As most of Zuke’s West Milford students know, auditions for our school’s musical are in full swing. As an upper-classman, I’m starting to realize how incredibly lucky I was to have juniors and seniors take me under their wing my freshman year, and how fortunate I was to already have audition experience before reaching the high school. The audition process, for someone inexperienced (and also for those of us who are), is terrifying. So, for those of you who did not have the luck I did and want to try out for your school show, here’s a short list of advice I wish someone had told me.
1) Before the audition: Make friends with people in the room. Hopefully, they’re going to be your cast-mates. Also, if you can talk to them a little bit, it will make it less awkward when you have to warm up around where they can listen.
2) Song choice: Your usual audition song is 16-32 bars (give or take depending on the speed). Make sure your music is easy to read. Bring your “book," or repertoire of songs you know you can perform well, to the audition in case you are asked for another piece. Try to stick to songs that show off your range and acting ability, as well as fit the genre of the show. For example, if one is trying out for the part of the Prima Donna in Phantom of the Opera, “I Miss the Mountains” from Next to Normal would be a bad choice. “Think of Me” from Phantom of the Opera would also be a poor choice, unless you can be sure you’ll be able to make it memorable. Something like “Memory” from Cats or “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from Evita would be more appropriate because they are songs that make you stand out, while still sticking to the genre (and composer).
3) Dance Calls: DO NOT PLAN TO FOLLOW ANOTHER DANCER. YOU WILL NOT GET AWAY WITH IT. I wish someone told me that before I went into my Hairspray dance call. That didn’t end well. If you are not a dancer, try to focus very hard on the instructor and memorize quickly. You get props for being able to add character to a dance, especially after only doing it a few times. Also, dress appropriately. Wear sneakers, stretchy pants, and shirt that will keep what needs covering covered… this goes for boys too.
4) Don’t be afraid to use the space in your audition room. If you can, case the place ahead of time. See how much you’ll be able to move around and how close you’ll be able to get to the director(s). If appropriate, be prepared to get all up in their business.
5) Be comfortable, be confident, have fun.
Any questions, feel free to post here! And if you have anything to add please do.
Peace, DFTBA (Don’t Forget To Be Awesome)