Mainstage Show Audition Tips
No Experience is needed to become a "C.R.O.W. kid" (or adult). But it never hurts to be prepared for our auditions. C.R.O.W. auditions are a great way for us to get to know you, and for you to show off your talent. But we understand that they can be nerve-wracking. We hope that this list of advice helps you to present your best self! If you have questions, don't hesitate to send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're new to the audition process, here are a few important tips that may help you survive the ordeal. We are here to help you do well!
1. Show up on time. Lateness reflects badly on you as a professional. On the flip side, it's not a good idea to appear "over eager" or "brown-nosey." Just get there a few minutes early, smile as you enter the room, and take a seat to fill out your audition form.
2. Bring a headshot and resume. If you don't have one already made, it's easy to do an internet search for "headshots" or "theatre resume" and come up with something. It's always better to have something than nothing! You can always just give them a nice looking snapshot (even printed from the computer is OK) and a piece of paper with your name, address, phone number, email, and a few bullet points about yourself (even if you have no theatre experience to speak of). It's OK to be a little clever on your resume, but be careful that you don't come off as a "smarty pants." Staple your headshot and resume together, back to back. The preferred size is 8 x 10 or 8.5 x 11 inches.
3. Be ready to sing if required. For C.R.O.W.'s mainstage musicals, a brief song audition is required. We recommend you sing a song that you know well, have memorized the words, and can show personality while singing. Please DO NOT audition with a song from the show you are auditioning for. The recommended length is about 16 bars (or about 1 minute). You can bring your music in the form of sheet music or on a CD/MP3 player. You don't have to be a great singer to be cast. But you do have to give it a try!
4. Be prepared and be flexible. Whether you have to read a portion of the script (called "sides") or perform a monologue, be sure you are ready to go from the moment you step into the auditioning room. Be flexible, too. Maybe you don't see yourself in a particular role, but the director does. Be willing to do whatever they ask of you.
5. Be respectful...even if the other people auditioning aren't. The fact is that some people are downright rude to those that they view as competition. They may give you a terrifying "go away, you stink" vibe. It may seem to you that you're not holding their interest when you are cold reading, or even that you're being ignored. Do not let this affect your performance. Just keep a positive attitude and keep going! Professionalism always shines through, and C.R.O.W. notices kids who are respectful at all times!
6. Be gracious and don't be annoying. When you're dismissed, always say "thank you"...and then leave the area. Do not linger and discuss your life, the show, how much you enjoy the characters, etc. It's ok to ask a quick question of the director, but then get out of there and let them make their decisions. Nothing screams "don't cast me" more than a "needy" actor.
7. Practice cold reading before the audition. Grab a newspaper, a magazine, or a script and practice reading aloud in a nice, clear voice. Can you look down quickly, get the line in your head, and then look up as you deliver it? The director would love to see your face, so don't hide behind your "side" at the audition. Lower your script as much as possible, and don't worry if you mess up a word or two. It's more important to show them that you can act!
8. Dress nicely. You should ALWAYS wear nice looking clothing and shoes that you can move in to an audition. Don't wear something "sloppy" such as a hoodie or pajamas, and on the flip side, don't dress exactly like the role you want (i.e.-If you're auditioning for Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz," don't wear a blue gingham dress and carry a stuffed dog.) Audition attire is important, and there is a fine line between what looks good and makes you stand out, and what makes you look unprepared or like you don't really want to be there. If a dance combination will be taught, it is OK to bring dance shoes to the audition and change into them, but your outfit should remain the same. If you wear a dress, please put shorts or briefs underneath, in case the combination contains movement which may cause your dress to fly. It's a good idea to wear an accent piece such as a hat, scarf, or shoes that might make you memorable in the director's mind.
9. Remember to have a good time. Let's face it.....all auditions are scary, but if you have a positive attitude, and are willing to accept whatever the outcome will be.... it is half the battle! Remember, you may think that you're perfect for the role of _____________, but the director may have other plans for you! Be open, be fair, and be professional at all times!
Your audition is your first impression. Make it a good one.
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