WHAT PROGRAMS REQUIRE AN AUDITION?
All Senior Company mainstage shows require an audition. Junior Company shows are by registration, and do not require an audition. The All-company Holiday Musical is something of an exception and does require an audition for all participants, including Junior Company students (age 9-12).
WHEN ARE THEY?
We conduct three rounds of auditions annually:
- MID-MARCH for Senior Summer Classic & Summer Musical
- EARLY JUNE for Senior Fall Play & Holiday Show
- MID-DECEMBER for Senior Spring Play
HOW DO I FIND OUT?
Auditions are posted 1-2 months in advance on the callboard just outside the front office, as a facebook event, and on our website. These postings include information about what to prepare as well as more detail about the production. Please feel free to contact the office with any questions or to get on our email list.
WHAT IF I CANNOT MAKE THE AUDITION CALL?
We accept video submissions for those who live far away or have a schedule conflict. We ask that you please prepare your material as directed, tell us a little about yourself in your video as well, and please email the video by the day of the audition to our Program Coordinator.
WHAT ARE AUDITIONS LIKE?
Auditioning can be anxiety provoking in any circumstance - but it can also be an exciting time to play bravely and surprise ourselves. We strive to create a supportive and welcoming environment – and take care to structure a process that serves exploration and discovery. If it helps you to know more about how an audition will be run, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.
ALL-COMPANY PROJECT AUDITIONS:
The Holiday Show is an opportunity for the Junior & Senior Company to collaborate together. This project is the culmination of our year and provides young people the experience of a large and technically challenging show.
The Junior Company audition process is structured like a workshop. We will play with the audition material in groups and use theatre games and improv to explore it together.
WHAT TO PREPARE:
Each audition notice includes information on what to prepare. We provide copies of any specially requested material. You can find information on our website, request it by email, or pick it up in the lobby of the theater.
HOW DO I PREPARE?
If you would like help with audition material or more information about how to prepare, please feel free to contact our Program Coordinator.
We hold a free audition workshop for interested students to learn and play with material for the All-Company Holiday Musical. These are in May and are open to anyone who is curious or might enjoy support preparing an audition. This is not a required event nor is it a commitment to the project. Everyone is welcome.
Even if you feel like you are not fully prepared for an audition – don’t worry! COME! You can always work with script in hand and sing any song you know (including “The Birthday Song”).
A callback audition is when a smaller group of actors is asked to return to share again. Our Summer & Holiday Musical hold callbacks after the Open Call. Young people who are called back may be asked to prepare additional material. Just because someone is not called back does NOT mean they are not in the show.
ALL ROLES ARE OPEN
Everyone is welcome! Our production projects are open to young people of all interests, experience, and abilities. We look to offer each student challenge – and welcome new people into the fold. There are no prerequisites to join.
We embrace non-traditional and non-discriminatory casting. NEYT does not pre-cast and is committed to a reflective and creative casting process. We cast students with the talents and qualities for a given role regardless of their age, year in school, gender, race or number of years of involvement with NEYT. We actively seek new ways of looking at material to best suit everyone who wants to participate.
When any core staff, full-time employee, director, choreographer, or visiting artist assisting with a production also has children auditioning, we employ a process for recusal that is facilitated by a panel to excuse the parent from making all casting decisions regarding roles under consideration for their child.
ANNOUNCING THE CAST:
Cast lists are sent to the email indicated on the audition form – and posted outside the door of the front office. This occurs the afternoon 24 hours after the casting process has been completed. It can take a few days for the team to finish casting discussions, so patience is the key.
The posting of the cast list can be a difficult, disappointing time… even if you will be a part of the show. It is natural to go through a period of adjustment. In preparing for an audition we often become attached to specific outcomes. We find it can take at least 48 hours before a person finds a way through their feelings and is ready to again look for what excites them about a production.
WHEN WE ARE UNABLE TO CAST ALL WHO AUDITION:
There are times when the number of people auditioning exceeds the number of actors we can take into a project. This is difficult for all of us as we hope anyone wishing to participate will have a way to do so. Students not cast in a given show are encouraged to participate in other ways – backstage running crew, props, costumes, make-up crew, and set construction. Every member of the team is important to the project! Being a part of the Design & Production program is a fun way to participate and performers grow their understanding through backstage experiences as well as onstage.
WHAT IF YOU MISSED THE AUDITION?
Very often, actors can join a production after the audition process has passed. Our large ensemble programs enable us to welcome performers until just before the rehearsal process begins. Sometimes actors find they are not able to participate after casting is complete leaving roles open. If you would like to join one of these programs and missed the audition, please contact the front office for more information.
We offer students an opportunity to reflect on their audition experience. This feedback is distinct from the casting process. If you would like feedback on your audition, please email the Program Coordinator to set up an appointment with members of the team. We are happy to reflect on what is working for you in your process and possible tools that will support your preparation the next time.
If you have any questions about our audition process and general principles please contact our Program Coordinator.
JUNIOR COMPANY CASTING
The first few days of every Junior Company rehearsal process consists of games, acting exercises, and group-building work. Our goal for students is to build camaraderie and trust, develop performance skills, and have fun. Casting will be decided by directors, after attentive observation during those first rehearsals. Beyond acting, the director will consider willingness to try new things, the capacity to support one’s peers, and the emotional maturity to handle given roles. This approach offers a low-pressure and engaging way to match each student with a role that supports where they are in their growth and learning process.