Audition Tips

Auditioning at DCP!

Welcome all! DCP encourages everyone to audition for a show regardless of your acting experience. We want you to feel comfortable at auditions and we strive to make this a rewarding experience for everyone. In order to provide you with the best audition experience possible, we have compiled a few helpful hints and bits of information about the audition and rehearsal process.

PRIOR TO AUDITIONS
1)    Read over the audition notice thoroughly. You can find the complete audition notice posted on our website www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. The audition information will provide details about character description, audition requirements and  general information about the rehearsal schedule.

2)    Read the script and/or research the play. Scripts are available for Main Stage shows in the DCP office three weeks prior to auditions and can be checked out for 48 hours with a $5.00 deposit. For non-musicals directors generally ask for a cold reading, which are scene selections from the script, so familiarity with the script is certainly beneficial. Youth show scripts are not available prior to audition, but don't worry! Connie Company auditions usually vary, you may be asked to participate in theatre games and improvisations.

3)    If you are auditioning for a musical, you will be asked to perform a song of your choice as well as participating in a group dance audition. You will need to provide sheet music for the accompanist at the audition. Choose a song that showcases your voice. Read the audition notice carefully to see if there is a particular style of song requested by the director. DCP offers musical theatre audition workshops which are a great way to prepare for auditions!

4)    Update your resume’ and headshot. Your resume’ should include your theatre and/or performance experience, if any. If you have special skills or training that is relevant to theatre, please list on the resume’. Your headshot does not need to be professional; however, it is suggested that it be a recent photograph. Attach the headshot to the back of the resume’ and bring to auditions.

THE AUDITION
1)    Unless otherwise noted, auditions are held at the Armour Street Theatre. You will enter through the basement door nearest the gravel parking lot where you will be greeted by our audition assistant. You will sign in and be given a numbered audition form. Please fill out the form as completely as possible with special attention paid to the area where you list your conflicts.
 
2)    Depending on the director, you may be seen as part of a group or individually. For a non- musical, you will be asked to do cold readings with others who are auditioning. For musicals, you will be asked to perform your musical selection and then learn and present a dance sequence. The director may ask you to do a cold reading as well as dance and sing. If you are auditioning for a Connie Company production, you may be asked to participate in theatre games and improvisations.

CASTING
1)    Some directors will schedule a “callback” or second round of auditions. Notification of callbacks will be made by phone within 24 hours of the final audition. Being called back does not mean you are cast in the production and likewise NOT being called back doesn’t mean that you are NOT cast in the production.

2)    Casting the show is the responsibility of the director and in the case of a musical, the director and music director. Our DCP policy is that all casting decisions will be made within 72 hours of the final audition (or callback) unless there are extenuating circumstances. Casting offers will be made by a phone call. After the cast is confirmed, the cast list will be posted on the DCP website.  DCP will send out notices to those who are not cast via email.

REHEARSALS
In general, plays rehearse 6 weeks and musicals 8-10 weeks. Rehearsals are usually held five days a week, Sunday-Thursday, in the evening. All rehearsals are held at the Armour Street Theatre unless otherwise noted. The director will provide a rehearsal schedule at least two weeks in advance. Directors are encouraged to create rehearsal schedules taking into account the actor conflicts. The week prior to the production is “tech” week, which will be nightly until opening. A “brush up” rehearsal may be scheduled between the first and second week of the show.

FINAL NOTE
Casting is the most difficult part of being a director. Directors agonize many hours over the casting process to ensure that the best choices are made for their particular production. Frequently a strong actor may not be cast because the actor does not fit the director’s vision for the part, is physically mismatched with other cast members or has numerous conflicts. Please don’t be discouraged if you are not cast for a production, just keep auditioning!