Audition Tips and FAQs
Tips for Auditioning
If you are asked to present a song or monologue, prepare your piece well. Memorize your selection and practice it many times.
Be kind to everyone and smile.
Remember that your audition for every show begins the moment you walk in the door. You may be perfect in the audition room, but rudeness or misbehavior in the lobby will be noticed.
Be on time for your appointment.
We ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment so that all of your paperwork can be completed before you go in for your auditions. Arriving early also gives you time to relax and focus and not feel rushed.
Use your waiting time wisely.
It is great to see old friends and make new ones at an audition, but be sure to take some time to focus on your audition.
At Stages theatre Company, we always ask that actors come dressed for movement. This means you should dress in clothes that are comfortable and will not impede your movement, but still be neat, clean and nice looking. (Please, no flip-flops, boots, high heels, wheeled shoes, etc. Sturdy shoes that stay on your feet are a must. Dance shoes are appropriate).
When you walk into the audition room, tell us your name and the name of the piece you have prepared. This makes a good first impression.
Don’t watch the directors.
While doing your audition, do not look directly at the people you are auditioning for, unless specifically directed to do so.
If you make a mistake, do not apologize. Remember that others may not even notice a mistake, but if you point it out to them, they will know for sure.
It’s OK to be nervous.
Don’t worry about being nervous. Just about everyone is nervous. Do your best to smile and have a good time.
Why don’t you audition actors younger than age 10?
Based on 25 years in the field, we believe age 10 is when most young actors begin to develop the skills and discipline it takes to participate in theatre at this level. Obviously, there will be exceptions, but we believe it is most fair to all participants to have a set age. We will consider casting nine-year-old actors only if we are unable to cast the show under the regular casting criteria.
You have performances when I have school, how does this work?
If you are cast in a production at Stages Theatre Company, you will be required to attend every performance. We understand that learning is first job of a young person. It is for each family to decide how to strike a balance between learning in the school environment and learning outside the classroom. If you are cast, we will provide information for you to bring to your school. We require that you return this form to us, with signatures, to show us that you have talked with your teachers and school and that they know you will be involved in performances on those dates.
What if I have conflicts?
We accept some conflicts with the rehearsal schedule. We do not allow any conflicts during the last ten days of rehearsals or for any performances. Conflicts are taken under consideration when casting.
I’ve never been in a play/auditioned before? Can I still audition?
Yes! We strive to be a comfortable place for your first audition. If this is your first time, you may want to read the Tips for Auditioning.
What should I wear?
For each audition you should dress nicely, but in comfortable clothing that you can be free to move around in. You should not dress in costume. Please wear shoes that will stay on your feet and are easy to move in.
Do I need to bring anything?
No, unless otherwise specified for a particular show.
Do I need a headshot/resume?
If you have a resume and headshot, please bring them, but we do not require them to audition. We will have a form for you to fill out. It is helpful to bring a picture, but it is not required.
Do I have to sing?
For musicals, all actors will be required to sing at the audition. Shows and roles will vary as to how much singing will be required in the performance.
What song should I choose?
The best choice would be something that suits your age and type. It should be from a musical if possible. If you’ve auditioned for us many times, it’s always a good idea to prepare something new. Popular songs are usually not a good choice, as they do not show the same range and vocal qualities as songs written for the stage.
What does a cappella mean?
There is no piano or playback available for music. You will need to sing without accompaniment.
Should I prepare a dance?
No. We will teach you a short dance combination at the audition.
Do I need a monologue?
You do not need to prepare a monologue unless specifically noted in the show audition information.
What is a callback?
After the first two evenings of auditions, we invite back a smaller number of people back for a second audition. Getting a callback does not mean that you have been cast in the show. If do not receive a callback, you have not been cast in the show.
I am an adult actor, how can I be considered?
These auditions are for youth actors only. We do hold auditions for adult actors on an as needed basis. Please watch for our listings on the minnesotaplaylist.com. If you would like to be placed in our actor file, please email a resume, headshot and cover letter.
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