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Auditions

 


 

THEATRE ARTS AUDITIONS

2014-2015 Season

Unless noted otherwise, auditions for our FALL shows are held the first weekend after FALL classes begin, and auditions for our SPRING shows are held the first weekend after SPRING classes begin.

  • Spring 2015 Auditions for American Night and Footloose: January 16 and 17; Callbacks January 18, 2015.

Auditions consist of two components - the preliminary auditions in which the director(s) are introduced to your skills and the callbacks during which the director(s) look more closely at your skills in relation to the show’s needs.

Who May Audition?: Anyone is welcome to audition for the Theatre Arts Department productions. No experience is necessary. We love to see new faces. All ages and types are welcome!


Auditions for Spring 2015 Productions

American Night: The Ballad of Juan José
Footloose

PRELIMINARY AUDITIONS
Friday, JANUARY 16th and Saturday, JANUARY 17th
Burbank Auditorium

  • 5:30 PM: Registration begins each evening in the Lobby of Burbank Auditorium, and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration involves completing 2-4 forms so allow yourself enough time to do so.

  • 6:00 PM: Auditions Begin?
    Choose EITHER the Friday OR Saturday evening audition; you only need to come to one.

CALLBACKS
Sunday, JANUARY 18th, 1:00-9:00 PM
Burbank Auditorium
Actors being called back may be called back for all of the Callback period or only a portion. A dinner break will be included in the Callback schedule.

  • Want to audition, BUT your schedule conflicts because you are currently in performances for another show?
    Don't worry. We have a special audition session on Saturday, January 17th, 11:00-12:00, just for people like you. To reserve a slot, contact Leslie McCauley at lmccauley@santarosa.edu or (707) 527-4248; email is preferred, using the Subject Line "Special Audition Request". CALLBACKS: If invited to callbacks, actors with Sunday matinee performances for other productions will be called back for the evening session only.

WHAT TO PREPARE and WHAT TO BRING

  • See the detailed instructions below for what to prepare and bring for the each show's specific auditions.
  • Bring a headshot and resume if you have them; however, they are not required. If you do not have a headshot, a small photo would be helpful (but we won't be able to return it). 00
  • Bring your calendars. Our rehearsal time is VERY limited and only the conflicts presented at auditions will be accepted.

LOCATION and PARKING

Burbank Auditorium
Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa Campus
1501 Mendocino Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Burbank Auditorium is prominently located on Burbank Circle just off of Mendocino Avenue.

The closest on-campus parking is available in the multi-story Zumwalt Parking Pavilion at the corner of Mendocino and Pacific Avenues; there is also an outdoor parking lot behind the football field. If you don't have a current SRJC parking pass, single usage parking permits ($4.00) can be purchased at a grey kiosk (cash or card) located in the Pavilion or adjacent to the outdoor lot. Permits are required 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. There are also coin meters in front of Burbank; however, they are only 1-hour meters and are checked regularly.

GENERAL AUDITION RESOURCES


Audition Criteria for
American Night: The Ballad of Juan José

  • Preliminary auditions for American Night: The Ballad of Juan José will consist of presenting a prepared 1-minute contemporary comic monologue. Also be prepared to tell a joke. You will be asked to sing a few bars without accompaniment. If you play a musical instrument, please bring the instrument with you to auditions. (See the definition of a "monologue" under Questions & Resources below, as well as instructions if you don't have a prepared monologue.)

  • Dress: Please dress like you are going to a job interview. Make sure that your hair is back and out of your eyes.

  • Getting Ready for the Audition: In addition to preparing your monologue, familiarize yourself with the show. A copy of the script is at the Reserve Desk on the 4th floor of Doyle Library, Santa Rosa campus. To make the text available to as many students as possible, the book will circulate for 2 hours at a time. The text can be renewed if no other student has asked for it.

  • Callbacks: Actors selected for Callbacks on Sunday will do cold readings from the script.

Show Details

  • Cast Size: An ensemble of approximately 12, with lots of doubling. Actors of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds are needed. 

  • Rehearsals: Rehearsals start immediately after casting on Tuesday night, January 20th. Although subject to change, the anticipated schedule is Tuesday-Friday evenings and Sunday evenings.

  • More About the Show: This document contains a brief description of the show and all roles. Additional Information About American Night: The Ballad of Juan José.

Questions & Resources

  • What's a monologue?: A monologue is a speech from a play where one character speaks for an extended period of time to another character, him/herself, or the audience. Actors are asked not to select a monologue from the play for which they are auditioning.

  • What if I don't have a prepared monologue?: Not to worry. If you've never done this before OR found out about auditions at the last minute, just pick up the Optional Monologue (male or female) from the envelopes posted on the wall near the Box Office in the Lobby of Burbank Auditorium. Do not worry about reading the play the monologue is from at this late date. However, if you can find it, reading it helps.

Audition Criteria for
Footloose

  • Preliminary auditions for Footloos will consist of a short (1 minute max.) prepared contemporary monologue, singing, and dance.

