Interested in auditioning for one of our CenterStage Productions? There's no need to be nervous. In fact, for all of our CenterStage productions, except for our Christmas cabaret, we offer audition workshops that will help you get prepared. You can view the dates for upcoming workshops by clicking here.
If you can't make a workshop, we've included the helpful guide below so that you'll know exactly what you'll need to do and what's expected of you at auditions.
Auditioning for a Musical
If you are auditioning for a musical, you'll want to be prepared to sing 16 bars (about 30-60 seconds) of an upbeat Broadway-style tune. You'll need to bring sheet music so that our accompanist can play the piano for you while you sing. (It's important that you sing with the piano so we can ascertain your ability to sing on pitch with the rest of the cast.) If you need sheet music, you can purchase it at a variety of places, but we recommend MusicNotes, an online resource for sheet music that you can download and print.
After your vocal audition, you'll hang around and participate in a large group movement (or dance) audition. Therefore, if you dress nicely for the vocal audition, you'll want to bring a change of clothes for the movement audition. This portion of the audition will let us know how quickly you pick up choreography. Please remember, though, this is an educational facility. We completely understand if you have little or even no dance experience. This will not stop us from casting you in the show. After all, we are here to learn and grow.
Auditioning for a Play
If you are auditioning for a straight play (or a play without music), you'll need to have a monologue prepared. It should match the style of the show. So, if you are auditioning for a comedy, do a comedic monologue, but if you are auditioning for a drama, do a dramatic monologue. The monologue should be no longer than 60 seconds, and it should be memorized. You may bring in a copy of your monologue to hand to another student to cue you if you get nervous and get stuck, but you should do everything you can to show that you are prepared for the audition.
Where can you find a good monologue? We have found the best way is to use your favorite search engine like Google. Or you can order monologue books for kids through Amazon or another online book service.
After the monologues are complete, your director might ask you to stay around to do some improvisation games or some movement, depending on the nature of the show. But as with a musical audition, this is only for us to ascertain where your skill levels lie, and how we can help you grow as a young performer.
The Audition Process
When you arrive at the theatre on the day of auditions, you'll fill out an audition form. (Parents, there are several places you'll need to sign. Also, you'll need to have a calendar handy so that you can mark down potential rehearsal conflicts that your student might have.) Then, you'll turn in your audition form and be assigned an audition number.
After the director greets everyone and give you some instructions, you'll be called into the performance space in groups of 5 to 8 students. The only adults in the audition space will be SYAA personnel. (Parents, we appreciate your support, but we have found in the past that many students are more nervous when a parental unit is in the room. Therefore, we ask you to wait in the lobby until the end of auditions.)
When you are called up by your audition number, you'll go to center stage and slate. "To slate" means to introduce yourself. Different organizations require different information in their slates. For SYAA, you'll want to say your audition number, your name, your age, your school, and the name of what song or monologue you are performing. For example, if you were auditioning for a musical, you might say...
Hi! I am number 5. My name is John Rogers. I am 10 years old, and I go to Jesus, the Good Shepherd School. Today, I will be singing "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music.
Or if you were auditioning for a play, you might say...
Hi! I am number 19. My name is Ellie Johns, and I am 12 years old. I go to Ouachita Junior High School, and today, I will be performing a monologue as the character Veruca from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Then, you either sing your song or perform your monologue. Once you have finished, wait for the director to say, "Thank you." You say, "Thank you" back to him. (The director is thanking you for auditioning, and you are thanking him for taking the time to listen.) Then, you take your seat, and wait for everyone in your group to finish. After everyone in your group has gone, you'll be dismissed back to the lobby.
If there is an additional section to the audition (such as movement or improv), you'll wait in the lobby until the full group is called.
Callbacks and the Cast List
After auditions, you'll be dismissed, but you'll want to make sure that you have liked SYAA's Facebook page. We will be posting a call back list there within 24-72 hours of auditions. (The director of the production will let you know the exact date and time.) Callbacks are a time when the director looks more closely at certain actors, and actors are often asked to prepare additional material for callbacks. (This will be listed on the callback link on Facebook.)
If a student is NOT called back, it does NOT mean that he or she is not cast in the production. It just means that the director saw everything that he or she needed to see in the audition process. Actors who are not called back should check the Facebook page (at the appointment time and date) for the cast list to be posted. SYAA does not make individual phone calls. Actors are expected to check the Facebook page for notifications on casting and information on the first rehearsal for each production.
If you have any additional questions about the audition process, please feel free to give us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or a call at (318) 812-7922. We will be happy to answer your questions so that you (or your child) can get in on the act here at SYAA!