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FAQ


Welcome to the Gilroy Children’s Musical Theater! We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about participating in one of our shows or films.

How do I prepare for auditions? Prepare to sing about sixteen bars (around 30 seconds) of any song (without music). Select a dynamic song that really shows off your personality and pipes! Even if it’s “Happy Birthday”, be ready to sing it with confidence. Make that first impression count by giving it your all.

Bring a photo with you. A snap shot or print-out of a photo will help us remember you when it comes to casting. 


What if I have a rehearsal schedule conflict? All known schedule conflicts must be noted on your registration form, (no new conflicts may be added later). You are allowed no more than three pre-noted absences. Missing more than three rehearsals may result in you being removed from numbers and/or dropped from the show. We do not refund registration, costume or ticket fees to those who drop out or have been removed from the show.

How much is the participation fee? The participation fee is $295 per child. In addition, cast members are responsible for providing one costume, shoes and selling one “ticket package” per family that includes 25, $16 tickets to the film.

Ticket package: As family members of the cast do not receive free tickets, a portion of your “ticket package” tickets will be used for your own family to see the show, thus lowering the amount of tickets to sell to family, friends, teachers and co- workers. In most cases our cast members end up selling more than 21 tickets, so finding people to support your child is usually not an issue.

When do I register and pay? As all who audition are cast, registration takes place at auditions. We accept cash and checks.

Are all kids cast in the show? Our policy is to try to cast all who audition, however sometimes scheduling conflicts may prevent a child from being cast in a production.

How many kids are typically cast in a GCMT show? Our cast sizes range from 40 to 85. However, we only rehearse in smaller groups of 30 kids at a time (grouped by age), allowing all kids to get quality time with our production team of four teachers. All cast members unite during the last few rehearsals when we put the show segments together. To get a better idea of our cast and group sizes, we recommend watching the video on our home page.

How are casting decisions made for solos? As our shows are unlike most productions with a set list of characters, we offer over 75 singing solos for all ages. This formula allows children with all levels of talent from first-timers to seasoned performers to sing with microphones. Casting decisions will be made from both the initial audition at the hotel, as well as singing call backs held during the rehearsal process. This allows your child to get familiar with the music in the show and better prepare to audition for a variety of songs.

As a parent, am I required to work on the show? No. Unlike many children’s theater groups, we do not require that parents put in extra hours to build sets, sew costumes, put up posters, or supervise rehearsals. However, many parents find helping with our shows to be a very rewarding experience, as well as a fun way to get a closer look at what goes into putting on a live theater production. We welcome any parent that would like to help, and we offer a variety of volunteer jobs to those parents looking to take a more active role in our productions. Volunteering for a GCMT show is a great way to meet other families, make friends, and help our production shine!

What if my child needs to drop out before the final performance? It is always difficult to replace a cast member’s role and refigure their placement in dance numbers. Before registering for our program, please make sure that you will be able to complete your commitment to the show. Please be aware that once you have registered for our program, we do not refund registration, costume or ticket fees.

Do you offer scholarships or financial aid? We are not offering any financial aid or scholarships at this time.

How long has GCMT been in business? We have been creating and producing shows for 25+ years in the Bay Area. GCMT Artistic Director and Founder, John Bisceglie, has directed and choreographed hundreds of community, commercial, and professional productions featuring actors of all ages. For nine years, Bisceglie held the title of Artistic Director for San Jose Parks and Recreation’s Young People’s Theater, and has been serving Gilroy’s Community Services Department in the same capacity for the past twenty years. Visit our “Creative Team” page on the website to learn more about our team.

Do you offer programs in other Bay Area cities? Yes, we offer programs in San Francisco and San Jose.

San Francisco: www.sfcmt.com
San Jose: www.southbaychildrensmusicaltheater.com

What else should I know?

1. GCMT is a fun and safe place for young talents ages 5-25. We have produced 100+ high quality productions working with over 3000 Bay Area youth in a number of different venues. Many cast members have grown up participating in our shows for 10+ years, making GCMT the forefront of their childhood. Visit our “Parent and Alumni Feedback Page” to learn more about our families and alumni’s experience with our programs and staff members.

2. GCMT strives for excellence. We work to achieve the highest standards of professionalism possible, while still involving cast members at a level where they can achieve success.

3. Children’s musical theatre is a vehicle that helps young people grow personally and learn about being members of an excellent team. Our shows require teamwork, support and flexibility from everyone. We strive to make each production a memorable and rewarding experience for everyone involved, and ask in return that cast members and their families make their commitment a priority within their schedule.

If you have any questions that have not been answered here, please email John at GilroyCMT@gmail.com

Best Regards,

John Bisceglie
Founder/Artistic Director