Production FAQ's

I've never been in a play/auditioned before? Can I still audition?

Yes! We strive to be a comfortable place for your first audition. If this is your first time, you may want to read the following:

Tips for Auditioning

Be prepared.

If you are asked to present a song or monologue, prepare your piece well. Memorize your selection and practice it many times.

Be kind to everyone and smile.

Remember that your audition for every show begins the moment you walk in the door. You may be perfect in the audition room, but rudeness or misbehavior in the lobby will be noticed.

Be on time for your appointment.

We ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment so that all of your paperwork can be completed before you go in for your auditions. Arriving early also gives you time to relax and focus and not feel rushed.

Use your waiting time wisely.

It is great to see old friends and make new ones at an audition, but be sure to take some time to focus on your audition.

Dress appropriately.

At Stages theatre Company, we always ask that actors come dressed for movement. This means you should dress in clothes that are comfortable and will not impede your movement, but still be neat, clean and nice looking. (Please, no flip-flops, boots, high heels, wheeled shoes, etc. Sturdy shoes that stay on your feet are a must. Dance shoes are appropriate).

Introduce yourself.

When you walk into the audition room, tell us your name and the name of the piece you have prepared. This makes a good first impression.

Don’t watch the directors.

While doing your audition, do not look directly at the people you are auditioning for, unless specifically directed to do so.

Mistakes happen.

If you make a mistake, do not apologize. Remember that others may not even notice a mistake, but if you point it out to them, they will know for sure.

It’s OK to be nervous.

Don’t worry about being nervous. Just about everyone is nervous. Do your best to smile and have a good time.

How do I register my child for an ALC Mainstage Production?

Registration can be done through ALC’s website here. You can also call 714.728.7100

Do participants need to have prior drama experience?

No. ALC is a great fit for new children and, teens with or without prior experience. ALC welcomes beginners to advanced students but more importantly people that want to learn, experience theater, and grow as an artist.

Do participants need to audition?

Yes. Everyone who registers for ALC’s productions will be in the show and will audition. Placement auditions take place to determine which part each student will receive.

How big are the productions?

Production sizes range depending on enrollment however all actors  are given the best opportunity to learn and grow with our directors. Our productions are large scale in quality and professionalism.

Where are the rehearsals and productions located?

Rehearsals are held at the ALC studio: 151 Kalmus Drive, Suite G-3, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

What’s included in the production fee?
  • Everyone who completes the enrollment process will be cast in the production
  • Each cast member will receive a libretto (script and music) not to keep, t-shirt, and invaluable experience working on a production. This fee also provides 60+ hours of exceptional training and instruction throughout the rehearsal process, costumes, sets, make-up, and other production value. Training in acting, movement, and even stage combat are also part of being in an Arts & Learning production.
What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation Policy: All student registration, course and installment fees are non-refundable except when a course is canceled by the Arts & Learning Conservatory or a student provides staff with a Notice of Withdrawal prior to the first class session. Exceptions for exigent circumstances are granted by the CEO on a case by case basis and may be applied on a pro-rata basis.

  • Musical Theater: While we realize that unforeseen circumstances occur, it is difficult to recast a role after casting decisions have gone out. As a result, you are responsible for paying the entire tuition cost, regardless of whether you choose to attend rehearsals and/or participate in the production. No refunds will be given.
What if my child doesn’t receive the part he/she wants

We assure students that regardless of what part they receive they will  have opportunities to stand out and be showcased during the production.  With many students auditioning for a limited number of roles, the decisions of the Directors are challenging. This is admittedly the most difficult aspect of their job. We do encourage each actor to take the role and lines they receive, and perform them to the highest of their ability. We encourage growth and  give quality training to create the most talented actors possible.

Can parents and teachers watch rehearsals?

ALC has closed rehearsals. Parents are allowed to wait outside the rehearsal area but are not allowed to be inside of the rehearsal.

What should I wear?

For each audition you should dress nicely, but in comfortable clothing that you can be free to move around in. You should not dress in costume. Please wear shoes that will stay on your feet and are easy to move in.

Do I need to bring anything?

No, unless otherwise specified for a particular show.

Do I need a headshot/resume?

If you have a resume and headshot, please bring them, but we do not require a resume to audition. We will have a form for you to fill out. It is helpful to bring a picture.

Please see official audition notice if a headshot is required.

If you are required to have a headshot, here are some tips:

  1. Make sure you can see your entire face in the shot.
  2. This must be a recent picture of yourself
  3. Be sure to smile!
  4. You don’t need fancy equipment; your Smart phone will take a nice picture.
  5. Standard headshots are 8×10 inches
  6. A recent school picture is fine too!
Do I have to sing?

For musicals, all actors will be required to sing at the audition. Shows and roles will vary as to how much singing will be required in the performance.

What song should I choose?

The best choice would be something that suits your age and type. It should be from a musical if possible. If you’ve auditioned for us many times, it’s always a good idea to prepare something new. Popular songs are usually not a good choice, as they do not show the same range and vocal qualities as songs written for the stage.

Should I prepare a dance?

No. We will teach you a short dance combination at the audition.

Do I need a monologue?

You do not need to prepare a monologue unless specifically noted in the show audition information. Peter has clear monologue information on the website.

What is a callback?

An invitation to return for a second audition based on the directing team wanting to see you for one of these reasons:

  1. You are being considered for a particular role and they want to see you do short excerpts of the requirements for that part (dance, music, acting, etc.)
  2. You are being considered for multiple parts.
  3. They need to see you paired with other people that are being considered for roles you will interact with for pairing.

If you are not called back it may mean the directors have already cast you in a particular role and you will not need to go through the 2ndprocess.

How are parents involved?

There will be many ways that parents can help and assist with the musical production. Following is a sampling of how family members can assist:

  • set construction/painting
  • costuming resources
  • Front of house: Ushers, Concessions, Gift table, Box Office
  • show week snack preparations
  • Community gift baskets/cards

We have days where families/staff/cast come together to help the designers have extra hands in getting the set, props, and costumes finished in time for the show. These are shared in advance so that all may plan to be present.

What if my child is under 9 has experience in shows and would like to audition for a Main stage Production?

If your child has the experience or confidence to be in the Mainstage produciton but is under nine, ALC will consider moving up your child if the maturity and casting is available for a particular show. Please email

Who are the instructors?

You can learn all about our talented teaching artists here. In addition, ALC  interns may be assisting on a production-to-production basis.

Who do I call if I have other questions?

For more information, contact the ALC team at 714.728.7100