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I need advice. I want to audition for a play. But I'm not so sure if I should. It would be my first one..... 

I don't know how to audition. 

The time schedules are REALLY tight.

But I SUPER REALLY WANT TO AUDITION. But, at the same time, not so sure.  

Please help! 

submitted by Butterfly
(July 19, 2015 - 6:42 pm)

If you already have a play in mind, their website/newsletter/whatever should have info about the audition. For most auditions, you'll probably have to prepare a monolouge, and if it's a musical, sing a song. You might also have to do a dance. When you're finding those things, keep in mind the charecter you want to et, and maybe choose a charecter with a similar personality. If you take voice  lessons, ask to work on the song you chose, and even if yo don't practice in front of many different people, and ask for their honest advice. It may seem a little weird, but it helps!

If you don't know of any auditions, check your local newspaper, and check in with your community theatre, too, if you have one.

Hope this helps! 

submitted by Carolion K, age Classified, North Pole
(July 19, 2015 - 7:53 pm)


submitted by tip!
(July 19, 2015 - 8:13 pm)

My school does a musical and a middle school regular play. (We're a very small school, so everyone is guaranteed a part, but because of that, some of the parts are super small.) For the first couple years I was in ensemble, but I loved it. A friend of mine tried out for the musical for the first time this past school year (seventh grade for us) and he got the lead. It mostly depends on just talent, but I find that even if you hate your part, it ends up being fun anyway.(I know from experience. I never regret doing drama in the end.) I can't really help with how to audition-my school has a particular format- but I just try to choose to audition with something I know I can do. All I know is it's always worth it, regardless of what part you get. I always have fun. Good luck!

submitted by Sydney C., age 12
(July 20, 2015 - 9:27 am)

Butterfly: That is really funny that you brought auditions up because today I had auditions for Once Upon a Mattress! Like Sydney C. said you will probably have to prepare a song and monologue. Make sure you warm up first even if the director dose not say to. Calm yourself breath deep. Also, if you make a mistake or feel you need to start over then ask if you can(I had to today)!

Good luck if you audition for a play or musical!Smile

submitted by Horse Spirit Girl
(July 20, 2015 - 5:28 pm)

Last my school did Once Upon a Mattresss, and it was GREAT!

submitted by Hermione Granger, age 11, Hogwarts
(July 27, 2015 - 11:38 am)

It depends on how this particular theatre company (or school, whatever) does auditions. If it is a musical, you may have to sing a song at auditions. Find something like a broadway show tune that the people overseeing your audition would know. For instance, I am planning to audition for a show and I have a low voice, so I am singing a song that I can sing lower in. You may be doing line-reading or monologues. If line-reading, I suggest you really pay attention to your instructions, speak loudly and clearly, and get into the part even if you don't exactly know what it is. If the auditions call for monologues, I suggest the "I don't have a mother either" one from A (or is it the?) Little Princess, or one from Anne of Green Gables (there are several good ones). Totally go for auditioning, and remember to smile at the director! 

submitted by Rose bud
(July 20, 2015 - 7:49 pm)

Yes, one of my areas of EXPERTISE!!! Just kidding. You should definitly do it! i've done auditions my whole life, and I don't get nervous anymore. You know what you can do, and you will know before you do it if you can get the part you want. Just do it with confidence, and you will do fine!

Oh, tight time schedules. Frustrating, but a good experience. 

Break a leg! 

submitted by S.E.
(July 20, 2015 - 5:20 pm)

Butterfly, if you contact the people running the auditions, you can find out what you need to do. You can decide from there what you would like to do.

On the other hand, if this is a strict, intense audition that seems like it might be super hard or not fun, you might want to sing up for a theater program where everyone gets a part.

That didn't help at all, did it.

Ok, here's some better advice:

Go with what your instinct tells you. Actually, why not audition anyway? Even if you don't get in, you'll have tried, which is better then not auditioning at all. And there's a first time or everything, isn't there? 

submitted by OtR
(July 20, 2015 - 7:52 pm)

Thanks so much guys! I have decided that I will audition. (Even though inside I keep asking myself if I should or not because I'm nervous.) Your advice was really good. Thank you!

submitted by Butterfly
(July 21, 2015 - 11:21 am)

Cloudy Dweller is in Once Upon a Matress :) I cannot wait to go see it :):)

submitted by Rose bud
(July 21, 2015 - 3:22 pm)

I've always been shyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! I confess it, I'm shyyyyyyyyyyy! Can't you guess that this confident air is a mask that I wear 'cause I'm shy?

I sang that song for an audition once. It fits my voice and character perfectly.


submitted by OtR
(July 21, 2015 - 5:58 pm)

My advice shortened into one sentence- go for it. 

I've been in plays since I was in 3rd grade, the first time I could sign up. My schedule's always been super busy, and sometimes when I'm there, I'm barely doing anything and there's so much time put in and a lot of the time I wonder if it's worth it. But then the play comes, and we're all there in our full costumed makeup-ed glory, and it's worth it a billion times over.

So although I'd worry about your schedule too, I would barely hesitate. My local theater group gives you a calendar with the audition form so you can put down what times you can't be there, so I'd go for it.  

submitted by Katie M
(July 21, 2015 - 7:30 pm)

If you have a lot on your calendar anyway, you might should wait. But if not, I'd say go for it! If you really want to be in the play, audition! You should probably ask the person that heads the play up how to audition.









submitted by Will T., age 15, GA
(July 21, 2015 - 10:03 pm)

I am planning to singing "Do You Hear the People Sing," for my next audition. I have a really low voice.

submitted by Rose bud
(July 27, 2015 - 8:35 pm)

I audtioned yesterday!!!!

I don't know how I did, but they announce the parts on Thursady after noon. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!! 

submitted by Butterfly
(July 28, 2015 - 1:43 pm)