~The theater, the theater, oh how I love the theater!~
Hi everyone! I am auditioning for a play tomorrow and thought I would share some of the very helpful info I found for auditions, singing, dancing and more! I also had a really hard time formatting a resume and headshot. This stuff was really helpful! See the bottom of the post for an example that I used!
Do's for Kid's Acting Auditions
- Find out as much as possible about the audition requirements before the audition.
- Greet the panel warmly when you enter the audition room.
- If you see that the panel is busy, go to the accompanist right away.
- Smile, be yourself, relax and have a good time.
- Give the accompanist your neatly organized and properly marked music.
- When instructing the accompanist about your music selections, sing a few bars softly so they can get the tempo.
- Introduce yourself and the songs you will be singing in a clear, confident, voice and look directly at the auditors when doing this.
- Know the names of the composers who wrote your selections and what shows the pieces are from.
- Take time to focus between pieces but be mindful of the time and keep the auditioning moving along.
- Chose Kids Acting Audition monologues from age appropriate pieces.
- Dress appropriately in something of your own.
- Introduce your monologue pieces and their author. Let the auditors know in what order you will be performing them.
- Read the entire play from which a monologue is chosen. This will improve your performance and prepare you should the auditors choose to ask you about the play.
- Stay within your allotted Kids Acting Audition time limits. This includes both song and monologue.
- Thank the auditors at the end of the audition and wait to see if they have any more instructions for you before leaving the room.
Don'ts for Kids Acting Auditions
- Snap your fingers, bang or clap your hands at the accompanist to give them the tempo. Sing softly, a few bars, and they will pick up the tempo.
- Arrive without music and have to sing a capella.
- Choose a song that is not similar in style to the songs of a show for which you are auditioning.
- Look at the auditors to tell you when to begin. After your introduction, just compose yourself and start.
- Ask to start over if you make a mistake or apologize. Just try to pick up right away and continue as if it didn't happen.
- Rush your song or your monologue. You want every lyric and word to be understood.
- Dress in a costume for the audition unless specifically asked to do so.
- Speak in a very soft voice that is difficult to hear. You want to be heard.
- Choose songs and monologues that are common and have been used over and over again. You don't want to bore the auditors.
- Leave the audition with a bad feeling about yourself. Always learn something from each audition experience.
What You Need to Know About The 16-Bar Theater Audition
1) Pick an appropriate Style Piece.
- For example, don't sing "Les Miserables" for an audition for "Annie".
- 99% of the time, don't sing music from the show for which you are auditioning. Unless, you are told to prepare it and/or you have no other choice. If you want to set yourself apart from the crowd, consider that the directors will probably hear the show music ALL day.
2) Show off Your Voice.
- Choose the best part of a song to show the director what you can do. You need to choose the your best 16 bars (measures).
- Pick something that compliments not only your singing ability but also your stage personality.
- In those 16 bars, try to give an indication of your vocal range, your high notes as well as your low but don't blow your voice out.
- Whenever possible, show off your "money notes" (the best part of your range).
- Sing with expression in your voice.
3) Try to tell a section of a "Story in the Song".
4) Try to end on the "Tonic", which is the first note of the key your song is in.
5)Prepare the Sheet Music for the 16-Bar Theater Audition
- Make a logical and clearly marked cut of the 16-bar theater audition piece on the sheet music you will be using for practice(as you will be memorizing the song and lyrics) and the copy you are presenting to the accompanist.
- Be sure to draw 2 thick vertical lines to indicate where you want the accompanist to start and 2 thick thick vertical lines to indicate where you want them to end. Mark Start here before the first 2 starting lines and End here after the last 2 lines.
6) Indicate to the accompanist whether or not you want them to rift at the beginning of your 16 bar song (repeat until you come in).Once you get through your first theater audition the rest should be a piece of cake. Just follow the same logical steps each time. Think things out and of course, go well prepared to the audition.