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Auditions

 


 

THEATRE ARTS AUDITIONS

2015-2016 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.

  • Fall 2015 Auditions for Almost, Maine and Mary Poppins: August 21 and 22; Callbacks August 23, 2015.

  • Fall 2015 Auditions for our Spring production of Emotional Creature: the secret life of girls around the world: October 23 and 24; Callback October 25, 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 Fall 2015 Productions

Almost, Maine
Mary Poppins

PRELIMINARY AUDITIONS
Friday, AUGUST 21st and Saturday, AUGUST 22nd
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, AUGUST 23rd, 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, August 22nd, 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).
  • 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
ALMOST, MAINE

John Cariani’s Almost, Maine is a whimsical tale of 9 short plays dealing with love, loss and the aurora borealis. It is both realistic and magical and requires an ensemble cast who are filled with the awe of being alive. The cast size could be 8 - 16. Looking for men and women ages 18 - 40 to inhabit this fictional almost-a-town called Almost, Maine. Please prepare a 1 - 2 minute contemporary monologue (preferably comic). If you have auditioned for the director before, he’d love to see you come in with a new piece!    

Audition Criteria for
MARY POPPINS

About the Show and Production:
Mary Poppins is a full-scale Broadway musical with a wide range of fun, challenging roles for a large cast.  Although inspired by Disney’s award-winning 1964 film (starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke), the stage musical expands the story using characters from the original books by P.L.Travers, with a delightful script written by Julian Fellowes (creator of Downton Abbey). Along with the famous songs from the film, several new songs have been added, creating a wonderful musical journey.

This show provides great opportunities for actors, dancers and singers at all levels, yet experienced performers will find much to challenge them. The ensemble has both featured roles and complex group numbers. Directed and designed by talented artist/educators (the directing team for Les Miserables in Fall 2013; the design team for SRJC’s blockbuster hit The Phantom of the Opera), Mary Poppins promises to be an amazing learning experience and a stunning production, perfect for the holiday season.

Special Children’s Auditions for Mary Poppins
Date and Time: August 15th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:  Burbank Auditorium (registration in lobby)

  • This special audition time is solely for children auditioning for the roles of Jane and Michael Banks in Mary Poppins. (If unable to make the special audition, children may attend the regular adult auditions held in the evening on August 21 and 22; the same preparation and details listed for children below will apply for those auditions as well.)

  • Who Can Audition: Children must be between age 8-12 to audition and 5’ or shorter; Older/younger children will be considered for both roles and child actors of all racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition.
                Michael Banks: Approx. Age 9 (the cute and precocious little brother)
                Jane Banks: Approx. Age 11 (the bright and high-spirited big sister)

  • What To Prepare: Children are asked to prepare 30-60 seconds of memorized singing, preferably from a musical or Disney film. The audition may also consist of some improvisation exercises.

  • What to Bring: Please bring sheet music for the accompanist to play.

  • Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian while at the audition. The adult will also be asked to complete the child’s audition paperwork, including schedule availability.

  • Callbacks: Children called back will be asked to attend the regular callbacks on August 23 (specific time TBA) to audition with the adults.

Adults Auditioning for
MARY POPPINS

  • Preliminary auditions for Mary Poppins will consist of three parts –a singing audition, an acting audition (a brief cold reading), and a dance audition.  (See requirements for each part below.)

  • Actors selected for Callbacks on Sunday will participate in cold readings from the script and sing songs from the show.  They may also be asked to participate in improvisation exercises.  If being considered for dancing roles, they will also be asked to do another dance audition.

  • Getting Ready for the Audition (see Singing, Acting, and Dance preparation below): Familiarize yourself with the show’s story, songs and characters (this is a requirement for Callbacks!).

    Research Suggestions
    1. Read the show's script, if available
    2. Listen to a CD of the musical
    3. Look at YouTube clips of the stage show (there are segments about the London and Broadway productions, and even a full version of a college production)
    4. Watch the Disney movie (remember that the musical is somewhat different, though);
    5. Read one of the original books by P.L. Travers. Also: watch the Tom Hanks/Emma Thompson film Saving Mr. Banks.

Show Details

  • Cast Size: Approx. 15 women and 15 men plus 2 boys and 2 girls. While age-appropriate actors will be considered for the adult roles, we will also consider younger actors for older roles. Actors of color are encouraged to audition for all roles.

  • Rehearsals: Cast orientation is Thursday, August 27 at 6:30. Rehearsals will begin Friday, August 28. Although subject to change, the anticipated schedule is Tuesday-Friday evenings and Sunday evenings.

General Questions

  • Do I need to sing and dance at the audition to be cast? Yes. Every character in this production may sing at some point so we need to hear you sing and many of the characters do some type of dancing or stylized movement. Don't worry; just give it a try. It's a great learning experience and can be a lot of fun too!

Mary Poppins 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 the song listed below (Singin’ In the Rain) you do NOT need to bring the sheet music with you. Watch Gene Kelly in the movie on YouTube.

  • 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.
    Mary Poppins Vocal Parts (PDF)

  • 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 is a Song Option available. These are pre-selected songs for those who wish to audition but do not know how to choose a song (this year we are using Singin’ In the Rain). Click the link below for an instruction sheet containing links to the song's music, lyrics, and example performance videos.
    Singin’ In the Rain Lyrics (PDF)
    Singin’ In the Rain Music (PDF)


  • 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, August 19, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Room 214, Burbank Auditorium

Jody Benecke, Vocal Director for Mary Poppins, and Laura Downing-Lee, Director for Mary Poppins, will offer a helpful short workshop about auditioning for singing roles during the first week of the fall semester right before auditions.

Check the display on lobby wall next to Rm. 214, Burbank Auditorium for more information.

Mary Poppins 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 for Men: Wear dance attire or athletic clothing that allows you to move freely (i.e. stretchy clothing, loose pants). Please do not wear tight-fitting jeans.
    Clothing for Women: Form fitting clothing that allows us to see your body shape but not too bare! No skirts or tight-fitting jeans, please.

  • Footwear: Appropriate footwear is required for safety on stage (i.e. you will not be allowed to audition barefooted, sandals, ultra high heels, etc.)
    Men: Jazz, ballet or character shoes. No sneakers.
    Women: Jazz, ballet or character shoes. No sneakers.

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

Questions & Resources

 
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