Prepare For Auditions

auDITIONs

 

Auditioning is a life skill/experience - set a goal, prepare ahead of time, and then do your best on Auditions day

No matter what show we are doing, Directors ALWAYS look for:

  • Team Players - listen and be supportive of others

  • Poise and Personality - confidence but relaxed

  • Good Diction and Projection - speaking/singing clearly and loudly enough

  • Expression - willingness to share your feelings and emotions while speaking/dancing

  • Vulnerability - willingness to explore your sensitive side

  • Flexibility - open to trying new techniques

  • Dedication - commitment/availability for the show

Come to Audition only if you wish to be part of this Cast Family ~ not because you want only a specific role(s) 
 

Remember that your job is to properly prepare and then give the best Audition possible on that particular day

 

Recognize that Casting is subjective and very difficult; respect the Staff's decisions and then have fun with your role(s)!

 

HOME STAGE KIDS MUSICALS

  • Summer Camp - open to ages 6-14

    • Timely online registration with confirmation email to guarantee enrollment and a role

  • Fall and Winter - open to ages 6-12

    • Auditions required

  • 30-40 students will become cast members

HOME STAGE ONE-ACT COMEDY

  • Winter - open to ages 12-18

  • Timely online registration with confirmation email to guarantee enrollment

  • Up to 20 students will become cast members and up to 5 students will be tech crew

MAIN STAGE JR MUSICALS

  • Fall and Spring - open to ages 6-18

  • Auditions required

  • 50-60 students will become cast members

JUNIOR THEATER FESTIVAL TEAM

  • Winter - open to experienced* ages 10-18, *completion of at least one (and preferably several) Level 2 JR Treehouse Theater shows

  • Auditions required

  • 25-30 students will become cast members

WHAT / HOW TO PREPARE

HOME STAGE KIDS musical camps

To guide all confirmed students (and their families), we:

  • select specific sections of songs from the script for students to rehearse at home, ahead of Auditions that are held on the first day of camp

    • grant online access to the show's music files

  • select specific spoken lines between roles in the script for students to rehearse at home, ahead of Auditions

MAIN STAGE JR musicals

Students should prepare and memorize:

Vocal SOLO

  • up to one minute in length ~ usually one verse and one chorus

  • pick a song from a musical; NOT a pop song heard on the radio

  • accompaniment (music) is required; without the words sung by someone else 

    • search YouTube for karaoke music tracks

    • use the free YouTube converter to make an mp3 file for playing on a phone or iPod

  • pick a song that highlights your vocal range 

  • rehearse, rehearse, and rehearse..... until fully memorized and confident with your song

Monologue

  • up to one minute in length

  • sources include:

  • select a character to portray that is believable and age-appropriate

  • get to know your character, the setting, and the emotion(s)

  • rehearse, rehearse, rehearse..... until fully memorized and confident in your selection

WHAT TO bring

PREPARE YOUR BAG

  • Dress nicely in something comfortable for moving in that makes you feel good

  • Pull hair back so we can see your face, even if you bend over

  • Bring shoes (due to wet/sloppy weather conditions) - jazz shoes, ballet shoes, tennis shoes, soft-sole shoes

  • No bare feet, socks, or flip flops allowed

  • Don’t wear a costume, excessive make-up or a fancy hairstyle

  • labeled water bottle