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Audition Info

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RISING STARS
12-18yr

Auditions:

Saturday Feb. 10th, 12pm -5pm

 

Callbacks:

Sunday Sep. 11th,  11am-6pm

Location:

2010 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90254

RISING STARS audition overview:

Please come prepared to dance first and then sing. We start the day with a parent meeting, sign in, and meet the team. Choreography is taught in one room and then we will ask for groups of 3-5 to audition. Others can practice in other rooms while groups are waiting to be called. Once your group goes you will have time to change into your vocal audition outfit in any of the other two bathrooms. Once you sing you are released for the day. Call backs are emailed to those that get a call back Saturday evening. If you aren’t called back, it does not mean you have been cut from the show. It simply means we saw all we needed to see.

 

audition requirements:

  • Headshot and Resume: Please bring a 8x10 headshot (shoulders and up) attached to your performance and training resume. A simple picture taken from your phone will due. Nothing fancy needed just a picture that looks like you and best represents who you are today.

  • Sheet music of song in the correct key marked with your start and end cut.

  • Conflict calendar and attendance contract (given at auditions)

  • Come in prepared to dance and bring an outfit for your vocal audition.

  • Water bottle

  • Sack lunch or snack

dance audition:

  • Come prepared to dance in comfortable clothes to dance in. No restrictive clothing and attire that supports how your body moves.

  • Hair should not be a distraction so if it falls in your face easily then please have it pulled up and out of face in a secure manner.

  • Sneakers are suitable for dance call. No open toed shoes, no bare feet, no ugg boots, no heals.

  • There may be two different routines. One for movers and one for dancers.

    • A Mover: This is someone without formal training or very little but has good rhythm and can pick up choreography but doesn’t have technical training.

    • A Dancer: This is someone with extensive dance training in one or all of the following styles ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop etc. Is technically trained and can executive difficult choreography taught at a fast pace.

vocal audition:

  • Please prepare 2 contrasting songs* about 1 min. in length each. We don’t always ask for the second song but it’s always a good idea to have one prepared.

  • You can either prepare…

    • Songs in the same style of the show that showcases your range and storytelling ability genre (Disney- Pop/Rock)

    • Or choose a song from the show from a character that best represents your vocal range, ability, and that you can see yourself playing.

    • Please have sheet music in the correct key with it marked where you are starting from and where you are end. Please either have it taped or in a 3 ring 1” binder.

    • Please tell the story of the song through your acting.

*Contrasting Songs = 

Songs that show us two different sides of you. This could be a difference in vocal ability like an up-tempo belt vs a soprano ballad or in personality like a belting ballad vs a comedic song. Anything that shows a different side of you and showcases range.

 

WHAT TO WEAR:

Typically those auditioning bring two outfits to their audition: A dance outfit, and a nice outfit for vocals. 

For dance: Comfortable  clothing such as leggings, shorts, T-Shirts (please not overly baggy  shirts) are ok, but no graphics please. Sneakers are encouraged for this  audition. No jeans. No booty shorts. No crop tops. Hair pulled out of  face. No jewelry – stud earrings are ok. 

For vocals: Please dress nicely - skirts, dresses, slacks and polo or button-down shirts for boys. No Jeans! No shorts! 

WHAT TO BRING:

Please bring a headshot and resumé.  Please make sure your headshot is attached to the resume so that all we  need is to flip it over to see the other side (i.e. like printing  double sided). Your resumé should be formatted like an actor resumé,  listing what shows you have been in. You will also need to provide sheet music for the accompanist (see below for details). Lastly, we suggest you bring a water bottle and a snack for an energy boost! 

 

audition tips for dance:
Don't  talk while learning choreography! Wait until the choreographer asks if  anyone has questions on the steps. Go over your routine while waiting to  audition. Relax- no one expects you to get it perfect after just having  learned it- just do your best, smile, have personality, and keep going  even if you mess up!

Audition Tips for Vocals:
1) Show off Your Voice. Pick something that compliments not only your singing ability but also the character you are wanting to portray.

 

2) Choose  a section of the song that can tell use a bit of your character’s story. Vocal auditions are not just about singing – you need to act too!

 

3) Prepare the Sheet Music for the accompanist.

 

4) Make sure your music is in the correct key!!!

