CENTURY HIGH SCHOOL
AUDITION INFORMATION SHEET
Pre-Audition Music Rehearsals:
Tuesday, November 28th 3:00pm-4:30pm in G103
Wednesday, November 29th 3:00pm-4:30pm in G103
Thursday, November 30th 3:00pm-4:30pm in G103
*This is where you will learn the pre-set audition songs. In a group, you will learn and practice specific songs that you will sing solo at auditions.
Girls will learn “Biggest Blame Fool” mm. 9-21 (Kangaroo/Mayzie); “How Lucky You Are” mm. 4-38 (Cat); “Notice Me, Horton” mm. 37-72 (Gertrude); “Alone in the Universe (part 2) mm.45-80 (Jojo)
Boys will learn “Alone in the Universe (Part 2) mm. 9-44 (Horton); “How Lucky You Are” mm.4-38 (Cat); “Alone in the Universe (part 2) mm.45-80 (Jojo)
*Girls & Boys will choose ONE song to sing at auditions but may be asked to sing ANY of the songs at callbacks.
All Auditions are “OPEN” and are in the auditorium. Meaning everyone who is auditioning will sit QUIETLY in the front of the auditorium while others go up on stage and perform their audition. You are not required to stay after your audition (except on Dance day).
Monday, December 4th 3:30-6:30pm-MONOLOGUE AUDITION in AUD
*You must choose two of the accompanying mini-monologues and perform them with two different distinct characterizations. They must be memorized. We are looking for the student’s ability to create a unique character that is not merely the student playing him/herself.
* At the Audition, you will bring your Audition Form to our Production Manager upon arrival (2:30pm). You will be given a number, which will be the order in which you will audition.
*When your name/number is called you will take the stage, state your name, which two characters you will be portraying and perform your two monologues.
*After your audition, you may leave if you like or rejoin the audience.
Tuesday, December 5th 3:30-6:30pm-VOCAL AUDITION in AUD
*You will check in with the Production Manager upon arrival.
* You will be called up to the stage in the same order as your monologue audition by name/number. When you are called, you will take the stage, state your name and which song you are singing. Wait for the music to play and then sing the selected portion of your pre-learned audition song.
*After your audition, you may leave if you like or rejoin the audience.
Wednesday, December 6th 2:30-7pm—DANCE Audition
* Upon arrival, you will check in with the Production Manager and receive a sticker with your number on it. Place this sticker on the front center of your shirt.
*All students will learn general choreography together. Once learned, students will have a brief period to go over details and ensure memorization. Then students will be split up into small groups to perform the routine for an evaluation of their dance skills. Select students will then be asked to stay and learn a more complex dance sequence. All others may go home or quietly watch in the back of the auditorium.
*There will be a Tap portion to the dance audition. Tap shoes are NOT required. Please don’t go out and purchase tap shoes (yet). But if you already own them, please bring them.
*Also, please bring jazz shoes, sneakers that allow you to spin, character shoes, or black dress shoes for the general dance audition. You may wear socks only but they may get destroyed by the end of the audition.
CALLBACKS—Friday, December 8th 2:30pm-LATE
*A Callback List will be posted on the callboard and/or online at www.centurydrama.com on Wednesday evening or on Thursday some time. Actors will be called back for the character(s) for which they will read for on Friday. Your name might be under more than one character so be sure to look carefully. If you are not on the callback list, you are still in the musical as part of the ensemble or even a small featured role!
*Any time between 2:30 and 3:00 pm you will report to the auditorium and check in with the Production Manager who will provide you with sides for the character(s) you will be reading for.
*Be prepared to sing the song for the character for which you have been called back.
*Here you MUST give it your all. Impress us. Show us the best [insert character] ever. Give us everything you’ve got. Sing and act at the same time! You may be asked to read multiple times with multiple different people or you may be asked to only read once. So make it count every time.
*Singing poorly at one character’s song or reading without effort during callbacks because you would rather be another character reflects poorly on your commitment to the show.
*You may or may not be asked to sing but be prepared to sing over and over again. Bring a bottle of water.
*You may be asked to dance. Bring dance shoes and tap shoes if you own them. DO NOT GO OUT AND BUY THEM!
*You may not leave until we have dismissed you.
The Cast list will be posted online when it is ready and emailed out to everyone who auditions. You must email the Production Manager to accept your role. Even those in the ensemble must email the production manager.
How to Prepare for the Audition
Your monologue is a key component of your audition. Well in advance of the audition, you should select and prepare your monologue. When selecting and preparing audition material please keep the following in mind:
- Rehearse! Rehearse! Rehearse!
- We are looking for bold, creative and honest choices that are supported by the text
Your vocal audition is equally if not more important. You should also rehearse, rehearse, rehearse! Bring a bottle of water and take a few diaphragmatic breaths before you perform to calm the “shaky nervous voice” syndrome. Remember to ACT while you sing. We are looking for actors who can emote as well as actors with great voices.
How Can You Learn/Work on the Audition Songs?
You MUST come to at least ONE of the Pre-Audition Music Rehearsals. Most people go to more than one. You can also download the Rehearscore Plus Software from MTI which allows you to learn the songs at home. To download the software email Mr. Hewitt and he will send you a link to download the software.
To listen to the actual Rehearsal Track that you will be singing to, there are 3 options available for using the rehearsal music:
Access Code: Email Mr. Hewitt for Access: firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you have an ipod, ipad, or iphone, you can download the free app (The MT Pit) from the apple store. Once it is downloaded, you will then open the app and enter the code in the access code line. Click on “Downloads” to download the rehearsal music to your device. Then go to “Shows” to play the music. You will need internet connection to download the music initially, but once it is downloaded to your device, the music plays through the app and you no longer need internet connection. You do not need to create a user name or password to access the rehearsal music.
- If you have an android device, you can download the free app (TheMTPit) from Google play. Once it is downloaded, you will then open the app and enter the code in the access code line. Click on “Downloads” to download the rehearsal music to your device. Then go to “Shows” to play the music. You will need internet connection to download the music initially, but once it is downloaded to your device, the music plays through the app and you no longer need internet connect.
- If you are using a laptop or do not want to download the app, you can stream the rehearsal tracks through the internet by going to the website http://dashboard.themtpit.com and enter the code in the access code line. You do nee internet connection to play the music from the website.
What Else to Bring to the Audition
On the day of your audition remember to bring your most professional, enthusiastic, and creative self, A Theatrical Resume if you have one, The Audition Form, and of course A positive attitude!
What to Expect During the Audition
Remember that the audition panel is on your side. They will be looking for your best qualities. All of them have gone through the audition process and they understand how nerve wracking the process can be. So relax and do your best. Also, the best way to combat nerves is to be prepared.