NSHS Theatre Spring Play Auditions

Admin-AuditionsNSHS Theatre announces auditions for the 2014 Spring Play. You can audition on Monday, February 10th at lunch or after school and Tuesday, at lunch and after school. Make sure you get your info packet so you are prepared for your audition.

Here is a recap of what you need to know to…

How to Audition for the NSHS Theatre

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 pacing?
    •  Do your movements make sense?

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

So, what’s your story?

If you were thinking of auditioning, what story would you tell? Give us some details but don’t spoil the ending.

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5 replies

  1. I would love to audition for the spring play but I don’t have the time as I will be having a job. I strongly encourage others to think about auditioning. It is a great way to interact with others and it also allows you to open up your hidden personalities. Auditioning may open up new doors for you as you may possibly have acting talents you never thought you had. Audition for this year’s Spring play!

  2. Although I auditioned for the spring play, I didn’t say a story. Instead, I performed a monologue entitled, “Girl who had a rough day at work.”

  3. Auditioning for the play is a great idea for those who love acting. I would love to audition but I am not good in front of a lot of people. I encourage people who love to be the center of attention to audition. Hopefully, I will be able to see one the spring plays because I know they will be great.

    • I think auditioning for the play is a splendid idea as it pushes the boundaries of your creativity to maximum limit. It also creates bonds with new people that share a common interest. I recommend our theatre plays because we have amazing talented people with a passion for theatre.

  4. I think auditioning for the play is a great and brave idea, I wanted to, the problem is I’m busy with track..and from experience, I know that I won’t perform at my best if I’m too busy prior to the performance. But I definetely encourage it to anyone who has a talent they would like to share, and has the opportunity. For anyone who has auditioned , I wish you the best of luck. I’m hoping I will be able to go watch

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