How to Audition for a Play

If you get the part

Be yourself!
Best advice for your audition: Be yourself!

You've auditioned and got in…what now? Maybe you've got tons of lines to memorize, and just can't remember what goes where, and why. Here are some tips to help you perform the best you can.

Practice at home quite a bit, so you can memorize everything. There are many ways you can memorize lines.


If you have a big part, make your character seem real—like a person.

One way to do that is to create a "backstory" about what your character was doing before the play, and how she came to be the way she is.

For example, let's say you're playing the part of a person who is claustrophobic. You could make up a story about how when she was four, her mean older cousin locked her in a closet during a game of hide and seek. Ever since then, she has been deathly afraid of small spaces.

The story just needs to be something that will help you understand what your character is feeling.

Just like when you audition, there are certain things you should and shouldn't do at rehearsal:

Who is my character?

Pros and cons

Acting can be really fun, but you should know that it costs money and takes time. Follow the links  to read the pros and cons so that you can decide if it's worth it for you.

It's worth it

Go for it. It's your time to shine!

Now you know how to audition, how to practice at home, and how to behave at rehearsals.

Even though there are some costs to being in a play, and a lot of sacrificed time, I definitely think that it is totally worth your time.

You meet so many awesome people, and it makes you really confident. I really hope this was helpful and interesting for you.

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"I agree that when you have experience memorizing your parts, it's important. It's also important to have enoug time and passion for it and this really shows that. This was a good article because it really has good guidelines on how to audition."
kendallweb, 16, Klamath Falls, OR

"Great advice, helpful for anyone who has ever thought about auditioning for a play!"
Hannah457, 17, Camas, WA

"This was interseting. It has alot of information that can only help you with life and how and what to do for certain things. I use to do school musicals and things like that, but ever since I started sports. I've stayed focused on that."
Varsity FB, 16, Sahuarita, AZ

"This article was great! I have been in our school musicals for the past two years, and for both, I have had to audition. The tips in this will help me to do better in the upcoming auditions!"
Sammi Jo, 16, Westby, WI

"Great article, thanks for all of the helpful information. I think the best tip is just to always be yourself!"
MarvinB , 16, Richmond, Va

"At my school we get the material were going to adudition with ahead of time. My music teacher also has at least one day of rehersal for audition music."
sparkler, 17, , MA

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