Your dream is to be a working actor. You’ve always been told you “have it,” but the phone doesn’t ring for callbacks.
What separates professionals from wannabe talent show prodigies isn't inspiration. It’s preparation and execution. Take control of your audition with these ten helpful tips to improve your skills.
It sounds simple but it takes practice. Walk in the door with your held head high. Be wary of shuffling feet. You don’t get sympathy points if you’re nervous, not feeling well, or having a bad day. Leave it outside the door. You are being sized up the minute you walk in so practice good posture and body language before you arrive. And don’t forget to smile—that’s the lasting impression you want to leave.
Let it shine through. Don’t give one-word answers when having a conversation with the casting director. Ask questions! The industry is looking for smart, curious actors.
Make one with the reader. Memorize the material or be familiar enough with it to maintain eye contact. Knowing the dialogue is important, but making a connection with the reader is what will make the scene natural and believable.
Know the character. Read the entire script beforehand to pick-up as many clues as possible. We know about a character by the following:
Go underneath the dialogue. What does he/she want from the other characters? What is the character’s purpose in the scene/story?
What’s in the way of the character getting what he/she wants? Acting is what happens to you as you try to get your objective met, in spite of the obstacle.
Yelling isn’t the only way to show hatred or anger. Sometimes being quiet as you make your point is a powerful display of emotion. Playing opposites is a much more interesting choice than the obvious.
Find the love in the scene; even nasty characters should be likable on some level. Find a moment in the scene where the love can show through.
Acting means to do, not to talk. Find your actions and play them! (A wonderful resource is the book “Actions: The Actor’s Thesaurus” by Marina Caldarone and Maggie Lloyd-Williams.)
Feel the levels and dynamic in the scene. Don’t play one emotion. If the character is angry or tough, when might he/she show some vulnerability?
Wannabe? Not you! Interesting, memorable auditions will start to happen for you when you dig into scripts with these thoughts in mind before and during your auditions.
Interested actors should prepare 16 bars from a musical and bring a headshot. May use instrumental tracks or acapella. No original songs and often is best to audition with musical numbers from similar shows for which you are auditioning.
For the dance call of a musical, you should come warmed up, with the appropriate dance attire and shoes. No bare feet or flip-flops, no baggy clothing.
Interested actors will be asked to prepare a one minute monologue and may be asked to do some cold reading.
FOR ALL STAGE CREW:
Interested crew members will have opportunities in the areas of Sound, Lighting, Props, Costumes, and Stage. Closed toe shoes are required. No flip flops or sandals allowed.
FOR ALL CAST/CREW:
All cast & crew will be required to download 'REMIND 101" app and crew will also need "Voxer" App for all communications & reminders.
"Epic 80's" The Musical is an original musical written by Director/Producer, Kymberli Boynton in 2019.
The musical takes place in Spotlight Performing Arts High School (SPAHS) where students battle the daily challenges of friendships, relationships, competitions and striving to be the best.
The music and era is all set in the 80's and it's like a totally awesome throwback experience for all to reminisce on .
Rehearsal and Show dates:
Rehearsals will be on Tuesday evenings 6pm-8:30pm and Thursdays 5:30pm-8:30pm
Mandatory Tech Week: May 17th-21st 5pm-9pm
Show Dates: May 21st-23rd
Brad Henderson: Male singer/dancer
(Ages 14-21): Known as the "player" of the school who is conceited and been on multiple tv shows. Casually dated most girls in the school but falls hard for Tina Macklemore.
Jeff Dempsey: Male (Ages 13-21): Nerdy kid that's also the school's yearbook photographer. Thinks Serena Boswick is his hero and best friend.
Tina Macklemore: Female Singer/dancer (Ages 14-21): Triple threat, singer, dancer, actress, after doubting her belonging and talent, doesn't take crap from anyone. She becomes best friends with Symbol Jackson & falls in love and wins the heart of Brad Henderson.
Serena Boswick: Female (Ages 14-21) ASB President and triple threat, who always dresses in a creative attire for school. She is smart, but kind of spacey.
Symbol Jackson: Male singer/dancer
(Ages 14-21) Street entertainer from the projects. Has no filter, cusses, challenges teachers and peers, but is broken and groomed by Ms. Davis.
Angela Harper: Female dancer (ages 13-21)
Dance student who often feels left out and ignored especially when she is with Cindy and Michelle. Kind of reserved and nerdy.
Cindy Carter: Female Dancer (ages 13-21) Great dancer and best friends with Michelle. Always wants to be the best and tries to always out shine Michelle. Becomes lead dancer for the Primas.
Michelle Newman: Female Dancer (ages 13-21): Dance student . Auditions for SPAHS upon the instance of her best friend CIndy. Always seems to be in the shadow of Michelle.
Leroy Black: Male Dancer (ages 14-21): Top male dancer in the school. Ex Boyfriend to Julie Miller and falls for Michelle Newman.
Julie Miller: Female Dancer (ages 14-21): Stuck up and rude Captain of the Primas. Befriends Cindy and Michelle.
The Musician's and Vocalists
David Lee: Male Musician/ Singer: socially awkward music student who tries to fit in with his peers.
Gary Wilson: Male Singer (ages 13-21): Shy vocalist and Brother to Tiffany Wilson.
Markus Cowley: Male Singer/Musician: Close friends and Co Host Schools Radio show. Crushes on Kiki Farnam.
Tiffany Wilson: Female Singer (ages 14-21): Co Hosts school's radio show.
Kiki Farnam: Singer (ages 14-21) Becomes top singer of the school. outgoing . Crushes on Markus Cowley.
Zachary "Zack Attack" Matthews: Male Musician/Singer (ages 13-21): All around nice guy, kinda dorky but thinks he's cool.
Ms. Dimera: Female (Ages 21 & up): Dance Teacher and Mother to Leroy Black
Mr. Shrotman: Male (Ages 21+) Music & Vocal Instructor.
Ms. Davis: Female (Ages 21+) Theater Teacher and mentor to Symbol Jackson
Mr. Rickman: Male (ages 21+) Principal