McCallum Theatre Education is accepting entries for OPEN CALL TALENT PROJECT 2023! This highly-anticipated Valley-wide competition is a perfect opportunity to showcase the talents of local singers, dancers, musicians, jugglers, magicians, comedians or any other self-contained novelty act. Don’t miss this chance to perform on stage at McCallum Theatre and work with industry professionals and a cast of outstanding local performers. There is no cost to enter Open Call. Applicants must be at least 8 years of age and reside within a 45-mile radius of the McCallum. The deadline to submit materials is January 212023. Submission information and live audition and rehearsal dates are available on the McCallum website at Visit the website now to complete the electronic application form and provide a link to your audition footage.

Finalists, chosen from live auditions, will appear on stage at the McCallum Theatre in two visually stunning and energy filled performances on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 at 7pm. McCallum audiences participate in voting for their favorite act on Friday at 7pm. The audience vote carries the weight of one judge’s vote in the final performance where winners will be announced. Cash prizes are awarded to the grand prize ($5000), 2nd place ($2500) and audience choice ($2500) award winners. All Open Call finalists will receive a cash stipend. For more information, please contact Production Manager, Joanna Fookes at 760-346-6505, extension 142 or visit the website at

Open Call is a wonderful experience for all participating performers, from the youngest student to the oldest senior. Everyone in the group wants to bring joy to the audience, to be proud of the hard work they’ve put in to get there, and get better at their craft. Whether you are a young student trying to make your parents proud, a college student headed for Broadway, or a senior just enjoying retirement, this is one of the highest honors in the Desert. 
-Earl Mitchell, multi-year finalist

“Open Call has all of the ingredients for magic: being in community with fellow artists, invaluable coaching from master teachers, and world class production values on one of the best venues on the planet. All I can say is, “Wow! Thank you!!!” 
-Paul Sherman, 2022 finalist

A “one of a kind” production that will make you want to return again and again. The diverse talent is amazing and the finale is astonishing. The sense of community emanating from the performers is palpable and must indeed be a life altering experience for them. Brava/bravo! 
-Linda and Steve Cadenelli, Open Call audience members