Have you ever wanted to be in a play, but the thought of the audition has you uneasy? Whether you are a newcomer to theatre or a veteran actor the audition process can be daunting. Though auditions can vary greatly depending on the show, producing company and director below are a few tips to help ease your mind and the butterflies in your tummy.
- Dress for success- dress appropriately for the audition you are attending. Will you be participating in choreography? If you will not be dancing you may want to wear nice clothes, if you are female and most characters in the show would be seen in dresses, wearing a dress might help the director visualize. If there will be dancing make sure to either bring along or wear clothing that you can move easily in, especially appropriate shoes.
- Kill ’em with kindness- from the moment you walk into the audition to the moment you walk out, make sure you use your manners with everyone you interact with. Also make sure you are respectful while others are auditioning by giving them all of your attention and encouragement through a friendly smile.
- Keep going- As if you were on-stage during a production, if something does not go as planned…keep going. The audition panel expects you to be nervous and know that things may not go perfectly, but they are watching to see how well you handle mistakes or surprises.
- Sing out Louise- Even though you may or may not be on the actual stage you will perform on should you be cast it is important to project your singing and speaking voice (making sure not to scream). By confidently using your voice during the audition you will give the Director confidence that you will be able to project when it’s show time with or without a microphone. This is also help you stand out from others.
- Select your music wisely- If you are asked to prepare a song to sing at auditions make sure that you piece is memorized and you have rehearsed enough to feel confident singing in front of others. It is best to choose music that is from a musical that is similar in style to the show you are auditioning for and that the part and lyrics are age appropriate. If you are asked to bring sheet music for an accompanist to play along check to make sure it is in the correct key and has both treble and base clefs present. If you have access to someone who can play the accompaniment for you will likely feel more confident and successful at your audition.
- If at first you don’t succeed, try try again- Even the most experienced actors and actresses experience rejection. Even if you have a successful audition where you nail everything you may not get cast in the show. There are so many factors that come into play when a show is being cast and many of them you can’t even do anything about including; your height, other’s height, how you look in relation to others, and the number of roles available.
- Have fun- don’t forget to try to have fun, though auditions can seem daunting, they can also be a great time to meet others, learn a new dance combination, or see what the backstage of a theatre looks like.
Want to learn even more tips and tricks? Join Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) Instructor, Emily Kurash on Saturday, March 12th, 2016 for one of our Audition Workshops (ages 8-12, 10am- Noon & 13-18 years 1-3pm). It is only $15 to attend and you will walk away a little more confident with knowledge of tips and ticks on how to succeed at cold readings, learn choreography quickly and about other common do’s and don’ts. To learn about this workshop and other MCA Theatre Division offerings click here.