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PUTTIN' ON PRODUCTIONS


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Mini POPs Audition Info:

WHAT TO WEAR

Comfortable, easy-to-move-in clothing: Leggings, shorts, T-Shirts, etc. Please, no jeans. Closed toe shoes are mandatory. No flip flops or sandals. Jazz shoes or sneakers are encouraged. Hair pulled back and out of the face. 

WHAT TO BRING
You will need to provide sheet music for both yourself and the accompanist.
1) Pick an appropriate Style Piece

Music in the style of the show, possibly by the creative team of Alan Menken and Tim Rice or Howard Ashman.
Sing a song you love, where you can become the character and tell us the story. Don’t just “sing prettily.” This is a chance to perform!
Selection MUST be from a contemporary musical or Disney film. Please avoid radio hits.

2) Show off Your Voice

Choose the best part of a song to show the director what you can do. You need to choose your best 16 to 24 bars (measures). Pick something that compliments not only your singing ability but also the character you wish to show.
In those 16 to 20 bars, try to give an indication of your vocal range, your high notes as well as your low but don't blow your voice out.
Whenever possible, show off your "money notes" (the best part of your range).
But don't forget you need to tell a story!


3) Prepare the Sheet Music for the 16 to 20 Bar Song


Sheet Music needs to be piano/vocal or piano/vocal/guitar so our accompanist can play for your child. 
Make a logical and clearly marked cut of the 16-24 bar theater audition piece on the sheet music you will be using for practice (as you will be memorizing the song and lyrics) and the copy you are presenting to the accompanist. 
Click here to see an example of a 16 Bar clearly marked cut of sheet music. 
Use tape to piece together your sheet music so it is all side-by-side. This makes it easier for the accompanist to play and read! 
Click here to watch a video on how to properly tape together your sheet music. 
Find sheet music WITH CHORD MARKINGS. This is essential for the accompanist to play the piece the way you have been practicing it! 
Click here to see an example of sheet music with chord markings.
As a reminder, you will be singing with a live accompanist. Be prepared to not have it sound the way the pre-recorded track sounds like. A live piano is very different than a professional, fully orchestrated track. In order to have the best experience with your accompanist, you need to be able to clearly communicate how fast you will sing the song and how to navigate your cut of the music. Don't worry, you will be given time with the accompanist to communicate everything you need before singing :)

WHAT TO EXPECT
Expect to meet some new friends, and have a blast! You'll come into the studio and start off with a Welcome Circle. Then we will learn a fun dance combination. You'll get time to practice that combination and ask your directors questions about the movement. When everyone is ready, we will get to perform this combination in groups of about 6 students, and a teacher will side coach (help by demonstrating the movement or calling out helpful cues to remember what comes next!) if needed. While the class plays some fun acting games, each child will be called into the next room, meet the accompanist, and sing for your Director and Musical Director. We take care to make sure each child feels safe and comfortable in every part of our Mini POPs audition process! 

Rising Stars Audition Info:

All students will learn a dance combination and be expected to perform it for the directors in small groups. All students will also be expected to sing 20-32 bars of a song in the style of the show. Dance Audition portion will be first. 

WHAT TO WEAR

Typically this auditioning bring two outfits to heir 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., Dance shoes such as jazz shoes, sneakers (f this fits into the style of show), character shoes, etc. No jeans. No booty shorts. 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

You will need to provide sheet music for both yourself and the accompanist. Bring water 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 Info for Vocals:
1)
Required Audition Song Picks for Vocals Audition:

  • Auditions songs should fall in the “Rock Musical” genre (Ex: AIDA, Wedding Singer, Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wiz, Dear Evan Hansen, etc...) or “Jukebox Musical” (ex: Rock of Ages, Mamma Mia, On Your Feet, etc...) are also acceptable.
  • Musical styles we will not accept: Golden Age/Traditional (ex: Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein/Hart, etc...).
  • Your song MUST be from a musical theater show. We will not accept songs from movie-only musicals (ex: La La Land, Greatest Showman, etc...)
  • Please prepare TWO songs in different styles so we can have an option to hear your full stylistic range.
  • We could not list all the shows you could choose a song from. So, please do your homework. Research good auditions for roles you’d like to be considered for. And, show us your best! :)


2) Show off Your Voice.

  • Choose the best part of a song to show the director what you can do. You need to choose the your best 16-24 bars (measures).
  • Pick something that compliments not only your singing ability but also your stage personality.
  • In those 16-24 bars, try to give an indication of your vocal range, your high notes as well as your low but don't blow your voice out.
  • Whenever possible, show off your "money notes" (the best part of your range).
  • Sing with expression in your voice.


3) Try to tell a section of a "Story in the Song"

4) Try to end on the "Tonic", which is the first note of the key your song is in.

5) Prepare the Sheet Music for the 16-24 Bar Theater Audition


6) Though not required, it is extremely helpful for your directors if you have a second song in your book (in a different style- a balled, for example, as opposed to an uptempo song) ready to sing. This will show versatility and readiness for anything!


7) Indicate to the accompanist whether or not you want them to rift at the beginning of your 20-32 bar song (repeat until you come in). Once you get through your first theater audition the rest should be a piece of cake. Just follow the same logical steps each time.


- Think things out and of course, go well prepared to the audition!