Audition Dates for 2019-2020 Season Shows:
|Title||Ages||Audition Dates||Details & Directions|
Performed Aug. 30—Sep. 15
|10–19||Jul. 16 & 17||Cast announced|
Performed Oct. 18—Nov. 3
|15–19||Sep. 3 & 4||Cast announced|
Performed Dec. 6–22
|8–19||Oct. 22 & 23||Cast announced|
|Disney’s 101 Dalmations KIDS
Performed Jan. 3
|6–16||No-cut show!||Cast announced|
Performed Jan. 10–22
|15–19||Nov. 5 & 6||Cast announced|
|Disney’s Frozen JR.
Performed Feb. 21–March 8
|8–16||Jan. 12 & 13||Cast announced|
Performed (online) July 25
|15–19||Feb. 25 & 26||Cast announced|
|Charlotte’s Web: The Musical regrettably cancelled, due to the Coronavirus outbreak.|
Auditions for plays and musicals in the Spotlight season are open to young performers up to the age of 19, depending on which show it is. Some shows may require limited age ranges depending on the material. The requirements to audition are posted for each separate show, linked above.
Head Shots and Résumés
It is usually recommended that you prepare a head shot and a résumé for season play auditions. This can be a worry free process.
Photos help the directors remember who is who during the casting process. So regardless of whether you have professional head shots, a printout of a good and current photo of your face will work for us. No one is judging whether the shot came from a studio.
An actor’s résumé does not need to be long (a single page is best), and first-timers and child actors often have limited information to include anyway. However, it is helpful to include specifics that matter for casting parts such as age and height, and experience with performing arts, team activities, awards, etc. Mention special skills we might miss during the audition routine (juggling, acrobatics, guitar, celebrity impressions, etc.) which might add fun to the performance, depending on what show it is. It is crucial to have contact information such as phone number and valid email address typed at the top of the résumé. Sometimes hand-written information on audition forms can result in missed contacts.
Check Schedule Conflicts
Prior to auditions, check your calendar for any and all schedule conflicts between the audition date(s) and the scheduled dates of the show. We understand that everyone has possible conflicts with certain rehearsal dates. The directors must know all of the excused absences that will be required prior to casting the show. Normally, it is impossible to cast a performer if there are conflicts with the final rehearsals or public performance dates.
Plan for Style and Content
Some plays require auditioning with a prepared monologue, and some don’t. If you know a specific character you want to play in the show, your 1-2 minute monologue (memorized is better than written) should resemble the style of that character. However, do not use a monologue taken from the same show.
Most musicals require singing a short section of a song. Your choice of audition song matters. The directors will want to hear if your voice and singing style will fit the show. Choose a song that fits the show, even though it is not in the show. In other words, don’t sing a nursery song to audition for a rock opera, or a current pop song for an old classic musical.
Also, if you are aiming to play a specific character in the show, select a song that sounds the most like that character: a funny song for a comic role, or a love ballad for a romantic lead.
At some level, auditions are scary for even the most practiced and experienced performers. At Spotlight, we hope that auditions are a fun and educational process nonetheless. Not everyone can get into every season play, and that’s hard for directors and cast members both.
Remember that it’s normal for good performers not to make it into some shows. Usually, it’s just the math, when 60 performers audition for a cast of 20. Other times, the show calls for particular mixes of ages, male or female, short or tall, and so on. Sometimes, performers need to build experience with other opportunities such as theatre camps, performance troupes, or vocal or dance lessons in order to win more parts with the skill and confidence that comes from that experience.
Even if you’re new to this and perhaps go in expecting only to gain the experience of auditioning, it is worth it to learn from the examples of others, meet new people, and learn something about the theatre.
Our directors are always looking for new performers to join the Spotlight family and can’t wait for you to succeed!