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Audition Information

Auditions are NOT required to participate in our curricular offerings or to become a major. However, we do hold auditions for several productions throughout the year. These auditions are open to all students, regardless of major or experience, and no preparation is necessary.

  • Auditions for the fall semester Mainstage and Second Stage shows are typically held during the first week of school.
  • Auditions for the spring semester Mainstage and Second Stage shows are usually held during the last few weeks of the fall semester.

There are additional audition opportunities throughout each semester for student-produced scenes and productions.

Auditions for Providence Gap

The Davidson College Theatre Department is seeking musicians and girls ages 6-10 to audition for our Spring Mainstage production of Providence Gap. This is a wonderful chance to work alongside student artists and singer-song writer Laurelyn Dossett. Please see details below. We hope to see you at auditions!

Providence Gap is an Appalachian play with live music, concluding the Theatre Department's 50th Anniversary Season.
By Preston Lane with original music by Laurelyn Dossett
Directed by Ann Marie Costa
Performances March 26-30, Duke Family Performance Hall

Auditions for Girls Ages 6-10

Auditions for girls ages 6-10: Auditions are on Friday, Jan., 17 from 4-6 p.m. in Cunningham Theatre Center (Room 100). Please email anrodriguez@davidson.edu to sign up for a 15-minute audition slot.

Character Description for Young Lucky: The child should read as age 6-7. A simple mountain girl. She is in four short scenes and hums a song in one scene. She has no speaking lines.

Rehearsals: Limited rehearsals needed until the dress rehearsals and performances. Prior to that, the actor will be needed for 3-4 short rehearsals and a run-through on Feb. 22, 1-4 p.m. Tech rehearsals are March 22-25 and performances are March 26-30.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!! The children auditioning will audition directly from the script so there is no monologue preparation needed.

Auditions for musicians in the community

Auditions for musicians in the community: Auditions are Thursday, Jan. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Cunningham Theatre Center (The Barber Theatre). Please email anrodriguez@davidson.edu to sign up for an audition time.

Description: Seeking musicians who play stringed instruments: guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle. In roots styles: old-time, bluegrass, country, blues. Musicians that sing are all the better!

Rehearsals: Musicians will rehearse once a week (time TBD) until dress rehearsals and performances. Musicians will also need to attend a run-through on Feb. 22, 1-4 p.m. Tech rehearsals are March 22-25 and performances are March 26-30. No conflicts will be accepted during tech or performances.

Providence Gap is an epic musical play celebrating our region's Appalachian heritage. Musicians will join our student artists on stage along with singer-song writer Laurelyn Dossett, who also co-wrote the play and makes special guest appearances for the production's full run. You may have caught Laurelyn when she was in residence at Davidson College last year with Daniel Bernard Roumain. Musicians will collaborate directly with Laurelyn to learn and arrange music for the show.

Audition Preparation

Are you rusty when it comes to auditioning? Here are a few tips to help ensure that your audition goes smoothly.

Before the Audition

  • Read the play. If you can't find the play, at least read a summary. If it's musical theatre, make sure you are aware of how many songs they want to hear, how long your song(s) should be, or if they'd like a certain type of song
  • If you must choose a song, pick one that shows off your vocal range but that you're comfortable singing. Sometimes it is best to choose something that you know really well so you can spend more time practicing the song instead of learning the song.
  • Prepare—a song, or a monologue—as soon as you can. Perform it in front of friends to get used to an audience.
  • Rest. Get your sleep, proper food, and hydrate before an audition. Make sure you rest your voice as well as your body.   

When You Arrive at the Audition

  • Arrive early. Give yourself 30 minutes to fill out all forms, warm up, and relax.
  • Warm up your vocal chords, body movement, relax your facial muscles
  • Read all of the stage directions—attempt to incorporate them as best you can when you audition
  • Read all the lines when you practice, not just the part you're assigned, so you have a good feel for the rhythm and the cues
  • Focus on what you need to do, not what the person next to you is doing, or how they sound. Your audition is all about you.

In the Audition Room

For a play:

  • Introduce yourself to the director, and take a minute to get in character. (Sometimes it's helpful to look down and lift your head when you're ready to start.)
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions about the character you're reading.
  • If you're reading with someone, engage them. Eye contact is important.
  • If you get lost, relax and stay in character until you find where you're supposed to be in the script.

For a musical:

  • If you're performing a musical number, hand your music to the accompanist. He or she will ask about your tempo. Quietly sing a line to show how slow or fast you'll go.
  • Stay in character while you perform or sing. Have Fun! Enjoy it! Don't be afraid to move around.

If they take notes, don't worry about it. You'll never know what they were discussing—might not even be you. Thank the director (and accompanist if necessary). Breathe! The hard part is over! Break a leg!