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 typically held during the last few weeks of the fall semester.
There are additional audition opportunities throughout each semester for student-produced scenes and productions.
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 to prepare, how long your song(s) should be, or if the casting team would like to hear a certain type of song.
- If you are to choose a song, pick one that shows off your vocal range and that you are 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 for your piece—whether a song or a monologue—as soon as you can. Perform it in front of friends to get used to an audience.
- Rest. Get sleep, proper food, and make sure you are well-hydrated 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 the director and/or anyone else takes notes, don't worry about it. You have no way to know what they are discussing. Thank the director (and accompanist if necessary). Breathe! The hard part is over! Break a leg!