  • Actors selected for Callbacks on Sunday will sing songs from the show and do a dance audition (if being considered for dancing roles). Some actors will be doing a cold reading scenes during the Callback period.

  • Getting Ready for the Audition (see Singing and Dance preparation below): Familiarize yourself with the show - watch the movie (although the stage show is VERY different), listen to a CD of the musical, look at YouTube clips of the stage show and/or read the show's script. NOTE: There are two songs from the original 1998 production being added back: “I Confess” & “Let’s Make Believe We’re in Love.”

Audition Criteria for Show Details

  • Cast Size: Principals/Featured Roles - approximately 4 men, 6 women. Ensemble - approx. 8-12 men and 8-12 women. There are several roles available for older men and women, some non-singing/dancing roles available. While age-appropriate actors will be considered, we will also consider younger actors for older roles. Actors of color are encouraged to audition for all roles.

  • Rehearsals: Cast orientation is Thursday, January 22 at 6:30. Rehearsals will begin Jan. 27. Although subject to change, the anticipated schedule is Tuesday-Friday evenings and Sunday evenings.

General Questions

  • Do I need to sing & dance at the audition to be cast?  No. a few of the older characters in this production are not required to sing. However, don’t worry; just give it a try. It’s a great learning experience and can be a lot of fun too!

Footloose SINGING Audition Requirements:

  • What to Prepare: Please prepare 30 - 60 seconds of singing (do not use a long piano introduction) from the standard Broadway musical repertoire. Your audition piece should demonstrate your singing ability and allow you to play a character; remember we want to see you act while singing. Choose music that is similar to the show's style.

  • Time yourself! Make sure your audition piece is within the time limit listed above so that you can be sure that you present the best part of the song before your time is up.
  • What to Bring (VERY Important): Please bring sheet music for the audition pianist. The sheet music must be in the correct key for your voice. You will not be able to sing unaccompanied ("a capella"). If you plan to sing one of the two songs listed below (Corner of the Sky or Defying Gravity) you do NOT need to bring the sheet music with you.

  • What to Wear for the Singing Portion of the Audition: Audition attire (similar to interview attire).

Singing Audition Questions & Resources

  • Can you give me some suggestions of a good song to prepare? Sure! Here's a link to a short list of suggested vocal selections that you can find and prepare.
    Footloose Cast Vocal Requirements and Audition Song Resources

  • Make sure to learn the song in the correct key for your voice and bring the appropriate sheet music to the audition.

  • How do I find the sheet music for the piece I want to sing? Here are four resources to consider:
    1. Try the library. Both SRJC libraries to contain some musical theatre and opera scores, as does the SSU library and some public libraries.
    2. Try one of the great music stores in town.
    3. Try an online sheet music website.
    4. Try the Music Department - While their staff time is limited, they have a large collection of musical theatre and opera vocal music. Please call 527-4249 and ask when is a good time to come by and look at materials.

  • What if I don't have a prepared song? Don't worry . . . there are 2 Song Options available. These are pre-selected songs for those who wish to audition but do not know how to choose a song (this year we have an option for male singers: Corner of the Sky from Pippin and an option for female singers: Defying Gravity from Wicked). Click the link below for an instruction sheet containing links to the song's music, lyrics, and example performance videos.
    Footloose General Song Option Instructions

  • Here are some more great resources on auditioning for a musical!

    1. How to Prepare a Musical Theatre Audition - 6 Steps

    2. How to Prepare a Musical Theatre Audition

    3. Singing Auditions for Musical Theatre

Never auditioned for a musical before...
...or just want to get better at doing so?

WORKSHOP: PREPARING A MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION

When: Wednesday, January 14, 2014 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Room 105, Forsyth Hall (Music Building)

Jody Benecke, Vocal Director for Footloose, will offer a helpful short workshop about auditioning for singing roles during the first week of the spring semester right before auditions.

Check the display on lobby wall next to Rm. 214, Burbank Auditorium for updates and additional information as classes begin.

Footloose DANCE Audition Requirements:

  • What to Prepare: You do not have to prepare choreography ahead of time; you will be taught a short dance routine at the audition. There will be no group warm-up, so warming up just before your dance audition is recommended.

  • Clothing: Wear dance attire or athletic clothing that is form-fitting (to allow the choreographer to see your body shape) but allows you to move freely (i.e. stretchy clothing). Not too bare!  Men and women: Please do not wear tight-fitting jeans. Women: No skirts, please.

  • Footwear: Appropriate footwear is required (i.e. you will not be allowed to audition barefooted, in sandals, ultra high heels, etc.). First audition, both genders:  Jazz shoes or light-weight tennis shoes (but for the latter avoid heavy tread). Call backs: The footwear requirement for the role(s) for which you are called back will be announced and posted.

  • Hair: Long hair should be tied back and all hair kept off the face and out of the eyes.

 
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