AUDITION INFORMATION

“WHITE CHRISTMAS”
by Irving Berlin

 

 

AUDITION FORMAT:

Pre-Audition Dance Workshop:  Friday, August 30th from 5pm to 8pm. (Right after the last pre-audition music rehearsal) You are not required to attend this workshop, although it is recommended.

 Pre-Audition Music Rehearsals:

Thursday, August 22nd  3:00pm-5:00pm in G103

Wednesday, August 28th 3:00pm-5:00pm in G103

Friday, August 30th 3:00pm-5:00pm in G103

*This is where you will learn the pre-set audition songs.  In a group, you will learn and practice specific songs that you will sing solo at auditions.  You are required to go to at least one of these rehearsals.  Most students go to two or more.

***If you cannot make it to any of these, please email Mr. Hewitt at lahewit@carrollk12.org***

When you choose a song to sing at auditions, choose the song that makes you sound the best.  No matter what song you choose, you are auditioning for ALL the roles, not just that character.  You should learn ALL the songs for callbacks where we will ask you to sing character specific songs.

SONGS BY CHARACTER:

  • Bob: “Count Your Blessings” (Beginning until m.33 “…you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings” about 1 minute and 25 seconds into the track)
  • Phil: “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing” (Beginning through m.31 “…proving that the best things happen while you dance.” About 56 seconds into the track)
  • Betty: “Love, You didn’t do right by me” (Beginning until m. 35 “…as they say in the song, you done me wrong.” About 1 minute and 36 seconds into the track)
  • Judy: “Sisters” (mm.17-40 “All kinds of weather…” to “…help the sister who comes between me and my man.” About 37 seconds in to about 1:21)
  • Martha: “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy” (m.65 to end “Let me croon, a low down blues…” to end. About 1:43 seconds in to the end)
  • Ensemble: “White Christmas” (mm. 15 to 30-O “I’m dreaming of a….” to “…may all your Christmases be white.”)            

*You will choose ONE song to sing at auditions but may be asked to sing ANY of the songs at callbacks.

 

AUDITION DATES:

All Auditions are “OPEN” and are in the auditorium.   Meaning everyone who is auditioning will sit QUIETLY in the front of the auditorium while others go up on stage and perform their audition. You are not required to stay after your audition (except on Dance day).

 

Wednesday, September 4th 3:30-6:30pm-VOCAL AUDITION

* It is recommended that you arrive after school, check in, and warm-up until the actual audition begins.

*Upon arrival, you will check in with the Production Manager (Grace Boyd) and hand her your Audition Form.  You will be given a number, which will be the order in which you will audition each and every day.   You will also receive a time-slot for your monologue audition (which will take place the next day).

* You will be called up to the stage in the same order as your number after everyone has signed in and the directing panel is present and ready. When you are called, you will take the stage, state your name and which song you are singing. Wait for the music to play and then sing the selected portion of your pre-learned audition song.

*After your audition, you may leave if you like or rejoin the audience.

 

Thursday, September 5th 5:00-8:00pm— MONOLOGUE AUDITION

*You will choose a 30-45 second monologue of your choosing.  It should be appropriate to the show and/or character you are auditioning for.  It must be memorized.  It must NOT be from “White Christmas” or any film.  We are looking for the student’s ability to create a unique character that is not merely the student playing him/herself. No accents.

* You must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your audition time.  You will check in with the Production Manager at the front entrance to the auditorium upon arrival.  He/she will direct you to enter the auditorium between auditions.  You will then proceed to the front of the auditorium to sit with the rest of the auditioners.        

*When your name/number is called you will take the stage, wait for the directors to give you the “okay to begin” and then slate: state your name, where your monologue is from, who wrote it, and what character you are playing. Then you will perform your monologue.

*After your audition, you may leave if you like or rejoin the audience.

 

Friday, September 6th 5:00-9:00pm-DANCE AUDITION

*You will check in with the Production Manager upon arrival.  You will receive a sticker with your number on it.  Place this sticker on the front center of your shirt.

*All students will learn general choreography together.  Once learned, students will have a brief period to go over details and ensure memorization.  Then students will then be split up into small groups to perform the routine for an evaluation of their dance skills. Select students will then be asked to stay and learn a more complex dance sequence.  All others may go home or quietly watch in the auditorium.

