AUDITION TIPS

 

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Be Professional
Show the casting directors how reliable you are by showing up at least fifteen minutes before the audition. Be courteous, but don’t be too talkative. Don’t pester crew members or fellow actors with idle conversation. Spend your time privately readying yourself.

 Bring a headshot and resume if you have one. It will help  to make a favorable and professional impression.

Think of the audition like a job interview. Avoid inappropriate behavior, whether its chewing gum, using profanity, behaving too shyly or brashly, or over selling yourself.


Dress Appropriately
Usually, it is best to wear “business casual” attire. You want to exhibit charm and professionalism, but you don’t want to look like a stock-broker or a banker.

If you are auditioning for a dancing part in a musical, wear dance attire. It should not be anything flashy or expensive. Any choreographer worth her salt will focus on your dancing ability, not your sequins.



Perfect Your Monologue
If you are asked to read a monologue, make certain that you have rehearsed it completely. Do not just know the lines, know the character you are becoming. Let the directors see a striking difference between the person that just said hello to them, and the character that is now coming to life on the stage.


Get to Know the Play
Many of our auditions involve reading “sides.” Sides are small, hand-picked portions of a script. Sometimes they are a brief monologue. Sometimes they are short scenes involving two or more characters. Most of the time, you won’t know exactly what scene you’ll be reading. In that case, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the play in general.


Practice Cold Reading
 Cold reading is the act of performing lines as you read them for the very first time. It can be a nerve wracking experience, but with practice most actors can become quite adept at it.
 

Musical Auditions
 Come prepared to "PERFORM" 16 bars of a musical theatre song that best reflects the character you hope to be cast as and best reflects your voice quality and range. Failure to prepare a proper audition song or coming into the audition singing Happy Birthday or reading off the sheet music shows a lack of respect to the audition panel and speaks volumes to them of your work ethic.

Be sure your sheet music has the piano accompaniment, usually the bottom 2 staves below the vocal line. Mark your sheet music where you wish to start and finish.

Do not sing accapella or use self accompaniment. It is important for the panel to see how well you can follow the pitch and rhythm of the accompanist.



Don’t Apologize

After the audition, if you feel you've done poorly avoid excuses or apologies in hopes of gaining sympathy. Simply thank the casting directors and leave the knowing that if you are right for the part, they will contact you. If not, know that you did your best. And remember: there are many other wonderful roles out there just waiting to be filled.
 

 

RELAX & ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE

Audition Notice

 

 

Producer: Kevin Heaney
Director: Kathy Bobchin
Creative Consultant: Jessica Mennella

Auditions: November 13th & 14th 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Callbacks by invite only: November 16th 7:30 pm

Showdates:
Friday, January 12th 8:00 pm
Saturday, January 13th 8:00 pm
Sunday, January 14th 2:00 pm
Friday, January 19th 8:00 pm
Saturday, January 20th 8:00 pm

In one of the most famous of literary love quadrangles, A Midsummer Night’s Dream tells the tale of Hermia, Demetrius, Lysander, and Helena; four misguided lovers whose journey into the woods lands them in even more trouble, as members of the fairy kingdom decide to use them as veritable pawns in their own love games. Against the backdrop of the wedding of Duke Theseus and Hippolyta, and the fiery battle of wills between the Fairy King and Queen, Oberon and Titania, the four lovers are challenged by magic and trickery to finally work out what love is all about.
 

 

 


Character Breakdown:

Lysander (Male, 20s-30s) – An aristocratic man who is in love with Hermia.

Demetrius (Male, 20s-30s) – An aristocratic man who once loved Helena but is now in love with Hermia. He rejects Helena, even though she still loves him.

Nick Bottom (Male 20s-40s) – A weaver and take-charge sort, who is part of the group of artisans putting on the play “Pyramus and Thisbe.” He is a strong and confident character, who wants to play all the parts himself.

Hermia (Female, 20s-30s) – Egeus’s Daughter. She is in love with Lysander, and refuses to marry Demetrius despite her father’s insistence.

Helena (Female, 20s-30s) – In love with Demetrius, but he rejects her.

Oberon (Male, 20s-40s) – King of the Fairies, in a quarrel with Titania

Titania (Female, 20s-40s) – Queen of the Fairies, in a quarrel with Oberon

Robin Goodfellow Puck (Male, Late Teens-20s) – A mischievous spirit, who serves as Oberon’s servant. He enjoys practical jokes and takes pleasure in the confusion he causes.

Theseus (Male, 20s-40s) – The Duke of Athens. Has recently won a war against the Amazons, and to reward himself for his victory is going to marry their queen Hippolyta, whether she likes it or not.

Hippolyta (Female, 20s-40s) – Queen of the Amazons, she is set to marry Theseus

Egeus (Male 40s-60s) – Father of Hermia; wants her to marry Demetrius

Philostrate (Male, any age) – Theseus’s Master of the Revels

Peter Quince (Male, 20s-50s) – A carpenter. He is in charge of the production of the play “Pyramus and Thisbe,” which is to be presented to Theseus and Hippolyta on their wedding day.

Snug (Male, 20s-50s) – A joiner, who is part of the group of artisans putting on the play “Pyramus and Thisbe.”

Francis Flute (Male, Late Teens-20s) A bellows-mender and part of the group of artisans putting on the play “Pyramus and Thisbe.”

Tom Snout (Male, 20s-50s) A tinker, who is part of the group of artisans putting on the play “Pyramus and Thisbe.”

Robin Starveling (Male, 20s-50s) A tailor, who is part of the group of artisans putting on the play “Pyramus and Thisbe.”

Peaseblossom (Female, any age) – Fairy in Titania’s court; assigned to attend to Bottom.

Cobweb (Female, any age) - Fairy in Titania’s court; assigned to attend to Bottom.

Moth (Female, any age) - Fairy in Titania’s court; assigned to attend to Bottom.

Mustardseed (Female, any age) - Fairy in Titania’s court; assigned to attend to Bottom.

Additional Fairies/Ensemble – Open to all ages 8+
 

   

 

 

 

 

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