Frequently Asked Questions
Audition Rules and Expectations
- Arrive on time, this usually means fifteen minutes before your scheduled appointment so that you have time to fill out your audition form.
- Always check in with a Stage Manager when you arrive at an audition. Find out what procedure is and follow it.
- Never go into the theatre space until you are instructed to do so. You may be interrupting another person's audition.
- ALWAYS bring a photo with you. Directors are seeing many auditionees and attaching a photo to your forms helps them remember who you are.
- Fill out your audition form in a very neat and professional manner. It is always a good idea to prepare a resume at home with any previous experience. You may also list any special skills on your resume such as gymnastics, playing a musical instrument, dance, or singing.
- Keep all conversation and noise to a minimum while you wait. Your audition begins the moment that you walk into the building, anyone who is distracting or noisy will be reported to the director. The Stage Manager is a vital part of the theatre's team and your first impression is crucial.
- Once the Stage Manger leads your group into the auditorium, make sure that you do not begin to talk or become distracting. Never talk during another person's monologue.
- Follow the Stage Manager's directions about where to enter and exit the stage, when to be "on deck" where to sit, etc. The Director and Stage Manager are both watching to make sure that you can follow directions.
- When it is your turn to audition, state your name and the play or book your monologue is from. For example, "My name is Candy Bar and I will be doing a monologue from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." You do not need to give any other information. After your monologue restate your name and say "thank you".
Remember to speak your introduction slowly, loudly, and clearly. Many people rush through their introductions so make sure that yours is as polished and professional as your monologue.
- If you do forget your lines, it is important that you keep going, just as you would during a performance. Try to improvise some lines or skip ahead to a part that you remember. Another option is to say "thank you" and act as if that is where you planned to stop anyway! There is no need for the Director to know that you made a mistake or skipped lines. And never ask to start over.