Our casting policy reflects this goal. When we cast a show, we look deeper than the external image each performer shows us. We recognize the way a person audition is not always an accurate representation of his or her talent level. For that reason, what we attempt to do in the casting process is to learn a little bit about how each student is wired. We look more at the personality and raw talent in a person than we do at the perfectly prepared few minutes of audition material.
The best shows are the ones with strong talent throughout every cast member. Every student will receive the same hands-on, detailed instruction and opportunities to learn, whether they are a lead or a chorus member.
Will you accept any role? We plan to cast as many performers as we possibly can, but we anticipate a high turnout for auditions. Clearly, with a large turnout, only a couple of people out of dozens will get the role they want. However, the ensemble/chorus roles are just as important to the show as the leads are. This is especially true here at DACO, as we like to feature every performer as much as possible.
Please understand that it is very difficult to cast a show, and it becomes even harder if people drop out after casting. It is important that we know upfront whether you are fully committed to doing this show and making it the spectacular success we know it can be. If you will only accept a particular role, we need to know that upfront. It is not fair to anybody if we give you a different (but still significant) lead role, and you decide to drop out.
It is the policy of DACO that if an actor auditions for a show (agrees to take any role including chorus) and is cast, they must accept the role they are given. If the actor chooses not to participate in the production following the cast list being announced, they may NOT audition for another show for 1 year.
That actor will also NOT be considered for a lead role in the next production they audition. In addition, this action may be considered in future casting decisions and any written/verbal references.
Not only is dropping a show unprofessional, but it is also disrespectful to the directors, cast members, and above all to the craft of theatre itself.