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Do You Want a Career in Musical Theatre? Part Two

Written by  Wednesday, 06 February 2013
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The audition itself

Wear an outfit that is smart and presents you at your best, and that you are comfortable to perform in. There is no need to come dressed head-to-toe in character. If you are required to sing, act and dance at your audition, these are likely to be separate, therefore arrive looking smart and ready to perform, but be prepared to change into dancewear. If you're unsure, double-check with the university or college. Be aware that some colleges do prefer a neutral outfit (blacks) so they can focus on you. Check before the audition.

When you enter the audition room, assess the set-up and space and mentally adapt to that space to optimise your performance. Do not be afraid to ask whether you can change things around. When you are giving your music to the pianist, spend some time going over the tempo, any key changes and any cuts you may have made. If you’re doing a repeat, make that clear.

Only provide a brief introduction about the piece you are about to perform; it is more than likely that the auditors are familiar with the piece. All the panel will require are the title of the piece, the work it is from and the character you will be playing. In the case of monologues, resist the temptation to give the panel the entire synopsis of the piece “in case they don’t get it” – they will, if you are in character and give an honest, believable performance.

If you are required to dance, this will most likely be in a group. You will probably be taken through a warm-up, some technical exercises from the corner, then a routine. If this is one of your stronger skills then this is your time to shine – don’t get shy, show the panel what you can do. If dance is not one of your stronger skills, don’t panic! Pay attention, keep going over the steps and don’t be afraid to ask if you need to be shown some of the steps again. This is not necessarily a memory test, so don’t spend the whole time looking worried – give a performance and, if you forget some of the moves, pick it up as soon as you can and keep performing.

Try and be as relaxed as possible, and smile. Portraying your confidence will help to convince them that you are cut out for the school's training, as well as for the industry. They are not just interested in you as a performer, but you as an individual as well. If you are interviewed, let your personality shine through, and try and make your answers sound natural rather than over rehearsed.

Prepare some questions in case you are presented with the opportunity to ask any.


After the audition

Make the most of your audition. Remember, you are choosing the school as much as they are choosing you. Do you get a good feel for the school, the tutors you meet, and the ethos?

Some schools hold a recall on the same day. If you are lucky enough to have been shortlisted, make sure you have prepared for this in advance. They may require different pieces so have some in reserve.

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Sophia Tremenheere

In her free time Sophia plays the french horn and piano, which is where her love for performing arts first stemmed from. Her top three favourite shows are musicals Mamma Mia, Sound of Music and Phantom of the Opera. She also enjoys going to intimate gigs and festivals, particularly watching acts that are just starting out in their career, and regularly meets up with #LDNTheatreBloggers.

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