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Live Entertainment Auditions

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Live Entertainment Auditions

Cedar Point’s award winning live entertainment department is auditioning talented entertainers and technicians like you to fill more than 130 positions for our 2017 season. Audition to work at the Roller Coaster Capital of the World!®

Download our 2017 Auditions Brochure to learn more about the available opportunities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Audition Tour Locations

East Carolina University (Greenville, NC)

  • Thursday, January 14, 2017
  • Vocalist, Actor & Musician Interviews from 10:00am – 2:00pm by appointment*
  • Technical Interviews from 10:00am – 1:00pm by appointment*
  • Dancer call from 2:00 - 3:30 pm*

*Pre-registration is required for all auditions and interviews at this location. For more information & to register, please email Cedar Point Live Entertainment at ljones@cedarpoint.com Please put “ECU AUDITIONS” in the Subject line of the email. You should receive a confirmation email within 3-5 days.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana (Natchitoches, LA)

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017
  • Musician Auditions from 1:00 – 3:30pm by appointment*
  • Dancer Call from 4:00 – 5:30pm*
  • Technical Interviews from 4:00 – 5:30pm by appointment*
  • Vocalist and Actor auditions from 6:30 – 9:30pm by appointment*

*Pre-registration is required for all auditions and interviews at this location. For more information & to register, please email Cedar Point Live Entertainment at ljones@cedarpoint.com Please put “NSU AUDITIONS” in the Subject line of the email. You should receive a confirmation email within 3-5 days.

Some preference will be given to NSU students. Registration ends at 5pm EST Monday, January 16, 2017.

Cedar Point Amusement Park (Sandusky, Ohio)

Check out one of our auditions at the Live Entertainment Office at Cedar Point!

  • Friday, January 6, 2017
  • Friday, February 10, 2017
  • Friday, March 10, 2017

All of our Sandusky auditions will take place from 10am – 3pm at the Live Entertainment Office at Cedar Point. Registration on site from 10am – 2:30pm. Registration closes promptly at 2:30pm.

We are also planning to attend the following combined auditions:​

North Central Regional Auditions & Technical Interviews (OTA)

  • January 14-15, 2017
  • New Concord, Ohio
  • Website

United Professional Theatre Auditions (UPTA)

  • February 3-6, 2017
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Website

MidWest Theatre Auditions (MWTA)

  • February 17-19, 2017
  • Webster University - St. Louis, Missouri
  • Website

Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC)

  • March 1-5, 2017
  • Lexington, KY
  • Website

Video Audition Submissions

Video auditions may be sent via DVD to the mailing address below, or you may email us a link to your video reel at: liveshows@cedarpoint.com

Those who are interested in auditioning in more than one area can send one video containing all audition/interview pieces on it.

Video Requirements for All Auditions

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old by May 2017. Our season opens in early May and continues through Labor Day. Reporting dates range from early May to mid-June, with shows running through late August or early September. Some positions may include additional weekends through October.
  • Please include: Video, head shot, performance resume (with references) and cover letter stating your availability dates, up to date contact information, specific employment interest, and a detailed synopsis of video content. (These materials cannot be returned.)
  • At the beginning of your video, please give us a mini interview by stating your name, the city and state where you are from, a little bit about yourself, and your training and/or experience to give us an insight into your personality and character.
  • If applicable, please include any portion of past or current productions that show your performing experiences and training.

 

Video requirements for a SINGING Audition

Prepare 2 vocal selections of varying styles, choosing music that is upbeat and positive.  One of your selections may be Broadway piece, but please keep in mind that most of our shows consist of pop, country, Motown and classic rock & roll.  Please, NO A'CAPPELLA, classical, or original compositions.  Females: Please demonstrate a warm belt.  Males: Please show vocal range.

 

Video Requirements for a DANCING Audition

Prepare approximately a 2-minute Jazz style combination.  You may also include a second dance piece displaying your strongest style of dance.  i.e. ballet, hip-hop, musical theatre, or any combination of styles.

