THEATRE ARTS AUDITIONS
Overview: Unless noted otherwise, auditions for our fall shows are held the first weekend of the fall semester and auditions for our spring shows are held the first weekend of the spring semester.
- Fall 2012 Auditions: August 24 and 25; Callbacks August 26
- Spring 2013 Auditions: January 18 and 19; Callbacks January 20
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 2013 Productions
A Few Good Men
Friday, JANUARY 18 and Saturday, JANUARY 19*
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.
Sunday, JANUARY 20, 2:00-5:00 PM and 6:00-9:00 PM
Actors being called back may be called back for all of the Callback period or only a portion. Note: Those actors who have matinee performances for other productions will be called back for the evening session only.
*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 19, 11:00-12:00, just for people like you. To reserve one of these slots, contact Laura Downing-Lee at email@example.com or (707) 527-4420; email is preferred, using the Subject Line "Special Audition Request". Must present proof of conflict at the audition.
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 snapshot would be helpful.
- Bring your calendars. Our rehearsal time is VERY limited and only the conflicts presented at auditions will be accepted.
LOCATION and PARKING
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 Parking Pavilion at the corner of Mendocino and Pacific Avenues. Parking permits ($4.00; cash only, $1 bills) are required 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, and can be purchased at the yellow kiosks located inside the parking structures. There are also meters in front of Burbank; however, they are only 1-hour meters and are checked regularly.
GENERAL AUDITION RESOURCES
(Click on the title of each resource below to view the printable PDF)
A FEW GOOD MEN
- Preliminary auditions for A Few Good Men will consist of presenting a 1-minute monologue, preferably from a stage play written after 1930. Ideally, the monologue should be memorized and rehearsed ahead of time. See the definition of a monologue under Questions and Resources below, as well as instructions if you don’t have a prepared monologue.
- Getting Ready for the Audition: In addition to preparing your monologue, familiarize yourself with the show. Try to read the show's script (one copy of the script is on reserve in Doyle Library) and/or view the famous feature film. Read about the play and past productions online.
- Actors selected for Callbacks on Sunday will do cold readings from the script.
- Cast: 1-2 women, 13-19 men. Roles range in age from 18-50s. 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: Rehearsals start immediately after casting on Tuesday night, January 22. Although subject to change, the anticipated schedule is Tuesday-Friday evenings and Sunday evenings (probably 6:30-10:00).
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.
LEGALLY BLONDE, The Musical
Preliminary auditions for Legally Blonde will consist of 2 parts – a singing audition and a dancing/movement audition. (See requirements for each part below.) While singing and dancing, performers will also be evaluated on their acting choices.
- Actors selected for Callbacks on Sunday will do cold readings from the script, songs from the show (if being considered for singing roles), and an additional dance audition (if being considered for dancing roles).
- Getting Ready for the Audition (see Singing and Dance preparation below): Familiarize yourself with the show – watch the (non-musical) movie (although the stage show is somewhat different), listen to a CD of the musical, look at YouTube clips of the stage show, and/or read the show's script.
- Cast Size: Approx. 14-16 women and 14-16 men. Characters range in age from 18 to 60s. 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 24th at 6:30. Rehearsals will begin approximately January 29th. Although subject to change, the anticipated schedule is Tuesday-Friday evenings and Sunday evenings.
- Do I need to sing and dance at the audition to be cast? Yes. While there are non-singing and/or non-dancing roles in the show, all actors are required to sing a song and participate in the dance portion of the audition. Don't worry; just give it a try. It's a great learning experience and can be a lot of fun too!
- Do I need to sing and dance on the same night? Yes, that is preferred.
Legally Blonde SINGING Audition Requirements:
- What to Prepare: 32 measures of a song from a Broadway musical (approx. 30 sec.), preferably from the rock musical repertoire that demonstrates singing ability (good vocal tone; singing in tune; singing text clearly and with meaning; belt technique). Please choose a song that allows you to play a character; remember, we want to see you act while singing. Time yourself, so that you can be sure that you present the best part of the song before your time is up!
- Bring: Please bring sheet music of your song for the audition pianist (make sure it's in the correct key for your voice).
- What to Wear for the Singing Portion of the Audition: Audition attire (similar to interview attire) OR dance attire (see below). If you do wear audition attire, be prepared to change into your dance clothes quickly!
Singing Audition Questions & Resources
- What if I don't have a prepared song?: Don't worry…we have an optional vocal selection available. Just follow the instructions below or those posted on the display next to the Burbank Auditorium Box Office. Please Note: This optional song is intended for new students and/or those inexperienced at preparing vocal auditions. Singers auditioning for lead/featured roles are strongly encouraged to find and prepare a different selection, rehearse with an accompanist in advance (if possible), and perform from memory!
Optional Vocal Selection for either Male or Female - “Without You” from Rent
You can find the lyrics to print out/learn and a recording of the song at the following site http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/r/rent/without_you.html.
The short section you need to learn starts 3 min., 13 seconds in – Start when Roger sings “Without you, the eyes gaze…” through to the end. Both men and women can use this selection, learning Roger’s melody.
- Great Resource: How to prepare a musical theatre audition http://www.actingforsingers.com/resources/auditioning
Never auditioned for a musical before...
or just want to get better at doing so?
WORKSHOP: HOW TO PREPARE A MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION
When: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 from 5:15 – 7:00 pm
Where: Room 214, Burbank Auditorium
Janis Wilson, Vocal Director for Legally Blonde, 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 Box Office for more information.
Legally Blonde DANCE Audition Requirements
- What to Prepare: You do not have to prepare choreography ahead of time – you will be taught choreography at the audition. Try to warm up and stretch ahead of time.
- What to Wear for Dance Audition: Please wear non-restrictive attire in which you can move such as exercise/workout attire. Street clothes (skirts, dresses, tailored pants or jeans) are not appropriate for a dance audition unless specifically requested. You will need footwear in which you can dance that will also protect your feet.
- Women: Clothing - Avoid restrictive or revealing clothes; however, form fitting is helpful, allowing choreographer to see your body shape (such as tights or form fitting dance pants for bottom and a form-fitting stretchy top). Women's Footwear**- Any type of enclosed dance shoe (ballet slipper, jazz shoes, etc.); character shoes not required. Alternatives: tennis shoes are okay. Hair - Long hair should be tied back. All hair should be off the face (clips or head band).
- Men: Clothing - Avoid restrictive clothes; a form fitting t-shirt and ballroom dance pants or athletic pants (full length) would be ideal. Men's Footwear** - Prefer ballroom or jazz shoes. However, any type of dance shoe is okay; if you do not own dance shoes, sneakers are a good alternative. Hair - Long hair should be tied back. All hair should be off the face (clips or head band).
**For safety reasons, you cannot audition in sandals, flip-flops, bare feet, foot thongs, socks, or heels not designed for dancing.