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It’s your first private call for a musical. You’ve not auditioned before, so you don’t know what you need to do. What should you aim to achieve?

First, let’s explore what an audition is for. For the casting panel, it’s an opportunity to see new people, or to remind themselves of familiar people. It’s a chance to see who and what is out there, to make decisions about casting, and to match up different actors to make a company. For you, it’s an opportunity to let the casting panel get to know your performing ability, hear you sing and see you in your choice of character.

Now let’s explore what the first audition is not. It’s not a ‘real’ performance. gta 5 hack ios There’s no applause or feedback, the panel hasn’t paid to see you, there are no sets or lighting, and you don’t have costumes or make-up (except what you are wearing). It’s not a complete show either, as the panel will expect to watch you come in as you, then change into character in front of them. And finally, the first audition will not get you the job. That may seem odd, but Broadway and West End auditions can drag on over several months with up to 9 recalls. And on large-scale musicals you definitely won’t be cast on the strength of your first audition.

Remember that the company wants to know how skilled you are, how well you inhabit the character, how well you deal with being on stage, and whether you are the appropriate professional level for the production. So the key points are to appear professional, well-prepared and confident with your material. And for the first audition it’s vital for an actor, singer or dancer to use song material that’s suitable for their casting, voice and abilities.

Let’s look at some of the more usual mistakes made by auditionees. Singers might be confident of how they sound, but don’t think about character or story. In musical theater, this is a complete no-no. Yes, you might have a lovely voice but we’re interested in your character’s journey through the song. Musical Theater differs from opera or song recital in that the music serves and heightens the text, and characterisation is vital. Conversely, actors might be very confident of their subtext and characterisation, but might not have a solid vocal technique. While strong character decisions can carry an actor through dodgy vocalising, remember that this is a musical genre, and usually you will be performing 8 shows a week or more. For your own sanity (and the sanity of those around you), it’s imperative that your vocal technique is strong and clear enough for you to sustain and repeat what you are doing accurately and without strain. If not, a single cold can knock your performance sideways. For dancers who are used to expressing themselves in movement, using words and music can be a real challenge. And since many dancers start very young, learning a solid technique in a new discipline can seem like a mountainous task. It’s important for dancers to find teachers of voice, text or singing who are able to adapt their teaching styles to the dance-trained body and mind. Pick songs that you have a real connection with, pieces that you think you can have fun with. And don’t be afraid to move during an audition – you don’t have to stay rooted to the spot!

If you’re a singer dancer actor in a coaching session for a first audition, the focus is usually on finding suitable songs for your physicality and energy. Then the coach can help you find and maintain the best performance you can give. We’ll also focus on the different problems of using your own songs in an audition. How to give the pianist YOUR version of the piece in less than 15 seconds, how to grab the focus of your song and become the character straight away, whether you should interact with the panel, and even how to change your performance of your favorite songs to suit the musical style of the show you’re auditioning for.

Sometimes you can alter the subtext or storyline of a song to fit the show that is currently casting. If you have to sing just a 16bar excerpt or a cut version, your storyline will be different anyway – it’s not a good idea to try playing the full song journey if you’re only singing half the song! You might focus on the one aspect of the character that appears in that extract, or impose a journey on the music, or bring an event that happens later in the full song into that particular musical moment. So if you are using the same song for the cattle call and the first full audition (also known as the privates), you will almost certainly need more than one mental map of the song.

Once you have found good songs, a session from a qualified coach can help you find your own version of the material, and lead you to create living, sustainable characterisations that use your best talents and assets. You will definitely be noticed if you have songs to match your casting, strong performance skills and a professional attitude.

And what do you aim to achieve in the first audition? To get the first recall.

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