How to Audition for NSHS Theatre


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While we don’t ask you to memorize a Shakespearean monologue [yet!], we still require professional standards in our auditions. So here’s what you need to do:

Get the 411 on auditioning from the Little Theatre in Room 911

  • Get any paperwork from the theatre
  • Sign up to audition [can’t just show up, you must sign up]
  • Sometimes it’s less scary if you can sign up with a friend 

Prepare an interesting one-minute story [monologue]

  • Any type of story that you can tell in one minute will suffice
  • Make sure it has a clear beginning, a strong middle, and a decisive end
  • Real-life experiences are fine to narrate
  • Making something up is perfectly acceptable!
  • If telling us about your cat that died last summer still makes you tear up or cry, consider telling us a different story 
  • Please make sure your subject is school-appropriate–no cursing and no sexual language or references

Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse

  • All monologues will be timed–you will have one minute to perform your selection after your introduction
  • Watch your posture–no slumping and no fidgeting
  • Time yourself [use your phone’s timer setting!]
  • Watch yourself in the mirror or better yet, harness your cell phone’s camera and record yourself–what needs to be changed?
  • Practice your slate [film acting term for saying your first and last name loudly] 
    • Slates in our theatre sound like this: “Hi, my name is Sandra Brown, and I will be performing an original monologue entitled, ‘How I Learned to Give My Cat a Bath.”

Perform a Dress Rehearsal

  • Find a friend who will be honest but not super mean and perform your monologue
  • While you perform, have them assess:
    • Are you loud enough?
    • Do you go over time?
    • Does your monologue make sense?
    • Are you looking at the audience or are you focusing on your feet or the ceiling?
    • Do you look comfortable?
    • Are you really communicating with the audience?
    • How do we know you’re done with your monologue?
    • Are you fidgeting or do your movements make sense?
    • Are you pacing?

Show up for Audition Early

  • First impressions really do count, so show up a bit early
  • Fill out an audition form
  • Attach your photo if you are new to the theatre
  • Do some deep breathing exercises
  • Break a leg!

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10 replies

  1. This was very informative. It would be nice to have a main link on this website describing the audition process so it’s easier to find. I like the bullets because they are easy to navigate.

  2. I wish I could have auditioned for the spring break Play! It seems like it’s gonna be fun nd entertaining

  3. The audition information is extremely helpful, if i would have not read this i would have not known about how to audition for a play at nshs at all so thanks for this great info!!

    • Thanks Rehonda. We try to make it as clear as possible so students know exactly what will be expected of them and what will happen at the audition. We hope it makes the process a wee bit less scary!

  4. Hopefully your guys hard work pays off and sell out again!

  5. Our theatre students have so much character, this talent show will be interesting, I’m so excited to watch.

  6. Yeah i agree with Joanna we do have very talented actors in our class . Im stoked !

  7. I’m really excited for this. We have some really talented actors !

  8. Auditioning for The Love of Three Oranges was so exciting! I can’t wait to audition for the Spring play now!

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