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YOUTH AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS

Registration 

  • Audition registration is open online April 15 - May 12. Spots fill up fast; register ASAP!

  • You Must submit your headshot and resume at registration, or via email to production@nwcts.org by May 12. 

    • Click here to see an example of a beginning resume.

  • Headshots and resumes must be in PDF or JPEG format. Files should be titled as follows:

    • Lastname_Firstname_Resume

    • Lastname_Firstname_Headshot 

  • After submitting a registration form, you will be given a link to schedule your audition. All youth performers, except for current students participating in Studio & Studio Jr. Group auditions, must schedule an audition.

 

Preparation

  • Prepare a child-friendly monologue and song for the audition:

    •  One monologue approximately 30-60 seconds long.

    •  One song 30-60 seconds long (16-32 bars). Musical theater style preferred, but sing whatever best shows off your skills! If able, please bring sheet music. Speakers with an AUX chord for smartphones will also be available.

  • Performers are not required to perform both a song and monologue. However, to be considered for most roles in the Mainstage season, NWCT strongly suggests you give both a song and a monologue your best shot!

  • NWCT cast 8+ for Second Stage, and 10+ for the Mainstage. Students turning 8 or 10 by September can be considered for casting. Students turning 18 during the season are considered youth performers. 

 

What to expect at your audition

  •  Please arrive at least fifteen minutes before your appointment time.

  • After check-in, you will remain in the waiting area with other actors in your time slot. When your time arrives, your group will be line up outside the audition area. Each of you will be led to an “on deck” area one at a time. One actor will be auditioning while another is “on deck.”

  • Each group of auditions lasts about 15 minutes. The audition room is closed.

 

After Your Audition

  • NWCT will contact you via the email listed on your registration form. Performers will receive email notification whether or not there are any callback opportunities for them this season.

  • If you haven’t heard from NWCT by June 5, please contact Production Manager Jennie Spector.

 

Important Notes

  • Parking will be a challenge, plan accordingly to give yourself extra time. Don’t panic if you arrive a little bit late. We are looking forward to seeing you and will work you into the schedule at the next available opportunity.

  • If you are a current member of Studio NW or Studio Jr., you may attend Studio Group Auditions during your class time. Complete the online registration and mark that you will be attending a Studio Audition. Do not book an additional audition appointment.

Audition Tips

  • Choose pieces that help you feel confident and excited to perform!

  • Try to choose a monologue from a play, not a monologue book or a movie. Make sure your monologue shows you talking to another character. Avoid accents and props. All audition content must be acceptable for children.

  • If able, please bring sheet music – clearly marked photocopies taped together (or in a binder) for the piano accompanist. Music must be in the same key you intend to sing.

  • Try to choose pieces that show different sides of your personality—if you’ve got a hilarious monologue, try singing a sweet or sad song.

  • Your clothes should be nice but comfortable, and show off your personality! Think of what you would wear for school picture day.

  • Your headshot should look like you on your best day.

  • You can start with either your song or monologue—it’s your choice!

  • Remember, your audition starts the moment you walk into the room! Make sure you listen quietly and respectfully to the other performers in your group, and say hi to the directors with confidence.

  • It’s okay to be nervous! Performers ages 8 to 100 get nervous at auditions. Take a deep breath, smile, and remember that everyone in the room wants you to do a great job.

  • When it’s your turn, hand your sheet music to the accompanist, and show them where to start and stop playing. Walk to the center of the room, say your name and the pieces you’ll be performing. Nod to the accompanist to start your piece. If you didn’t bring sheet music or you’re not singing, start with saying your name!

  • If you make a mistake, don’t worry! Take a deep breath, and either start your piece where you left off, or ask to start over. Mistakes happen, the most important thing is to handle them with maturity and confidence.

  • Celebrate your accomplishment and do something fun after your audition!

 

 

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