The poet Mark Nepo wrote that “… listening to the stories of others …is a kind of water that breaks the fever of our isolation. If we listen closely enough, we are soothed into remembering our common name.”
In this time of COVID 19 and widespread societal pain, anger, and sorrow, it is essential that we listen to the voice of each and every generation. Often the experience of teenagers and young adults is minimized and overlooked. The impact of this pandemic, and of systemic racial injustice, is far reaching and long-lasting. It may be many years before we know what it means to individuals, as well as to whole generations. But for now, in this moment, we yearn to reach across the barriers of isolation and separation to find community. This Fall the Studio will be enlisting the creativity, art, and experience of our young artists to explore what it means to navigate this new world. We will explore the themes of this time through language, dance, music, video, and photographs. Their Voice, Their Experience will be what informs the exploration and creation of the work. We look forward to the journey, and hope that you will choose to witness the heart, the mind, and the soul of these remarkable artists as we all strive toward healing and resilience.
Directed by Lani Brockman & Julie Grant
Casting: We are casting up to 22 people, ages 13-19.
Audition Information: All auditions done via video submission; callbacks done via zoom.
Audition video submission due by Friday, August 21 at 5:00pm
Callbacks will be done via Zoom on Wednesday, August 26.
Auditioners will be contacted about setting up a callback appointment no later than Monday, August 24.
CALLBACK INSTRUCTIONS: (Don’t stress out about this, just express yourselves) Actors need to create a piece of art that expresses their life before COVID and George Floyd, as well as their life after. This original creation can be expressed in any creative way that makes sense to them. It could be as simple as a list, a monologue or song, or as visually interesting as a photo series, or a rap or musical composition. Finally, we would like them to tell us what they envision this project to be.
All callback and casting notifications will be sent via email.
If you have questions please contact Jessica Stansfield, Production Manager, at JessicaStansfield@studio-east.org.
Rehearsals take place at Studio East and online on Zoom. All in-person rehearsals will follow state guidelines, this production will adjust to entirely online if necessary. Hours may be adjusted.
All casting notifications will be made by August 31.
Parent Meeting: Tuesday, September 8, 6:00pm via ZOOM
Rehearsals: Mondays- Thursdays, September 8 – October 8, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, No rehearsal Mon. Sept 7. Saturday, October 3, 1:30pm- 5:30pm, Monday – Thursday, October 5- 8, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Tech: Monday – Thursday, October 12- 15, 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Filming Day: Saturday, October 17, 12:00pm- 8:00pm
Conflicts: No conflicts October 5-17. All conflicts should be given at the time of auditions. Additional rehearsal conflicts added after casting may not be accepted.
Weekly rehearsal schedules and updates will be sent out through email regularly to all cast members and their guardians.
The final production will be filmed and presented online.
Tuition: $595 (Due to increased costs and restrictions associated with COVID-19 we’ve had to raise the tuition price for this production. We encourage anyone who needs tuition assistance to apply.
Tuition Assistance: If you need financial assistance, please submit a financial aid application to our main office before callbacks on August 26. Due to processing time we are unable to consider financial assistance if you wait until the parent meeting to apply. Applying for financial aid does not impact casting decisions.
Withdrawal from Production: There are no refunds.
Audition videos end of September
Production Dates: October- February
‘Twas the Night… Reminagined
Audition videos end of September
Production Dates: mid-October- November
Production filmed and presented online
The Laramie Project
Auditions end of November
Production Dates: December- early February
James and Giant Peach
Production Dates: February- early April
Wizard of Oz
Production Dates: April- June
Each season the Studio produces 6 to 9 shows involving hundreds of youth and playing to thousands of audience members. Production experience is a great way to develop teamwork, responsibility and confidence. It demands that you focus, listen, follow directions and take risks – all while having a lot of fun!
Each production is open to students of a particular age range with opportunities through the year for young actors. Every show is different! Please check the audition information posted above to see if your young actor is eligible.
Auditions are mandatory for each production and are held a few weeks before rehearsals begin. Each show rehearses for 5 – 7 weeks prior to performances. Call the office to make an appointment a few weeks in advance.
Students auditioning for a musical should prepare a contemporary monologue and song, not to exceed 2 minutes total. Both should be memorized and well-rehearsed. Auditions for a non-musical production require a monologue, not to exceed 1 1/2 minutes.
Auditions can be intimidating if you’ve never done them before. Please consider enrolling in our audition workshops if you would like some guidance. Workshops are offered quarterly and are an inexpensive way to break through that wall of fear! You can also check out our Audition Tips and Resources (at the bottom of this page) for valuable information.
Serious theater students ages 10 to 19 may audition for Studio East’s Foundations and Intensive training programs during the school year and in the summer. Studio Foundations & Studio Intensive offer 9 months of training from September to June. Learn more and to sign up for an audition visit. Learn more about our 6 week summer program, Young Actors Professional Intensive.
Studio East has a Scholarship Fund to offer partial scholarships for all of our programs to students who could not otherwise participate. Download our Financial Aid Form.
What should I do when filming an audition piece?
Treat it as you would an in-person audition. Make sure you still slate your name, and monologue or song name. Read any instructions on the audition page if there are specifics about how they would like you to film.
Should I film more than once?
Yes, this is your opportunity to give us your best take. However, please don’t edit within your audition piece.
Do you have any other video audition tips?
Find a quiet place to film make sure it is free of background noise.
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!
Audition information will be posted on our website well before the audition dates.
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.
For a non-musical, prepare a memorized monologue, not to exceed a minute and a 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!
Sheet music for your song, a resume listing your performing experience and performing arts training, a recent, disposable photo, and the audition form which can be downloaded from the audition page for that show. The photo can be a school picture and it should not be precious – you will not get it back.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
https://www.musicnotes.com/– A great website for finding sheet music for your audition song.