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 Tips for Vocals:
1) Pick an appropriate Style Piece. For example, don't sing "Les Miserables" for an audition for "Annie".
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 bars (measures).
- 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-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 32 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.

6) Indicate to the accompanist whether or not you want them to rift at the beginning of your 16 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!

POPs FALL 2017 SHOWS

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Mini POPs*

Ages 7-12 yrs

Puttin' On Productions (ets. 2007) is a non-profit 501c (3) youth musical theatre organization that cultivates self-expression, confidence and self-love through the arts. POPs provides professional grade theatrical performances in state-of-the-art- theaters in the South Bay. Read below for info on our divisions, audition info and fall shows.

*Mainstage: Please register for Rising Stars class and read Parent Letter

*All Camp Rock MiniPOPs should remain in MiniPOPs for Fall unless otherwise notified by Julia

Mini POPs Audition Info:
Wed Class
(Mandatory parent mtg Aug. 30, 2:15–3pm) Auditions: Aug. 30 from 2:15 – 5:00 pm;Callbacks: during first class Sep. 6

​​Thur Class (Mandatory parent mtg Aug. 31, 4:15-5pm) Auditions: Aug. 31 from 4:15 – 7:00 pm; Callbacks: during first class Sep. 7

Sat Class (Mandatory parent mtg Aug. 30, 2:15-3pm OR Aug. 31, 4:15-5pm)  Auditions: Wed Aug. 30, 2:15 pm or Thurs. Aug. 3, 4:15 pm; Callbacks during first class Sept. 9
Auditions for our Mini POPs are treated with care and kindness. For many, this is the first experience to the audition process, and we take care to provide a safe, nurturing, and learning environment for your children. Remember- everyone in Mini POPs gets a part in the show!

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
- You MUST pick a song from a Musical Stage Show, NOT a movie (sorry guys...NO MOANA  songs!).  And NO songs from The Little Mermaid please! Examples from appropriate songs to choose from are: Beauty and The Beast (Broadway Musical), Little Shop of Horrors (Broadway Musical), Newsies (Broadway Musical), Aladdin (Broadway Musical), Mary Poppins (Broadway Musical), Annie (Broadway Musical). 
- Don't sing music from the show for which you are auditioning! 

- Please remember, there is only one 'princess' in The Little Mermaid'. If you come in singing a 'princess' song, then you are telling the directors you only want to be that role. BUT- if you come in singing a 'character' song (e.g. "Hard Knock Life", "Chim-chim-cheree", "Dentist", "Gaston", "Friend Like Me"), the directors will be able to consider you for more roles! 

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 20 bars (measures). Pick something that compliments not only your singing ability but also your stage personality.
- 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).

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

What to Expect:Expect to meet some new friends, and have a blast! You'll come into the studio (Room 2!) 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*

Ages 12 + up yrs