Since we have auditions coming up (Nov. 1,3,5) for the next few days I'll be giving out audition tips.
Come prepared. Know your monologue well, if your singing know your song well, if you're dancing be warmed up and dressed (including footweafor dancing.
If you are going to be performing for a director (that's really all an audition is, a chance to show off) make sure you know your monologue and/or song backward, forward and when you're standing on your head.
If there are going to be cold readings from the script, make sure (if at all possible) that you are familiar with at least the most familiar passages. Different writers use language differently, make sure you are confidant speaking the way that writer has their characters talk.
Compare Sam Shepard to Oscar Wilde -
I keep comin' down here thinkin' it's the fifties or somethin'. I keep finding myself getting off the freeway at familiar landmarks that turn out to be unfamiliar. On the way to appointments. Wandering down streets I thought I recognized that turn out to be replicas of streets I remember. Streets I misremember. Streets I can't tell if I lived on or saw in a postcard.
-- True West by Sam Shepard
All I do know is that life cannot be understood without much charity. It is love, and not German philosophy, that is the true explanation of this world, whatever may be the explanation of the next.
-- An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
These are both playwrights I adore, but they styles are a world apart. Oscar Wilde's language is about wit and beauty crafted together to create elegant, flowing sentences that make you laugh with mischievous delight; Sam Shepard is modern and rather gritty, his sentences are a broken-up, poetic train of thought.
If you are going to a Sam Shepard audition, you'll have to prepare your mind and your mouth differently than if you are going to an Oscar Wilde audition.
Remember, auditions are the first week in November! Click here and scroll down for more information!