General Audition Information
The Mountaineers Players present two shows per year at the beautiful Kitsap Forest Theater, owned by The Mountaineers, a 501(c)3 organization. We hold auditions for our shows on both sides of the sound – at the Seattle Center and in Bremerton. Our Seattle auditions are held in the TPS rooms at the Seattle Center. Location for the Kitsap auditions will be announced on a show by show basis. We also attend the TPS General Auditions in February.
We strive to produce high quality shows with stellar acting, singing and dancing. We value strong character development and fast-paced shows. We typically have actors and production staff from both sides of Puget Sound.
For auditions please prepare one song (bring taped accompaniment or use our accompanist) and a 1 – 2 minute memorized monologue or scene cutting. A resume with photo is desired. We encourage actors to audition for both shows (auditions are held at the same time - callbacks at different times). To sign up for an audition, please email auditions at foresttheater.com (include your cell phone number) or call 206-542-7815. Audition notices with more info are below for each show.
2017 Spring Show (The Wizard of Oz)
Our spring show is timed to coincide with the blooming of the rhododendrons on our property. The show opens on Memorial Day weekend and runs for 4 weekends, closing on Father's Day.
Seattle season auditions are Saturday, February 25th from 10 am to 5 pm and Monday, February 27th, 7 pm to 9 pm. Bremerton auditions are Wednesday, February 22nd in the evening. Callbacks are in Seattle on Saturday, March 4th, 9 am to 1 pm.
Rehearsals start March 14th and are held during the week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) at the Seattle Center TPS rooms and some Saturday/Sundays at the theater. We typically have three or four one-day Kitsap rehearsals (Saturday) and two or three full weekend rehearsals (both Saturday and Sunday). Not everyone is called for every rehearsal. Download the full rehearsal schedule here.
Download The Wizard of Oz Audition Notice.
2017 Summer Show (Tarzan)
Our summer show is timed so that college students can spend their summer rehearsing and performing with us and still return to school by the time many schools start in August. The show opens the end of July and runs for 4 weekends. The last performance weekend is two weeks before Labor Day.
Seattle season auditions are Saturday, February 25th from 10 am to 5 pm and Monday, February 27th, 7 pm to 9 pm. Bremerton auditions are Wednesday, February 22nd in the evening. Callbacks are in Seattle on Saturday, March 11th, 10 am to 2 pm.
Rehearsals start in June 5th and are held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and include one Kitsap Saturday and three Kitsap weekend rehearsals (both Saturday and Sunday). We are planning a first read-through on Sunday, April 9th. Not everyone is called for every rehearsal. Download the full rehearsal schedule here.
Download Tarzan Audition Notice.
Weeknight rehearsals are held at the Seattle Center (Armory), TPS Rooms, 4th floor. Parking is available surrounding the Seattle Center and carpools are encouraged. Actors and production staff from Kitsap can walk on the ferry and arrange for a pickup on the Seattle-side for the short drive to the Seattle Center.
We have some weekend rehearsals at the theater in Bremerton (Saturday or Sunday or both days with an overnight stay possible). Many actors choose to spend the night at the theater on Saturday night and enjoy the camaraderie of "hanging out" together at Kitsap Cabin where volunteer cooks prepare Saturday night dinner and Sunday breakfast and lunch. We encourage carpools and sharing commuter ferry passes to help with transportation costs.
It is our policy to carefully schedule rehearsals so that you are not called unless you are needed. Main characters can be expected to come to most rehearsals.
We have a "Survival Guide" with more information about rehearsing and staying at the Kitsap Forest Theater and information about The Mountaineers Players. You may download it here.
"Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting into when I agreed to Oklahoma! When the Kitsap Forest Theater advertises that you will rehearse in the rain and mud, they mean it. What they don't explain is that you will be having such a fantastic and magical time that you will never want to work in an indoor theater again. Rehearsing and performing in an outdoor space has changed the way I view my work as an actor. Come to Kitsap and you will see that the space itself is alive and it supports the very essence of every production. This should be the value of every set for every actor, however it is hard to remember that when working in indoor, artificially constructed spaces."
"Beyond the physical differences between Kitsap and other theaters, is the manner in which your cast becomes a family. Living together on the property during rehearsal and performance weekends, you build relationships impossible in traditional rehearsal settings." from blog post by Sylvie May, Laurie in Oklahoma!, spring 2011