How to Pass your First Musical Theatre Audition and get that Role
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In this article, I will be giving you a few tips that will help you succeed in your audition. Musical theatre requires you to be exceptional in several areas at the same time before you will be considered for a role. It also requires that you spend the time needed to be up with the trends of theater and that you emulate those around you that are earning positions on the cast. So, let us get right into it.
There is no specific or rather an appropriate body type for work in a musical theatre, but we believe that health, strength and stamina are essential attributes for a musical theatre student. Here are some great tips. Building your muscles and cardiovascular work can really add value.
Study Music, Choir and Piano Theory
This enhances your musicality thus improving your chances of passing an audition. Also, it would be wise to take voice and dance lessons during your free time to improve your readiness. Even if you’ve never been to a dance class before, a few months of such a class can be really helpful.
See As Much Musical Theatre As You Can
The more you see, the more you will learn, suggests Kenneth Avery Clark from AMTA one of the top Musical Theatre schools in London
How Do You Maximize Your Chances Of Being Accepted Into A Musical Theatre Program?
There is no denying the fact that admission depends on a successful audition. Therefore, it is important to be thoroughly prepared and do your best during the audition. A successful audition starts with careful material selection. That being said, here are a few tips on that:
Choose a material that best suits you. Don’t try to impress the judges with your worldliness. So, choose monologues and songs that best fit your emotional, chronological as well as experiential age. Also, it’s best to go with a piece you can really do well. Keep in mind that something you love isn’t necessarily the same thing that you perform really well at.
Choose two songs and a monologue, which will act as your introduction. Keep in mind that we are looking for people who will be committed and who will be able to put a significant effort over the next four years.
The audition songs do not have to be every repeat and so, pay careful attention to the editing of your pieces. Ideally, the monologue should not exceed a minute.
One song has to be written before the 70’s and the ballad should demonstrate the various aspects of your performance power.
Ideally, look for a way to rehearse with a person who can play the pieces that you choose. Singing for the first time with an accompanist tends to be frightening for many, and so, it’s best to rehearse as much as possible.
Finally, be dedicated to practice and go until even after you master your pieces. Remember that the key to perfection is practice, and this will determine your success at the audition.
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