How To Audition
Q: I’ve never auditioned before. Where do I start?
We offer audition workshops throughout the year that teach you the basics about auditioning. Select from Audition Monologue, Musical Audition, or Callback Audition workshops, or take all three for a well-rounded look at the full audition process. Call our office if you have any questions!
Q: How do I know when auditions will be held?
Audition information will be posted on our website well before the audition dates, and will be listed in the quarterly brochure.
Q: How do I sign up for an audition?
Just call the Studio East main office at 425-820-1800 and we will schedule an audition time for you. The office can also answer any questions you have about auditioning.
Q: What do I need to prepare?
For a non-musical, prepare a memorized monologue, not to exceed a minute and one half. For a musical, prepare a memorized song and a contrasting monologue, not to exceed two minutes total. Check the audition listing for any other specific requirements, such as a Shakespeare or classical monologue. Be expressive, confident, and positive!
Q: What do I need to bring?
Sheet music for your song, a resume listing your performing experience and performing arts training, and a recent, disposable photo. The photo can be a school picture. It should not be precious – you will not get it back. You may also be asked to list your conflicts with the rehearsal schedule, so bring your calendar.
Q: How do I find a good monologue?
For younger students, any piece of text that tells a story is appropriate. You can find these in monologue books at the library, on websites, or take a passage from your favorite novel. For older students (12 and up) you can find monologues from plays appropriate to your age, again in books at the library, on websites, or from plays with young characters (Anne of Green Gables, Annie, Oliver, A Little Princess, Alice in Wonderland, etc.). You can come to the Studio East office and ask to look through our “Young Actor Audition Book” for ideas. Please come by 4:00 to allow enough time to peruse the materials. We charge $.50 per monologue copy. Come to our quarterly Audition Monologue Workshops for examples and more details!
Q: How do I choose a song and find sheet music?
This can be tricky, so it’s best to find a musical person to help you. You should choose a song that you enjoy, that fits your vocal range, and that is of a similar style to the show you’re auditioning for. It’s best not to use songs from the show you are auditioning for. Make sure you bring sheet music with the piano part as well as the vocal part, in your key. You can use YouTube to see other performers sing the songs you’re interested in. You can come to the Studio East office and ask to look through our “Young Actor Audition Book” for songs from summer camps you might have performed in. Please come by 4:00 to allow enough time to peruse the materials. We charge $1.00 per song copy. You can often find scores or song books at the library or sheet music on websites. You can also find songbooks to purchase online that come with accompaniment CDs that are very helpful. Come to our quarterly Musical Audition Workshops for examples and more details!
Q: Can I sing a song that was written for someone of the opposite gender to sing?
If you can sing the song well AND ACT it well, go for it! The basic guidelines are to choose a song that is appropriate to your voice and the show you are auditioning for. What style of song does the character you are most likely to be considered for sing? If it is a sweet ballad, choose that kind of song for your audition. If that character needs a strong belt range, use a similar song in your audition. Your goal is to be called back and have the chance to sing and read from the script!
Q: Can I sing my song a cappella (without piano)?
We would prefer you have sheet music in the correct key for your song. If you cannot get sheet music, tell the Directing Team you’d like to sing a cappella. The Musical Director may ask you to sing “Happy Birthday” or some other simple song with piano accompaniment after you sing your prepared song.
Q: Are there any songs I definitely shouldn’t bring to an audition?
Songs with very difficult piano parts (Jason Robert Brown, some Sondheim, etc.) are a no-no at auditions. Songs that are very popular and too difficult for you to sing well are also not a good idea (Defying Gravity, I’m Alive, etc.). And as stated before, don’t bring a song to your audition that is from the show you are auditioning for. The Directors will decide which roles they might see you in and invite you to sing those songs at callbacks.
Q: What happens after the audition?
You’ll receive a phone call letting you know if you’ve been “called back”. (For some productions, you may be invited to callbacks at your audition.) Callbacks are the second round of auditions, when you’ll read scenes and/or sing songs and/or learn a dance from the show. To help you prepare, come to our quarterly Callback Workshops for practice reading scenes and more details! After callbacks, you’ll receive a call letting you know whether or not you’ve been cast.
Q: How do the Directors make casting decisions?
The Directors come into auditions looking for actors to fit the specific characters in the show. Each Director has a unique perspective and vision of what the characters are like, but they are all looking for confidence and expressive performance. Acting, singing and dancing skills are all considered when assessing which roles a student could fill. The callbacks give the Directing Team a chance to test their initial thoughts, and challenge students to bring their best efforts to a role. They are often surprised! Overall, the Directors want to put together the best possible cast to make the show successful.
Q: How can I get feedback on my audition?
Studio East staff will always be happy to give you feedback from the Directing team. Call and ask to speak with Lani Brockman for details.
Sign up for our Audition Workshop series for more information!