How to Audition
If you have been wanting to audition, but unsure on how to audition or wonder what we look for, here are some answers that can help you! These are tips for both virtual submissions and in person auditions.
How should you film self-tapes for video submissions?
When we have open auditions and ask for video submissions, that means we accept self-tapes. Here are some suggestions on how you can film your self-tapes to showcase your abilities as well as your personality.
Film horizontally (landscape). Do not film vertically.
Record your singing with a backing track.
Dress appropriately like you are going in for a job interview.
Film from your torso to the top of the head, leaving some space above in case you need to move around while you sing.
A clean neutral background looks more professional. Do not sing in front of the bed, or on the floor. We look for performers who are presentable, professional, and reliable. A messy background can say a lot about a person. It is also distracting when there are other objects in the frame, when the focus should be on you.
Slate in your video before you sing your song. The reason why this is important is so that we can keep track of what song you sang and to write down your name when we go through the casting process. If you don’t slate your name or song, and your email doesn’t say your name, then it will go unwatched.
Label your self-tape with your Full Name and Song Title. This is to make sure your video doesn’t get lost with other videos and will make it easier to organize and find.
How should you email your interest?
When sending in your interest for a show, we suggest you explain your interest and your name. Be kind and courteous. Make sure all the materials that were asked for are attached to the email. If you receive an email confirmation, it’s always nice to confirm that you received it and say thank you. Emails are important because it is the first impression you make before we go to see your video so make sure you write your message clearly and professionally.
What else should you know about self-tapes?
First, find the song that falls under the instructions of the audition. It shows that you can follow directions. Second, find a song that best showcases your vocal level. Make sure to record with a backing track to show that you can stay in the right key and rhythm. Give yourself enough time to learn the song and to record it. Level your camera so that it doesn't look slanted or shaky. Put light in front of your face so that you can be seen. Dress appropriately and look presentable. A prepared performer is more preferred than someone who didn’t put in any effort. If you ever need guidance on how to make your performance more engaging, booking a lesson with a coach is always a good idea.
Does the quality of the video matter?
Yes, it does. The quality of your self-tape is a direct reflection of the quality of your final product. This means that if your self-tape looks bad the assumption is your final product will also look bad and this is particularly for our virtual pre-recorded performances where we allow people to film from home.
How do you sing at an in person audition?
When auditioning in person, be prepared and ready at all times. Performers must come ready with their sheet music in their binder with clear markings for the accompanist. Binders should be neat and organized. Generally, singers must have a 16 bar cut or a 32 bar cut song to sing in front of a panel. Sometimes you will be asked for either a ballad or an uptempo song, Golden Age or Contemporary. Make sure to research the show you are auditioning for and find a song that is appropriate to the show's style and to your vocal range. When you go to sing, nod to the accompanist that you are ready. Stay in character and focus on the song, don't think about what we might be writing down or what we are thinking. Just be in the moment.
How should you dress for in person audition?
Dress comfortably and appropriately for our theater auditions. Performers are expected to arrive with formal wear for the singing auditions and be presentable. Have dance attire ready if you are going in for a dance call. Having shoes that you can walk in is also important. We want you to sing freely and have no worries, so please find something that won't be too constricting or unbalanced.
What is a slate?
A slate is an introduction before you start your audition song. That entails saying your full name, the song title, and what show that song is from. This is needed for both virtual self-tapes and in person singing auditions. Say it with confidence and smile.
How do dance calls work and what if you mess up?
Usually, we will call a group of performers to learn a quick dance combination to a song from the show. Then we will give you some time to learn it. After a few minutes, we will call out each performer to be placed in groups, and then you will do your best to remember the combination while also staying in character and staying positive. If we need to see you do the combo again, we will ask you to stay and you will have another chance to do it. The best thing to do if you forget a step is to keep going and smile! Have fun and it will be more impressive that you didn't stop because choreography can be taught in more detail at rehearsals if you are cast.
Is it bad to have too many conflicts?
Honesty is best when auditioning for a show. If you have a lot of conflicts, still write it down on the audition form and the decision will be determined later. Putting on a show, requires work from all participants from tech crew all the way to performers. If you cannot make the majority of the rehearsals, we suggest that you do not audition until you are sure you can commit. If one person misses a lot of rehearsals, it does affect blocking, choreography, spacing, and direction. Please be considerate of the people you might affect if you are cast and then not show up to the planned rehearsals. Any unplanned or non-emergency absence is unacceptable. That is why we are very upfront with the schedule in advance so that you can plan ahead.
What do we look for when casting a show?
Our company holds the values of hard work, kindness, honesty, professionalism, teamwork, and supportiveness. We look for performers who are true to themselves and are supportive of other performers even when they don’t get the show or part they want. Teamwork matters a lot and in order for shows to happen, we need performers who understand that it takes a village to put on a show. Auditions are not a competition and bad attitudes are frowned upon. As a family-friendly theater, we look for performers who are wholesome and want to perform simply because they love it, not because they want to be better than others. If you are looking for a more cut throat place, we are not the company for you. However, we do hold our performers to a professional standard. We welcome all types of performers no matter the level of skill, especially if we see that you are having fun and put in extra effort into your audition.