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    • Auditioning for Musical Theatre Preparation and Performance based on Donald Oliver’s How to Audition for Musical Theatre
    • THE INTERACTIVE ELEMENTS OF AN AUDITION
    • As the production team considers you, the following elements dynamically interplay . . .
    • Your “Look” or “Type”
    • Your Acting Ability
    • Your Voice
    • Your Dance Ability
    • Your Choice Of Material
    • Your Appearance
    • Your Credits and Experience
    • Your Personality
    • and
    • Your Reputation as a Professional
    • PREPARATION Preparation
    • SELECTING THE RIGHT MATERIAL
    • Find a pianist who can help you find, prepare and rehearse your material.
    • Where do you find a pianist?
    • Ask a trusted fellow actor.
    • Try the classifieds in a trade paper.
    • Check the bulletin boards at a rehearsal studio.
    • Ask the staff at a music store for any recommendations.
    • Create an audition binder with a repertoire of songs and monologues
    • Ballad Up-Tune Comedy Song Contemporary Musical Theatre Patter Song Torc h Rock Song
    • Where Do I Find Songs?
    • HMS Pinafore • Pirates of Penzance • The Mikado • Showboat • Porgy and Bess • Oklahoma! • Carousel • South Pacific • The King and I • The Sound of Music • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Brigadoon • My Fair Lady xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx • Camelot • Hello Dolly! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx • Mame • A Chorus Line • Mame xx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx • The Music Man • Cats • hessxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx • Guys And Dolls • On The TownCats xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx • Wicked • Godspell • La Cage Aux Folles • Evita • Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat • Jesus Christ Superstar • The Phantom of the Opera • A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum • Company • Follies • Sweeney Todd • Into The Woods • Assassins • Annie Get Your Gun • Bells Are Ringing • Cabaret • Chicago • Damn Yankees • Fiddler On The Roof • Finian’s Rainbow • Funny Girl • Bye Bye Birdie • Annie • Gypsy • Kismet • Kiss Me Kate • Les Miserables • Man Of La Mancha • Rent • Me And My Girl • The Fantasticks • A Little Night Music • The Pajama Game • West Side Story • Sunday In The Park With George • Ragtime • Spring Awakening • Babes In Arms • Anything As an artist, you should learn all the masterworks of musical theatre
    • However, carefully note WHAT NOT TO SING.
    • WHAT NOT TO SING Anything extremely well-known. The members of the audition team may love familiar songs—just not in an audition. Familiarity somehow breeds boredom. “Seasons of Love” from Rent
    • WHAT NOT TO SING Overdone songs. Certain songs have been overdone by young auditioners and cause the audition team to roll their eyes. Also, doing a song that others have done causes the audition team to excessively compare you to other performers. “On My Own” from Les Miserables “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin
    • WHAT NOT TO SING Other artists’ “signature” songs The audition team will undoubtedly compare you to the performer known for the song. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz
    • WHAT NOT TO SING One-Joke Songs. Once the listener knows the joke or is on to the gimmick, the songs seems dull on repeated hearings. “The Diva’s Lament” from Spamalot
    • WHAT NOT TO SING Too Cheerful or Morally Uplifting. Keep in mind that the audition process can be very exhausting on the audition team. Your song choices can be positive, but avoid syrup.
    • WHAT NOT TO SING Too Depressing Avoid bringing the audition team down. “Everybody Loves You When You’re Asleep” from I’d Rather Be Right.
    • WHAT NOT TO SING Too Boastful Songs of self aggrandizement provoke hostile thoughts in the listener. “I’m the Greatest Star” from Funny Girl
    • WHAT NOT TO SING Too Self-Deprecating While they may be wonderful in the context of their show, songs which portray the singer in a negative light do just that at an audition. “Mr. Cellophane” from Chicago
    • WHAT NOT TO SING Songs intended for the opposite gender Unless done for intentional comic effect!
    • WHAT NOT TO SING Original Material
    • WHAT NOT TO SING Songs written by anyone on the production team. Likewise, avoid songs from a show the director has directed, or songs from the show that you are auditioning for (unless that is requested).
    • WHAT NOT TO SING Songs that are too difficult Remember you may be nervous, and it may effect your technical proficiency.
    • So, where do I find songs?