*Also, please bring jazz shoes, sneakers that allow you to spin, character shoes, or black dress shoes for the general dance audition.  Pants should be tight fitting for females and loose for males. NO JEANS.  Hair must be PULLED BACK.  You may wear socks only but they may get destroyed by the end of the audition.  You may want to bring more than one pair.  Please bring water!

 

CALLBACKS—Saturday, September 7th 1:00pm to ???

            *A Callback List will be posted online at www.centurydrama.com on Friday evening.  Actors will be called back for the character(s) for which they will read for on Saturday.  Your name might be under more than one character so be sure to look carefully.  If you are not on the callback list, you may still be in the musical as part of the ensemble or even a small featured role!

            *Everyone must arrive at CHS between 12:00pm and 1:00pm.  You will report to the auditorium and check in with the Production Manager who will provide you with sides for the character(s) you will be reading for.  You will have until 1:00pm to prepare your sides/songs.

            *Be prepared to sing the song for the character for which you have been called back.

            *Here you MUST give it your all.  Impress us.  Show us the best [insert character] ever.  Give us everything you’ve got.  Sing and act at the same time! You may be asked to read multiple times with multiple different people or you may be asked to only read once.  So make it count every time.

            *Singing poorly at one character’s song or reading without effort during callbacks because you would rather be another character reflects poorly on your commitment to the show.

            *You may or may not be asked to sing but be prepared to sing over and over again.  Bring a bottle of water and a snack. 

            *You may not leave until we have dismissed you.

 

The Cast list will be posted online when it is ready and emailed out to everyone who auditions. You must email the Production Manager to accept your role.  Even those in the ensemble must email the production manager to accept their role.  You must accept your role prior to the first rehearsal: Monday, September 9th at 2:30pm.

 

How to Prepare for the Audition

Your monologue is a key component of your audition.  Well in advance of the audition, you should select and prepare your monologue.  When selecting and preparing audition material please keep the following in mind:

  • Rehearse! Rehearse! Rehearse!
  • We are looking for bold, creative and honest choices that are supported by the text

Your vocal audition is equally if not more important.  You should also rehearse, rehearse, rehearse!  Bring a bottle of water and take a few diaphragmatic breaths before you perform to calm the “shaky nervous voice” syndrome.  Remember to ACT while you sing.  We are looking for actors who can emote as well as actors with great voices.

 

What Else to Bring to the Audition

On the day of your audition remember to bring your most professional, enthusiastic, and creative self, A Theatrical Resume if you have one, The Audition Form, and of course a positive attitude!

 

What to Expect During the Audition
Remember that the audition panel is on your side.  They will be looking for your best qualities.  All of them have gone through the audition process and they understand how nerve wracking the process can be.  So relax and do your best.  Also, the best way to combat nerves is to be prepared.

How can I rehearse with the Music?

There are 3 options available for using the rehearsal music:

REHEARSAL CODE: 2ea72

  1. If you have an iPod, iPad, or iPhone, you can download the free app (The MT Pit) from the apple store. Once it is downloaded, you will then open the app and enter the code in the password box leaving the username box empty. Click on “Shows” to download the rehearsal music to your device. You will need an internet connection to download the music initially, but once it is downloaded to your device, the music plays through the app and you no longer need internet connection. You do not need to create a user name or password to access the rehearsal music.
  2. If you have an android device, you can download the free app (TheMTPit) from Google play. Once it is downloaded, you will then open the app and enter the code in the rehearsal code box leaving the username and password box empty. Click on “Downloads” to download the rehearsal music to your device. Then go to “Shows” to play the music. You will need an internet connection to download the music initially, but once it is downloaded to your device, the music plays through the app and you no longer need internet connection. Please note: The android app is only available for rehearsal music. This addition to the app is new and has been tested on Nexus, Samsung, LG, & HTC Devices. You can try others, but we do not know for sure that they will work.
  3. If you are using a laptop or do not want to download the app, you can stream the rehearsal tracks through the internet by going to the website http://rehearsaltrackaccess.themtpit.com and enter the rehearsal code in the rehearsal code line under Streaming Access. You will need an internet connection to play the music from the website.

Please note: For any of the options for the Rehearsal music. You will not need to create a username and password to access the music.

  • You will need to make sure that you have enough space on your device to download the music in a strong wifi area.
  • Once the tracks are downloaded, you will also want to run the show with the device on airplane mode. Receiving a phone call or text message, automatic updates, etc can disrupt the app.
  • If you leave the app, it will cancel your download and you may have to start over again in downloading the music.