Fall Play Auditions - BYE BYE BIRDIEAuditions for Bye Bye Birdie! will be held as follows:September 12 - 4:00 p.m. report to choir room. All interested performers will be taught a song from the show to sing for audition. As the female group sings, the male group will receive reading audition pieces in the auditorium, then switch with the girls when they've learned the song. Should end about 5:00September 13 - 4:00 p.m. report to choir room. Warm up, then release to music hallway. One-by-one, students will enter choir room and sing for Mr. Rosenfeld. When finished, you will report to the auditorium where you will read with a partner for Mr. Wells. When finished, you will report to the Black Box for a dance audition/evaluation. If you have to leave early, you should get in the front of the line. When you've finished all three parts of the audition process, you will be free to leave.September 15 - 4:00 p.m. report to Auditorium. This is a callback audition. The callback notice will be posted around noon on the door of the Black Box and on this web site. Students will be asked to sing for the group from the stage and read for the group from the stage. Only students called back will need to attend. NOTE - not getting a call back does not mean you will not be cast any more than getting a call back means you will be cast. Being called back simply means we want to see you again.Cast list will be posted by noon on Friday on the door of the Black Box and on this site.WHAT TO EXPECT IN AUDITIONS
Generally, students are not expected to prepare anything in advance for the fall or winter shows. We generally do "cold readings", which means students will be provided a scene to read with someone else. These readings are available when students arrive at the audition. If you come with a friend, you can read with that person. If you come by yourself, you’ll be paired with someone else.
The audition, on day one, goes like this:
1. Everyone fills out an application which will ask for basic information about contacts and conflicts
2. The director will spend a few minutes talking about the show, expectations, etc.
3. Everyone will be given a scene(s) with which to audition
4. Students will all be given about 10-20 minutes to "rehearse" with their partners
5. When we’ve had enough rehearsing, everyone sits, is quiet, and the director will call names.
6. When your name is called, you and your partner go on stage, read/act your scene, then go back and have a seat. Sometimes, when there aren't many people, everyone gets a second chance to read. You may want to swap partners, swap the role you read, etc. If you wish to leave after reading once, that's fine.
7. If you come back the second day, you may read the same scene with the same partner, or try something different. Sometimes, the director will change the reading for the second day. If you want to impress the director with your memorization skills, you can memorize the scene overnight. That's not necessary or required, but some of the more experienced actors like to do it because it's generally a little easier to act without the paper in hand. There's no expectation, however, that anything will be memorized for an audition.
8. If the director wants to see you read with some specific person, you may be asked to do so. Or, you may be “called back” on Wednesday, which generally means you’re being considered for a specific role, or something you did in the general audition was intriguing. A call back is not a guarantee of a role. Not being called back does not mean that you will not be cast. It simply means the director doesn’t need to see you again.
Cast lists are posted mid-day Fridays, generally on the classroom door.
The most basic things anyone needs to do:
1. Make yourself heard! The director will be sitting in the middle to the back of the auditorium
2. Make sure the director can see you! Don't turn your back to the audience or stick your face in the paper from which you are reading. Keep your hair out of your face and always wear clothes/shoes you in which you can move with comfort and ease.
3. Do your best to understand what's going on emotionally/physically in the scene and read accordingly
4. Move enough give the director a sense of how you move. Try not to grow roots.
5. No fake British accents, please.
6. If you have questions about pronunciation or meanings of words, ask someone. If the director is not available, try one of the older students.
Finally, watch the others and try to have fun. It's a nerve wracking process for everyone involved and winning a role is tough. If you don't make it the first time, come back in the winter or spring. And remember, not getting cast isn't necessarily a knock on your talent/ability, but frequently a question of suitability for the roles available.