Auditions

Studio Foundations and Studio Intensive at Studio East

2019-20 Auditions

Information About Our Auditions

Auditions: December 2 & 3 | Callbacks: December 5

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You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Auditions ~ Call 425.820.1800 to reserve an audition appointment!

Presented by Tere & Daniel Kaulfus | Directed by VJ Orduña | Musically Directed by John Lehrack

Based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts” By Charles Schulz | Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner

Info Sheet with Calendar for Charlie Brown

Audition Form Charlie Brown with Calendar

Description: Experience a day in the life of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts Gang as they ride the roller coaster of life, with all of its ups and downs. Watch as the drama unfolds, with important life lessons shared through the clever, heart-warming and hilarious wisdom of your favorite Peanuts characters. Happiness is all around, even if you are Charlie Brown.

Auditions: December 2 & 3, 6:00pm – 9:00pm | Call to signup for your appointment slot. 

Callbacks: December 5, 4:00pm – 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, December 9, 6:00pm

Rehearsals: Monday – Thursday, December 9 – January 16, 6:00pm – 9:00pm (No rehearsals December 23- January 2) | Saturday, January 18, 1:30pm- 5:30pm | Monday – Thursday, January 20- 23, 6:00pm – 9:30pm

Tech: Saturday, January 25, 12:00pm- 5:00pm | Sunday, January 26, 12:00pm- 6:30pm | Monday – Thursday, January 27- 30, 5:30pm – 9:30pm (there is rehearsal on MLK Day)

Mandatory: January 20- February 9

Performances: January 31- February 9 – Fridays 7:30pm, Saturdays 2:30pm & 7:30pm, Sunday 2:30pm, except Feb 2nd will be a 12:30pm performance

Roles: 15 roles per cast, ages 11- 19. This show is 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: January 16 & 17 | Callbacks: January 24

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Sweeney Todd Auditions ~ Starting Dec 1, call 425.820.1800 to reserve an audition appointment!

Presented by Jeremy Pollard | Directed by Lani Brockman | Musically Directed by Susan Bardsley

Description:Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous barber-ism and culinary crime tells the infamous tale of the unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. His thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers, and the resourceful Mrs. Lovett, the owner of the pie shop downstairs, soon has the people of London lining up in droves to try her mysterious new meat pies!

Auditions: January 16 & 17, 6:00pm – 9:00pm | Call to signup for your appointment slot. 

Callbacks: January 24, 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, February 10, 6:00pm

Rehearsals: Monday – Thursday, February 10 – March 5, 6:00pm – 9:00pm | Saturday, March 7, 1:30pm- 5:30pm | Monday – Thursday, March 9-12, 6:00pm – 9:30pm (There is rehearsal over mid-winter break)

Tech: Saturday, March 14, 12:00pm- 8:00pm | Monday – Thursday, March 16-19, 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Mandatory: March 9 – April 4

Performances: March 20 – April 4

Roles: 22, ages 13-19

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.

Information About Our Auditions

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Audition Information

Studio East has many audition opportunities for young actors, ages 7 to 19.

Auditions for Mainstage Productions

Young actors, ages 7 to 19, put their theater training to use by appearing in a theatrical production. Each season the Studio produces 6 or 7 Mainstage shows and 1 or 2 Summer 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!

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 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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