Auditions & Sign-Ups
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Join us for the fall musical NOISES OFF
Auditions for onstage roles in NOISES OFF will be held February 12 & 13 (3:10-5:30). Call backs will take place Thursday, February 15th at the same time.
Read the steps below to complete the application/audition process:
1. Pick up a copy of the audition packet to use as a guide for auditions.
2. Next, read the synopsis of the play (with packet or online) and be familiar with the story as much as possible. If you are unfamiliar with the story, there are many sources online that give you further information about the setting, plot, and characters.
3. Choose the characters that you are most interested in auditioning for. If you are unsure which to audition for, choose the size of role you are most comfortable with. A copy of the script will be made available to you to preview. It would be a great idea to read through the entire play to get a better idea of character.
4. CVTC usually auditions with both monologs and readings from the script, also known as “sides.” For this audition, please choose a 1-2 minute comedic monolog from any published play. In addition, be prepared to perform at least one monolog or scene from a character of interest in the play (Noises Off). There are several choices from Noises Off included with the audition packet. Choose one monolog from a character you have interest in and prepare the monolog by staging the piece. Your Noises Off monolog does not need to be memorized.
5. Fill in the audition application (included with packet) and review this, along with your production agreement, with your parents to make sure conflicts are addressed and participation requirements are met. Bring a copy of the production agreement to your audition and make sure that both you and your parents sign the agreement to be turned in before the first read-through of the play.
6. Schedule an appointment for your audition by signing up online through the auditions page of the CVTC webpage (Signup.com). Write down the date and time for your audition to make sure you will be on time.
7. On the day of the audition, choose clothes that are comfortable but give a good first impression. Be professional in your appearance. Remember to get your hair out of your face, so we can see all of your excellent facial expressions. Bring a copy of your resume and/or headshot to present to the SM at your audition. If you do not have a resume, print out the blank form on this page and fill it out to turn in.
8. Arrive at your audition early (back entrance to CVHS Auditorium - across from band room) and make sure you have all of your paperwork IN ADVANCE. Remember, in making a good first impression, you need to look prepared. Please take the extra minutes you have before your audition to review your monologs/scenes to feel comfortable walking into the audition.
9. Once you are called in, make sure to listen carefully to the instructions given. One of the most important qualities being evaluated is directability, how well you take directions and make improvements.
10. When it is your turn to audition, step confidently up on stage. You will be asked to slate (say your name, grade, character, and one bit of related information) before you start. Present your prepared monologs and/or scene. You may be reading with a scene partner (if you choose a scene) or a reader from the production staff. When reading make sure to hold the script away from your face and project your voice to the last row of the auditorium. As you read remember:
Look up – the director needs to see you face
If you are reading a scene or cold-read, look at the first few words, look up, and say each line like you meant it
Make eye contact with your partner (for scenes) – communicate strong intentions
Listen and react to your partner – ½ of acting is reacting to what your partner says
If you mess up the beginning, don’t worry. Don’t apologize. Don’t go back and correct yourself
Make BOLD CHOICES – you have something unique to bring to each part.
If director asks you to do something different in interpretation, go for it. The director is asking to see versatility.
If director asks you to read a part you don’t want or like, do it anyway. Shows your versatility.
Pronunciation – if you don’t know the word, hopefully you will see it before you read it and ask. If not, just go for it – don’t stop in the middle of the reading.
Read differently for different characters – we are looking for range as well as character creation.
Don’t just say lines. Give them meaning!
Posture is important – stand up straight, walk tall.
Control body – don’t sway or use extraneous movement.
Several steps and a cross here and there, but no wandering around the stage.
Open your body out to the audience – your feet should always be facing the audience.
If you would like to be a part of this tremendous production, we encourage you to join the crew in one of many backstage areas:
Costume Design & Construction
Publicity & House
Fill out a crew application to sign up to be part of the crew and we will find you a place.
We are also looking for a few great leaders to help design and construct our production. Each crew area needs creative & hardworking leads to direct our backstage crews.
If you would like to be considered for a lead position, please schedule an appointment by clicking the link below and signing up for an available slot. If you are not able to make one of the open slots, stop by and see Mr. Scott in room 625 to arrange another meeting time.