs featuring leading actors, singers, dancers, writers, producers, choreographers and casting agents. These influential Broadway/Bucks County creators and performers will talk about how they built their careers, overcame challenges, and won Tony Awards. To further enrich the summer experiences, Apprentices are responsible for inspiring the next generation by teaching and mentoring the Playhouse Youth Company and the Solebury School StarCatchers program.

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 weekend in New Hope, the next two full weeks of the apprenticeship will be in New York City rehearsing Mamma Mia! in one of Broadway’s finest rehearsal studios June 3–23. Apprentices will return to New Hope and remain there through the show’s closing on Aug. 4. Full term attendance in New York and in New Hope is required. A small stipend will be paid for food and expenses.

Young actors like Grace Kelly, Jessica Walter and Rob Reiner launched their careers at the Playhouse through its famed Acting Apprentice Program.


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