Now casting for 2018 Season!
Piercing Word presents the Scriptures in a unique way…The Scriptures are our Script! Use your acting talents and creativity to bring the Bible to life in one of our exciting presentations!
We are looking to expand our cast and offer even more performances to fill the demands of our audience. God is truly blessing us with opportunities to share His Word! We are so excited to double and sometimes even triple cast our productions to allow for even more opportunities for people to hear the Word.
Contracts are by performance (seasonal) or for calendar year ("Favorites" Performances.) Contracts include information on performance stipends, location, and travel information. Most of our performances are within one hour of Lancaster, but we are looking to expand our reach. We also have tours on the East Coast and in Texas.
GENERAL audition information:
APPLY: Fill out the fields below to apply. Piercing Word will contact you to schedule an audition time slot and provide details.
PREPARE: A 1-2 minute memorized monologue taken directly from Bible using the English Standard Version (ESV).(You may choose a scripture that speaks to you personally or one of our suggested passages: Joshua 5:13-15. Psalm 3:1-6, Matthew 8:23-27)
If you are also a singer: Prepare a 16-bar of an uptempo show tune and 16 bars of a ballad to feature your vocal ability. For accompaniment, please bring a digital file on your iPod or phone, CD, or sing a Capella.
PRAY: We pray for God’s guidance in casting and we look forward to seeing the talents’ God has given you! Please pray for our ministry and how you can use your talents to bless others through your performances.
Where is the audition?
General auditions are held at our offices, which are located at 1821 Oregon Pike, Suite 210, Lancaster, PA 17601. We are in the red brick building to the right of the McDonald's. Enter through the center glass doors and go upstairs to the second floor. Our offices are to the right.
Do I have to prepare a monologue from the Bible? Can't I just do a normal theatre monologue?
Due to the nature of our performances, we would prefer to see your interpretation of a Bible passage, as well as how well you are able to memorize. The Artistic Director may also ask you to repeat your Scripture monologue in various styles to see how well you take direction.
Do Piercing Word actors get paid?
Rehearsals are volunteer time, but once performances begin, actors receive a small stipend as a thank you for their time and to reimburse for travel expenses. The stipend is variable and is usually between $25-$50 a booking and depends on the love offerings and donations received at performances.
How often do you have rehearsals/performances?
Rehearsals are held 6 weeks before a performance begins touring. Usually 2-3 times a week. Rehearsals are often Sunday afternoons and one or two weeknights from 6-9pm. We expect performers to miss no more than 2 rehearsals due to conflicts, due to the intense rehearsal period. Contracts offered to performers will have a specific rehearsal dates listed.
Performances are variable, with Easter and Christmas time being much more busy, with the potential for 4-5 performances a week. Slower times may only have 1-2 performances a month. We double and triple cast shows to allow for scheduling flexibility with work schedules and to allow the acting team to attend their home church regularly.
Where do you rehearse?
We have several partner churches that allow us to us their facilities. Currently, we rehearse either at Calvary Church or Lancaster Evangelical Free Church.
Do you provide housing for out of town applicants?
Most of our actors are local, but we do have some leads for local housing in the form of host homes for short term housing for out of town applicants. If you are high school or college-aged and interested in our full-time acting internship, please see our intern page for more information.
We also have short term tour contracts that would be ideal for an out of town performer, where you'd be on the road, staying in host homes or at Christian colleges along the tour route.
Do you have opportunities for children to act?
We occasionally have child roles, but not very often. If we have a child role available, we would announce it here on our audition page. We do not have any child roles available for the 2017 or 2018 season.
Our Summer Theatre Camp would be a great opportunity for children 10-18. It is a one week day camp offered each summer. Please check Piercing Word's Summer Camp page for more information.