AUDITION TIPS AND TRICKS!
WHAT SHOULD I DO FIRST?
• For Musicals or plays with music: Start by preparing a song. Find songs that are appropriate for your age and type of voice. One of the best audition tips is to make sure the songs you choose are songs that you enjoy singing. This enjoyment will show through in your performance.
• Script reading (called "sides" or "cold reads")
You may be asked to read for certain characters in the show. If you know specifically what part you would like to be auditioning for...it is a great idea to research the character. You might be asked to read for more than one character so try to at least get a basic knowledge of what the show is about.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
You do not need to dress as the character for auditions. Just wear something that makes you feel good and is comfortable for any movement or dancing in the audition process.
BE YOURSELF, but take a risk!
Have fun! Be yourself, but don't be afraid to take a risk when reading for a character. The bigger the better! This is your one shot at getting the role you want, so make bold choices and GO FOR IT! The director always likes to see big characters that are different from everyone else. It's a good idea to try new things because it shows the director you like to take chances. Also, listen to the director if he or she gives you suggestions. This shows him/her that you can listen and take directions easily.
YOUR AUDITION BEGINS THE MINUTE YOU WALK IN THE DOOR!
Be on your best behavior and remember that the director is watching you, even when you are not the one reading for the part. Be kind to everyone involved be respectful to the directors, crew and other students auditioning.
BE A GOOD LISTENER!
One of the best tips for auditions is to stay in character when you are on stage reading. Listen to those around you and react as if you are hearing it for the first time. Directors often watch everyone on stage to see who is *really* listening and reacting. That means not always holding your script in front of your face. Take a moment to watch what is going on around you, and really react to the action happening all around you.
Most importantly, have a blast! No matter what happens during your audition and after the cast list goes up, your experience has made you a better actor.