HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR THE AUDITION/INTERVIEW?
Don't let the auditions scare you. Auditions are used primarily to get to know you and to determine your level of training. This helps us establish the best use of curriculum for the group. We do everything possible to make the audition experience a friendly and positive one. Relax... Enjoy!
1. Speak with your home school guidance counselor and inform him or her about your desire to participate in the Excel-Tecc Performing Arts Academy at Chagrin Falls. You will need to fill out an application form, which your guidance counselor will provide for you.
To Arrange an Audition, Call:
or leave a message at
It is highly recommended that you sign up for an audition as early as possible. We have a limited number of spots available.
YOUR AUDITION MATERIALS
Your audition should consist of
- If you don't sing: two contrasting MEMORIZED monologues from the modern theatre
- If you DO sing: one monologue from the modern theatre and one song from the Musical Theatre genre. No pop songs, please. YOU MUST BRING SHEET MUSIC SO YOU CAN BE ACCOMPANIED BY OUR PIANIST.
Monologue and songs should be no more than 2 minutes each. Accompaniment is usually provided, however some private auditions will be without an accompanist. Students should come prepared with sheet music, but also be prepared to sing a cappella (without accompaniment).
YOU MUST BRING THE FOLLOWING TO YOUR AUDITION:
- A photo - either head shot or a recent snapshot, or school picture. Even if all you have is a snapshot, a photo is required.
- A resume outlining your performing arts experience (if any). Previous experience is not required.
- A letter of recommendation from a theatre, drama, or music program that you have been involved with or a character reference
- Sheet Music for the song. It would be best if you bring actual sheet music or music that is bound so that it lays flat on the piano. Individual sheets should be put into sheet protectors in a small notebook so the pianist can turn pages without having them fall onto the floor.
- A memorized monologue around 1 minute in length.
A list of recommended selections is as follows:
The industry standard book written to help young actors manage their auditions is "AUDITION" by Michael Shurtleff. We highly recommend you get a copy and read it. I will give you strong insight into the process of auditioning.
We have provided some sample monologues below. If you need any advice on choosing a monologue, click here: ask the director.
Note: While all the monologues above are available online, we highly recommend you read the play as well. Knowing what comes before and what motivates your characters will have a strong impact on the choices you make
A number of excellent books are available for assistance in monologue selection. A few are listed below for your convenience.
- Monologues for Young Actors by Lorainne Cohen
- The Ultimate Audition Book for Teens: 111 One-Minute Monologues by Janet B. Milstein
- Magnificent Monologues for Teens: The Teens' Monologue Source for Every Occasion by Chambers Stevens
VOCAL SELECTION ASSISTANCE
- The Actor's Songbook (Women's or Men's)
Hal Leonard Publisher
- Musical Theatre Classics (Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor, Baritone/Bass) Hal Leonard Publisher
- Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology Vol. 1-4 (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Hal Leonard Publisher
HOW TO DRESS FOR YOUR AUDITION
You should dress in casual, comfortable clothing which allows for easy movement. Don't 'glam' it up. Just be yourself. Simple. Friendly. Relaxed.
If you get nervous, don't worry, its normal. The audition panel have all been there. We know what it's like. So we'll do our beat to make you feel comfortable.