In addition to the combinations, please execute any other floor movements that you do well.  (i.e. turns, jumps, leaps, specialty moves).  These do not have to be done to music.

 

Video Requirements for an ACTING Audition

Prepare a 30-60 second, comic monologue appropriate for a family-park atmosphere. Please also include any video you may have of improvisational skills.

 

Video Requirements for an INSTRUMENTAL Audition

  • We are looking for more than 30 musicians for a variety of shows, including our contemporary country show, Lusty Lil's Revue, pop & rock shows, as well as brass and bluegrass musicians to perform in our popular Beach Band and Bluegrass Jamboree throughout the park.
  • Please, no original compositions, highly progressive jazz or hard rock.
  • Drummers: show a variety of styles (i.e. pop, rock, rudiments, etc.)  Please demonstrate proficiency in drum kit.
  • Multi-Instrumentalists: Please demonstrate proficiency on any instruments you play, including fiddle, mandolin, banjo, etc.
  • Limit videos to approximately two to three minutes.
  • Vocals are a plus!  Please include a vocal selection if you sing.  You may accompany yourself.
  • All of our instrumentalists play an active role in our shows & stage presence and personality are a must!  Be sure to perform while playing on video.

 

Video Requirements for a DJ or KARAOKE DJ

Please send a video showing your personality as well as any mixing skills you may have.  Remember, it should be appropriate for a family-style atmosphere.

 

Video Requirements for a PEANUTS™ COSTUME CHARACTER

  • Expand upon the mini-interview.  Please include any experience you may have in costumed character work, dance, children’s theatre, and/or recreation.  Also, include any experiences working with children.
  • Please keep in mind the following height requirements: You must be 4'6" - 5'2" (BFOQ). Those that do not meet these requirements can be considered for an escort or usher position.

 

Please mail audition materials to:

Cedar Point

Live Entertainment Auditions

One Cedar Point Drive

Sandusky, OH  44870

 

Or email to: liveshows@cedarpoint.com

Pay Rates

  • Singers, Singer/Dancers, Dancers, Musicians, Singer/Musicians, Actors, and Aerial Performers: Start at $552 per week (based on a daily rate of $92/day)
  • Technical Staff: Start at $468 - $487.20 per week (based on a daily rate of $78 - $81.20/day)
  • Costume Technicians & Costume Shop Staff: Start at $468 per week (based on a daily rate of $78/day)
  • Theatre Ushers, Office Clerks & Costume Character Escorts: Start at $8.35 per hour
  • Peanuts™ Characters: Start at $8.95 per hour
  • Production Staff: Start at $12.10 per hour

*2017 Pay Rates have not yet been finalized.

General Audition Information

  • The minimum age for all Live Entertainment associates is 18.
  • Pay rates are based on a 6-day show week. Camp Snoopy associates generally work 6 days, 45-50 hours per week.
  • Associates will be paid only for shows completed, unless cancellation is due to adverse weather conditions or technical difficulties. During rehearsal periods, long hours and a 7-day work week for all personnel are generally required. Performers requested to do extra shows for special park events will be reimbursed per job.
  • WORKING HOURS: A musician/performer work day includes approximately 4-6 shows per day varying in length from 15 to 35 minutes each, plus any necessary rehearsals scheduled by the production staff. Working hours and days off vary according to show assignments. After the shows are in, technicians work approximately 48 hours per week, with shifts dependent upon theatre assignments. Costume Shop personnel work 7 days during production weeks until all of the shows are in, and then work approximately 48 hours per week. Peanuts Characters may be asked to perform at special functions as needed in addition to their regular work week.
  • It is the responsibility of associates who use personal property as a part of their performance (musical instruments, strings, drum sticks, etc.) to maintain such property in good, usable, condition throughout the season. Entertainers should arrange for insurance coverage on such items as Cedar Point is not responsible for loss or damage to personal instruments or equipment.
  • Cedar Point will furnish costumes, shoes, and a limited supply of socks/tights. Females will need to supply their own make-up; males will not require make-up during the regular season.
  • Associates are responsible for their own travel arrangements to Cedar Point as well as their own housing while here. Multiple occupancy housing is provided at a reasonable cost for those who live more than 35 miles away. Meals are available in the Associate Cafeteria.
  • To help maintain Cedar Point’s public image, certain grooming standards have been established which apply to all associates. In particular for men: hair must be neatly trimmed and styled at all times, not to extend below the top of the collar, be over 2” in height, or cover more than one-third of the ear. Sideburns may not extend below the bottom of the earlobes and may not widen out. Beards and mustaches may be worn if maintained in a neat, trimmed manner, and if determined to be appropriate for the show. Males are not permitted to wear earrings of any kind. (Please refer to the website for more details.) Tattoos are also prohibited in certain locations on the body for both men and women.
  • Schedules are published at the beginning of each season and cannot be altered for individual convenience (i.e. days off for weddings, graduation, etc.)

