Jul 24

How to Audition for a Play vs. a Musical

The audition: a marathon for some, and a challenge for all! It’s your time to shine and to show the casting director, show director and anyone else in that room that you’re perfect for the part! It’s also a time to prepare, and a time to focus, and to make sure that while you’re showing them what you have that you’re showing them what they want to see. Auditioning for a musical, for example is very different from auditioning for a play. Here is some advice to remember next time you audition for one or the other!

Let’s start with the musical. When you look at the notice, pay close attention to what they’d like to see. Do they want up-tempo songs? Ballads? Contemporary or classical? You’ll need to find two pieces that not only showcase your personality and voice, but that also fit the description of what they’re looking for. You won’t go into a RENT audition singing a song from Phantom of the Opera. Pay close attention to what they want, and always have a back up song in case they want to hear something else! You will also need to bring a change of clothes and shoes for the dance part of the audition. Now granted, the show might not actually have any dancing in it, but most musical auditions will have some sort of movement, or dance portion that goes with it-make sure you are stretched and prepared to do what you are asked! You will also need to work with your vocal coach (if you have one), to make sure that whatever song you pick is the right one for you and make it sound flawless, no matter what the conditions. Not all accompanists will be awesome-you have to be.

But what about for a play? This may sound daunting for those of us find our strength in singing. Again, look at the audition notice and figure out what sort of monologue they’re asking for-if they are. Dramatic, contemporary, classical or comedy? And again, pick one that showcases you, fits your personality and best works for your strengths. Practice the monologue in front of a mirror, your friends, or even your acting coach (again if you have one), and be prepared to do it different ways-they may love your monologue, but want to hear it a different way and you need to be ready for that.

No matter what though, be familiar with the piece you are auditioning for and have fun! Break a leg out there!

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