Thursday, June 23, 2016

What to Expect at Auditions

I often find that as I am speaking to EYT kids and parents, I realize that all the stuff floating around in my head isn't common knowledge!  So to those who might like to know what to expect at an EYT audition, here is my best guess of how things will go this year.  I reserve the right to be wrong.  :)

THE LOBBY (check in and check out)
The lobby will be both your first and last stop and will be your chance to interact with Stage Manager, Justina Spencer.  Try to arrive at least 10 minutes before your audition time to get the lobby stuff out of the way.

  • Double check the audition form
  • Verify your conflict dates
  • Verify that your tuition is paid in full (you cannot be cast without it)
  • Order extra t-shirts for cast or family ($15 cash or check)
THE GREENROOM (the organizational hub)
So much will be going on downstairs with a variety of stations to visit.  Here is a sample of what to expect downstairs.
  • Parent volunteer sign up sheets
  • Get your t-shirt 
  • Get a head shot taken for the program (so look pretty!)
  • Submit your bio at the bio station (feel free to pre-write your 50 word (half day) or 75 word (full day) bio beforehand, but it will need to be submitted through the official bio form.
  • Meet our costumer Ty and get measured or photographed or whatever Ty says 
UPSTAIRS (music central)
You and each of the other students in your audition group (check the calendar if you want to know who to expect) will perform your song for the music director Jackie in the upstairs area.  
  • The people in your audition group will be around your same age.
  • You must have either a minus track or sheet music.  NO ACAPELLA!
  • If you are scared about this part of auditions, try not to be.  :)  It will be so fun and friendly.
FRONT LAWN (the dance hall)
On the front lawn you and your audition group will meet Madison Carpentier, our dance captain.  She will teach you a sequence to perform later for JJ.
  • Absolutely no flip-flops or bare feet at auditions.  If you have already purchased your jazz shoes or bear claws, you may wish to wear those on the stage.  Plan to wear something that covers your sole and stays firmly on your feet while outside.
  • Consider the dance audition in selecting your audition attire.  Please dress in clothing that will cover you appropriately even when moving.
THE STAGE (meet the director)
You and your group will get to take the stage to perform both your monologue/poem and the dance sequence.  Turn on the charm, since this is the room with the director JJ and student director Dillon.  
  • Your poem or monologue should be completely memorized and delivered in a clear, loud voice.
  • Follow instructions regarding dancing carefully; for half-day kids especially, this is a big part of the audition.
Plan for about a half hour outside your audition time to accomplish all the extras.  I am looking forward to seeing each of you soon!

As always, feel free to contact me with questions.

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