- Select your song and practice. Just because you are older or more experienced doesn’t mean you don’t need to practice! Directors can tell!
- Your song selection is important. BE CREATIVE with it.
- Your audition should show us what characters in the show you could portray best.
- NO ACAPELLA SONGS!
- Make sure your song is in the right key for you. Auditions are NOT the time to stretch out of your range. On the other hand, show off your range! If you’re a soprano, show what you CAN do!
- Be careful of choosing songs that require you to sing through your “break”.
- Be careful about choosing a pop song, including songs from pop-musicals. They can be extraordinarily difficult to pull off well in an audition, especially when you're nervous.
- Your audition is NOT just a gateway to callbacks.
- Rehearse and mark your breaths. Support your breathing from your diaphragm.
- Staging and movements should be planned. Don’t rely on yourself to just wing it.
- If you decide you need live accompaniment, find someone ahead of time and practice with them. Don’t make someone sight-read your music.
- Focus on phrasing and dynamics. These will make your song stand out.
- Project. Think "focus" - in other words, let the sound resonate through the bridge of the nose and cheek bones.
- Clearly enunciate your words (ie. consonants - esp. the beginning and ending). Also, "sing to the vowel"; keep the vowels free and open.
- Generally, don’t add ornamentation to the song even though you think you sound good when you do it.
- Be careful about belting - DON'T OVERSING!
- Use your strengths! Don’t try to be/sing something that you are not. Be realistic about your abilities.
- Don't limit yourself by "going for" one role. Directors can often see things you didnt' even know you did well!
- Get some sleep! The callback list will be the same whether you see it at 3am or 7am.
- Strong, creative choices are essential.
- The directors are there to help you do your best - so feel free to ask questions and clarify directions or what they are looking for.
- Give your best at every role you are called back for - not just the one you “want”. Every opportunity is important.
- Be flexible with your role expectations.
- The number of times you read or sing is really no indication of casting thoughts. Sometimes directors need to see some people more than others.
- Don’t give up! The day is long; don’t let yourself get discouraged by how you feel you are performing or how others are doing.
- Try! Do your best! Have fun with the material! It's an opportunity to perform!
- You are auditioning from the moment you walk into callbacks. Be respectful, helpful, courteous. This goes a long way.
- Often the directors will give you a description of the song, character or scene. Listen - this is essential information for you.
- Have fun with the material and the characters!
Be yourself! If you are called back for a role, there is something in your personality or performance that is in common with the character. So, be natural.