Internship Program


in cooperation with AMERICAN RIVER COLLEGE

Gain practical backstage experience in a professional theatrical setting. Up to four units of college credit are available for the internship. To be eligible you must be at least entering your senior year in high school with a grade point average of 2.5. Previous theatre experience is preferred but not required.


Sacramento Music Circus was founded in 1951 when veteran Broadway producers Russell Lewis and Howard Young established the first tent theatre west of the Mississippi in California’s Capital. Since then this first class summer stock season has become a predominant landmark on Sacramento’s cultural landscape. An average of 100,000 patrons a year attend musical theater in the arena-style theatre. Music Circus employs a variety of professional and aspiring artists and theatre lovers. Each summer, creative staff (directors, choreographers and designers) and lead actors and ensemble members are brought in from New York and Los Angeles to work with local actors, artisans and students to produce six shows from June through August. 2017 celebrates the 66th season of producing fine musical entertainment for audiences both young and old in Northern California.

Since 1975, Music Circus, in cooperation with American River College, has been educating and nurturing aspiring theatre artists with invaluable hands-on training and experience in professional theatre. During the Music Circus internship students earn college credit while working side by side with professional artists. Our internships offer the chance to build your professional network with Music Circus staff, designers, artists, technicians and other interns as you immerse yourself in the world of musical theatre with the largest continually operating musical theatre in-the-round in the country.


The program is highly recommended for college students and high school students entering their senior year. From the end of May through August, interns will have the opportunity to participate in professional theatrical productions. In addition, weekly guest lectures and discussions are scheduled with Music Circus staff and guest artists. Interns earn up to four units of credit through American River College.

Music Circus internships are a full-time commitment. Work weeks consist of six days and an average of forty-eight hours. Schedule and assignments are subject to change depending on the needs of the theatre. Due to variable hours of the program and the intense nature of the work, it would be very difficult to hold an outside job while fulfilling an internship at Music Circus.

Music Circus is committed to the preservation and expansion of American musical theatre as an art form through educating new audiences and nurturing aspiring artists. The summer internship program fulfills this commitment and is unlike any other educational experience in the region. It is an extraordinary opportunity for those serious about their professional theatrical training as it is a chance to be immersed in musical theatre and explore future career possibilities. Because much of the success of Music Circus relies on the professionalism, dedication and hard work of the interns, it is imperative that those chosen to participate in the program possess these attributes as well as enthusiasm and passion for theatre.


Work alongside the costume shop staff and learn about the design, build and craft of costume construction.

Work under the direction of the hair, wig and makeup designers. Develop skills in setting, fitting and proper maintenance of wigs and facial hair.

Work under the direction of the technical supervisor to assist with properties, scenic elements, and costume shop organization and maintenance.

Work under the supervision of the sound designer and learn about designing, installing, maintaining and running theatrical sound.

Work under the direction of the stage management team to assist with the coordination of properties and scenic elements through the rehearsal and performance process.

Serve on the performance running crew, assisting actors with costume dressing and quick changes. Develop skills in the proper handling and maintenance of professionally-designed theatrical costumes.

Things to Consider

  • Interns are required to register as students of American River College by May 15. Enrollment and tuition for the course are covered by Music Circus at the beginning of the session.
  • Interns are scheduled on average 40-48 hours per week.
  • Schedules vary depending on the production schedule, but often include nights and weekends.
  • All internship are unpaid.
  • You will not have time to have an outside job.
  • We do not provide housing.

We also offer Professional Assistant positions. Learn more »


ONLINE – Download the application below and email along with your cover letter and letter of recommendation using the form below.


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BY MAIL – An application can be mailed to you by calling 916-446-5880 ext.122 or by email using the form below.


Gina Smith, Director of Education
California Musical Theatre
1510 J Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95814

For more information, please contact Education Director Gina Smith at (916) 446-5880 x 122 or email her below:

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