Auditioning Basics

October 04, 2016 at 6:29 PM

Auditioning can be very scary even for a seasoned performer.  When you decide to audition you are agreeing to stand up in front of a Production Team and let them judge your performance.  Wow!  That’s scary.

Auditioning for the first time? Scared out of your mind? Relax! It's normal to be nervous for an audition... EVERYONE IS! You'll be fine! Just relax and read this blog for a few pointers!  This is not a complete guide to an audition.  Auditioning takes a lot of practice and is an art in itself.  Here, we will go over just some of the basics to auditioning.

We want everyone to be relaxed and comfortable at our auditions.  We strive to be welcoming and supportive, but there may be a lot of new information if this is your first time auditioning. Surprisingly enough, you are just as likely to get a lead your very first time auditioning, as you are if it’s your hundredth time. Your biggest competition is yourself! Don’t psyche yourself out.  Have fun!  Have a positive attitude and show respect for everyone there.  Be confident in your audition.  Dive in head first and just let the character run the show for a bit.  Let loose and have fun. 

First things first, carefully read the audition notice. An audition is a friendly invitation for singers, actors, or other volunteer performers to try out for the roles in a live stage show.  Most auditions are Open Auditions, which means open to the public.  Callbacks take place after all of the regular auditions have closed.  They are asked to come in again on another day to try out in very specific ways. The Production Team will greatly appreciate if you fill out all needed paperwork neatly and legibly. Insider Tip: Dress in clothing that allows you to move and groove and avoid clothing or jewelry that draws attention away from yourself - you don’t want the Director remembering your necklace and not your face.

Bring your family calendar or schedule.  It will be important to know all conflicts with the show’s rehearsals and performances at auditions! The Director must consider conflicts as they cast to ensure actors are available to rehearse together. Be aware that being in a show is a huge commitment! Most shows rehearse 3 to 5 times a week in the evenings. The week prior to opening there may be rehearsals scheduled everyday.
The most important thing to bring is a positive attitude and to have fun!


PARENTS: help your child prepare. Guide them - even older kids may need your help.  Be aware that a child in a show is a family commitment.  Children must be driven to and from rehearsal and performance.  They will need help learning lines and balancing theatre and school.  Be supportive!  Remind your child that there may be more kids at auditions than there are parts in the show.  Theatre is NOT like Sports - help your child understand that theatre isn’t about competing, but cooperating.

Everyone sings at musical auditions. Non-singing roles in a musical are very rare, so the Director and Music Director need to hear everyone sing, even those who are not auditioning for leads or roles that will have solos in the production. Sing an age appropriate song!  Bonus points if you can pick an artist that is not currently on the radio.   Almost all roles in a musical require actors to dance.  The most important part of a dance audition is your smile! Another Insider Tip: Keep your eyes up – looking at your feet makes the people watching you look at them too! Relax and have fun. If you make a mistake, it’s not the end of the world.  The Director and Choreographer are looking for people who are easy to work with, not people who get uptight and upset if something goes wrong.

Production Team Favorites:

  • Team Players - participants who listen and support their fellow actors.
  • Poise & Personality - confident, relaxed and energetic participants.
  • Good Diction & Projection - speaking loudly, clearly, and slowly enough to pronounce all the sounds in each word.
  • Expression - share your feelings and emotions with the audience.
  • Flexibility - being able to make changes if asked.
  • Dedication - Volunteers who can really commit to the show.

Do's:

  • Be ready to go from the moment you come in.
  • Be courteous, friendly and considerate of all workers and other auditionees, and applaud everyone who is auditioning.
  • Ask questions if you really don’t understand.
  • The best you can - don’t worry that it might have sounded better at home.

Don't:

  • Talk while anyone else is talking/singing!
  • Make excuses about why you usually do better. (Directors can tell when you have a cold.)
  • Be late.
  • Say you will commit if you have too many conflicts. (Many of us have busy lives - just admit it before the casting is done and the production is put in jeapardy.)

Liberty Lake Community Theatre specific audition preparation information: Cold readings from the script are typical for auditions at the Liberty Lake Community Theatre.  (Scripts can be previewed online by searching the title and author if you so wish, however there is no need to prepare for auditions.) If callbacks are needed, they will be announced on our Facebook page.

Keep in mind that Everything you do at an audition becomes part of the audition!  Auditioning is similar to a job interview, except you will be paid with laughter and applause and build life long relationships with several small groups of unique individuals. Best of luck at your audition and we look forward to working with you soon.



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