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How to Try Out for a School Musical
If you always had the desire to be an actor or actress, the way to start is by volunteering to be in a school play. If your voice is not that great, there are talking parts, even if it is a 'musical.' Check to see when they are auditioning for a school play, and make sure you sign up.
Find out the name of the musical and either find a script, movie or CD to give you a full understanding of the types of characters involved.Try to meet the director and tell them about your interests, training and desires.
Choose two characters you think you could play well.You don't necessarily need to love a character to play them well.
Remember not to limit yourself to starring roles.They take more effort and more memorizing, and if you are a beginner, it might be too much for you to handle. Many actresses started small, but were noticed in minor roles by talent scouts.
Ask yourself why you chose these two characters or the main one and write your answer in a pad.It might be helpful to you later, if you get either of the parts.
Find out the specific date/time of your audition and the scheduled performance dates so you'll know if you have anything that will interfere with the shows.This will also tell you how long you have to practice.
Ask how the audition process will go.Here are some good questions.
- Do you need to have a song or monologue prepared?
- How long will the audition take?
- What roles are available?
- Will there be accompaniment or do you have to bring in a karaoke CD?
Pick a song that's right for your voice type and show you are auditioning for.Don't sing anything like rap or a rock song because it is a major turnoff for a casting director (unless that is what they're looking for.) If the show is something energetic such as Legally Blonde the Musical, you'll want to do an upbeat musical theatre song, not a ballad. Usually, they'll ask for about 16 measures (they can be 16 measures in a row that show off your range the best). Make sure it fits your range.
- At other times you'll be given a song. In that case you will probably get it beforehand, if you don't ask.
If a monologue is required, find something you can connect with.It doesn't have to be well-known, and if you mess up, don't let the directors know. Make something up, and when you remember the correct lines, begin to get back on track.
Dance.If you aren't the best dancer, pretend to be. Sometimes personality can make up for your terrible dance moves. Always try your best and don't get discouraged if people move really fast. Smile!
Remain confident and friendly.Often, the director(s) will not show much reaction to your performance, but that doesn't mean they aren't paying attention. If they cut you off midway through a song or monologue, it means they have heard enough to judge you on, not that you're bad.
Neverdo the following things.
- Stare into the director's eyes
- Try to make conversation
- Kiss up/compliment
- Go overboard
- Scurry in/scurry out
- Act overly excited or hyper
- Act sluggish or bored
- Exhibit any obnoxious behavior
Always portray yourself as poised, confident, calm, and happy.However, don't be too perky, that can come off as desperate and annoying. Think of it as a showcase of your talent or a show you're putting on- that can help.
Try not to be disappointed if you are placed in the chorus or ensemble.It's fun! In musicals, the ensemble makes up most of the cast. Extras require less rehearsal time, and they have more dancing, singing, costumes, scenes, and general camaraderie, not to mention they don't have to worry about forgetting a thousand lines.
Remember- sometimes, these things are unfair.Just because you didn't get a part doesn't always mean you don't deserve it, or that you are less talented than the person who did. Accept whatever happens with grace and never demand another audition. Always be kind and respectful to the directors, and the person who got the part you wanted, even if you are cursing at them inside. But try to avoid that too.
Get in touch with the main characters.Most tryouts are for main parts only - i.e., they're going to ask you to do a scene between the two lovebirds or a monologue for the main character of your gender.
Think about the details for the character you're playing.
- Does your character have an accent? If so, should you try to replicate it?
- Is the character messy or neat?
- Does he/she have a spring in his step or does he/she mope around?
- Is he/she mischievous?
- Does he/she say lines confidently or is he/she less confident?
- When asked beforehand, these kinds of questions can give you a head start.
You will always be nervous before an audition.This can be good, because it gives you the adrenaline boost you need. The most important thing is to channel that energy into your performance.
- If you aretoonervous, you will need to calm yourself down. Deep breathing helps some people, so does biting your tongue, or shaking yourself. Different things work for different people. It doesn't matterhownervous you are, you need to make sure the other people who are auditioning can't tell. Be an actor and hide it. Directors will 'take into account' that you are petrified, because if they assume that if you can't act in front of three people, you won't be able to do it in front of a hundred. Whether this is true or not doesn't matter in an audition setting -- hide it.
Before auditions, find something that will help you focus on what you're going to do - something called "getting in character," which means you need to know who you are, where you are in time and where you are as a character.People act differently in restaurants inHello Dollythan they do in the library inMusic Man." Keep these things in mind and keep your mind off the butterflies. Instead of remembering all the details, just absorb the scenarios you've practiced. You will be fine!
