Before you enter the
Please check all egos at the door. We are a
community theater and everyone is on the
same playing field no matter how many or how few shows they have done.
Filling out the Audition Form:
You don't have to detail every show you've
participated in. We don't need to know the exact number and name of musicals
where you've been in the chorus. Try to
give us a "sense" of your experience rather than cataloguing it explicitly; and if you have
had principal or
featured roles in shows, please let us know of them. Be more
illustrative about your training and skills (juggling, swordplay, dance, etc). Come
prepared to write down your
conflicts during the production period.
How to Pick the Right Song:
Try for something that suits your range and personality. Generally it is better not to sing a song from the show you are auditioning for, but to sing a song from
another show that is similar, i.e.: If you are auditioning for
"Man of La
Mancha", choose "Stars" (from "Les Miserables") instead of "Impossible Dream". This is
because most directors have
an idea of how they want the song to sound and you may give the
absolute opposite of what they want.
Singing the Song:
In our theater you must come prepared. That
means warmed up and ready to sing from memory your audition piece. We do not offer any second or third chances to sing your
song during the audition process unless you are under the age of 12.
What to do if things go poorly:
Keep going and do your best. Do not restart
or make excuses for messing up; and don't ever tell us how bad you think you did.
How To Prepare:
Read through the reading so you are familiar with
the words. You don't need to memorize
the passage, but you want to avoid tripping over the words. Make a
choice as to how
you're going to read it - the important thing being that you made a
choice. Don't bother with funny voices. Don't make assumptions about what
role you're being
considered for based on the director's choice of reading.
What the Director will look for:
Listen carefully to the direction the director
gives you. Try to implement it.
If you're not sure about something, ask.
Two things: First, can you
play the role the way the director has asked you to read
Can they "hear" you as the character. Second, how
well do you "take direction". Do you
respond and change, or do you just do the same thing you
did the first time? The director
may ask you a series of questions. They may be
vague or specific. They may be to
gauge your general comfort level with things that may
come up in the production, or they
may be very specific for certain roles. If in doubt,
Are you willing to alter your physical appearance?
(Change hair color, shave or grow a beard, etc.) for the
Are you willing to take a smaller role, or work
is essential here. Nothing good can come of saying you're OK with something that you're not OK with.