General Questions

At what age should I bring my children?

While we at Lyric Arts are always excited by the prospect of inspiring a child with a love for the performing arts, it is our policy not to admit children under the age of five to regular season, full-length performances at the Main Street Stage. Parents, grandparents, and adult chaperones should be aware that is best to wait until a child has reached the age of five since the length of most regular season performances is not appropriate for children under this age.

Regardless of age, any child attending should be able to sit quietly through a performance. If children become disruptive during a performance to other members of the audience, ushers will insist that the children and accompanying adults leave the auditorium. No refunds will be available.

All persons entering the theater—regardless of age—must have a ticket, including children sitting on a parent or guardian’s lap. These tickets are sold at the full Youth price.

We understand that every child is different. We have developed this policy in keeping with our experience of the ability of children to sit still and to sit quietly through a full-length production. We have also developed this policy in keeping with the policies of other, similar theaters. We hope that you understand that we have created this policy for the enjoyment of all of our patrons.

May I record the performance? Take pictures?

Please turn off or silence cell phones, pagers, and other “noisy” electronic devices as a courtesy to others. Text messaging during the performance is not allowed. Due to contractual obligations and as a courtesy to the artists, the use of cameras and recording devices is strictly prohibited. Violators may be asked to leave without refund.

Do you offer anything to eat or drink?

We have a Concession Stand offering popcorn, pop, water, and candy. There is also a Wine Bar that offers wine (Merlot, Cabernet, Chardonnay, and White Zinfandel), regular & decaf coffee, hot chocolate, and a selection of hot teas. All items can be taken into the theater for you to enjoy during the performance.

What should I wear?

Most guests arrive at the Main Street Stage in what might best be described as “office casual”—clothes in which they feel comfortable. Suit jackets and ties are not required for men. Jeans are perfectly acceptable. Individuals having an elegant “night on the town” will come dressed as such. During the holiday season, some families—especially the children—will come dressed in holiday finery.

The temperature in the theater varies from production to production based on audience and cast size. We suggest bringing a sweater or light jacket to ensure you are as comfortable as possible.

What is your privacy policy?

We take measures to make sure your information is safe and secure. Lyric Arts does not share your personal information with anyone. We do not keep any payment information on file.

Do you rent out costumes?

Yes, we offers rentals to school groups, colleges, and theaters.  For complete information on our costume rental policies, please visit our Costume Rental page or contact Samantha Kuhn Staneart at 763-233-0809 or samantha@lyricarts.org. Please do not call the Box Office with any requests.

Box Office

What are your ticket policies?

There are no refunds on tickets. Ticket exchanges may be made at least 48 hours in advance of purchased performance with a $2.00 per ticket transfer fee. Tickets may not be exchanged for a different production.

Any unused ticket may be turned into the Box Office before any performance for a tax-deductible donation receipt.

Group rates are available for 15 people or more for all regular season productions. Group rates are not available for concerts or special events.

As available, $15 public rush tickets (the remaining seats in the house) will go on sale in the Box Office 30 minutes before any performance. Rush tickets must be purchased in person.

When are the performances?

Our typical production schedule has performance start times on Thursdays at 7 pm, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and/or 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm. 

For our holiday shows (dependent on the production), the performance times are changed to Saturdays at 1 pm, 4 pm, and 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 1 pm and 5 pm. When ordering tickets, please be sure to check the performance date and times.

Please visit the Upcoming Shows page for specific dates and times for each production.

At what time should I arrive?

Please arrive early for performances. Doors to the lobby open at least one hour before curtain time, and guests are admitted to the auditorium 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. If guests are buying tickets at the door or picking up tickets at the Box Office, they should allow at least 15 minutes to do so, as there are often lines.

As a courtesy to all guests, late arrivals and guests re-entering the theater may be asked to wait to be seated until a suitable break in the performance occurs, at the discretion of the House Manager.

Do you cancel performances due to inclement weather?

At Lyric Arts, we believe that “the show must go on!” Occasionally, however, a performance must be canceled, usually due to inclement weather. In the event of a show cancellation, tickets will be exchangeable or refundable, with refunds given in the form of a complimentary ticket certificate.

In the event of inclement weather, ticket holders should call the Main Street Stage Box Office (763-422-1838) to hear an outgoing message describing whether Lyric Arts plans to cancel that evening’s performance. The decision regarding whether or not to cancel will be made—and the message recorded—no later than 5:00 p.m.

If the decision to cancel a show is made earlier in the day, Lyric Arts will make every effort to inform guests of this decision by phone and social media.

Volunteering

How do I become a Lyric Arts volunteer?

