Audition Information

Audition at First Act!

If you are enrolled in First Act Theatre Arts classes (and are age 8-18), you are invited to audition for that session’s productions. As there is no winter class session, to audition for a winter show you must have taken a fall class or be enrolled in a spring class. For your audition, you will usually be asked to prepare a one-minute song to perform for the artistic team. After you sing, you will learn a short dance to be performed in a group. Some shows may require a monologue to be performed, as well. The general audition will be followed by callbacks at which some students will be asked to return to perform selections from the show in order to be considered for specific roles. The First Act audition process is a welcoming environment where all students can display their abilities and grow as performers! 

See below for Winter 2021/2022 Audition Information! Please sign up for the audition of your choice by using the sign up link in preferred show description.

NOTE: In accordance with current CDC guidelines, masks will be required at all First Act activities.

Please Note:

* Students ages 8-18 enrolled in a Fall 2021 OR a Spring 2022 class, are automatically eligible to audition for a Winter 2022 production!

** Winter 2022 Special: If you’re busy in the fall and spring, but still want to do a winter show without taking classes, you can waive the enrollment requirement. Students who audition without enrolling in classes will be charged a $450 Production Fee (compared to $195 for enrolled students). A $255 non-refundable deposit will be due before auditions and a balance of $195 due after casting.

For more information, about this fee and what it covers, please click HERE to visit our Family Production Center.

Audition at First Act!

If you are enrolled in First Act Theatre Arts classes (and are age 8-18), you are invited to audition for that session’s productions. As there is no winter class session, to audition for a winter show you must have taken a fall class or be enrolled in a spring class. For your audition, you will usually be asked to prepare a one-minute song to perform for the artistic team. After you sing, you will learn a short dance to be performed in a group. Some shows may require a monologue to be performed, as well. The general audition will be followed by callbacks at which some students will be asked to return to perform selections from the show in order to be considered for specific roles. The First Act audition process is a welcoming environment where all students can display their abilities and grow as performers! 

See below for Spring 2021 Audition Information! Please sign up for the audition of your choice by using the sign up link in preferred show description.

NOTE: In accordance with current CDC guidelines, masks will be required at all First Act activities.

Please Note: All students cast in a First Act production will be assessed a Production Fee of $195. For more information, about this fee and what it covers, please click HERE to visit our Family Production Center.

NOTE: For Winter 2021/2022, students may participate in both the blackbox production of Clue and a musical production if they choose.

Clue

Descendants

Oliver

Seussical

Audition Process

  • SIGN UP & PREPARE: Make sure to sign up for your audition time slot and start practicing. You will need a 1-minute song and/or a memorized monologue if required.
  • AUDITION PAPERWORK: Be sure to submit the online audition form submission and the online medical release/behavior contract submission by noon on the day of auditions.
  • AUDITION DAY: Show up for your audition 20 minutes early to check in. Make sure to bring your karaoke/accompaniment track on a phone or other device to sing to at the audition.

Typically, auditions will be open for all to watch. We will take 10 at a time. For musical auditions, following the vocal audition, your group will learn a short dance routine to perform for the Artistic Team. Callbacks will be closed. Callbacks will be only for those we need to see again for any number of reasons.

Audition Process

  • SIGN UP & PREPARE: Make sure to sign up for your audition time slot and start practicing. You will need a 1-minute song and/or a memorized monologue if required.
  • AUDITION PAPERWORK: Be sure to submit the online audition form submission and the online medical release/behavior contract submission by noon on the day of auditions.
  • AUDITION DAY: Show up for your audition 20 minutes early to check in. Make sure to bring your karaoke/accompaniment track on a phone or other device to sing to at the audition.

Typically, auditions will be open for all to watch. We will take 10 at a time. For musical auditions, following the vocal audition, your group will learn a short dance routine to perform for the Artistic Team. Callbacks will be closed. Callbacks will be only for those we need to see again for any number of reasons. If do not receive a callback, that does not mean you will not be cast in the production.

sound of music
sound of music

Audition Process

  • SIGN UP & PREPARE: Make sure to sign up for your audition time slot and start practicing. You will need a 1-minute song and/or a memorized monologue if required.
  • AUDITION PAPERWORK: Be sure to submit the online audition form submission and the online medical release/behavior contract submission by noon on the day of auditions.
  • AUDITION DAY: Show up for your audition 20 minutes early to check in. Make sure to bring your karaoke/accompaniment track on a phone or other device to sing to at the audition.

