How your Director Wants you to Audition!
If you ask your typical Thespian, what is the most terrifying moment in the production process chances are that answer will be auditions. In my experience students often go through a range of emotions and questions through the audition process, but the gist of all the anxiety is can be summed up in one question. "What does the director want to see from me?"
So here are some tips and tricks for auditions straight from the mouths of local directors and professional artists. Keep in mind, I asked all these directors separately without feeding them other directors answers. I found it amazing how all the responses tied in together.
"I think one of the most important things during an addition is to trust in yourself and in your instincts and don’t be afraid to have an original idea. I also think it’s important not to be afraid if you make a mistake." -Linda Cirba, Performing Arts Teacher for StageCoach Theatre Company/ Music Director for Trailside Middle School
"Students should make it their own and make strong choices in auditions to create believable, memorable characters" -Addie Schafer, Woodgrove High School Director
“When you walk into the room, be yourself, But be the BEST VERSION of yourself you can be. Know your material and own it. Be prepared!” -Dolly Stevens, Director and Performing Arts Teacher/ Theatre professional
"When you walk into the room for an audition remember that this is your party. The people sitting behind a table or guests at your party. They are here to see you. Take your time. Own your space. Share your story and be you." -Emilie Fletcher, ICE Collab Co-Owner, Trailside Middle School Director
"Here are 5 pointers for you:
1. Practice slating. This is your introduction to the directors and should be short and confident. Hi ! My name is and I’m auditioning for the role of ____________.
2. Plan on movement during your song but not too much movement. I’ve witnessed many auditions where the student was quickly moving all over the stage... distracting and it makes you look nervous. But standing stock still makes you look fearful and stiff. A few well planned steps works great.
3. Always think of the character for both the monologue and the song. What are the emotions and intentions of the song and monologue. Most of the time, auditioners do this for their monologue but not their song. Infusing your song with characterization will really make a huge difference.
4. remember what happened before. What was happening right before your monologue starts ? This will help you get into the character a bit more.
5. Choose a song that you love, fits your personality and range and also has some interesting melodic and dynamic components. If you don’t like a song, it will show on your face. In addition, research whether or not a director wants you to sing a song from the show." -Kim Ogorek, Music and Performing Arts Teacher/Private Voice and Piano Instructor
"Audition for roles you can sing. You have to find a monologue or show that shows a range of character. Think through your choice of monologue and song… Actually dedicate yourself to rehearsing. Be the character. Move like the character you are auditioning for. Become the character, and sing something you are confident in singing." -Jason Augustowski, Owner and Director of Infinite Arts/ Director at Belmont Ridge Middle School