How to Prepare
Being prepared is the one thing an actor can really control in an audition situation. Taking the time to learn and practice any audition material goes a long way toward feeling more confident.
WORK ON THE MATERIAL - If you are asked to present a song or monologue take time to prepare and practice.
KNOW YOUR WORDS and understand what you’re talking about.
If you’re having difficulty getting totally off-book, but if you’ve spent quality time with the material, you’re going to know it.
KNOW THE SHOW you are auditioning for by doing research.
Can you watch it on youtube? Read it? Listen to it? Each audition has specific requirements that pertain to the needs of the show.
* check the audition page for more information
KNOW THE SCHEDULE - Make sure you’ve checked the rehearsal & performance schedule so you know if your life has time for the production. If there are limited conflicts and you are unsure whether it is still possible, contact the front office and get put in touch with the director.
ASK FOR HELP - If you would like help with audition material please feel free to contact us. Young people can make appointments for after school sessions with staff. We also recommend working on material with your private voice instructors (if you presently study). Or perhaps there is a teacher at your school who will listen to your piece – or practice with a friend.
SOME TIPS FOR AUDITIONING:
BE ON TIME
Arriving 15 minutes prior to the scheduled audition gives you an opportunity to complete any paperwork before you go in for your auditions. Arriving early also gives you time to relax and focus.
USE YOUR WAITING TIME WISELY.
It is great to see old friends and make new ones at an audition, but be sure to take some time to focus on your audition.
Remember that your audition begins the moment you walk in the door. You may be perfect in the audition room, but rudeness or negative behavior in the lobby is also noticed.
WEAR SOMETHING FLATTERING AND COMFORTABLE
You want to feel and look your best. And we want to see you – not what you are wearing. Wear simple, neutral clothing – beware of over-accessorizing. Pull your hair off your face, wear sturdy shoes that support you (avoid flip-flops and heels), and no hats. You may be asked to move in ways that are unfamiliar to you – make sure you can move in your outfit.
NO COSTUMES – and be careful about fashion that speaks to a type of character you do not intend. Present yourself in a way that allows the casting team to imagine you as many kinds of characters.
NO DIALECTS – even if the show may be performed with accents, we want to hear you at the audition.
When you walk into the audition room, tell us your full name and the name of the piece you have prepared. This makes a good first impression.
If you make a mistake, no need to apologize – just start over or embrace it.
IT’S OK TO BE NERVOUS.
Everybody gets nervous. It will help you to know that each person sitting at the casting table has been where you were many times and understands that it can be extremely difficult. We are your staunchest champions and celebrate your being bold and auditioning.