How to Audition for a Play

At the audition

At the audition, it's all you...
Now that you know how to prepare, here are some things to do (and not) when trying out.

At the audition, directors are looking for certain things offstage as well as onstage. So, to start, be on time and be prepared.

That shows that you really care and want to be there. Also, they want people who are easy to work with, and who come to act, not to socialize.

But they don't want someone who's shy either. So be yourself,

but be respectful of everybody, listen to what you're told, and follow directions.

Most of the time there will be a form to fill out at the audition. A typical one asks you to write out your name, phone number, e-mail address, parents'/guardians' names and contact info, and schedule conflicts.

Use those props!

The form

will ask about your past acting experience. It may also ask if you know anyone who can help with costumes, makeup, hair, or set building. If you don't know anyone, that's OK.

Last, but certainly not least, is reading. I know from experience how nerve-racking it can be. Most important: Breathe, keep your head up, and try to relax.

Don't worry if you stumble over a word, or read the wrong line. It's your first time reading

the script, just like everyone else, so no one is going to judge you. Keep going, and keep cool.

Include the props and set in your audition. If you are given a prop, use it. Look at it, hold it, set it down, or pick it up...

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