Performance Audition Tips

How do I prepare for my Acting/Singing Audition?

Prepare a ninety second audition that best demonstrates your talents, range, and abilities. Your introduction will not count toward your time unless it is excessive. Prepare your introduction so that it will take no longer than a few seconds. Include your name, your school, the characters you will play and the plays from which they come. Do not explain the selections.

You will be given ninety (90) seconds to use as you wish. A timekeeper will ask you to stop if you go over this time limit. If you are asked to stop, the proper response to the timekeeper is “Thank you.” Your time begins with your first selection. Your introduction will not count against your time, but should last no more than a few seconds.

Select audition pieces that demonstrate your abilities, flexibility, range, and talents. You may want to select two short monologues of contrasting styles, periods, or content. If you wish to sing, you may want to select a song that presents a different kind of character from the character in your monologue. Work with your director to develop and polish whatever you present. Remember that this is your time to do whatever it is you do best.

You will be provided with one straight back chair. Costumes are not permitted. Props are not permitted.

Select dramatic literature that is more action than “telling.” The college representatives want to see and hear theatre pieces, not your dramatic/humorous interpretation selection, your original work, or pieces from film or television. They want to see you perform.

Do not explain the selections. A proper introduction includes your name, where you are from, the character(s) you will be performing, and the titles of the play(s) (remember our time restraints). If you are performing two selections, introduce both at the beginning of the presentation. The introduction will not be included in your time.

Read the whole play, not just the selection. You may be caught off guard if a representative asks you about the play. Reading the whole play should be basic to any monologue preparation you undertake.

The college reps continue to indicate that they are not interested in hearing selections with accents.

Profanity in selections gives the representatives a negative impression of you and makes everyone uncomfortable.

Select pieces that are appropriate to your age.

Have backup pieces prepared. You should have other monologues and songs you can present with confidence if asked to do so by the reps.

Ask your director for help in selecting/cutting a monologue/song.

A well-prepared student is more impressive that one who tries to cram as much “acting” as possible into 90 seconds.

Leave time to acknowledge the college reps before sitting down. Acknowledgment usually comes in the form of a brief smile and a “Thank You” before you turn to take your seat again.

Bring a recorded accompaniment. We will have a CD/iPod player available. Please record only your selection on your CD, or label your CD with the appropriate track number so the person playing your music can find it easily. Please have your iPod cued to the appropriate selection.

Give yourself enough introduction music to find the key, pitch, and rhythm, keeping in mind your time constraints.

Sing theatre music. Do not sing music from the radio or pop music.

Sing selections within your range. Make sure the song can be sung in a comfortable pitch, key, volume, rhythm, and attitude. Plan to sing only a brief section of the song.

Do not sing if that isn’t your strongest talent. Don’t feel you have to sing.

Present your monologue first, then nod to your accompanist to begin the song selection. You do not need to speak or explain anything between the selections.

You may not sing a cappella. If you do not have a CD or an iPod you cannot sing during your audition. Your CD cannot contain any vocals of any kind on it. The college reps have made these requests.