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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.

In light of the Coronavirus, we would like to inform our families that that all SFCMT/SBCMT/GCMT rehearsals, classes and performances are proceeding as planned.

SFCMT/SBCMT/GCMT are taking proactive and preventative measures to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Beyond recommended sanitation guidelines by the CDC, SFCMT/SBCMT/GCMT have implemented:

Increased disinfection of door handles and push bars throughout the theater Free standing sanitizer units in both the lobby and back stage entrance System of spray and disinfectant application of facility between shows and after business hours.

SFCMT/SBCMT/GCMT has taken similar measures to ensure that its rehearsal studios follow these same standards. For studio classes and production rehearsals, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be placed at the entrance of all working areas. All participants will be asked to use hand sanitizer upon arrival. A thorough cleaning of all surface areas and door handles will be performed on a daily basis.

SFCMT/SBCMT/GCMT asks that all participants follow standard flu season protocol outlined by the CDC:

Wash hands often and for at least 20 seconds Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw it away and wash your hands Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth Avoid contact with sick individuals If you are not feeling well, or you are living with a person who is not feeling well, please remain at home.

We will continue to monitor the situation as it proceeds, and we will follow any mandates that might pertain to SFCMT/SBCMT/GCMT. As we are following best practices, and we expect that all of our families and guests will be respectful of those around them, we are happy to provide entertainment during a time when people might be experiencing stress or concern from current events.

Thank you for helping keep everyone healthy!

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 for the 13 week program is $295 per child. In addition, cast members are responsible for providing a costume ($30) dance shoes ($30) and selling 23, $18 tickets to the show.

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 23 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.

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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

Best Regards,

John Bisceglie
Founder/Artistic Director