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AUDITION INFO FOR SEUSSICAL SUMMER SHOW
1. All students will learn a dance combination and be expected to perform it for the directors in small groups.
2. All students will also be expected to sing 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show.
3. All students will be expected to perform a monologue from the three choices given below. (Please note these do not need to be memorized but you should be very familiar with the one you choose).
What to Wear:
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.
What to Bring:
A water cooler is provided at the studio, but feel free to bring your own. A snack (i.e. granola bar, apple) is welcome.
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!
What to Wear:
Most students like to follow the basic code of professional musical theater auditions - this impresses the directors and shows a respect for musical theater etiquette. 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 Vocals:
1) Pick an appropriate Style Piece. For example, don't sing "Les Miserables" for an audition for "Annie". Great examples for appropriate songs for Seussical are: My New Philosophy - Your a Good Man Charlie Brown
Good Morning Baltimore - Hairspray
How Lovely to Be a Woman - Bye Bye Birdie
I Can't Say No - Oklahoma
My Strongest Suit - Aida
Solidarity - Billy Elliot
Big, Bright Beautiful World - Shrek
***Don't sing music from the show for which you are auditioning. (Unless you are told to prepare it and/or you have no other choice.) If you want to set yourself apart from the crowd, consider that the directors will probably hear the show music ALL day.
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 -32 bars (measures). If you are new to this process and do not know what a bar is, or how to pick the right song, a private lesson with a vocal instructor is highly recommended! Call 310.546.5544 to schedule a lesson with an instructor at our sister company, TADA Stages.
- Pick something that compliments not only your singing ability but also your stage personality.
- In those 16 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 - 32 Bar Theater Audition
- Make a logical and clearly marked cut of the 16-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 clearly marked cut of sheet music.
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!
- 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.
7) Indicate to the accompanist whether or not you want them to rift at the beginning of your 16 - 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.
Audition Monologues: Please choose one to perform at this audition:
(Please note these do not need to be memorized but you should be very familiar with the one you choose)
That bird let that clover drop somewhere inside
Of a great patch of clovers, a hundred miles wide!
I’ll find it. I’ll find it! I’ll find it or bust!
Well, I shall find my friends on their small speck of dust.
Yes, clover-by-clover by clover with care
I’ll listen and call, are you there? Are you there?
Are you there? Are you there?
Now I’m bored and I’m tired sitting all day.
Who knew so much work was required?
I need a vacation!
I’m due for some rest –
Hey, Horton, would you maybe like to sit on my nest?
I won’t be gone long, kid. I give you my word.
I’ll hurry right back, ’cause I’m that sort of bird!
Oh, Horton, I promise! I’ll fly back real soon.
I’d only be gone for, say, one afternoon!
Now that is a very unusual hat.
I wonder what’s under a hat such as that.
It could be a creature they call th Ga-Zat
Who balances things on his head, cause it’s flat.
Or a stripe- loving Pipester from upper Mount Bat.
Or a sort of a kind of a hat wearing…cat!