Each auditioner should sign up for one audition slot. Each slot will contain multiple auditioners who will audition together. Each auditioner should prepare for musicals, a one-minute song and bring sheet music in the correct key (no recorded music); for non-musicals a one-minute memorized monologue or poem.
When you arrive you will check in at the front desk. You will be assigned an audition number and have your photo taken. You will be given a small handful of auditions forms to fill out in the waiting area. Please be clear and honest about any conflicts you may have with the rehearsal schedule, and about which roles you would be willing to accept.
Once forms have been filled out, you will be taken into the audition room. The director will welcome you and call each auditioner up to sing their song or perform their memorized piece. You may also be asked to sing through your vocal range (how high and low you can go) or try your memorized piece again with some small directions. Because we audition in a group, it is important to be supportive and generous regarding other auditioners - remember that everything you do is part of your audition!
The director may ask you to dance, read from the script, or improvise a scene with other auditioners - or any combination of these things.
Once all of the audition slots have been seen, the director and production team will decide which actors they would like to call back. Callbacks will be posted on www.yaeonline.com. Actors not called back may still be cast.
Once callbacks have been completed, the director and production team will decide the final cast. The cast list will be posted on www.yaeonline.com and welcome-to-the-cast emails will be sent to each actor and their parent (based on the emails provided on your audition form). Actors are asked to respond by accepting their roles.
The rehearsal process begins with a parent/cast information meeting.What are you looking for?
This is a hard question. We are looking for the right person for each role, which can mean very different things. In general we are looking for people who have confidence, a certain amount of talent, a willingness to try things, an ability to follow directions, a positive and supportive attitude, a certain something that seems right for a character, and someone we want to hang out with over the next few weeks.Should I bring a headshot and resume?
We will take your photo on the day of auditions, so you do not need to bring a headshot, but you may include one if you like. Please bring a resume or fill out our resume sheet before your audition slot.I’m a strong dancer, but I have never done any acting or singing, should I audition?
Yes! Show us what you’ve got, and we may love it. And you may find you have talents worth exploring.What if I don’t want a singing role?
There are occasionally non-singing roles in musicals. However, there are always many roles that only sing in a group. While you may not feel confident as a soloist, as long as you can carry a tune, you will still be considered for the ensemble. You will still need to do a singing audition, but don’t let it scare you. If the play is not a musical, there are occasionally singing roles, but it is rare.I’m really nervous about the dancing part of auditions, any advice?
Sure! We don’t expect you to be perfect, in fact we like it when you mix something up, because then we get to see how you deal with it. We want to see that a small mistake stays small and doesn’t ruin your attitude or fluster you. Pay close attention while the combination is being taught and don't be afraid to ask questions about anything that doesn't feel right. Be ready and willing to work hard and try your best, but remember to also have fun! If the play is not a musical, there are occasionally dancing roles, but it is rare.May I bring a CD or tape to accompany my singing audition? May I sing a cappella?
No. Please bring sheet music in the key that you plan to sing. We want to hear how you sing with live accompaniment.
You can find sheet music online in lots of places including musicnotes.com, sheetmusicplus.com, and amazon.com.You only ask for 1 minute of a song, should I bother to learn the rest?
It is always a good idea to be familiar with your whole song. The musical director may also be familiar with your song and ask if you might sing a different section in order to explore your range.Do I have a better chance if I check "I'll accept any role" on my audition form?
No. If there are roles in the show that you know that you would not accept, please indicate that on your audition form. Directors never think badly of an actor who is honest from the beginning. If, however, an actor indicates that they would accept any role, and then declines the role that they are offered, directors tend to take it personally.I'm not really sure if I have any conflicts, should I simply indicate "none" on my audition form?
One of the most important places to be honest, clear, and knowledgeable is in regards to any conflicts you may have with the rehearsal process. A director can work around a small number of conflicts. Conflicts with performances or tech or dress rehearsals are not something we can work around. Conflicts revealed after the cast list has been announced are another thing that director tend to take personally and remember for the future.What if I'm not available at all on the audition weekend?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 381-2747. Occasionally, a director will allow someone to audition for the first time just before callbacks begin.The Director didn’t ask me to sing anything more than the selection I brought; does that mean they hated me?
Absolutely not! You’d be surprised how quickly a director can see if you have something they are looking for. In fact, many times a director will spend more time with folks who haven’t done as well in order to see if maybe they were just nervous and need another shot.I didn’t get called back; does that mean I didn’t get cast?
No. Every show is different, but many times auditioners are cast without being called back. Callbacks are so that the director and team can see something they didn’t see at auditions. If you have had a solid audition, they may feel like they know exactly where you’ll fit in the cast.I didn’t get cast; can I get some feedback on how I may do better next time?
This is always a hard question. Right after auditions is a super-busy time for directors, and therefore a difficult time to get them to focus on the actors they could not cast. Here are some reasons why actors do not get cast that come up again and again:
Remember that all behavior at auditions is part of your audition. Be respectful of the production staff, other auditioners, and the facility. Bad behavior, even in the parking lot or restroom, can factor strongly into whether you get cast. Supportive and generous behavior can get you cast!
Great performers are not right for every show. You may have rocked your audition, but just not been right for any of the roles.
Be energetic, confident, and willing to try anything that the director or production staff may suggest. Directors will test you to see if you can take direction, if you say “no” or take issue with a suggestion at an audition, that tells the director that you do not take direction well.
You may come across onstage as younger or older compared to the other auditioners. While we are a youth theatre company, the director is trying to create a cohesive looking show. That means that if the majority of actors she is casting appear to be 16-17, she may choose not to cast someone who appears to be 13-14 to play characters that the story requires to be the same age.
CONFLICTS. A big reason why people do not get cast is that they have too many conflicts. Rehearsal schedules are always tight and dealing with conflicts is very difficult. If you have any wiggle room in a conflict, let the director know at your first audition.
Previous behavior. Directors and staff members from different shows talk to each other. If you have a history of bad behavior in a previous production, it will likely be passed on through the grapevine. Most especially if that behavior involves having a lot of conflicts that were not listed on your audition form, disrespectful attitude toward staff or other cast members, or a poor work ethic. If you feel the director may have heard about past behavior, but you know that you have changed and are willing to work hard, let the director know that at your first audition.