Village Square Theatre
Saturday, November 7, 2015. 10:00-12:00. Ages 5 through College Cost: $25 This is a two-hour workshop designed to help actors improve audition techniques and boost confidence prior to upcoming auditions at Village Square or other theatres. Vocal techniques, expression, stage fright, how to prepare, improvisation exercises and advice on standing out in a crowd will be covered. Students will go through mock acting and singing auditions using several different scripts and will be directed on ways to make improvements. Advice will be given on choices for selection of audition music. Students will also “get into the mind of a director” to learn about what directors look for at auditions. For those who are new to the audition process, students will learn what to expect. For those who have auditioned before, students will learn how to improve. Taught by Debra Leopard.
HARVEY- Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7 pm in the greenroom. (roles for 10-12 adults ages 18+) Directed by Ripley Thames
DR. DOLITTLE, JR- Sunday, November 8 and Monday, November 9 at 7 pm. (roles for 20+ young performers ages 5-21) Must prepare 16 measures of music to sing at auditions. Directed by Debra Leopard
CHITTY, CHITTY BANG BANG- Sunday, December 13 at 6:30 and Monday, December 14 at 7 pm. (Roles for 35+ performers ages 5- senior citizen). Must prepare 16 measures of music to sing at auditions. Dancers needed too. Directed by Debra Leopard
MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940- February 21 and 22 at 7 pm. (Roles for 10-12 adults ages 18+) Directed by Glenn Farr.
As part of its mission of inclusion and in order to receive the benefit from the rich diversity of our community, Village Square Theatre is committed to casting all productions without bias towards race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion. Except when necessary to the intent or the message of the work, Village Square Theatre and its artistic staff will cast productions, for all roles, without regard for race and, whenever possible, gender.
Village Square Theatre auditions are open to anyone (unless specific age ranges are given such as in a Junior Arts Show). No roles are pre-cast and there is no previous theatre experience necessary. We strive to make the audition process a positive one. Here are a few tips about that may be helpful:
For Musicals, be prepared to sing 16 bars of music by yourself at the auditions. Bring either the sheet music, or a CD (without lyrics!) to auditions. Have your sheet music marked with a clear start and finish point. Choose music that showcases your personality and vocal range. We do not recommend singing pop music or a song from the show for which you are auditioning. You will not be allowed to sing a cappella (without musical accompaniment.)
Dress comfortably and appropriately. No flip flops! You may have to dance, so dress to move.
Smile and enjoy yourself! Smile at the directors and don�t rush. If you are nervous, fake it. Try to relax, we are pulling for you and want you to do well.
Be your best physically. (Get plenty of rest and eat well before an audition. Bananas are great for nerves!)
Be on your best behavior at auditions. The directors will be watching you from the moment you enter the theatre. Be quiet and respectful of everyone auditioning.
Never apologize for your performance or ask to start over. You will not be allowed to start over or repeat an audition. You get one chance, so make it count.
Warm-up vocally and physically. For example, sing in the car on the way to auditions, do a few exercises to calm your nerves.
Arrive a little early to the auditions so you will have time to get your picture taken, fill out forms, and get signed in before the start-time.
Practice your song a lot and practice reading out loud with expression (especially scripts).
Please feel free to ask the director questions via email prior to auditions.
See you onstage!