Preparing for Auditions
Please make sure to read the entire FAQ’s page. This will answer more questions about the shows (which are a bit different for ages 10-12 than for ages 13-18), and about the different types of performers (actors, vocalists and musicians), what to wear to your audition, what to bring, etc.
Ages 13-18: Please download the full script and read it. Chose a one-minute monologue from the show, or any other Shakespearean comedy and memorize it, making sure that you understand the text and that you add some natural movement and gesture. A link to a very helpful website with all of Shakespeare’s major monologues from his plays can be found HERE. When you perform during your audition, pick a point on the wall behind the directors as the person to whom you are speaking – it is best to not look directly at the directors while performing – but it is no big deal if you forget.
Ages 10-12: You should become familiar with the plot via a good summary (you can read the excellent Charles and Mary Lamb version online HERE). Chose and memorize a 30-45 second monologue from any show or you many use your favorite poem. When you perform during your audition, pick a point on the wall behind the directors as the person to whom you are speaking – it is best to not look directly at the directors while performing – but no big deal if you forget.
For vocalists: A singing audition is not required for this show, but it is highly recommended as it shows versatility and opens you up to more casting possibilities. Unless you have an aversion to singing in public, please prepare for this portion of the audition. Please click on (and make sure to read!) the link, “How to Prepare for a Musical Audition” for helpful tips and resources.
For musicians: We are looking for those who can play flute or recorder, guitar, percussion, trumpet and violin. We are not looking for pianists for this production. Please find helpful resources when you click on the link at left. Come prepared with a piece of music of your own choosing, and your instrument. It is possible to be a musician and a part of the ensemble, taking a minor role.
For everyone: The most important preparation you can do is to come prepared to have fun! We want to get to know you and your personality. The best way to do that is to relax and enjoy the audition process, even if you might feel nervous.