All of our creative team and cast members are volunteers (and we love them for it!). Every cent we raise that doesn't go to organization expenses (paying for show costs, storage facilities, etc.) goes to our designated recipients. But we do pay them in undying gratitude and cast parties!
We have a code of conduct that cast members and (if under 18) their parents sign at auditions that outlines our expectations. It includes things like using appropriate language and treating fellow castmates well at rehearsals. We also hold fundraisers for each show to defray as many expenses as possible. That way as much of the box office proceeds as possible can be donated to our recipients for that production. Cast members are all asked to participate in spreading the word about these fundraisers.
Not at all! We think our group is a great way to get your feet wet if you or your child has been wanting to audition for a show. We're pretty low-stress. And for many shows, anyone aged kindergarten and up can participate.
For major shows, we audition people in groups of about 8-10. Everyone will learn a short dance in the group, and then each person will sing scales on their own with our music director. If you want an ensemble role, that might be all we need from you. If you're auditioning for a role that requires solo singing or delivering lines, you'll have to prepare 30-60 seconds of a song and can expect to read from the script with the director. It's best to check our auditions page for more specific information for each show, as needs may vary. And for those major all-age productions, if you want to be in the show, you WILL be in the show! So there's no need to be too nervous at auditions. We'll smile at you a lot.
For practices, we believe in the power of positive reinforcement and making performance fun. So while we raise the bar high, we use encouragement to get everyone over that bar, and we've never been wrong in our approach yet. No yelling, no stomping, no making you feel awful.
We have huge plans for 2023, so please visit our Sponsorship page to learn how you can help fund our season and receive perks as an individual, a family, or a business. And you can always come to one of our shows, if you're in the area. We also hold events like Karaoke Saturdays or craft days at our studio, and spirit nights at local restaurants. If you're not able to participate in those, go to the home page where you can donate online through PayPal, with our thanks. Or send checks or money orders by mail to Acting Out for Good, 14405 National Highway SW, Cumberland, MD 21502. Please follow us on social media like Facebook to keep up with what's going on with us all year long.