How to Audition for Musicals?
The main thing about musicals is that the performer has to know how to mix the art of acting and singing; acting alone can’t put you across. Choreography of your act should also be striking and not a copy of other performances. The following are some things you should consider as you attempt at singing auditions for musicals:
- Search for an audition song that best suits your theme. This song should also fit your voice range; don’t choose a song that will make you strain because it would compromise your performance. Never force yourself to sing if your voice is affected by either a sore throat or cold. If the theme of your act is courage don’t do a love song as it is a total confusion of your message.
- Choose an audition song that’s not too common. An example is “My heart will go on” from the Titanic film. Unless you are given instructions to do such songs, it would be better to avoid them as the panel is most interested in creativity. The panel is made of humans just like you and repetition of the same track over and over may be boring to their ears.
- Go for a song that can easily be interpreted by the panel. If you are composing your own song, make sure that it can be understood by the listeners. Songs with messages that are too deep or hidden can be burdensome and time consuming for the panel as they try to decipher them.
- Accompany your singing with instruments. Most musical performers prefer the piano because it fine tunes the performance’s atmosphere; but you are not limited to it. Flutes, guitars saxophones and the rest can also add flavor to your performance if you use them wisely.
- Dance appropriately. The dance style you choose should flow with the main theme. The group should also show proper coordination in its moves. Body movements should move in the same direction.
- Learn from watching others. Visit musical shows around you and see how others perform. Out of this, you may gain detailed knowledge on how to conduct yourself at the stage. Other skills such as choreography can also be learned in detail.
If you are allowed to speak with other performers who auditioned before you, ask them what the different directors at the panel are really looking for. Remember that all these directors may be interested in their own unique aspects from performers. It would be advantageous to you if you have this information beforehand. Moreover, you have to watch what you eat before auditioning for a musical. Milk or orange juices have the capacity of stimulating your mucous glands. This may make your voice sound sick, or worse still you may end up struggling to keep the mucous from falling off your nostrils. Carbonated drinks such as cola can make you develop hiccups while spicy stuff may make your voice hoarse. Finally, always have some water as it will tone your body and make you relax.