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Audition Tips From The Best

Learn from CB teachers and students about ways to keep calm and confident during any audition. As a theatre kid, I have been in my fair share of auditions. When I first started doing plays and musicals, I would be so nervous and on the verge of tears every time. As I’ve gotten older, the […]

Learn from CB teachers and students about ways to keep calm and confident during any audition.

As a theatre kid, I have been in my fair share of auditions. When I first started doing plays and musicals, I would be so nervous and on the verge of tears every time. As I’ve gotten older, the tears have gone away and the butterflies have left because of a few tips I’ve received from directors and fellow cast members.

At Christian Brothers, there are auditions for plays, musicals, one acts, choir, and Open Mic Night. The Talon sat down with Choir Director Ron Slabbinck and Sydney Lovell (’13), a master of auditions, to get some helpful tips to rock any audition.

1. Prep-time

Before you even set foot in the audition room, Mr. Slabbinck says to “know as much information about the production so that you come prepared.” This means to research the script, musical, and songs so you have some background. This will allow you to be confident and comfortable. Mr. Slabbinck also said to “take time to relax before an audition”; getting up in front of people is never easy, so take a walk or listen to music to calm any nerves.

2. At the Audition

“Arrive on time and go in with your head high” says Sydney. It’s okay to be a little nervous, but “be positive” and don’t become overwhelmed. According to Mr. Slabbinck you “have to be confident — the minute you stop second-guessing yourself, the quicker you’ll have success.”

An audition is always unpredictable. If the directors tell you to come prepared, “don’t lose your individuality. Pick a monologue [or song] that best features your strengths and showcases your talents,” says the Directory of Visual & Performing Arts.

If you mispronounce a word or stumble during your song just “go with it,” Sydney says. “Don’t let them know you messed up. Just keep smiling!” says Sydney.

3. Be yourself

The last tip is simple: stay true to your self. Don’t go out of your vocal range or use a monologue that requires possibly-regretful tricks. “They want you to be amazing, the way you’ll be amazing is to be ¬†yourself,” Mr. Slabbinck says. If you go on stage confident than “you’ll stand out” Sydney adds.

So good luck in any auditions, and take these tips with you. The next audition at Christian Brothers is the One Acts Festival, followed by the Spring Play.

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