Acting the Scene Acting Auditions and Scenes in Musicals • Facts – Auditions usually last an average of 1 minute – Everyone listening to your audition WANTS to like you – Everyone is there for 1 reason: to cast a musical with a creative and talented cast successfully – Whether you get a part or not, only you know if you did your best – Always remember - getting a part (or not getting a part) is not a comment on whether you are talented or not. Many times an actor that is ‘right’ for one show is not ‘right’ for another. • Problem – How do you slow down 55 seconds to appear talented, easy-going, articulate, and perfect for the role? – Auditors may ask anything of you, but you are not allowed the same privilege • Solution – It is hard to appear talented if you have not worked on your audition – If you appear confident you will appear more talented – If you seem like you can “go with the flow” a director will be a lot more apt to cast you • Confidence – Well groomed – Appropriately dressed for your audition (dance, singing, acting might not be the same outfit) – Speak or sing to someone as if they are intelligent and perceptive – Know what you are doing • Music should be prepared correctly for the accompanist • Song (or monologue) deeply committed to memory • Monologues are Essential – Once a director has meet you on paper they want to see your personality – Keep in mind that using a monologue for the purposes of auditions is artificial – They should never be longer than 2 minutes - and sometimes they are as short as 1 minute (or 2 one minute contrasting) – A monologue on a page is always longer when performed Monologues continued • Have a variety ready to perform • Once you’ve found a play/song/book or film of a writer you enjoy find out what else they have written. • What if they don’t write in monologue format? Figure out the style of the playwright (fast paced and clipped, graceful and expressive, ect) Type and your monologue • What type of role can you play? • If the casting call doesn’t limit who is auditioning don’t limit yourself • TV is usually much less likely to cast against ‘type’ than theatre or film • If you can read the script in advance let that lead what monologue you prepare. Monologue Books • A good starting point but for many (lazy) actors this is also their ending point • Look in these books for ideas but don’t think you are ‘done’ once you’ve found it. • This should be a lengthy process - as long as it takes to find your song. Types of Acting Auditions 1. Cold Readings - Given a scene or monologue from the actual show to briefly prepare and then perform. It may be an open or closed audition room. 2. Monologues - Generally in MT you are not asked to have a prepared monologue, but it never hurts to be ready to do one… especially when it comes down to you and one other person. 3. Callbacks - A combination of the above - you will be put into scenes or songs with others being considered. Audition Procedure • Ushered into studio, theater, sound stage, etc. at the exact time of the audition. • Give auditors resume and picture • Stand/announce – Your name – Title of selection – Name of character from selection • Do not “set up” scene - most directors will be familiar with your material • When finished allow 5 second pause and give a courteous “thank you” • Don’t apologize for anything Remember • Wear appropriate clothing (singing, dance, and acting are different) • Be kind, courteous, and positive to EVERYONE you encounter AT ALL TIMES-- you never know what the director will be told after the fact • Fight your nerves - auditors WANT you to be good and if you’ve prepared you should deliver • Take water (only) with you • Don’t be surprised if the auditors stop you in the middle or before you finish your song, dance, or acting piece… it simply means they have heard what they needed to hear • Treat every audition as the opportunity to share your talent and learn more about yourself as a performer and your skills - not as a statement of your ultimate talent. A variety of factors go into whether an actor is cast in a role (or not). Monologue Advice • Like the song – make sure it takes the character on a journey and has something at stake. \ • Read, REad, REAd, READ • Like songs watch things that are so popular everyone is doing it. • You can find monologues from other sources, but be careful here. Monologue Guidelines • Keep it in the present – stay out of the past. • Leave Dreams for sleeping • Avoid Rambling Monologues • If it’s not working drop it • Don’t write your own monologue • Keep it active • Match the monologue to the job When performing • Establish the environment – limited movement is good • Who are you speaking to? • Don’t look down – but also don’t look at the auditors (same as singing) • If you happen to forget your lines – keep going (ad-lib) Acting Audition Essentials • Know the title of the play and who wrote it. • Know who your ‘imaginary other’ is and ‘see’ them when performing. • Find your staging area when entering the room. • As you finish let your last ‘note’ play out. • Say “Thank you” • Be prepared with at least 2 other monologues. Scenes in Musicals • Need to lead up to songs • Are usually compact and short in length • Will often only be 2 person scenes (with exception obviously) • Gives information that is necessary for the plot to progress • Was not ‘cut’ for a reason Acting in a Musical Scene • Requires the actor to make bold choices • Requires excellent scene partner connections • Requires an actor to have strong subtext • Requires an actor to learn lines word for word.