Theatre is one of the oldest and most beloved art forms in existence. Although drama and theatrical performances have been around since early civilizations, musical theatre as we know it today developed over the past century or so, drawing on sources such as Vaudeville, opera, musical comedy, and popular music.
Musical theatre is still alive and well, produced in regional theatres around the world, and of course, stunning theatregoers on Broadway and in London’s West End. There are countless theatre programs in universities, especially in the US, and many programs devoted exclusively to the performance of Musical Theatre.
Whether you’re a veteran performer looking to improve your skills at that next big casting call, a high school senior aiming for the top BFA programs around the country, or a newbie getting ready to audition for your first community theatre performance, this book can be of great help to you!
1. Know Your Type
There are several “types” in musical theatre. If you have a certain look, voice type, and personality, you may fit very well into one of these types. Knowing your type can really help you out in the theatre world, as it helps you choose the right shows and roles to audition for.
2. Do Your Homework
Know everything about the role and the show you’re auditioning for. Not only that, but know the backstory for every monologue and song you perform at your audition. This will help your character development by leaps and bounds, and this depth shows in an audition.
3. Choose A Unique Monologue
After spending hours listening to monologues, the audition committee is anxious to hear something fresh. If you have a unique monologue–but one that perfectly suits you–you will make a statement in the audition room.
4. Dress Well, and Pick an Accent Piece
In a room full of button downs and jewel-toned dresses, it’s hard to stand out. There has become something of an audition “uniform”, but unfortunately, this has lead to many auditioners looking too alike (i.e. forgettable). Pick your absolute best outfit, and include something that “pops”. This is more likely to make you get noticed.
4. Start With Your Strongest Piece
Don’t “save the best for last” or you may not get to present that piece. Start off with a bang by opening with your strongest, most impressive song or monologue.
5. Confidence is King
It may seem self explanatory, but no greater asset is needed in the audition room than confidence. Know what you’re about, and believe in your own talent.
6. “Fake it ‘til you Make It?” True Stuff.
This is a statement often heard in the theatre, and often applies to dance auditions. If you’re not much of a dancer, but the audition has a dance component, the best advice is to dance with energy, a smile, and look like you’re having a blast. The right attitude can hide your less-than-stellar time step.
7. Don’t Ignore Your Warm-Ups
Many actors get cocky and forget about their training when they are in the audition environment. Whether practice, performance, or audition, your body and your voice are instruments which require gentle warm-ups before use. Don’t neglect them!
8. Enter the Room Like a Boss
Like I said earlier, confidence is key, and the way you enter the audition room is paramount. This entrance is the audition panel’s first glimpse of you. Make sure you walk in confidently with your head held up, excellent posture, and a face that says “I’m excited to show you what I got!”
9. Be Kind To Your Accompanist
When placing your music with the accompanist, make sure to say hello, and explain your needs in a friendly and clear way. Don’t forget to thank them sincerely. An accompanist can make or break you in an audition; you want them on your side!
10. Mark Clear Directions For Your Accompanist
Along with a friendly attitude, make sure your sheet music is clear and clearly labelled. It should be very obvious to your accompanist even without explanation where your music begins and ends and any special notations. This is likely the accompanist’s first glance at your music. Make it super easy for them to help you perform your best!
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Do you want to know how to make audition committees remember you?
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If you answered yes to any of these questions then this book is for you…
50 Things to Know About Musical Theatre Auditions by Amy Dresser offers a fresh approach to auditioning for the musical theatre. Most books on musical theatre auditions give you clichéd advice and time worn tips and tricks. Although there’s nothing wrong with that, this little book will give you 50 exciting tips that you may not have heard before.
In these pages you’ll discover unique ideas for presenting an incredible audition and standing out among a crowd. This book will help you feel more confident and prepared for any audition, and hopefully help you to land that dream role!
By the time you finish this book, you will know how to audition like the pros!
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