Auditions

All registered actors that join our programs will, of course, be cast in our productions. The process we like to use for auditions is called “cold reads”. This means that there is NO preparation. Your actor will be given a part to read right on the spot. They will usually be paired up with a fellow colleague and be asked to carry out a scene. 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.

 

On another note, we will ask our registered youth to participate in an audition workshop. This is for two key reasons:

  1. It allows our Artistic Director and staff to teach each student about what the industry outside of our organization may ask or expect from auditions.
  2. For actors, auditioning is part of the process and it is a good experience. The more times actors can practice auditioning, the better prepared they are when they audition outside of our organization. Being able to perform in front of one person or a full house is something all actors must do. Auditioning can be scary, so we like to create a ‘safe’ place where your teen can practice this skill.

The class will involve the following:

 Teens will be encouraged to prepare two contrasting one-minute monologues. (They can be serious and funny, contemporary and traditional, etc.) Sample monologues are available upon request which the Artistic Director will make available in the classroom. Students are also encouraged to seek out other sources such as the internet to find monologues.

 Original pieces. We will discuss what is considered an original piece. Some theatre schools ask their future students to prepare their own original piece as part of their audition to be considered for their programs. This part of the audition gives the actor an opportunity to showcase a unique talent or skill in dance, movement (i.e. mime piece, clowning, story telling, roller skating routine, etc.), singing, playing an instrument, self written monologue or poem.

 What does an actor resume look like? We will chat with your teens about how to put a resume together. This includes a one-page summary of their dramatic experience (i.e. what has your teen performed in and in what roles), this includes things like dance and musical background and any other experiences that you feel is relevant to acting.

 In some cases, auditions will include an ‘interview’ section. We will chat with your teen about what specific questions directors may ask during this interview period.

 Headshot. In real life circumstances, this is a requirement when attending auditions. We will discuss the following reasons why headshots are important to have when attending an audition.

 

 Cold Reads. We will walk through this process with each teen so that they understand what a “cold read” is.

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