MINI POPs
8-12yr

Auditions:

WED CAST - Auditions: Feb. 14th,  5:30pm-8:15pm

Callbacks: Feb. 21st, 5:30pm-8:15pm

Auditions:

THU CAST - Auditions: Feb. 15th, 4:00pm-6:45pm

Callbacks: Feb. 22nd 4:00pm-6:45pm

Location:

2010 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90254

HSM MINIS audition OVERVIEW:

This is a day where you begin to get to know your cast and creative team. We know that some actors are brand new to auditioning while we have experience. We are ready and welcome it all. Our goal is to meet everyone where they’re at and support them through the day while having fun doing it!

First up…Choreography! A short combination from the show will be taught in one room and then we will ask for groups of 3-5 to audition. Each group will go two times. Once your group goes, you will have time to change into your vocal audition outfit (if you have brought one) in any of the other two bathrooms. Call backs will happen the following week during rehearsal time. Everyone will have an opportunity to sing and act during callbacks.

Audition required Paperwork:

  • Headshot: Please bring a 8x10 printed headshot photo (shoulders and up). A simple picture taken from your phone will due. Nothing fancy needed just a picture that looks like you and best represents who you are today. Pictures won’t be returned so please only use photos you are ok with giving up.

  • Conflict Calendar: This is in the parent letter and has all the rehearsal, tech, and show dates on it. You will fill out any absences or conflicts that already planned on this sheet. Only two conflicts permitted. You must have this filled out and completed to be cast in the show.

  • Sheet Music to the song you are singing in the correct key and either taped or put into a binder for accompanist to easily turn pages.

  • Attendance Agreement: This will be emailed to each actor and is a contract of agreement to adhere to the rehearsal schedule, tech, and shows. It will be signed by the director if she accepts the communicated conflicts and a copy will be provided back to you.

 

What to Bring:

  • Sheet music of song in the correct key marked with your start and end cut.

  • Conflict calendar

  • Water bottle

  • Sack lunch or snack

  • Your awesome self!!!

Dance Audition:

  • Come prepared to dance in clothing you can stretch and move well in like athletic wear or leggings, shorts, and form fitting clothes. Please no oversized t-shirt, sweats, or hoodies and do not wear restrictive clothing. Choose clothing that supports how your body moves. A way to test it is you can raise your arms up over your head in without exposing your middle section, you can do a straddle stretch in or bend over or jump up and down in without uncomfortably exposing yourself and you feel supported.

  • Hair is neatly secured up and out of the face.

  • Sneakers are suitable for dance call. No open toed shoes, no bare feet, no Ugg boots, no heels.

Vocal Audition:

  • Please prepare 1 song about 1 min. in length.

  • There are two options for you to choose from:

OPTION 1:

Select one of the precut songs we have selected from the show out of 4 possible vocal tracks. Guide vocal tracks are to learn from while guide vocal song is to practice for your audition. Click here to find everything you need.

OR

:OPTION 2

Choose a song in the same style of the show  (Disney / Pop/ Rock) that displays your range and storytelling ability.

  • Please have sheet music in the correct key with it marked where you are starting from and where you are end. Please either have it taped or in a 3 ring 1” binder.

  • Clothing: It is not It is not a requirement in Mini POPs, but it is common practice to wear dance attire to the audition and bring a second outfit for vocal auditions. A nicer outfit like a skirt or dress or slacks and a polo or button-down shirt that lends itself to the style of the show. It should NOT look like a costume.  

 

Audition Tips for Dance:
1. Find a spot in the room where you can easily see the choreographer, so you don’t miss out on details.

2. Don't talk while learning choreography!

3. Ask questions if you don’t understand something after the choreographer has gone over the material.

4. Go over your routine while waiting to audition.

5. Have fun and perform it! We care more about that than getting the moves perfectly. Just do your best, smile, have personality, and keep going even if you mess up!

Audition Tips for Vocals:
1. Show off Your Voice. Pick something that compliments not only your singing ability but also the character you are wanting to portray.

2. Choose a section of the song that can tell us a bit of your character’s story. Vocal auditions are not just about singing – you need to act too! Know who the character is singing to in the song and show us you know.

3. Take a deep breath before you start your song. Nod to the accompanist when you are ready. If you start off a little wonky then simply ask to start over.

4. Avoid looking at the people behind the table watching you. Pick a place above their heads to sing to.

5. Treat it just like a performance opportunity because that’s what it is! We love to be entertained.

 

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