QuestionShould I eat before or after the audition?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou should eat a small snack, like a granola bar or some fruit, before the audition. This way you won't be hungry while you're trying out. Stay away from heavy or spicy meals, soda, and dairy.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do to get the director to see me as the character I hope to play?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerResearch the character you want and find out who they are - what's their personality like, what is their singing style, etc. Find an audition song that matches the genre of what the character typically sings. When you're acting, take some of the typical quirks that character has and make them your own. Be unique and do your research and it'll put you a step above the competition.Thanks!
QuestionHow do i compete against an older girl who has more experience?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry your absolute best! Though she may have more experience, you still might have a chance of getting the role you want.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I wear to an audition?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWear comfortable clothes that you can move around in if dancing is a component. Otherwise, keep your outfit simple so as not to distract from your performance.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if I have major stage fright, but I really want to be some kind of important character. How do I prepare for something like that?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerStart out auditioning for supporting characters for your first couple of plays. Then work your way up.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do if I don't get a part in the play?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry to take it calmly and don't be upset or angry or demand another audition. Not everyone will get in; sometimes too many people tried out and they can't let everyone in. It doesn't mean you did badly, they just did not have a spot for you.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I recover if I mess up a singing part?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerJust act like it never happened and keep going. The director might see that you messed up, but the audience will likely not know any different if you keep going and act like nothing happened. It is very professional if you keep going.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I make my own school play?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou have to think of the basics: What is the plot? Who are the main characters? Most school plays are not morbid or disturbing and normally don't have a sad ending. However, most of the time the audience is left with a message. Don't start with a musical; musicals are much harder to write.Thanks!
QuestionI'm great at acting, but the part I want requires singing, and I'm not a good singer. Should I still try out?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou should definitely try out. Maybe you're not as bad as you think. Even if you are, if you're absolutely right for the part, the director might be able to give you some tips for improving, or even tweak the part to include less singing.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if I never get any parts that I want and always get smaller parts?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerJust be cheerful and work extra hard. This will show the director you are ready for a lead.Thanks!
- If you are trying out for a character and a more experienced classmate is trying out for the same character,do notback down to them and give up. Maybe the director will think you're more suitable for the role than that more experienced person is.
- It's extremely important not to obsess or psyche yourself up too much, because if things don't go exactly as you imagine, the result will be crushing to your self esteem. Above all, do not 'expect' the main role or the one you're trying out for. Be open to any part.
- If there is a dancing tryout, make sure you've stretched, had enough sleep and have figured out what devices you can use to remember physical movements. For example, do you connect movements to music or lyrics or do you somehow remember them naturally without a specific aid?
- If you are nervous before your turn, imagine yourself confidently standing before the audience, executing a flawless performance, then returning to your seat proudly. If you can envision it, you can do it!
- Put yourself into your character, it helps.
- Some schools might offer musicals/plays where everyone gets a part. Doing those gets you ready for real auditions.
- Make sure you get along with your choir director, especially if he is a critical one, because this might impact your part in the musical or if you even make it. If you don't get along with your choir director, or you have enough of him in one day; just forget it and move on with life.
- Centering yourself and becoming the character takes the focus of you and puts it on the character you are playing. In simpler terms, if you have a singing part make it seem like you aren't singing, make it seem like the character is.
- Even if you think you aren't very good at singing, dancing, or acting, don't show it. Try to make the director think that you are!
- Before the audition, take a minute to get into character. Imagine your character. Think about his/her quirks, accents actions etc. Also think about the emotions that you are going to put in your monologue.
- Pretend you're good at it. You're auditioning, same as everyone else, and you are just as nervous as everyone else is. More experienced people may be better at handling themselves, but just remember that everyone at the audition is in the same boat as you are.
- If you have a singing part, drink lots of water the day before.
- Don't back down just because there are going to be a lot of people trying out for it. Be confident! If you can dream it you can do it.
- When you first start auditioning, start with a small part. Then after 2-3 plays or musicals you have the experience to go for a bigger part.
- If you get a lead, prepare to be consumed with memorizing lines, singing constantly, attending rehearsals. You will also have to push every other aspect of your life aside including boyfriends or girlfriends, parties, schoolwork (to a point), playing on the computer, relaxing... everything. You will be working constantly. If you want a lead, be sure you love the theatre.
- If you try out for a role that you do not get, and you are still in the play, do not sulk. Be happy with the role you got. If you don't, and you try out for something next year, chances are the director won't pick you because of your behavior this time. Try to always be confident in what you're doing.
- There is a chance you will not get any part when you audition. They might just not feel you have enough experience, or not the correct type. Do not get discouraged. Keep looking, keep studying and keep going to auditions.
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