Audition Pieces

Singing

When words fail, music speaks. It is important to understand that every song tells a story. Connecting with your song and portraying true emotion will capture the hearts of the audience. You MUST be believable. But, you must also believe in yourself.

Choosing the right song. It's not about singing a song that is popular. It's about singing a song that showcases your voice in a limited amount of time. During the first round of auditions, you will be expected to sing 16 bars of a song. Make every note count.

Practice. Make sure you know more than 16 bars of your song. Sometimes, the casting director will want to hear more. When you practice, make sure to record yourself so that you can see where you need to improve. Take chances and embrace your performance. When you are confident and comfortable singing your song choice, practice in front of a group of people. Not only will you receive feedback, but you will also have experience performing in front of an audience.

On the day of the audition, make sure you remember the sheet music. There is usually an accompanist that will be provided to play your song on the piano. Make sure to tell the pianist the correct tempo. Don't forget to mark your starting point.

Acting

The next part of an audition for musical theatre is the acting aspect. This is called a monologue. In the first round of auditions, it is standard to perform a 1-2 minute monologue.

Browse the web for monologues. In choosing a monologue, it is important to select a character that is around your age so that your performance is believable. If you choose a specific monologue for a specific play, make sure to select a monologue that matches the role that you are auditioning for.

Know the words of your piece. The last thing your want during your audition is to experience a mental block. You can avoid a mental block by being confident that you can master your piece. When preparing a monologue, it is important to evaluate the character that you choose to be. In every monologue your character must go through a transformation and accomplish a goal. The more you analyze your monologue, the more believable your performance will be.

Practice in front of a mirror. This will help you control your body language and help you make the right choices as far as blocking. However, this method should only be used in the beginning stages of learning a monologue.

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Dancing

And all that jazz. When auditioning for a musical, don't forget your dancing shoes! Routines are usually taught and performed in groups for the casting directors. Even if you mess up, keep going. Your face says it all. Make it look like you know what you are doing.

Give it your all. When being taught the routine, make sure to devote all of your attention to master the dance. Make sure to have good posture and a great stage presence.