You will be called into the theatre individually or in groups to sing for the director and his or her staff. You will need to come prepared to sing, from memory, a musical theatre song. Please bring the sheet music with you in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided, but cannot transpose the music you bring. You may bring a CD or tape containing accompaniment if you wish. This recording, however, must not contain any vocals. A player will be provided.
Simply enter the auditorium, proceed to the stage, hand your sheet music to the accompanist, move to center stage, and wait for the director to give you permission to begin. Nod to the accompanist… and SING!!
You may be requested to learn a short dance sequence. You will be put into small groups to learn this number, and then will be asked to perform it for the director and staff. For this reason, please wear comfortable shoes and clothing; something you can move in.
Keep in mind that depending upon the number of people auditioning, you may do the dancing first, then sing.
The director will then possibly have you read from the script or may save this for a call-back session. If call-backs are held and you do not receive one, it doesn’t mean that you weren’t cast. The call-back is designed so that the director may fill roles that he or she is unsure of. It could mean that he or she is 100% sure of the role you’re right for!
During the readings, whether at the audition or during call-backs, if you wish to read for a certain role, and the director has not asked you to do so, please speak up. We are all human and make mistakes. With the number of people auditioning, it is easy to overlook something. Don’t resign yourself to not reading for that role. Let the director know that you want to read for that role and haven’t been asked to yet. Not saying anything will be taken as a sign that you were OK with not reading for a particular role. Don’t let others’ oversight cost you a role. SPEAK UP!!