Auditioning for a play can be stressful, even for people who have done it again and again! Follow these helpful tips below to give your greatest audition possible.
BEFORE the audition
1. Schedule an audition time.
Email the appropriate contact person to secure your time slot. If you can’t make the audition, inquire about submitting a video audition.
2. Find the audition requirements.
Most auditions consist of either singing a song, performing a monologue, learning a dance, reading from the script, or a combination of these things. The audition announcement will always tell you what you will need to have prepared.
3. Choose your material.
No matter what kind of material you perform at your audition (song, monologue, etc.), make sure that it fits YOU. Choose something that you enjoy performing and something that showcases your individual talents. If you’re having trouble finding material, your local library is always a great place to start. They have books of sheet music from all genres, plays, and monologue books. You should NOT perform a song or monologue from the show for which you are auditioning.
4. Edit your material.
The audition requirements will specify an amount of audition material for you to present. If you only need 32 measures of a song, choose the 32 measures that showcase your voice best. If you need a one-minute monologue but only have a longer one, use the parts that tell the story best. A good monologue has a clear beginning, middle, and end.
Now that you’ve found the right material, practice it at home! For your best audition possible, memorize your material.
AT the audition
1. Bring everything you need.
Even if you have your material memorized, it’s a good idea to bring it along to look over before going in for your audition. If you have sheet music, always bring it for the Music Director. A bottle of water is always a good thing to have, especially if it’s a singing audition.
2. Arrive early.
This will give you a chance to fill out any paperwork and a moment to relax before going in to see the Director.
3. Once in the audition room, HAVE FUN!
This is your time to shine and showcase your individuality. You are in a safe place where everyone wants to see you succeed.
4. After your audition, thank the Director.
Everyone likes to work with nice people.
AFTER the audition
Keep an eye on the Playmakers website and Facebook page. The cast list will be announced within a week of your audition!
If you DON’T get cast:
DON’T sweat it. Just because you didn’t make it in this time, doesn’t mean that you did anything wrong in your audition. Each play has specific character needs, and sometimes people don’t get cast simply because there are no characters their age or height.
DO come back for the next auditions. We will remember you from your previous audition and will know that you are a good sport.
If you DO get cast:
Accept your role by emailing the Stage Manager of the production. Once the first rehearsal is scheduled, you will receive an email telling you how to proceed.