Category: Pro-Tips

Preparation Is Key To College Auditions

As a college professor with a thriving Musical Theatre program, I watch hundreds of auditions every year.  I see every level of preparation that range from perfection to a giant question mark.  If you’re a high school student trying to sort through the application and audition process for an assortment of college performance programs, there are a good many things you need to know.   Performance programs are not like any other major. They are anything but straight forward. Every program… Continue Reading

How To Get The Perfect Headshot For College Auditions

Your headshot will either introduce you to a potential college or be left behind after your audition for adjudicators to remember you by. So, it’s important to have a headshot that not only looks great but one that conveys your personality. Make sure your personality comes through in the way you dress, your hair and make-up choices as well as the way you present yourself in front of the camera. Practice Makes Perfect! Rehearse at home in front of a mirror.… Continue Reading

How To Be Yourself In Auditions

On Stage Don’t try to become another person on stage. First, believe that YOU are enough. Then, realize that you are in a safe environment where instead of BECOMING another character… you simply show another side of YOURSELF that you typically don’t let the world (or yourself) see. Embrace the idea of learning something about yourself in every role that you play. This is what makes Theatre a therapeutic art form and gives you the ability to fully embody a sense of… Continue Reading

Summer “To Do” List For Seniors

It’s tempting to take the summer off after a very busy Junior year of HS, but using this time wisely will help make a very busy fall college application/audition season a little more manageable. Below is Alison’s suggested “To Do” list for the summer before your senior year. Research Summer is a great time to research colleges and theatre programs. Learn the differences between BA and BFA programs, find out which schools will allow you to double-major, find schools that offer minors… Continue Reading

Tips For The Perfect Pre-Screen

The requirements for college auditions change every year! As the competition for top tier programs continue to increase, the days of simply signing up to audition and getting a slot are fading. A growing number of colleges require  a pre-screen video to determine if they want you to come and actually audition for their program. As those numbers continue to increase, having a professional pre-screen video is critical. Prescreen Requirements Know what the prescreen requirements are from the school(s) you’re planning to… Continue Reading

Tips For Choosing An Audition Song!

Choosing the perfect audition song can be overwhelming. There are so many choices and elements to consider – your vocal range, the character you want to play, and the type of musical production you’re auditioning for. Here are a few guidelines for finding the right fit. Pick a song in the style of the show. If you are auditioning for a pre 1960s Golden Age show like The Sound of Music, search for songs by composers like Rodgers & Hammerstein. Similarly,… Continue Reading

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