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Audition for our new student orchestra program, an immersion program for intermediate high school musicians into the world of professional theatrical orchestrations.

This new facet of our theater program will allow talented high school instrumentalists to receive the unique experience of playing alongside professional musicians in a pit orchestra. After sending in an audition tape that demonstrates their skills on their instrument(s), they may be selected to accompany any of our three live musicals (Into the Woods, and other main stage musicals to be announced). In addition to rehearsing the music multiple times a week, student musicians will also experience the professional masterclasses and community-building that are an integral part of Scranton Shakespeare’s youth mentorship.

Program Instructor: Stephen Murphy and Julie Dzikowski

Rehearsal Times

Additional rehearsal times will be added at the discretion of the musical director and students.

Mainstage Shows, conducted by Stephen Murphy


Technical rehearsal dates June 21 - 27

Performance dates June 27 - 30, July 27


Technical rehearsal dates July 5 - 11

Performance dates July 11 - 14, July 26

Into the Woods, conducted by Julie Dzikowski

Technical rehearsal dates Jul 29-31

Performance dates August 1-3


This program is free for students to participate in.

Who Can Apply?

Students ages 14 as of June 1, 2024 through 18, including graduating members of the Class of 2024.


  • Enrolled participants will aim to gain a foundational practice in each of the sub-genres of the performing arts, including acting, dance, vocal technique, directing, and technical design.

  • They'll begin to build first-hand knowledge of theatre etiquette and will gain the valuable experience of working with industry professionals.

  • Students will make connections with their peers, learning how to work on a team in an ensemble through theatre games, team-building and confidence-building exercises, and social-emotional learning pedagogies to promote students to become a unique voice, artist, and citizen.

  • Students will collaborate with peers and teaching artists to produce a final showcase with material that is meant to inspire students, apply their foundational knowledge built from the program, and push their creative boundaries.

  • Foundations aims to prepare students with a pre-requisite education in the performing arts for high school theatre opportunities and beyond.

Virtual Audition Instructions

Please only submit an audition once you have completed the online application.

Please submit an excerpt from two (preferably contrasting) pieces, each excerpt about 1-2 minutes in length. These can be from solo repertoire, orchestra/band pieces, or any other style of music—choose whatever you believe best represents your musical technique and tone. 

If you would like to audition on multiple instruments, please prepare two excerpts for EACH instrument.

Please record, upload to Google Drive, and share to Lizzie Gumula at LGUMULA@SCRANTONSHAKES.COM no later than Sunday, March 17th, 2024 at 11:59pm.

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