Get Involved with Musical Theatre West

Being part of the Musical Theatre West family isn’t just limited to seeing our shows. Each year hundreds of community members show their support through participation in our volunteer organizations or by attending our fundraising events.


Musical Theatre West generally holds auditions for its productions six to eight weeks before a show’s opening date. All roles are open to both Equity and non-Equity performers, and all ethnicities are always encouraged to audition. Rehearsals generally start four to five weeks before a show’s opening date. There is pay for all performers.

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With over 300 members, the Guild are truly the “worker bees” of Musical Theatre West. Each year the Guild donates over $300,000 in man-hours through their volunteer activities. Guild members work as ushers at performances, run the lobby Gift Booth, provide assistance backstage and at auditions and rehearsals, and lend clerical assistance at the administrative offices. Musical Theatre West truly could not operate without the incredible support the Guild provides.

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The Travel Club takes two trips each year, one to New York and one to another destination in the U.S. or abroad. Specially created itineraries allow travelers a unique experience on each trip, and of course there are plenty of shows to be seen!

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Founded in 2001, the Footlighters number several hundred strong and provide crucial financial support for Musical Theatre West through their activities, including luncheons, Opening Night dinners, and other special events.

The Footlighters also sponsor a scholarship program which each year awards five $1,000 scholarships to high school students looking to continue their education in the arts.

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Held each year on the first Saturday in August, Musical Theatre West’s major annual fundraising event turns an elegant neighborhood in Long Beach’s Park Estates into a festive Tavern-On-The-Green-style evening, featuring dinner, live previews of the upcoming season, silent and live auctions, and more. Broadway in the Park is a major source of funding for our Education and Outreach Programs.

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Our Winter Fundraiser features special performances by MTW and Broadway veterans as well as dinner and a sing along to some of your favorite songs from the Great American Songbook.

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