Auditions, Casting and Rehearsals:
Auditions will be held prior to each production. Audition notices will be published in the school newsletter, on the Betty Huff Arts Company Web Site, via email and on the school bulletin boards. All those who audition will be required to complete a performer contract. Those who audition must be prepared to do a vocal solo, readings or improvisations directed by the production staff as indicated on the performer contract. The publication of the Audition Notice kicks off the audition process. If, after reading the audition notice and accepting the commitment required for this show, you want to audition, you need to return the forms to the directors. You will be notified within a few days of the date and time slot.
1. Know the Material: Know the show or types of shows you are auditioning for. You should always read the play before you audition (if you are short on time and there is a video or cliff notes these are better than nothing, but reading the play is the best preparation). The director might ask you a question about what character you might want to play. The more you know what the auditors are looking for the better you will be able to give them what they want. If you are auditioning for a new play or a play that is difficult or impossible to get, ask about the style of the play and find out as much as you can before you go in. Tailor your audition to fit the show. You wouldn't want to do a Shakespeare monologue if you were auditioning for musical theatre.
2. Know the Director: Know who you are auditioning for. Different directors have different likes and dislikes as well as styles and audition preferences. The more you know about these preferences, the more likely you are to have a successful experience.
3. Memorization: Memorize your prepared pieces. These should be memorized and worked on at least two weeks before your scheduled audition. Don't underestimate how your own nervousness will effect you.
4. Pre-Audition Audience: Work on your pieces with an observer before you audition. Someone with experience in theatre would be ideal, however if you can't find a teacher or director, it is still a good ideal to perform your pieces for someone who can be a third eye. Even if you perform for a friend or family member, it is important to try to recreate, in some measure, the state of nervousness you will experience during an audition. Do remember, however, to take any criticism from someone who is inexperienced with a grain of salt (even a parent). Listen, but if you are confused, trust your own instincts.
5. Clothing: Wear clothes that are appropriate for what you are auditioning for (however, never wear a costume). When in doubt, be neat and neutral. Never let your clothes be more interesting then you are.
6. Food: Eat a light and healthy meal before your audition.
7. Warm-up: Warm up your voice and body. All actors warm up differently. Vocal warm-ups might include tongue twisters, children's rhymes, old monologues or any challenging language that will warm up the lips and tongue. Physical warm ups can include stretching, yoga, or any form of light exercise.
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