What is an audition and why is it important in theater arts training?
An audition is part of the process to arrive at casting a production. CYT has always felt that the audition process is an important aspect to theater arts training in that it is a primary way in which an actor learns how to present him or herself. As a result of this process, whether a child is cast or not, a number of character traits are developed: hard work, discipline, commitment, and accepting disappointment. CYT has chosen to use the audition process versus simply casting all children in the production in order to further develop these important characteristics. Secondarily, CYT’s mission also includes presenting a quality product to the community. This involves allowing directors to make choices that reflect their artistic opinions.
Auditions are a wonderful way for students to gain self-confidence and experience in performing in front of people. Currently enrolled CYT students ages 8-18 on the day of auditions are invited to audition for any one of the CYT productions each session. They must be enrolled in at least one class during that same session. Students do not need previous theater experience to audition.
1. SIGN UP
: Once you register for class, you can sign up for an audition timeslot for whichever show you choose.
2. COMPLETE THE ONLINE AUDITION PACKET:
Our audition packet is now online. You will need to complete all pages. You do NOT need to print this packet. We access it online. At the end, there is a link for the few pages you do need to print and bring with you to auditions.
: You will need a 1 min. monologue and a 1 min. song
3. AUDITION DAY
: Show up for your audition 30 minutes early. Bring the Costume form and the Production fee form, along with your headshot and production fee payment.
CYT Houston is once again opening auditions. This means that other auditioners, as well as parents and siblings, will be able to sit and watch auditions and support their friends. For students who may be nervous about auditioning, it may help them to sit and watch some auditions first, and experience the positive experience that open auditions bring. How many people are allowed into auditions at any one time will be dependent on the size of the audition venue.
If you are cast...
- You are limited to one minute for your song and one minute for your monologue. Show the best of your talents!
- Introduce yourself with energy and confidence.
- Sing an appropriate song in your range – a children’s song or show tune is recommended.
- You will have uploaded your song when completing your audition packet online. If you didn't upload it at the time, ask the Coordinator for the link to upload it. All music must be uploaded by the Wednesday before auditions.
- You will be asked to learn and perform a short dance routine with a group during dance auditions.
Parents must agree to the following:
I realize that if my child is chosen for the cast, I will be responsible to make sure he/she attends every performance and every rehearsal for which he/she is scheduled. In case of illness, I will notify the Chapter Coordinator in advance. In order to ensure the quality of rehearsals and the production. I understand that students who audition are NOT eligible for a class tuition refund. I understand that I will be charged a Production Fee at auditions, which is fully refundable if they are cut from the show. I am also responsible for personal items (i.e., shoes, tights, make-up). I understand that I will be required to attend two parent meetings and to volunteer on a pre-show and show week committee as part of a Parent Production Team.
WHAT TO DO IN ADVANCE:
- You must be at all rehearsals for which you are scheduled. If an absence is necessary, permission must be received from the Show Coordinator or Stage Manager. Conflicts (other than illness) after casting are not allowed.
- All conflicts must be listed at the time of auditions and will be taken under consideration during casting.
- You may not leave rehearsal early.
- You must be at all performances. This may include missing one day of school.
- You must pay a Production Fee at auditions.
- Your parents must agree to attend two parent meetings and to serve on a Parent Production Team in addition to working shows. Each volunteer will get at least one show off of their committee so they may watch. An "Adult Sponsor" may volunteer these hours in the place of a parent and designate the hours to a cast member.
WHAT TO BRING TO AUDITIONS:
- Prepare a 60-second song in the style of the show in which you're audtioning with musical accompaniment (no vocals), as well as a 30 second to 1 minute monologue. Not all shows require a monologue, but it is always recommended to have one
- Practice, practice, practice! Memorize your song.
- Sign up for an audition time slot once you are registered for a class. Parents/guardians, sign up for the Facebook group. This allows a lot of interaction prior to auditions.
Lots of enthusiasm and a smile!
Arrive with the Production Fee form with payment, the costume form with basic information completed, and appropriately dressed. Auditioning is like a job interview. You don’t need to wear a suit, but don’t wear shorts and flip flops.
Attach one headshot to the costume form.
Prepare a 60-second song in the style of the show for which you’re auditioning. Your musical accompaniment should be without vocals. Also prepare a 30 second to one-minute monologue. Not all shows require a monologue, but it is recommended to have one prepared.
If you prefer to bring an accompanist, check with the Chapter Coordinator to verify if there will be a keyboard available.
DO NOT: Sing without accompaniment (acapella).
DO NOT: Rock back and forth, or fidget.
DO NOT: Sing directly to the judges, pick a point beyond their heads.
DO NOT: Use an accent unless the artistic team specifically asks for one.
DO: Put on your very best show with confidence and a smile.
DO: Show confidence even if you don’t feel you sing well.
DO: Choose a song that fits your vocal range and ability.