How to Audition for Plays

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Frequently Asked Questions about WCHS Auditions

Q: Who can audition for plays?
A: Auditions for our Spring Play are open to all students, regardless of experience and attendance in any Drama class.  Auditions for the Fall One Acts are open to all students enrolled in any Drama or Acting course, and to members of Troupe 6172 of the Thespian Society.
 
Q: How do I find out about upcoming auditions?
A: To find out about plays, listen in class, and watch the whiteboard for upcoming information.  Our publicity crew also makes up flyers announcing auditions.  Also - make a point to check the Drama Room door (Room 229) at least once a week for upcoming news.
 
Q: How do I get audition materials?
A: You will be able to pick up audition materials directly from Mr. Gaudet.  A typical audition package includes audition times, character lists, an audition form, and a monologue or brief scene to remember.
 
Q: Who runs the auditions?  Who do I perform in front of?
A: Mr. Gaudet, in Room 229.  When you audition, you will typically do so in front of Mr. Gaudet and one or two assistants.  Audition performances are usually open - meaning you perform in front of all the other auditioners.  However, each play is different and requires different auditioning strategies.
 
Q: What do you look for in the actual audition?
A: A few things: energy, personality, poise, the choices you made in portraying your character, how seriously you are taking the audition (did you memorize your lines?), and your ability to take direction.  To a lesser extent, I also look for confidence and finally, appearance.  Yes it may sound cruel, but some roles call for certain looks!  (For example: I will never make it as an action hero in movies unless I spend the next three years 'bulking up' and working out, and even then it's still pretty iffy.)
 
Q: Is there anything I can do outside of the audition that will help me?
A: Yes!  Be on time for appointments and be courteous, professional, and genuine.  If you are taking Drama class, you should know that I remember everything that happens in that class.  Volunteer, be positive, follow class rules, treat other people well, and you've demonstrated some key "good performer" attributes.  Also, if you demonstrate a genuine willingness to help in one production backstage even when you didn't get a part, that shows a lot about the kind of supportive actor you will be.
 
Q: Is there anything I can do outside of the audition which will hurt me?
A: Yes.  Being rude to others, poor behavior in the audition room, negativity, hurtful indirect confrontations (rumors, Facebook, etc.) or any other harmfully immature behavior guarantees that you will not get the part, regardless of your talent level.  I, and the rest of the cast and crew, want to enjoy producing our shows, not taking care of self-centered, emotional black holes.
 
Q: So, what if I don't get a part?
A: So, you didn't get a part!  Life goes on!  During the average four-year high school career, you'll have eight performances to audition for.  If you really love theater, volunteer to work backstage.  Take small parts and work your way up.  Keep auditioning!  If you are a first or second-time auditioner: please remember that there are third-, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-time auditioners who are finally getting the roles they've always wanted.  The acting world calls this "paying your dues."  I keep records of those who have auditioned previously, were on time, polite, and professional - and I give those students additional consideration the next time around.

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