Frequently Asked Questions about Auditions
WHAT ARE AUDITIONS?
Auditions are an opportunity for the show director (the person in charge of the show) the musical director (person responsible for teaching you the music) and the choreographer (person who teaches the dance steps) to see what each actor has to offer the show. Sometimes they are looking for a particular look, personality or ability for certain characters.
HOW DO I FIND OUT WHEN
AUDITIONS ARE HELD?
IS THERE AN AUDITION FEE?
No there is no fee to audition although you may need to find music for an audition song and borrow or purchase the music. If cast in a show there will be a show fee
WHAT ARE OPEN AUDITIONS?
We conduct an “Open Audition” call. This means anyone can come and audition for the show. We will hold two types of auditions “Broadway Style” and “Group Auditions” so you can pick the one that fits you best. See our FAQ’s below for descriptions and expectations for both. Please note that for our youth productions, children who have taken part in our classes will be looked more closely when casting.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR AUDITION?
#1 Be familiar with the show
#2 Audition form (Filled out) - forms will also be available at audition.
#3 Attach your resume if you have one
#4 Copy of your sheet music
#5 Attach a head shot 4x6 portrait orientation (this doesn’t need to be professional head shot. It can be a school photo or parents photo. It will not be returned).
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT THAT I
BRING A HEAD SHOT?
Even if we know you and have worked with you often you need to bring a head shot. As part of our audition and casting process we use your head shot extensively. We put notes on them and look at them often. When we go to do our final casting we put all the head shots on the table and sort them into the available parts. If your photo isn't on the table there is a greater chance you could be forgotten altogether.
WHAT STYLE OF AUDITION SHOULD
I PREPARE FOR?
Because the CFT Youth Theater program is about training children & youth how to be good actors we also want to teach them how to do a proper Broadway Style Musical audition. We also understand that many children may not be ready for that level of preparation so we will conduct a simpler Group Audition phase as well. Adult auditions are conducted in a similar manner but can be adjusted depending on the style of show we are producing.
WHAT IS A GROUP AUDITION?
Group auditions do not require preparation but it is still good to be familiar with the show for which you are auditioning. Everyone shows up at the same time and will stay several hours as they are given acting exercises to do as a group and parts of songs to learn. Each actor will be assessed and scored by the directors.
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR A GROUP AUDITION?
Familiarize yourself on the show. Fill out the audition sheet. Attach your head shot. Show up a few minutes before the group audition to check in. Plan to stay until auditions are over. Whether we are conducting a multi-generational or youth production we try to keep these auditions fun and fast paced. We will play theater games and do activities to get actors moving and having some fun. When casting a musical we will teach everyone part of some songs from the show and give groups and individuals a chance to sing some for a vocal assessment..
WHAT ARE CALLBACKS?
Some actors are asked to come back for another round of auditions where they may given part of a dance to learn with the choreographer and perform for the directors as well as singing a particular song or doing lines from a particular scene that the director thinks you might be right for. PLEASE NOTE if you do not get a callback it does not mean you have not been chosen for a part.
WHAT IS A BROADWAY STYLE AUDITION?*
This is a standard audition style where each actor will select part of a song (3 minutes or less) to perform and a monologue (2 minutes or less) to act out for a panel of directors. These are individual auditions done one at a time with a reserved audition 10 minute time slot.
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR A BROADWAY STYLE AUDITION?
#1 Research the show. Be familiar with the story line. Know the characters in the show and what that part demands such as singing or memorization of a lot of lines.
#2 Pick a monologue. A MONOLOGUE is a dramatic conversation or presentation, spoken by a single character (from a play, musical, tv show, or movie), usually either to someone else or to the audience. You can select your own monologue or look through some of our suggestions. Pick one that you can connect with and become that character.
#3 Pick a song. Remember that songs need to be less than 3 minutes (under 2 is preferred). If you select a long song then the directors may stop you after a couple of minutes. So if there is a great part at the end of the song you want them to her you perform consider starting further into the song.
#4 Prepare and rehearse. Have your song and monologue memorized so that you can be free to act while performing those for the directors.
WHERE DO I FIND A SONG OR MONOLOGUE?
Other Broadway musicals and plays are a great source. You can use any source for your monologue or song but we require that you bring a copy of your sheet music for the pianist. (This must be piano/vocal score and not just a melody or chord score). There are a wealth of resources for adults as well as youtube videos etc. Keep in mind that we are a Christian organization and as such we appreciate it if you do not perform questionable or offensive material.
For children that don't know where to start they can look over our Songs & Monologues pages for some sample ideas.
A note on choosing a monologue or song.
Do not perform any content from the show for which you are auditioning. Remember we are a Christian run organization so do not do questionable or offensive materials. If there is a particular character you want to be considered for, try finding a song & monologue for a character from another show that has a similar personality or song.
*Parents-We respect each young actor that comes to our auditions. When your child comes for an individual, Broadway style, audition we respect and see them as an actor regardless of age and we want them to see themselves that way. We ask that parents wait outside the audition room. When your child is with you they are “your child”. In the audition room we want them to see themselves as an actor. If your child is not ready to step into the audition room without you then please consider the group auditions.
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