Auditions


Calaway Park is a Calgary hot spot for showcasing a wide-variety of professional and community local talent. The Calaway Park Entertainment Department contracts dancers, actors, turn-key stage shows, special character appearances, theatre hosts and professional roaming entertainment including clowns, magicians, jugglers, musicians, etc.

 

FEMALE DANCERS & MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMERS

Dancer auditions are complete for 2016.  Attend our OPEN-CALL AUDITION for the 2017 cast. For the 2017 season we are hiring female dancers aged 15-22 (approx) for a summer performing contract, performing in two of our high-energy theatrical dance productions.

Requirements:
  • FEMALE DANCERS – Trained dancers with a solid formal dance training (no specific amount of years, but any combination of jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, etc). Females with natural or freestyle hip hop skills and musical theatre experience are also welcome.
  • Good work ethic and attitude, responsible and reliable as a team player is a must.
  • Available Sunday nights 5:00-9:30 pm for the duration of March through June 2016.
  • Available for the show run – Summer. (Specifically starting at the end of June through July and August to the Labor Day weekend… Part-time hours of 5 afternoons per week in the summer, approx 5 hours each day, with 2 days off per week). Show will continue on Sept/Oct weekends.
AUDITION INFORMATION

WHEN: Saturday February 4th, 2017

WHERE: The Metropolitan Centre (333 – 4th Avenue SW)

TIME: All participants arrive at 9:30 am

For dancers under the age of 18, please have a parent or guardian with you for a short presentation at 9:30 am for all participants. Parents will then be excused for the remainder of the audition.

WHAT TO BRING, WHAT TO DO…
  1. Bring a resume and a recent photo. Include your previous employment history and your past performance training and experience.
  2. No performance preparation is necessary for the audition. The audition is run as a workshop… Plan to be there all day (bring a water bottle and a light lunch). Cuts will be made throughout the day. The latest the audition will run is approximately 5:00 p.m.
  3. Dress in comfortable dance-rehearsal clothing ready to learn choreography (no jeans please).
  4. Please ensure you are available on the Sunday February 5th in the event you receive a call-back.
INFORMATION ON THIS CONTRACT

We are looking for a young professional age group for the cast, approximately but not limited to aged 15 to 22. (Strict minimum age to audition is age 15).

REHEARSALS: Rehearsals run March, April, May and June on Sunday nights from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

Rehearsals are held in a studio by UofC from March to mid-June. Rehearsals move on-site to Calaway Park mid-June for tech and dress rehearsals. (We are open to discussing minor date conflicts you may have with the rehearsal schedule arising from dance competitions, school/dance productions, spring break vacations, etc.)

SHOWS: Shows open at the end of June and run 5 afternoons per week in the summer throughout July and August to Labor Day weekend, and then continuing on Sept/Oct weekends. This contract is part-time hours (5 days per week in the summer, afternoon commitment of approx 5 hours each day). PLEASE NOTE: Vacation time during July and August is difficult to accommodate in this contract.

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have further questions please contact:

Chris Thompson, Entertainment Director
RE: Calaway Live Auditions
CalawayParkEntertainment@telus.net

FUN FACTS:

Past cast members have identified how they have benefited from their experience working as a dancer for Calaway Park:

  1. Free performance training. Cast members receive on-going coaching on their stage performance and have the chance to experience different genres and styles of dance and music, a chance to enhance skills and training already in place.
  2. Being a part of 1000s of kid’s memories. This is mentioned many times by cast members… having their photos taken with kids after every show, receiving letters and drawings from young fans, and inspiring kids to want to perform one day.
  3. Being paid to perform – not a regular job. Actually being employed in doing something they love to do and have a lot of passion towards.
  4. A “show run” experience. Having the opportunity to perform a lengthy show run is a step towards being part of professional production, much like a Broadway musical or a touring show. For example, one show is performed over 100 times in the season and sees in excess of 50,000 audience members.
  5. Being a part of the performing community. With common interests in dance and drama, cast members are immersed into learning about the professional community, productions that are in town, other skills such as auditioning and resume building, and knowledge drawn from each other.
  6. Meeting friends with common interest. There is no doubt that the social aspect of the job is one of the reasons performers return to the park year after year!
  7. Flexible and workable time commitment during the school year. Talented people are busy people. There is flexibility during the rehearsal period to still be involved in their other activities like dance classes and competitions, school productions, sports teams, vacation, etc. prior to the Calaway Park shows opening in the summer.
  8. Performing and/or work reference. It’s all in who you know! Working in the Calaway cast and maintaining a positive and meaningful contribution creates opportunity for you, both with employment outside of the Calaway season as well as performing jobs and opportunities with film, dance and theatre.
  9. Career resources. Liase with our Entertainment professionals for advice about pursuing a career in the arts. As a creative team our choreographers and production staff have experience with cruise ships, major theme parks, film, television and theatre, both on stage and in behind-the-scenes positions.
  10. Free Transportation. You can take advantage of a free bus service to get you to and from work once the shows have opened.

MALE & FEMALE ACTORS

Are you comfortable in front of a crowd? Do you have acting experience? We are looking for a few small teams of take-charge, reliable, out-going personalities to be photo op characters on the streets of the park, as well as a team of character hosts for our indoor theatre attraction “Cinemagic 3D”.

Street Characters Cast: Looking for individuals aged approx. 15-22 (minimum age to apply is age 15) with excellent personality, acting & theatre experience, who are comfortable dressing in costume to perform as a range of characters for photo ops with guests, such as princesses/princes, fairies, pirates and other costumed characters. Good work ethic and attitude, responsible and reliable as a team player, and great rapport with kids is a must.

Theatre Host: Looking for individuals with excellent personable service and personality, theatre-minded, dependable and consistent team player, looking to be on a small specialized team of character hosts in our Cinemagic 3D attraction.

Entertainment Captain: Qualities listed above, and also experience in theatre or sound tech, drama, and interest in additional responsibility and leadership.

**Please note: Vacation in July & August is difficult to accommodate in these areas.

HOW TO APPLY:

Submit an online application HERE and put “ENTERTAINMENT CHARACTERS CAST” or “THEATRE HOST” in the position you are applying for. A Calaway Park representative will be in touch with you to set up an interview.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact:

Chris Thompson, Entertainment Director
RE: Theatre Hosting
calawayparkentertainment@telus.net

COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE GROUPS

Is your dance studio looking for a fun performing opportunity outside of competitions? Calaway Park books dance studios and other community group performances for show times at the park, highlighting the amazing talent and programs in our city.

Perform 1-2 shows on one day and receive free admission for your performers, instructors and chaperones. This is a great program to enhance the profile of your studio, give your performers a public performance opportunity, and create a fun social day for your group!

Please note: Performances are held on our outdoor Celebration Square Stage and are sometimes subject to weather cancellation. Dates and timeslots are limited, as is the size of group to accommodate. To see if you qualify for this program and for more information please contact:

Chris Thompson, Entertainment Director
RE: Community Performance Program
calawayparkentertainment@telus.net

PROFESSIONAL STREET OR STAGE ACTS

Calaway Park contracts a variety of professional stage acts (magic, music, dance, puppetry, comedy, etc) and roaming performers (clowns, jugglers, stilt-walkers, ventriloquists, characters, etc). We offer fair rates, an opportunity for multiple-date bookings, and a fun, safe and clean work environment.

Please note: Calaway Park contracts family-friendly entertainment appropriate for all ages (Target market is young families with kids aged 3 to 12).

To submit information about your act and rates, please contact:

Chris Thompson, Entertainment Director
RE: Contract Entertainment
calawayparkentertainment@telus.net

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