PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
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Join us for our spring play
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER.
We will be auditioning for our 2019/20 all-school play production - PETER AND THE STARCATCHER - starting on January 21st & 22nd with call back auditions on January 23rd (if you receive an invitation). Use the following information to prepare and sign-up for your audition.
AUDITIONS ARE OPEN TO ANY 2019/20 CASTLE VIEW STUDENT!
1. Attend the audition information meeting the week after break (Monday, January 13th during advisement) to learn about the play and audition process. Pick up a copy of the audition packet from the CVTC call board (in performing arts hallway outside of room 625) or click the link below to use as a guide for auditions.
2. Next, read the synopsis of the play 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. You can borrow a copy of the script to look through for a day at a time.
3. Choose 2-3 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.” The monologs are provided with the audition packet; sides are given out at the audition. There are several monolog choices from Peter and the Starcatcher included with this packet. Choose one monolog from a character you have interest in and prepare the monolog by memorizing and staging the piece AND choose a contrasting monolog from another play that will show your range in character creation, vocality, and physical involvement. Total monolog performance time (both monologs) should be between 2-3 minutes.
You will also be asked to sing a few lines from a common sea shanty (see accompanying music and YouTube link). This play isn’t a musical and thus is not expected to have outstanding vocals. However, there are some shanties in the play and will need voices that can sing together and create the pirate mystique.
5. Fill in the online cast application (see below) and review this, along with your production agreement, with your parents to make sure conflicts are addressed and participation requirements are met. Print out a copy of the production agreement, or pick up a copy from the callboard, 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 (open after the January 13th info meeting). 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 the website (under Auditions/Forms) and fill it out to turn in.
8. Arrive at your audition early and make sure you have all of your paperwork (audition form and production agreement) IN ADVANCE. Remember, in making a good first impression, you need to look prepared. You may have few extra minutes to run through your monologs and song before you are called in. Take advantage of that time to review and warm up. The Green Room (625) will be open for you to use.
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. Watch the other readers to see scenes are being covered as well as corrections given to them by the director.
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 then wait to be instructed for the shanty. As you perform remember:
Look up – the director needs to see you face; Look at the first few words, look up, and say each line like you meant it
Make eye contact with your partner (if you have one) – communicate
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
If you are after several people who have read the same way, read the part differently – make a BOLD CHOICE.
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 – opposites
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 have any questions, you may contact Mr. Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you at auditions!