Show the casting director how reliable you are by showing up on time for the audition. Have your audition form filled out. Make sure to have a list of all of your
conflicts. In general, think of an audition like a job interview. Avoid inappropriate behavior, whether its chewing gum, using profanity, behaving too shyly or
brashly, or making long-winded speeches as to why you are perfect for the role.
Usually, it is best to wear “business casual” attire. You want to exhibit charm and professionalism, but you don’t want to look like a stock-broker or a banker.
Remember, many new actors make the mistake of wearing costumes to audition. Perhaps they say to themselves: “Hey, I’ve got a great pirate outfit from last
Halloween! I’ll wear that!” Sadly, this is bound to cause casting directors to chuckle under their breath. They might be amused, but they will definitely not take
the actor seriously.
If you are auditioning for a dancing part in a musical, wear dance attire. It should not be anything flashy or expensive. Any choreographer worth her salt will
focus on your dancing ability, not your sequins.
Many auditions involve reading “sides.” Sides are small, hand-picked portions of a script. Sometimes they are a brief monologue. Sometimes they are short
scenes involving two or more characters. Most of the time, you won’t know exactly what scene you’ll be reading. In that case, you’ll want to familiarize
yourself with the play in general. Know what the play is about. Make sure to do your homework, know the character you are going to audition for.
If you are auditioning for a popular play feel free to buy a copy of the script online or at your local book store. Better yet, visit your local library. Watching a film
version of the play might help as well. However, don’t simply mimic the movie actor’s performance. Casting directors want to see what you can create, not
what you can imitate.
If the play is rather obscure or brand new, it may be difficult to purchase a copy. In that case, you’ll want to polish up your cold reading skills. Cold reading is
the act of performing lines as you read them for the very first time. It can be a nerve wracking experience, but with practice most actors can become quite
adept at it.
The best way to become a fluent cold reader is to read aloud as often as you can. When you cold read during your audition, do not worry if you stumble over
a word or two. The important thing to remember is to stay in character. Create chemistry between you and your fellow actor. Make the casting director, and
anyone else watching, believe that you are thinking and feeling the words on the page.
After an audition, an actor becomes his own worst critic. Often times, hopeful thespians are tempted to explain themselves to the directors. They provide
excuses or even apologies in hopes of gaining sympathy. Avoid this as much as you can. Thank the casting director and leave the stage knowing that if you
are right for the part, they will contact you. If not, know that you did your best. And remember: there are many other wonderful roles out there just waiting to
Audition Notices can be found on our Facebook page.
We strongly recommend that you attend the audition workshop (If offered).
This workshop will prepare you for your audition. You will be given character
description and expectations, you will be taught the dance you will need
perform at auditions.
You need not be present at all audition sessions. Attendance at one
audition session is sufficient. If you are auditioning for a lead, be prepared
to attend call backs.
You need not be a member to audition for any of our productions. If cast,
however, you must become a member of the Downriver Actors Guild.
At auditions you will be asked to -
Sing a prepared song. Depending on the director you will need sheet music (Accompanists will be provided) or a CD with
your music on it. We discourage singing acappella.
Cold read. You will be asked to perform scene's from the show.
Dance. An audition dance will be taught to you, in small groups you will be asked to perform the dance.
ALWAYS check the Audition Notice. It will give you all of the audition requirements for that production.
Necessary scripts and music are provided at each audition; however, familiarity with the show is recommended.
You will be asked to complete an audition form and list all conflicts on your form. A link to the form is below.