Have an audition coming up and want to be prepared? Here are five ways that you can prep yourself for your theater tryouts!
- Become familiar with the show. If you don’t already have a good understanding of the show, make sure that you do before your audition. Learn the names and traits of the main characters and become familiar with the plot and major events of the show. This will help you to identify which character(s) you would like to audition for, as well help you to better envision yourself in the show, which can really help with confidence in your actual audition. If the show is a musical, I recommend listening to the soundtrack at least a couple of times before you enter the audition.
- Memorize your script. If you were given a script before the audition, really learn it. Break down the character and memorize the lines. If you were given the script before the audition, you are probably expected to have it memorized. However, it is not uncommon for the casting manager or director to not give out scripts before the audition. In this case, most likely you will either do a reading at the audition or be expected to have a monologue to perform. I highly recommend having a prepared monologue memorized that you can use at an audition. This will help you to always feel prepared when you don’t know what to expect or just want something to fall back on in case the audition doesn’t go the way that you planned.
- Prepare a song. This applies to musical auditions because non-musical play auditions almost never have you audition with music. When preparing a song, I recommend that you memorize the lyrics and bring piano sheet music with you. Theater songs are usually preferred over other types of music, as audition songs. You should cut the song into just the sixteen measures you would like to perform. Try to pick sixteen measures that have a clear beginning and end within the notes. The exceptions to this would be if you were otherwise instructed on what to do for the vocal audition or you were given a song to memorize, in which case, just make sure you have the lyrics memorized and really know the rhythm of the song.
- Create an acting resume. If you are in a school production (as well as some other more local productions) a resume may not be required, however, it is always a good thing to bring. An acting resume shows that you care about what you are doing and it looks very professional. On this resume, you can include all your past acting experience, any dancing, singing, or acting training (classes or workshops), special skills, your contact information, and a photo and description of yourself. If you don’t have any acting experience yet, you can still create a resume. Feel free to look online for templates and ideas for your resume.
- Practice! Practicing will help you to know your lines, as well as how you will present them. This will also help you to feel more confident in your audition. Some great ways to learn your lines are repetition and scene readings with other people. If you have someone to run lines with, go for it. If not, practice them on your own. As cliché as it sounds, practice really will bring you the nearest to perfection that you can get to.
Be confident in yourself and your abilities. Also, always keep in mind that not being cast doesn’t mean you aren’t good at acting or even that your audition didn’t go well. You can’t always fit the part and that’s okay! It is also okay to not have a perfect audition. It is impossible to put on a perfect performance every time. Build yourself up through constructive criticism. You won’t regret it. Now, enjoy your audition and break a leg!