Frequently Asked Questions
Get all the answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding CCT, getting involved, auditions, special events, and much, much more.
Do you have a group rate?
Yes. Groups of 10 or more can SAVE $3 PER TICKET for the same performance when ordering through the Capitol Theatre Box Office. Groups discounts are NOT available online. A flat group fee does apply. Call the Capitol Theatre Box Office for more details via (717) 263-0202.
How does your Season Pass work?
Our Season Pass offers you flexibility and saves you money. When you purchase a Season Pass, you receive a “punch card” good for eight admissions (or four admissions with a Half Pass) to our main-stage shows. You can use the pass for up to two seats for each show. Just call the Capitol Theatre Box Office to reserve your seats for the performance of your choice and tell them you have the pass. When you come to the show, bring your card and the Box Office staff will punch your card for the number of seats you have reserved.
What is the difference between the Capitol Theatre and Chambersburg Community Theatre?
CCT is the resident theatre company at the Capitol Theatre. This relationship affords us certain benefits; however, we are a paying tenant and a separate 501(c)3, non-profit organization. We rehearse, perform and have our office at the Capitol Theatre, as well as contract with the Capitol Theatre Box Office to sell our tickets, but we have our own By-laws, Board of Directors and management staff and continue to operate solely by ticket sales and donations.
How can I be in a play?
We hold open auditions for all of our shows. Auditions are open to anyone who is interested and no previous theatre experience is necessary.
How do I find out about auditions?
Auditions are usually held 6-8 weeks before opening night. We post the dates on our auditions page, in our membership newsletter, through social media (Facebook & Twitter), local newspapers and various online calendars.
What do I need to do or prepare to audition?
Different shows require different preparation for auditions and audition requirements are listed with audition notices. For example, no preparation may be necessary for non-musicals – although a familiarity with the play or the characters is a plus – auditions will be “cold readings”. For musicals, you may need to prepare a section of a song to sing and/or be ready to learn some simple dance movements.
I’ve never acted before. Can I still audition?
Yes. We always hold open auditions – anyone can audition regardless of previous experience. View our auditions page.
When are rehearsals? Do I have to be at every rehearsal?
Each director has a different rehearsal schedule, but in general rehearsals are held on weekday evenings or weekends and run 6-8 weeks prior to opening night. The week beginning the Sunday before opening night is “tech week” with tech & dress rehearsals held every night. Attendance requirements are determined by the individual directors.
Do actors get paid?
No. CCT is a non-professional, volunteer organization.
I’m new to theatre. How can I learn more about different aspects of stage techniques?
We are offering a series of workshops covering a variety of theatre related topics. Check under the “Get Involved” tab for the complete listing and registration information.
I don’t want to be on stage in front of an audience. Can I still get involved?
Absolutely! Actors may be the most visible & obvious part of theatre, but for every person on stage there are many more people working behind the scenes. We need help with the productions: set designing/painting/building, costumes, props, lighting and sound, make-up, directors, stage managers, backstage crew, ushers & ticket takers, musicians. We need help on our committees: marketing, fundraising, education & outreach, budget & finance, show selection, membership development. We even need occasional help in the office: labeling postcards, stuffing envelopes, folding program inserts, filing. We have opportunities to fit every ability, talent and time constraint.
I’m not a CCT member. What are the benefits to joining?
CCT members receive our monthly newsletter with information on up-coming productions, auditions, and other membership events; discounts on workshops; early registration for STAGE Camp; invitations to members’ only events; and insurance coverage when you participate in CCT shows and events. Adult members (age 18+) vote for the slate of shows and Board of Directors. Members are also covered by our insurance if they are injured while volunteering for CCT. Use the “Join us” tab to find a membership application.
Do I have to be a CCT member to participate?
No. There is no obligation to join CCT, but we do ask everyone who volunteers to either join or sign a waiver refusing insurance coverage.
My child is interested in acting. What activities do you have for kids?
We strive to offer at least one show each season (often more) that includes roles for children. We offer Summer Theatre Arts Group Experience (STAGE) Camp every year at the Capitol Theatre Center. STAGE Campers range in age from 8 to 18 and during the one week camp learn the many and varied aspects of theatre production from auditions through rehearsals to the final performance. In addition, the majority of the theatre workshops are open to all ages.