Auditions

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2018-19 Auditions

Information About Our Auditions

2018-19 Auditions

Theater Through the Ages- A Student Cabaret ~ Call (425) 820-1800 to reserve an audition appointment!

Produced by Studio East’s inaugural Production LAB students

Description: Join us for a look back at Theater Through the Ages, produced and directed by Studio East’s Production LAB students. Production LAB is a 1 year intensive training program focusing on directing and stage managing. Their final project for the year is to produce, direct, conceptualize, and market a cabaret featuring Studio East actors.

Prepare: LAB students are asking actors ages 13-19 to prepare 1 minute or more of a piece (song, scene, monologue, etc.) that THEY would like to perform for this cabaret. Pieces should highlight the history of musical theater and can be solo, duet, or group pieces. There will not be an accompanist for auditions- you are welcome to audition with a recorded accompaniment or A Capella.

Audition Dates: April 28th from 5-8pm

Rehearsals: 6/2 & 6/9 form 9am-1pm and two additional rehearsals to be scheduled according to conflicts in May  Tech: 6/10-6/13 6-9:30pm

Performances: June 14th & 15th

Class fee: $75

Contact Education Director, Corey Dunne with questions at coreydunne@studio-east.org

Les Miserables (School Edition) Auditions ~ Call 425 820 1800 to reserve an audition appointment!

A musical by ALAIN BOUBLIL and CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHÖNBERG | Based on the novel by VICTOR HUGO | Music by CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHONBERG | Lyrics by HERBERT KRETZMER

Directed by Lani Brockman | Musically Directed by Susan Bardsley | Choreographed by Karen Omahen

Click here to download the Info Sheet with Calendar Les Mis

Click here to download the Audition form with Calendar Les Mis

Click here to download Les Mis Youth Audition Info

Click here to download the Character Breakdown from MTI

Description: This epic story recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean is released from his 19-year term and not only becomes an honest man, but the mayor of a prosperous town and a loving adoptive father – violating his parole in the process. The relentless Inspector Javert, who makes a decent life for Valjean impossible, consequently pursues him. Only years later, after Valjean proves his mettle during a bloody student uprising and saves the life of a young man hopelessly in love with Valjean’s adopted daughter, does the ex-convict finally feel fully redeemed.

Auditions: May 8 and 10, Youth (Ages 10-12): 5:30- 6:00; Teens: 6:00pm- 9:00pm. Call to signup for your appointment slot. 

Callbacks: May 17, 4:30pm – 8:30pm

Prepare:

Youth: Prepare the cuts of two songs provided by the Studio. Songs are posted above under, Les Mis Youth Audition Info.

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

What to Bring: Audition Form, Photo, music and resume.

Parent Meeting: Monday, June 3, 6:00pm

Rehearsals: Monday- Thursday, June 3- June 27, 6:00pm- 9:00pm
Monday- Thursday, July 1- 11, 6:00pm- 9:30pm (No rehearsal on 4th of July)
Saturday, July 13, 1:30pm- 5:30pm
Monday- Thursday, July 15- 18, 6:00pm- 10:00pm

Sitz Prob: Saturday July 20 10:00am- 2:00pm

Pickup- Sing Thru: Thursday August 1 6:00pm- 9:00pm at Studio East

Tech: Sunday, July 21, 2pm- 10pm; Monday- Friday, July 22- 25, 5:30pm- 10:30pm at Kirkland Performance Center

Mandatory: July 15- August 4

Performances: July 26- August 4. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm. Sundays at 2:30pm. 

Roles: 40+ Roles for teens. Female Leads will be doubled.
6 Roles for youth ages 10- 12. Youth roles will be doubled.

Class Fee: $600 (Some Partial Scholarships available. Requests must be received by May 17*)

*Financial Aid: If you need financial assistance, please submit a financial aid application to our main office before callbacks on May 17. 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

+ Audition Information

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.

+ How To Audition (FAQs)

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!

+ Audition Dates

Peter Pan

Auditions: March 25 & 26 6:00pm-9:00pm
Callbacks: April 1 & 2 5:30pm-9:30pm
Rehearsals start: April 15
Show Dates: May 24 – June 9, 2019
Double cast for Ages 8-19

Les Miserables (School Edition)

Auditions: May 8 & 10 6:00pm-9:00pm
Callbacks: May 17 4:30pm-8:30pm
Rehearsals start: June 3
Show Dates: July 26 – August 4, 2019
Roles: 40+ Roles for teens. Female Leads will be doubled. 6 Roles for youth ages 10- 12. Youth roles will be doubled.

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