FAQs - Auditions
Do I need a professional headshot photo?
For purposes of our audition process, you do not need to provide a professional head shot photo. However, providing a recognizable recent photo is critical, as we literally typically get well over 100 auditioners (don't let that number discourage you). We need to easily put a name with a face. Consequently, you will be at a disadvantage if you don't provide a recent, recognizable photo at auditions. A school picture or digital camera shot taken and printed out merely an hour before you head out for your audition is fine.
Do I need to stay the entire time for open auditions?
You do not need to stay the entire time during the noted audition hours. You are free to leave after you've had an opportunity to present your monologue and/or song and/or dance. Note, you may need to stay the entire time if you are asked to attend call-backs.
Do I need to stay the entire time for Call Backs?
Depending on the production, the role(s) you are being considered for and/or how casting is shaping up, you may be asked to attend for the entire call-back session.
What is a "monologue" and where can I find one?
A monologue is a scene for one actor who is speaking aloud to herself, talking to another character or talking to the audience, uninterrupted. It is frequently used by a casting Director to give the actor an opportunity to demonstrate her acting ability. A monologue can be obtained from essentially any script, or can be made up. There are also several books that provide examples of monologues for use in auditions. Some examples for young performers include: Monologues for Young Actors, Magnificent Monologues for Kids, Magnificent Monologues for Teens, and Audition Monologues: Power Pieces for Kids and Teens.
What needs to be on an audition résumé?
Your audition resume should include:
Will there be an accompanist at auditions?
We typically do not have an accompanist available at auditions for musicals. If we do, we will likely make special note of it on the auditions page. Consequently, you should assume there will not be an accompanist available. It is recommended that you bring a CD without vocals to sing along with, rather than sing a cappella.
What if I have a scheduling conflict?
You can list any conflicts on the audition form, available from our Acting Up Cast Management System database, so the director knows when you will not be available. We typically try to avoid practices on Friday nights or Saturdays due to expected conflicts with sports and family commitments. Please note, however, there will likely be rehearsals the Friday and/or Saturdays just prior to the performance.
What if I don't get a part?
Although an individual may be very talented, they may not be right for a part for a particular production. In the event you do not get a part, you may be interested in remaining involved with the production in any of the following areas: Set Crew, Sound, Costumes, Advertising / Publicity, Lighting, Make-up, Set Construction, Tickets / Concessions, and/or Ushering. If so, please contact us at: ActingUp@ActingUp.com. In any event, if you do not get cast, please do not be discouraged. Please continue to check this website for updates on auditions for future productions.
I don't like singing or dancing. Are there any non-musical roles available?
If you don't like singing or dancing, there may be limited roles in musical productions. However, have you considered any behind-the-scenes work? There are many exciting opportunities available for children and adults as part of our stage crew and technical crew, where you can learn a lot about theatrical productions (e.g., lighting, sound, props, set construction, etc.). If you have an interest in being part of the stage and/or technical crew, please e-mail us at: ActingUp@ActingUp.com; please include the subject header "I'm interested in Stage/Tech Crew".
Is there a participation fee or costume fee?
For our first 5 years we were fortunate enough to avoid requiring a participation fee. However, in 2010, the cost to rent the Mason High School Theater went up dramatically. Additionally, in 2019 we had to move from our rented build facility to a more expensive build facility. However, the new build facility also includes space for rehearsals. Regretfully, in view of these increased costs, since 2011 we have had to institute (and continue) a facilities/participation fee per actor (no fee for crew), to partially off-set these significant increases in cost. We do not expect to have any costume fees. However, certain actors may be asked to provide certain basic elements for their costume (e.g., shoes, black leotard, black pants, etc.). The only other cost to you is a sincere commitment to have a great time!
May I audition via video?
Video auditions are not ideal, and will likely put you at a disadvantage versus auditioning in person and interacting with the other auditioners and the casting board. However, we understand that sometimes your schedule may not provide any other option. Consequently, video audition submissions may be accepted with the following pre-requisites: