Theatre

The Do’s and Don’ts of the Audition Process

DO

1. Know your audition song like the back of your hand.
2. Staple your headshot and resume together.
3. Ensure that you arrive on time and can stay until they dismiss you, not the other way around.
4. Be courteous and friendly to everyone there, not just the panel.
5. Dress appropriately and wear shoes for dancing.
6. Be willing to accept a role in the ensemble, especially if this is your first audition for the company.
7. Have fun, and think of the whole thing as an opportunity to perform, which is what you love to do! Right?

DON’T

1. Overeat or drink a lot of dairy before the audition.
2. Be like Karen and Ivy from SMASH and show up looking like Marilyn (or wearing a Phantom mask, or with green skin).
3. Act like you’re better than anyone. Ever.
4. Think that because you didn’t get a callback, you won’t be cast.
5. Automatically do an accent during cold readings, even for shows like Nine or My Fair Lady; always ask the panel first.
6. Let a mistake cool your fire; you can make up for it in another aspect of your audition.
7. Sing a pop song if you’re auditioning for an operetta, or vice-versa.

Footnote: The theme for the month of October is going to be OPERA-COMIQUE. Rising to popularity long before verismo, Bizet’s Carmen is one of the most famous examples of this style. That was also the very first opera I saw live at the Met!

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