Audtion Downloads

Not sure what to sing? We’ve got songs you can download and use for auditions! Click here for the MP3s and song sheets.

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Available Positions

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Singers, Dancers and Singer/Dancers

Our shows feature entirely LIVE vocals!

  • Singers: Please prepare 2 vocal selections showing versatile styles - your best 16-32 bars of each. However, time may allow us to only hear a portion of your material, so start with the piece that shows you off the best.
  • We are looking for singers with strong stage presence that can stylize appropriately. Females: please demonstrate a warm belt. Males: please show us your vocal range.
  • One of your selections may be a Broadway piece, but please remember that most of the shows at Cedar Point feature pop, country, Motown and classic rock & roll. Choose your selections accordingly.
  • You may bring your own accompanist or use ours, who will not transpose. All sheet music must be in your correct key. A standard CD player will also be provided.
  • You MAY NOT sing acappel’la.
  • Singers MAY be asked to stay for a brief dance call, so dress to sing & bring movement-appropriate clothing. If we ask you to stay and dance, you will be given time to change.
  • Dancers: Be prepared to learn a high-energy dance combination.
  • Please provide a head shot & one page, typed resume with references detailing any performance experience, training, and up to date contact information.

Musicians & Singer/Musicians

We are looking for the following:

  • Fiddle
  • Banjo
  • Mandolin
  • Bass (upright & electric)
  • Guitar (electric & acoustic)
  • Percussionist (drum kit, marching snare & bass drum)
  • Tuba/Sousaphone
  • Trumpet
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Keyboard players

Here are some tips:

  • All instrumentalists must audition individually.
  • Our musicians are active performers in our shows. Be sure to show your personality!
  • Choose 2 selections of contrasting styles that demonstrate your versatility. (i.e. country, rock, pop.).
  • Avoid original compositions, highly progressive jazz & hard rock. Sight-reading may be requested.
  • We are looking for more than 30 musicians for a variety of shows, including our contemporary country show, Lusty Lil's Revue, pop & rock shows, as well as brass and bluegrass musicians to perform in our popular Beach Band and Bluegrass Jamboree throughout the park.
  • Pianists: in addition to any songs you're preparing, please also include a ragtime piece for your audition.
  • Drummers: We are looking for drummers that blend well. Be prepared to play a variety of styles (i.e. pop, rock, rudiments). Percussionists should be proficient in drum kit. Please bring a bass drum, snare drum, hi-hat, one ride cymbal, and no more than 2 tom-toms. (Drum sets will be provided at the Sandusky, Boston and Wright State audition sites ONLY.)
  • Guitar & Electric Bass players will need to provide amplifiers. Amps are provided at the Sandusky and Boston audition sites ONLY.
  • Multi-Instrumentalists: Please demonstrate proficiency on any instruments you play, including fiddle, mandolin, banjo, etc.
  • Vocals are a plus! If you can sing, please prepare a vocal selection; you may accompany yourself, if you would like.

