Bucks County Playhouse Seeks Apprentices, Giving Performers Same Shot Grace Kelly (and Others) Had

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Grace Kelly, former Bucks County Playhouse Acting Apprentice.

The Bucks County Playhouse has opened its audition window, providing worthy opportunities to fledgling performers. The venue, in operation since 1939, has a longstanding reputation for cultivating raw talent. Its apprentice program has been a career stepping stone for entertainers that include Helen Hayes, Grace Kelly, Tyne Daly, and Rob Reiner.

The 2022 apprentices will take part in a large-scale musical (to be determined) running from July 3 to August 1. Its rehearsal process comprises two weeks in New York City, alongside industry professionals. Newcomers are eligible for ensemble parts and/or swing roles — last-minute fill-ins for performers sidelined unexpectedly.

Once the company moves the production to New Hope, the schedule is a rigorous but industry-standard eight shows a week.

Atop the time in front of the footlights, apprentices mentor the playhouse’s two theater programs aimed at children.

Work done at the Playhouse can help a nonunion actor enter the Actors Equity Association, the labor union representing those who work in live theater.

Organizers of the program want to especially encourage applications from the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community, as well as those are who are underrepresented in the theater industry.

Audition information for tryouts at becoming a 21st Century Grace Kelly is on the theater’s website.

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