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I did theatre for 5 years in middle school/high school, but now i'm a freshman Math major in college. I'm not going to chnage my major, but i'd figure i'd try out for a show anyway becuase if I got in I'd have the best of both worlds.

Does anyone have any college audition tips for me, becuase as you can imagine I'm nervous.....The audition is on Monday

I have headshots and a resume from high school, so those bases are already covered.....


Wow, you don't have much time!

If you have to memorize something, keep it short! 45 seconds tops! Pick something you can memorize quickly, and that you can say with confidence and clarity.

Your only shot at getting noticed is to be clearly heard and show some range with your voice (volume). Don't shout, but pick something that goes from normal conversation, to a good stern argument voice, then back down to a conversation and end with a smile.

Keep your arms down. Don't use them. You don't have time to properly block them. If you need to move your hands, let your elbows follow. If your hands are out, so are your elbows. If your elbows are close, your hands are down! Most casting directors only see bad hands not good ones, anyway.

For movement, move from one side of the floor to the other as you're talking, and stop. That's it. Move nowhere else. Anything else will distract you and look like pacing. this will demonstrate you can go from point A to B while talking, and that's all the director cares about.

If/when you're given a reading, *speak clearly*. Speak slower than you normally would if need me but don't rush and don't mutter. If you lose your place on the page, say "I've lost my place" in a clear voice. (Why? Because it's much less distracting than pausing or muttering. Always speak clearly).

And say thank you. Remember, you're auditioning, not performing, so concentrate on proving to the director(s) that you're reliable on stage, and that's it.

The theatre majors will be given first look for the lead roles, tho' I was in one show where a plum part went to a geology major.

The directors will vary, but in general they're not worried if your acting is less polished than their seniors--they will either want someone with your looks who can play your type, or not. So just do your best and take the attitude that if you're cast, it's because you were the best of your type--and if not, they didn't need your type.

First, get the script and read it with no intention. Then read it again, and then read it one more time (never with intention.) You will then have an open mind to the characters and you may discover something you missed the first or second time.

This is a college production, so chances are the director will be very helpful. Ask them what you need to bring in order to be prepared. Ask if the know the sides they will be using (the sections of the play they will use for the auditions.)

Pick 2-3 roles that interest you and work on making specific choices in regards to them. Keep it simple because this is pretty much your first real go around and you don't want to overload your head. Ask yourself "how do they feel in the scene," and "How do they feel toward the other characters in the scene." There are number of other questions to ask, but right now these are your best bet. Then depending on how you "act," figure out how you will go about creating these emotional obligations. Does the relationship with the other character remind you of a brother, parent, ex lover? If so, maybe you can use the words of the scene to express what you feel in regards to that person in your life, as you are talking to the other character in the scene. The words do not have to be literal, use your imagination to creatively manipulate the authors intent (in your head, not out loud - don't take freedom with the authors words.) (FYI- This is considered a form of Method acting and some people like it, some don't.)

During the audition, always keep in mind that you are not the only one stressed, so have fun! Most people don't and it reads on their face. The director wants you to be the one, so they can quit looking. They want you to succeed. Know that you can only do your best, so who cares what they think. Once you don't care you will have so much fun. I love auditioning!

Is it a musical? If so, have two contrasting short excerpts with music IN YOUR KEY for the accompanist!

If it's a straight play, again, two contrasting monologues that you know backwards and forwards. Use your nerves to your advantage. Let it drive you...break a leg!!!

I go to a smaller university that is not as well-known for theatre, and CONSTANTLY, business majors are getting leads, communication majors are stealing the stage, and education majors are making the audience laugh or cry.

Don't worry about what your major is. If you have fun doing theatre, then the audition is a place for you to be!

If it is a musical, bring 16 bars of music from an up-tempo song and a ballad. Make sure that they are in the key you want to sing it, it's not good theatre conduct to ask an accompanist to transpose music on the spot.

If it is a non-musical/straight play, pick two monologues, one comedic and one tragic that are thirty seconds to one minute. Make sure you know them well, perhaps if you had one in a show you were in at high school, you can use that! Same for your music.

When you go in, smile and give them your best. They may ask you to do a cold reading from the script (which means, they'll hand you the script and say 'start on page 45 when Annie says: "Golly!"). If it is a musical, they may ask you to learn a part of a song in the show on the spot and sing it back to them. They also may have you learn a dance combination, so wear clothes that are comfortable, but you can move around in also.

Turn your nerves into positive energy. Deep breathing and smiles! Most directors are very kind and want you to do well! Accompanists are there to make you look good, not be your enemy. And choreographers are there to see how you can move.

Break a leg, friend!

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