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Auditions

 


 

THEATRE ARTS AUDITIONS

2014-2015 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 2014 Auditions for Prelude to a Kiss and The Phantom of the Opera: August 22 and 23; Callbacks August 24, 2014
  • Spring 2015 Auditions for American Night and Footloose: January 16 and 17; Callbacks January 18, 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 2014 Productions

Prelude to a Kiss
The Phantom of the Opera

PRELIMINARY AUDITIONS
Friday, AUGUST 22* and Saturday, AUGUST 23*
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 24, 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 23, 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
Prelude to a Kiss

  • Preliminary auditions for Prelude to a Kiss will consist of presenting a prepared 1-minute monologue (comic, serious, or seriocomic; preferably from a stage play written after 1930). Please do not do a monologue from Prelude to a Kiss. (See the definition of a "monologue" under Questions & Resources below, as well as instructions if you don't have a prepared monologue.)

  • Dress: Please dress like you are going to a job interview. Make sure that your hair is back and out of your eyes.

  • Getting Ready for the Audition: In addition to preparing your monologue, familiarize yourself with the show. A copy of the script is at the Reserve Desk on the 4th floor of Doyle Library, Santa Rosa campus.

  • Callbacks: Actors selected for Callbacks on Sunday will do cold readings from the script.

Show Details

  • Cast Size: An ensemble of approximately 10, with some double casting. Actors of color are encouraged to audition for all roles and an African-American male or female is needed. Roles range in age from early 20s to 80 years old. While an age-appropriate actor is necessary for The Old Man, we will consider younger actors for the other older adult roles.

  • Rehearsals: Rehearsals start immediately after casting on Tuesday night, August 26th. Although subject to change, the anticipated schedule is Tuesday-Friday evenings and Sunday evenings.

  • More About the Show: This document contains a note from the director and brief information about each of the roles. Additional Information About Prelude to a Kiss

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.


Audition Criteria for
The Phantom of the Opera

  • Preliminary auditions for The Phantom of the Opera will consist of a singing audition. While singing, performers will also be evaluated on their acting choices.

  • Actors selected for Callbacks on Sunday will sing songs from the show and may do a dance audition (if being considered for dancing roles). Those actors being considered for the corps de ballet will have a special callback during the Callback period.

  • Getting Ready for the Audition (see Singing and Dance preparation below): Familiarize yourself with the show - watch the movie (although the stage show is different), listen to a CD of the musical, look at YouTube clips of the stage show (particularly the wonderful 25th Anniversary production) and/or read the show's script.

Audition Criteria for Show Details

  • Cast Size: Principals/Featured Roles - approximately 5 men, 4 women. Ensemble - approx. 8-12 men and 8-12 women (including corps de ballet - see details in next bullet). 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.

  • Corps de Ballet: 4 women will be cast as members of the corps de ballet, dancing on pointe. While these roles may not be singing roles, the pointe dancers cast in these roles must be able to sing with controlled pitch (meaning they must be able to learn music and "carry a tune").

  • Rehearsals: Cast orientation is Thursday, August 28 at 6:30. Rehearsals will begin Sept. 2. Although subject to change, the anticipated schedule is Tuesday-Friday evenings and Sunday evenings.

  • More About the Show: This document contains a breakdown of the characters and their vocal ranges in The Phantom of the Opera.
    Phantom Character List & Vocal Requirements

General Questions

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

The Phantom of the Opera SINGING Audition Requirements:

  • While we encourage all interested individuals to audition, please know that the music for The Phantom of the Opera is quite demanding to learn and perform. Therefore, all cast members in this production must be capable singers and ideally should have experience in choral singing in 4 parts. Cast members are expected to be able to read and learn the vocal parts from the vocal score.

  • What to Prepare, Part 1: Please prepare 30 - 60 seconds of singing (do not use a long piano introduction) from the standard Broadway musical repertoire (with one exception - see next bullet). 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.

  • What to Prepare, Part 2: If you wish to be considered for the roles of Carlotta or Piangi, choose an excerpt of a standard operatic aria and be sure to perform the most vocally challenging section of it.

  • What to Prepare, Part 3: 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").

  • 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.
    Phantom Audition Song Suggestions
    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.

  • What if I don't have a prepared song? Don't worry . . . there is a General Song Option available. This is a pre-selected song for those who wish to audition but do not already have a prepared song (this year, the General Song Option is an excerpt of "Somewhere" from West Side Story). Click the link below for an instruction sheet containing links to the song's music, lyrics, and example performance videos.
    Phantom General Song Option Instructions

  • 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 20, 2014 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Room 105, Forsyth Hall (Music Building)

Jody Benecke, Vocal Director for The Phantom of the Opera, 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 Rm. 214, Burbank Auditorium for updates and additional information as classes begin.

Phantom DANCE Audition Requirements - for Callbacks Only:

  • What to Prepare: You do not have to prepare choreography ahead of time; you will be taught choreography at the callback. There will be no group warm-up, so warming up just before your dance audition is recommended.

  • What to Wear for a Dance Audition: Please wear non-restrictive attire in which you can move, such as exercise/workout attire. Street clothes (skirts, dresses, tailored pants, or tight-fitting jeans) are not appropriate for a dance audition unless specifically requested.
    Women: Clothing - Wear flexible, form fitting clothing that allows choreographer to see your body shape, but avoid restrictive or revealing clothes. Footwear** -1st choice: Character shoes preferred; 2nd choice: any type of enclosed dance show (ballet slipper, jazz shoes, etc.); 3rd choice: Light weight tennis shoes. Hair - Long hair should be tied back. All hair should be off the face (clips or head band).
    Men: Clothing - Wear dance attire or athletic clothing that allows you to move freely (e.g. a form fitting t-shirt; ballroom dance pants or full length athletic pants). Footwear** - 1st choice: Ballroom or jazz shoes preferred; 2nd choice: Any type of dance shoe; 3rd choice: Sneakers/lightweight tennis shoes (but avoid heavy tread). Hair - Long hair should be tied back. All hair should be off the face (clips or head band).
    **For safety reasons on stage, you will not be allowed to audition bare-footed, or in socks, sandals, flip flops, foot thongs, ultra high heels or other hazardous footwear.
  • Phantom Specialty Pointe Dancers:
    If auditioning on pointe, bring your pointe shoes. Appropriate attire is a black leotard and pink ballet tights. A black ballet demi or knee length skirt is allowed. Hair in a bun or ballet fashioned.

 
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