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How to Audition for a Play
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Ready for the spotlight?

Have you ever watched a play, and thought, "Wow, that looks like so much fun, but I bet it's really, really hard!" 

Well, being in a play is not easy, but it's not as hard as you might think, especially if you are prepared.

Here's some helpful info that can get you started.

Before the audition   

First, before auditioning, prepare. One good way is to practice reading unfamiliar material out loud. It can be a paragraph from your favorite book, a newspaper clipping, or the lyrics to a song—whatever works for you.

Read it to your reflection, a friend, a pet dog, or to your goldfish, Flippers. The best audience is one that can give you feedback on your performance.

Practice

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facial expressions as you read. Do this first by paying attention to what you do with your face offstage, then imitating that in a mirror.

Another thing to do is practice with your body and hands. When some people audition they leave their hands at their sides or in their pockets, and stand in one place the whole time they're talking.

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A couple more things to help you with your expression
Speak with expression. Talk not only with your voice, but with your hands and body. 

Lastly, practice with your voice. Be sure to talk loudly, and clearly. Use tons and tons of expression. Don't talk in one boring pitch through the whole sentence. And remember: Breathe!

When practicing at home, set up an area as your "stage." Arrange furniture and find a prop to work with. Then use the space and prop to help you tell the story.

I've found that moving around the "stage" helps me to move the story forward. Either your motion causes you to say something, or your words make you move. 

Just be sure that you stay focused and control your use of the set and prop. In other words, don't fidget pointlessly. Every time you read, rearrange the furniture into a new place, and use a different object. This will keep things fresh and more like an audition.

If you're thinking of going into acting as a profession, memorize monologues. A monologue is a longer speech given by an individual actor or actress. You don't need anyone else to do the scene. 

To be prepared. When you get into higher level acting, the director won't always give you something to read. You'll just be asked to show 'em what you got!

Memorize more than one. One of the saddest things is when a director, after watching you give a great performance, asks what else you've got. Oops.

Make sure that each monologue expresses a different emotion, so that the director can get a really good idea of how you sound. Here's what to look for in a monologue:

That means the director doesn't have to have any background info to understand what's going on.
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