Audition Information, Tips and Pointers

Elements of a Successful Audition

  • Good stage presence, vocal projection, confidence, personality, and a big SMILE!
  • Memorization and preparation (KNOW your stuff!)
  • Effective story-telling through words, actions, intonation and facial expressions

All auditions should include the following:

  1. Introduction (smile, salutation, name, age, titles of audition selections)
  2. Song selection (no more than 60-90 seconds in length – You don’t need to sing an entire song!)
  3. Acting piece (no more than 60-90 seconds in length)

NOTE: It does not matter in which order you perform your audition pieces! Do the one you feel best about first. That will help build your confidence!

Sample Introductions

“Good morning. My name is John Smith and I’m 10 years old. Today I’ll be singing If I Were A Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof and performing the Wizard’s monologue from The Wizard of Oz.”

“Good evening. My name is Sally Johnson and I’m 16 years old. I will sing I Belong by Kathryn Scott and perform Juliet’s monologue from the play Romeo & Juliet.”

Ideas for Acting Pieces

  • Monologues from appropriate plays
  • Monologues adapted from novels, short stories, etc
  • Poetry
  • Bible passages/verses (Psalms, etc.)

Ideas for Song Selections

  • Any song that you know well and enjoy singing
  • Songs from Broadway musicals (Annie, Oliver, The Secret Garden, The Sound of Music, Bye Bye Birdie, etc.)
  • Songs from movies (The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, anything Disney!)
  • Church songs or hymns, contemporary Christian songs, etc.  Consider artists like Nicole Nordeman, Sara Groves, Rebecca St. James, David Crowder, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, Kathryn Scott, Mark Schultz, Natalie Grant, Rachel Lampa.

Audition Preparation Tips

A good audition is a practiced audition! Practice doesn’t always “make perfect,” but it sure eases your nerves! Please make sure you rehearse each part of the audition, and don’t wait until the night before! Remember to let your unique personality and sense of humor shine through. And don’t forget to speak and sing loudly. Practice your audition for your friends and family several times. Have your “audience” tell you which parts were good and which parts could be improved. Then perform your audition for them again. Also, try performing your audition while you do other things, like washing dishes, getting ready for school, doing jumping jacks or dribbling a basketball. This will ensure that you really have memorized your audition material and can perform it successfully, even under pressure and with outside distractions. And remember: an audition is your opportunity to show what you can do! Relax! Have fun!