Auditions can be scary, especially if you really WANT a particular part.
But the thing you should know is: we on the Audition Panel are on your side and rooting for you. When you walk into the room – whether we’re friends, casual acquaintances or perfect strangers – we want you to blow us away. We have done no pre-casting in our heads and we can assure you that the auditions will be completely open and fair. (S)he who is best on the day, gets the part. Simples!
Due to TV programmes like The X Factor, Strictly and Britain’s Got Talent, auditioning has developed a bad name. You will not be humiliated. You will not lose face. All auditions are conducted in private. There are no Simon Cowells in our Audition Panel. We will listen politely and positively. We want the best show, that’s all, and, like cooking, an excellent meal/show is only as good as its individual ingredients.
Sounds easy enough, right? We know, it’s not. But, here’s some tips that might help you have a great, relaxed and memorable audition:
- Choose the role(s) you are going for carefully. Are you right for the part? Is your vocal range compatible? Do you have the time and commitment to give to rehearsals?
- Do NOT worry about your age. No-one is too old or young for a particular part.
- Be confident!
- We want to know that you have really thought about the show and the your character before you come in to the audition. We’re specifically looking for people who understand the strong themes of the show and are willing to work with them (and us) for the greatest possible dramatic effect.
- “You never get a second chance to create a first impression” – be ‘in the moment’ as you walk into the room. You only have a short time to show us what you’ve got, and we want to see it all!
- Be prepared and look like you are.
- Show as much emotion and motivation as you can. If the song or speaking part merits certain facial expressions and character movements, put your all into it! Not only will it tell us what you can do on stage, but it will definitely help you stand out from others auditioning.
- Learn the words to the song and/or speaking sections. You are much more able to emote and act the part if you are not reading from a sheet of paper. And keep your head up, we want to see your face.
- Speak and sing clearly. We need to hear the words. DICTION is the order of the day.
- Be fully prepared for your audition by vocally warming up beforehand; it doesn’t have to be fancy – run through your song(s) a few times (better yet, perform it/them for someone else and sing it/them in the shower). Just get those chords warmed up so you’ll be ready and confident for your audition.
- Take care of your body that day, too: Don’t eat too much right before you sing, and keep hydrated (warm tea is great for loosening vocal chords and supporting your immune system).
- Feel free to dress for the part and bring simple props with you if you feel this will help. The readers are there to help, direct them as you wish.
- Never apologise.
- And finally, good luck and HAVE FUN!
It’s that last point that we really want you to focus on.
We KNOW you are good and we’d love to work with all of you – it’s just a matter of matching the right person to the role. So don’t be nervous. Have fun, relax and kick a little ass. We can’t wait to see you!