It’s simple to sign up to volunteer at Lyric Arts. Just call or email the Coordinator for Volunteers and Events, Gina Sauer, at 763-233-0805 or gina@lyricarts.org.

You are more than welcome to sign-up for as many performances as you can! When leaving a message, please leave your name, a callback phone number, the performance date, and the volunteer position you are requesting.

What are the different front-of-house positions?

Front-of-house positions are available for show night performances.  You can help us out in the following categories:

Playbill Distributing
Concession Stand
Wine Bar
Box Office
Ushering

What do I wear as a volunteer?

Our guests need to be able to quickly and easily identify volunteers. Therefore, we ask all volunteers to wear black slacks and a nice white blouse or shirt as a uniform. Wear comfortable shoes, since most of the positions require standing for long periods of time. Please don’t wear t-shirts, sweatshirts of any kind, cut-offs or clothing with holes. For safety reasons, no flip flops are allowed. Lyric Arts dress code description is “office/business casual.”

When do I need to arrive?

Volunteers are asked to arrive one hour before curtain.

What if I need to cancel on my commitment?

If you are unable to fulfill your volunteer commitment, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Gina Sauer (763-233-0805 or gina@lyricarts.org) at least two days before your scheduled performance to allow time to find a replacement. If an emergency presents itself during the weekend, call (763) 422-1838, and leave a detailed message stating your name, date to volunteer and your reason for not volunteering that date.

Where do I park when I volunteer?

The Lyric Arts parking lot is reserved for ticket holders only. Volunteers should park in the parking lot of the Molly Professional Building (across 5th Ave from Lyric Arts), or any street parking.

Auditioning

Do I need to make an appointment to audition?

No appointments are necessary; auditions are conducted on a first-come, first served basis.

What should I bring to auditions?

Bring your calendar so you can mark all of your conflicts from the day you audition to the last performance. A calendar with all the possible rehearsal dates and all performances will be provided at auditions.

Be honest, a director would like to know up front what all of your conflicts are. We are often able to work around the availability of the actors we cast.

Bring a bottle of water to keep hydrated.  You may also want to bring something quiet to occupy your time, auditions can last anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 hours.

Do I need a headshot and a resume?

At the auditions you will be given an audition form to fill out. If you have a resume we will attach it to the form. If you do not have a resume you will need to fill out the space that asks you to list any theatrical experience.

A picture is not required, but highly recommended. If you have a school picture, a clear photo of yourself, or a headshot, please bring it with you. It is a great way for the people who are casting the show to remember what you look like. Photos will not be returned.

What can I expect at an audition?

You can expect different things from auditions for a non-musical and those for a musical production.

At most auditions you will be asked to prepare a monologue. Occasionally, you might be asked to read one of the sides provided, which is a scene or monologue from the play. This is called a “cold reading.”

Most musical auditions consist of singing only. You should prepare 32 bars of a song that best showcase your voice.

Why do have to provide sheet music for my audition? Can’t I just bring in a CD and sing along to that?

Only you know what song best showcases your voice. Lyric Arts does not house the millions of songs you can choose from to audition with. Lyric Arts does provide an accompanist for your auditions. Music Directors want to hear your voice, not the voice of the backup singers or the singer itself.

What should I wear?

An audition is much like a job interview, except in this interview you might be asked to dance or sing! You should try to look professional, but you should be able to move it what you are wearing.

Will I have to audition in front of anyone else who is auditioning?

Sometimes, yes. If asked to do a cold reading, you may be asked to read with other people for the scene.

Can my parents watch my audition?

No. Parents are welcome to accompany you before and after the audition. There will be a place for them to wait while you are in your audition.

What happens if I cannot make the audition dates?

Unfortunately, if you cannot make the audition date then you will not be able to audition. We are not able to set up individual auditions.

What is a callback?

The “callback” is a second audition where the selection process becomes more specific. At a callback you will be asked to read additional scenes from the show, prepare music from the score, and learn additional dance combinations. The callback is also an opportunity for the director to see and hear different combinations of actors.

What if I am not called back?

Not being called back doesn’t always mean that you aren’t being cast in the show. Sometimes a callback is needed for a director to look at the way specific groups of people fit together.

How will I know if I am cast in the show?

Whether you are or are not cast in the show you will receive a phone call no later than two weeks after the audition. We ask that auditionees not call the theater to inquire whether you have been cast or not.

Are actors paid?

Actors at Lyric Arts are paid a gas stipend.

When and where do rehearsals take place?

All auditions, rehearsals, and performances take place at Lyric Arts (420 E Main Street, Anoka, 55303). During the week rehearsals are in the evening. On Saturdays they can be scheduled anywhere from 10:00am-9:00pm, depending on availability. On Sundays they can be scheduled from Noon-9:00pm, depending on availability.