Improvisational & Character Actors

Actors should prepare a 30-60 second comic, monologue appropriate for a family-park atmosphere. You may also be asked to improvise at the audition site. Please be sure to include any improvisation experience on your resume.

Costume Characters

Must be 4’ 6” – 5’ 2” (BFOQ). With the addition of Woodstock, we need several character performers who are 4’ 6” to 4’ 8.” All other Peanuts™ characters must be between 4’ 8” and 5’ 2.” Previous experience in children’s theatre, recreation, education, costume character performance or related work is helpful, but not necessary. Must be physically able to handle the demands of working in a full body costume (ie heat tolerance, peripheral vision and movement impairment).

Karaoke Hosts & DJ

Karaoke hosts are needed for Planet Snoopy & a DJ is needed for Luminosity, our nighttime celebration. Please submit a resume with any DJ, mixing, Karaoke, acting, or stage experience, as well as any experience you may have had working with children. You may be asked to improvise at the audition site.

Stage Manager & Technicians

We are looking for the following:

  • Technical supervisors with advanced audio and lighting backgrounds
  • Professional stage managers with great organizational skills and sound and lighting experience
  • Audio technicians with live mixing and track experience
  • Deck hands with rigging experience
  • Follow spot technicians willing to learn advanced lighting
  • Head lighting technicians with automated lighting experience and supervisory skills
  • ETC NET3 and show control experience a plus
  • Dedicated audio technicians with automated lighting experience
  • Dedicated lighting/general technician with LED and automated lighting experience
  • Technicians with prop development experience

What you'll receive:

  • Gain experience on some of the industry’s most advanced equipment
  • Be a part of a long running show with over 300 performances
  • Gain valuable resume experience
  • Earn $468 - $487.20 per week
  • Be eligible for inexpensive housing
  • Make lifelong friends and network with industry professionals from around the world!

Stitchers and Costume Shop Personnel

Tentative Employment Dates 

Stitcher positions begin in late February/March and run through early September.*
Dresser positions begin in May and run through early September.*
*Applicants who are unable to make these dates are encouraged to interview for replacement spots.

Responsibilities

  • Constructing the costumes for our Live Shows from February until mid-May
  • Fitting and furnishing costumes from the first week in May until mid-June
  • Keeping costumes laundered and repaired on a regularly scheduled basis.
  • Assisting in quick changes and/or character dressing and other “backstage” duties
  • Keeping all shop equipment in good working order

Positions Available

  • Costume Shop Supervisor—Qualifications include: skill & speed. Knowledge of standard sewing techniques required. Knowledge of pattern drafting, cutting, draping is helpful, but not required. Experience working in a theatrical costume shop is not required but is extremely helpful.
  • Stitchers—Qualifications include: skill & speed. Knowledge of standard sewing techniques required. Experience working in a theatrical costume shop is not required but is extremely helpful.
  • Dressers—Experience with Musical Theatre & experience with quick changes or full body costume characters is helpful but not necessary.

Cedar Point offers a great opportunity to fulfill your college internship requirements by being part of a professional work environment and working with many different fabrics and construction styles.

All employees must be organized, neat, and cooperative with a professional outlook. The pace can get hectic and the hours long!

Character Escorts

Must enjoy working with children. Must also be self-motivated, enthusiastic and work well without constant supervision. Should be able to relate to children both as a teacher/authority figure and as a friend.

Theatre Ushers

Positions are available for ushers who greet and assist guests at our various venues. Must be friendly, enthusiastic, and work well with others.

Office Clerks

Must be organized, friendly, and self-motivated. Must also have good communication skills and work well without constant supervision. Computer skills are a plus.

Production Staff Personnel

We are looking for qualified supervisors for the following production staff positions: Music Supervisor, Technical Supervisor, Assistant Choreographer and Costume Shop Supervisor.