As we know, casting is a crucial step in bringing a theatrical production to life, and the audition process sets the stage for the magic that unfolds. By fostering a welcoming environment, choosing the right story for your stage, and providing clear expectations, we can create auditions that not only identify talent but also inspire a lifelong love for the dramatic arts. To help, our team of professional educators has compiled their top tips for a successful audition.
1. Preparation is Key: Send materials for auditions ahead of time to help ease anxiety and ensure everyone is on the same page regarding the production's goal and themes. Include script snippets that may be used in the audition, suggested monologues, or a breakdown of what to expect.
2. Choosing the Right Story:
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3. Clear Communication: Tell students your expectations and criteria for the audition. For example, "I'm looking for loud and clear voices, expressive bodies, and actors who can follow directions."
4. Setup for Success: Start with warm ups or even a silly partner exercise to ease the tension and make students comfortable. This also gives you the opportunity to see how each student works as an ensemble.
5. Diversity Formats: Consider trying multiple different formats such as scene-work from the show, open-ended scenes, monologues, and improv activities to assess different aspects of the actors' skills.
6. Thank About Your Age-Group: If you are auditioning younger students or those who are not confident readers, ask them to tell you a joke! Alternatively, set a timer for one-minute and have the student tell you a story. This will give you the opportunity to see their personality shine onstage! If you are auditioning older students or those who are experienced at auditioning, ask them to prepare a 30-second to 1-minute monologue to perform during auditions. It may be helpful to provide suggested monologues for students.
6. Celebrate Accomplishments: End the audition by congratulating everyone on taking risks and thanking them for sharing their talents with the group. Inform them of next steps with an accurate timeline of when they will receive casting or callback notices.
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