AUDITIONS

Whether you are a seasoned pro or someone just starting out; whether you are looking to fulfill a dream, or just something fun to fill time, the process of theatre all begins with the audition.
Here are answers to most common questions asked about auditioning at CACC.

WHERE ARE AUDITIONS HELD?

Cultural Arts Center Charleston's auditorium.

2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Suite A-112 

 

Enter the Citadel Mall via the Southeast entrance. Walk straight ahead. 

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Arrive early -- in professional theatre, to arrive 15 to 30 minutes early is considered being "on time".

  • A sign up sheet will be posted for you to sign in.

  • Each person completes an Audition Form. Your headshot and resume may be stapled to the form. 

  • In most cases, vocal auditions are held first, followed by line reads, and ending with a dance audition.

  • Prepare to be present at auditions the entire time. Unless audition times are assigned, arriving late or leaving early is not recommended. 

  • If you have never auditioned before, don't be afraid -- we've all been there. CLICK HERE for some audition prep materials that may make it easier. 

 

HOW CAN I HAVE A SUCCESSFUL VOCAL AUDITION? 

BEFORE THE AUDITION:

  • Prepare two songs that you are very familiar with: one ballad and one up tempo. You should have at least 32 bars (measures) of music memorized and prepared; however, it is general practice to have more than 32 bars prepared. An accompanist will be provided. 

  • Always, always, always prepare your sheet music and bring it with you. Indicate any notations (where to start, where to stop). Ensure your sheet music is the correct key. NEVER ask an accompanist to transpose for you at an audition. 

  • Warm up your vocal chords before arriving for your audition. 

  • Come dressed with a flattering, smart, casual outfit. An audition is a type of job interview.

 

DURING THE AUDITION:

  • When called into the audition room, do the following:

  1. Enter the room with your natural, pleasant personality.

    • NEVER make excuses or inform the director(s) that you are nervous or sick.

  2. Take your music to the accompanist and review with them how you would like your song to be played (tempo, start, ending, any cuts in music, etc.).

  3. Walk to the "X" if marked, or a spot where you are center to director table but in the accompanist's line of sight.  

  4. Slate your name, your song selection, and what show it is from or the composer/lyricist.

    • "I am [your name] and I will be singing [song title] from [show] (or "by [composer/lyricist])." 

  5. Let the accompanist know when you are ready to begin your selection and sing it a performance level. 

  6. Repeat the process for your second selection.

  7. BE PREPARED: The director may ask to hear another prepared selection, ask the accompanist to vocalize you, or stop you before you complete a song. 

 

AM I REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DANCE AUDITION?

No, you are not required to dance. If you do not wish to dance, indicate this on your audition form. 

Important! Almost every character will have to dance at some point. It is, after all, a musical. Many actors and singers, who consider themselves to not be dancers, may move well.

 

We encourage everyone who deems themselves not a dancer to participate in dance auditions UNLESS the audition is specifically for trained dancers. Those are usually indicated as "dancer calls".

 

WHAT IF I AM NOT AVAILABLE TO COMMIT TO THE SHOW? 

  • Don't close the door!

  • It is recommended that you attend the audition so that you are seen by the director.

  • We produce year-round musicals at CACC and we strongly encourage everyone in our community to audition!

 

ARE PERFORMERS COMPENSATED? 

If experience and skill level warrant it, we will consider compensation. Our tiered pay scale is based on the performer's experience and level of training. This could range from a $50 production stipend to a $300 per week contract. Young performers do not receive compensation, unless significant experience or credits are presented. 

  • We also provide many benefits: free training, free gym membership, PT and Chiropractic care, as well as, comp tickets to our professional performers. 

  • We treat our performers and employees with respect and kindness.

  • We are an equal opportunity employer with diverse casting. We appreciate all ethnicities, gender identities, ages, and experiences.

AUDITION DATES

2019-20 SEASON

 

AUDITION INFORMATIVE MEETINGS are a chance to hear from the directors important details about the production: rehearsal dates,  performance dates, audition prep, etc.

BYE BYE BIRDIE!

Ages 10 through adults

Auditions

  • YOUTH: Sunday, April 19, 2020      1:00-4:00p

  • ADULTS: Monday, April 20, 2020     5:00-7:30p

Call Backs: Wednesday, April 22    4:30-6:30p (youth)

                                                    7:00-9:00p (adults)

Performance Dates:  June 10 - June  25, 2020

DISNEY SPECTACULAR

Ages 7 1/2 through adults

Auditions

  • YOUTH: Sunday, February 23, 2020      1:00-4:00p

  • ADULTS: Monday, February 24, 2020     6:30-8:00p

Call Backs: Wednesday, February 25     4:30-6:30p (youth)

                                                             7:00-9:00p (adults)

Performance Dates:  May 1 - May 16, 2020

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