Auditions

All registered actors that join our programs will be asked to participate in an audition workshop for the parts in our productions. This is for two key reasons:

  1. It allows our Artistic Director and staff to assess each student and ensure the appropriate space in our theatre troupe for your child.
  2. For actors, auditioning is part of the process and it is a good experience. Being able to perform in front of one person or a full house is something all actors must do.

For each audition actors must:

 Prepare two contrasting one-minute monologues. (They can be serious and funny, contemporary and traditional, etc.) Sample monologues are available upon request sent to our email (treehousetheatre@gmail.com) or you can use other sources such as the internet.

 Prepare and perform an original piece. This is your chance to be creative! This part of the audition gives the actor an opportunity to showcase a skill in dance, movement (i.e. mime piece, clowning, story telling, roller skating routine, etc.), singing, playing an instrument, self written monologue or poem.

 Bring a one-page actor resume summarizing your dramatic experience (what have you performed in and what roles), your dance and musical background and any other experiences that you feel is relevant to acting. In some cases we may ask you to answer a few specific questions about why you want to join the production. This audition form will be supplied to you on the day.

 Provide a headshot. In real life circumstances, this is a requirement when attending auditions. Reasons are:

  1.  To display in the foyer of the venue where the performance is taking place.
  2. If you had a successful audition, but you did not suit any of the current roles, directors will often file headshots to call on you for future productions.
  3. When there was a heavy number of actors that auditioned, your photo is a good reminder of what you look like while directors cast their productions.
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We will then finish our audition process with doing cold reads. This means that the Artistic Director will have sections from the script and cast two to three actors to read out loud and perform a scene together. It’s defined as a “cold read” because the actor has minutes to prepare before performing the scenes. This will be done in front of the group.

We will ask you to review the production commitment – when rehearsals are, when production is scheduled and the expectations to let us know that you are able to commit to what is required for the show.

 

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