Auditions

Studio Foundations and Studio Intensive at Studio East

2019-20 Auditions

Information About Our Auditions

Auditions- done by video submissions. Submissions due April 6.

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Annie Auditions ~ Done by video submissions

Note: We are trying our best to make Annie happen. However, as we receive new information, we may need to adjust the schedule or postpone the production. If that becomes necessary we hope to know prior to rehearsals starting. We will next evaluate the situation the week of April 20 prior to casting notifications and communicate more information then.

Directed & Choreographed by Samuel J. Pettit | Musically Directed by Rebecca Herivel

Description: With equal measures of pluck and positivity, this beloved Tony-award-winning musical will charm the entire family. ANNIE follows Little Orphan Annie as she grows up in an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Despite her seemingly hopeless situation, Annie dreams of the day she will be reunited with her parents. Her journey takes her down a path where she happens upon a lovable mutt named Sandy, the billionaire Oliver Warbucks, and his personal secretary Grace Farrell, within all of whom she finds the family she has been missing.

Click here to download the UPDATED Annie Calendar

Auditions & Callbacks: Done by video submissions, see below for more information

Prepare: A contemporary monologue and musical theater song, not to exceed two minutes in total length. Learn the dance audition, details and video below.

What to Submit: Online Audition Form (link below) in that form you will submit an informal headshot photo, Resume, and Audition video(s) via an unlisted youtube link

Annie Video auditions instructions 

– Begin by stating your name and age. Speak clearly and project.  

– Sing to a recorded track or accompaniment. (One minute) If that is not possible we will take it a cappella, but not preferred. 

– One minute monologue

– Film full body. Send us your best take. No editing. 

– In a separate video film your dance audition.  

ONLINE AUDITION FORM Fill out our online audition form. On this form you will upload your resume (if available), photo, and a link to your audition video(s). Please only submit once. Make sure all your videos are complete before starting the form. 

How to upload to an unlisted youtube 

  • Go to youtube.com
  • In the top right corner click create, then upload video 
  • Select the file you would like to upload 
  • Title the video- ex. Jessica Annie audition video 
  • Click next, skip step 2, and go to step 3 (visibility)  
  • Select unlisted 
  • Copy the link and put it into your audition form 
  • Now only those who click on the link will be able to see it.  
  • Please leave the video up until casting is complete.  

This audition video is serving as both an audition and callback for most actors. We may be in touch if we need to see you perform additional material.  

AUDITION SUBMISSION DUE DATE- Monday, April 6 

After that date we will start reviewing video submissions and will be in touch if we need to see you perform additional material. Additional material may be a monologue or song from the show.  

CASTING NOTIFICATIONS will begin the week of April 20th 

If you have any questions please reach out to our Production Manager

 

SCHEDULE:

Click here to download the UPDATED Annie Calendar

Parent Meeting: Monday, April 27, 6:00pm

Rehearsals: Monday – Thursday, April 27- May 7, 6:00pm – 9:00pm- may be done virtually for first two weeks if needed. | Monday – Thursday, May 11- 28, 6:00pm – 9:30pm | Saturday, May 16 & 23, 1:30pm- 5:30pm | There are rehearsal/performances on Memorial Day & Fathers Day.

Tech: Saturday, May 30, 12:00pm – 8:00pm, Cast A | Sunday, May 31, 12:00pm- 8:00pm, Cast B | Monday – Thursday, June 1- 4, 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Mandatory: Starting May 25 for all your cast rehearsal/performance dates

Performances: June 5- June 14, with possible extensions through June 21

Roles: Up to 27 per cast, ages 8-19 (double cast)

Class Fee: $550 (some partial scholarships available)

*Financial Aid: If you need financial assistance, please submit a financial aid application to our main office before callbacks. 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.  Click here to download the form.

Auditions: May 7 & 8 | Callbacks: May 14 & 15

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Anything Goes Auditions ~ Email our Production Manager to reserve an audition appointment!

Directed by Lani Brockman | Musically Directed by Susan Bardsley | Choreographed by Karen Omahen | Presented by Ford Hyundai of Kirkland

Description:Music, dance, laughs, and the age-old tale of Boy Meets Girl- no musical puts it on stage better than Anything Goes! A hilarious shipboard romp, wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores, Anything Goes is delightful, delicious, and de-Lovely.

Auditions: May 7 & 8, 6:00pm – 9:00pm | Email our Production Manager to signup for your appointment slot. 

Callbacks: May 14 & 15, 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Prepare:A contemporary monologue and musical theater song, not to exceed two minutes in total length.

What to Bring: Audition Form, Photo, Resume, Sheet Music

Parent Meeting: Monday, June 1, 6:00pm

Rehearsals: Monday- Thursday, June 1- June 25, 6:00pm- 9:00pm | Monday- Thursday, June 29- July 9, 6:00pm- 9:30pm | Saturday, July 11, 1:30pm- 5:30pm | Monday- Thursday, July 13- 16, 6:00pm- 10:00pm | Sitz Prob Saturday July 18 10:00am- 2:00pm | Pickup Thursday July 30 6:00pm- 9:00pm at Studio East

Tech: Monday- Friday, July 20- 24, 5:30pm- 10:30pm at Kirkland Performance Center

Mandatory:July 13- August 2

Performances: July 25 – August 2

Roles: 50, ages 13-19

Class Fee: $650 (some partial scholarships available)

*Financial Aid: If you need financial assistance, please submit a financial aid application to our main office before callbacks. 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.  Click here to download the form.

Information About Our Auditions

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Auditions for Mainstage Productions

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.

Audition Workshops

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.

Auditions for Intensive Training

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.

Scholarships Available

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.

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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 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!

Q: What do I need to bring?

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.

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!

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