Typically, auditions will be open for all to watch. We will take 10 at a time. For musical auditions, following the vocal audition, your group will learn a short dance routine to perform for the Artistic Team. Callbacks will be closed. Callbacks will be only for those we need to see again for any number of reasons.

How to Prepare for a Musical Theatre Audition

  1. Be prepared! This seems really obvious, but make sure that you know what’s expected of you. Show up early, and be prepared to sing straight away.
  2. Be in good voice. If you haven’t sung in a while, you can’t expect to go into a singing audition and perform well. Singing every day is essential for keeping your voice healthy and strong.
  3. Know the show. In musical theatre, there are numerous methods to becoming familiar with the show you’re auditioning for. When preparing your audition material never sing something from the show you’re auditioning for, unless you’re specifically asked to. On the other hand, choose a song that’s similar in style and range to the character you’re auditioning for. Choose a song which is written for a role that’s close to your own age.
  4. Always give yourself plenty of time to learn your audition material. Rehearse with your karaoke track or a pianist, and don’t solely rely on learning from a recording since that version may be considerably different from the sheet music you have.

5. You have one minute to SHINE! Be sure that you have a karaoke track on your cell phone or other mp3 device. Never sing a capella. Never audition without the music! If you make a mistake while singing, do not stop! An audition is like a performance; just keep going and do not let your face or body language reveal the fact that you’ve made a mistake.

6. Know your lyrics and your music. Although this may seem obvious, choose a song that suits you. Many singers do not. Avoid choosing songs that are over-done at auditions.

7. Have properly prepared sheet music when working with an accompanist. Make sure it’s written out in the right key, and that any tempo changes, and change in musical directions are all clearly marked. Don’t choose a song that’s notoriously difficult for a pianist to play. Never give a pianist sheet music in the form of a music book. That makes it too difficult to turn the pages.

Make a photocopy of your song, and tape the edges together accordion fashion. When you hand the pianist your music, make sure you smile and say hello. Give them a good idea of the tempo by singing a few bars quietly for them. If there are tempo changes or the like, point them out. Never Snap your fingers or clap your hands at the pianist, even if you’re just trying to help them with the tempo.

8. Enter the audition with confidence – first impressions are key here. Keep good posture and walk with confidence, even if you’re terrified! Directors know you are nervous, and they want you to succeed!

9. Don’t apologize or make excuses for any reason. Always be professional. Remember that God created you as His unique and one-of-a-kind person!

10. Dress for an audition in a smart/casual way. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Dress naturally rather than in costume, and wear modest clothes!

11. Be friendly but don’t be overly talkative. Smile and be personable. When it’s your turn to audition, state your name and the song you will be singing. Be friendly, humble and confident in who God has made you to be.

12. When you sing, just stand and sing. Never do choreography or blocking to accompany your song. Also, don’t use any props or dress in costume. Don’t wander around. But do use hand and arm movements providing they are natural. This is no time to be shy, so sing out and give a performance. Keep your hands out of your pockets.

13. Have confidence in your dance audition. Whether or not you have dance training, do your best to perform the dance combination with energy and lots of smiles! Remember – if you smile through your dancing, the directors will not look at your feet (as much)!

14. Don’t Give Up! Your voice may crack or you might forget a lyric – keep smiling and don’t get down on yourself!

15. PRAY! Remember that God is with you every step of the way. Also, the more you can audition the easier it gets.

The Casting Process

We take pride in the integrity of our casting process. All of the directing team members are encouraged to give feedback on casting of all roles. However, if their own family members are being discussed, a director must leave the room, and they are not eligible to give input on those students.

We rely on Godly wisdom from a council of many to make casting decisions. Final decisions are never one person’s opinion, and we bring in a variety of directing team members into each production to make sure our casting decisions are as fair and balanced as possible. 

This is a competitive program and the roles are given to the students who are best suited, as determined by the whole directing team.