    • Look to some of the “lesser” musicals. Check out record producer Ben Bagley’s various collections on Painted Smiles Records.
    • How To Prepare Your Music Make sure you acquire full piano accompaniment—no fake book versions or charts.
    • How To Prepare Your Music It is worth it to have music professionally transposed if the published score is not suitable for your voice.
    • How To Prepare Your Music Place your music in a binder with matted plastic sleeves.
    • Interpretation Singing is merely a form of communication.
    • Interpretation Think of a song as a sung monologue.
    • Interpretation Do beat work for your song.
    • Interpretation If you understand the character and his or her intention for each moment of the song, you will know how to move, breath, and use your voice.
    • vs.
    • PERFORMING AT THE AUDITION
    • Singing The Right Kind Of Song Pick a song from your binder that is in the same period and auditioning for. style as the show you are
    • Singing The Right Kind Of Song Don’t learn a new song for each audition. The best performances come from the comfort of a song you are familiar with.
    • At an Open Call audition . . .
    • At an Open Call audition . . .
    • At an Open Call audition . . .
    • At an Open Call audition . . .
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts Take every audition seriously—whether or not you want or think you are right for the job.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts No matter what else you’ve had to do before the audition, pull yourself together somewhere outside the place where the auditions are being held.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts Auditions are notoriously off-schedule. Make the time productive rather than filling your head with worries or doubts.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts At check in, ask for whom you will be auditioning. It’s best to have as much info as possible before going in.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts Leave your disappointments, anxieties frustrations outside the audition area. or
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts Have your music, resume, and headshot ready in your hands before entering the room.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts Plan what you will sing before entering the audition room—including second songs, if asked to sing one.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts Use the restroom before you are called in to perform.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts Try not to come in to the audition space with personal belongings.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts When you are ushered into the audition space, your name will be announced. You should immediately go to the pianist—then to the performance spot. Sometimes you will be introduced to the audition team, sometimes not. If not, don’t ask “who are you?” to anyone.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts Don’t try to engage any member of the audition team in “icebreaker” conversation. It may backfire.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts Do not introduce or reveal the title of your audition song, unless asked.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts Know something about the song you’re singing; though only talk about if you are asked.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts Perform full-out. Don’t hold back.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts Don’t come in challenging the audition team’s casting predisposition—especially in a confrontational manner.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts If you arrive later than your appointed time, apologize without oozing, and do not offer an excuse unless asked.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts If the audition is in a room, rather than a theatre, pick a spot to sing from that is near—but not next to—the piano, a comfortable distance away from the people watching.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts While performing, do not look directly at any member of the audition team. Focus on a spot just over their heads.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts Don’t use props while you audition.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts If the director suddenly asks you to perform your song in a manner different from the way you are used to, don’t challenge him/her or resist.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts Never ask “Do you want me to sing a second song?”—either before or after your first song. You will be asked or not.
    • Audition Do’s and Don’ts It is highly unlikely for the audition team to offer you a role on the spot. If they are wild about you, chances are their reactions will be muted. If they don’t think you’re right, they will likely be polite. Enthusiasm or ambivalence doesn’t necessarily mean what you might think.
    • What To Tell The Pianist At The Audition
    • The Key
    • Where to Stop & Start
    • The Tempo
    • Your music should indicate exactly what the pianist should play.
    • What To Do If You Forget The Lyrics
    • It happens more often than you’d think—even to professionals. Consider it a chance to show off your ability to recover.
    • Make up words or sing “la-la-la” until the pianist tells you the lyric.
    • At The Callback
    • At The Callback
    • At The Callback
    • At The Callback
    • After The Audition
    • I have no idea how it went.
    • I stink. They’ll never cast me.
    • Maybe I’ll major in business. Even though that’s not what I want, it’s more practical.
    • I was perfect. They better cast me . . . or else!
    • I was perfect, but they won’t cast me. They always give it to Larry! My mommy is going to sue them!
    • I gave a great audition. Even if I don’t get cast, I know they saw me at my best.
    • I could have done better. Next time, I’ll prepare better.
    • KEEP TRYING. STAY CONFIDENT. STAY HONEST WITH YOURSELF. TRY NEW THINGS. IF YOU HAVE THE TALENT, YOU’LL GET THERE.