Prior to auditions - Find a copy of the script, read the play, and become familiar with the characters. A brief synopsis of available roles is available on our website. In addition, youtube carries some very good clips of the show from various theatre companies. Don't copy another artists performance, but gain an idea of good character choices.
Dress and Appearance - This is a job interview (of sorts) - dress appropriately. Select clothing that reinforces your confidence. It should be flattering and comfortable and be of good taste. Avoid bulky, loose clothing that might interfere with your movement and mask your physicality. Wear comfortable, lightweight shoes rather than boots or heels. Your hair should be held back away from your face.
Initial Audition - You will be asked to complete an online audition resume' that includes current demographics and stage experience . During your audition, the creative team will be considering you in the context of the play being cast - make the best first impression you can. The creative team will be listening to your vocal quality, accessing your stage presence and projection, and observing your movement. Be prepared to answer questions from the creative team.
Audition Material - Actors should come to the audition with material PREPARED! This means completely memorized with pertinent research completed to portray a character to its fullest degree.
Musical Theatre Guidelines
Select two contrasting songs from "pop style" musical theatre literature. One should be an "up tempo" song the other should be a "ballad". Prepare the whole song but be ready to sing only 16 bars. Be sure to select the best 16 bars to show your range and vocal abilities. Bring your music in the correct key and clearly marked for the accompanist. Remember the piano player is your friend!
- "Prepared" means rehearsed and fully memorized!
- Performance energy and stage presence are important.
- Incorporate appropriate gestures and facial expression.
- Motivated movement during the audition is desirable.
- Avoid using chairs and other props unless absolutely necessary.
- Use standard stage English. Avoid accents and dialects.
Callbacks - The creative team will use this opportunity to have auditionees sing songs from the play being cast. Creative teams call back actors based on the information from the audition form plus observations from the initial audition including but not limited to:
- Availability and compatibility of schedule
- Past experiences
- Vocal and physical characteristics
- Stage presence and projection
- Appropriateness for the character being cast
- Willingness to grow, cut, or dye hair
Casting - This is a highly subjective process involving artistic choices that are influenced by many factors including but not limited to:
- The factors listed under callbacks.
- Compatibility with the ensemble in terms of physicality and interpersonal "chemistry".
- Demonstrated ability to take direction during callbacks.
- The artistic judgment of the creative team.
If you are not cast, please consider the number of factors that led to the decision. Everyone who has ever auditioned, including most directors, knows the anxiety of auditioning and the pain of not being cast.
THERE IS NO COST FOR PARTICIPATION IN THIS SHOW!
Rehearsals will be at various locations in the Raleigh area. Performances are at the GLBT Center in Downtown Raleigh for the first weekend and the Spotlight Theatre in "The View" in the Legends Nightclub Complex.