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HOW DO I PREPARE FOR AN AUDITION?
Here are a few things you should know about helping your child audition for a play.
Help your child memorize a monologue. A monologue is a short piece that shows what the actor can do with memorization and understanding of a script. Children don't have to be great readers to audition. Excerpts from a movie or show may be good choices for struggling readers. Books or poems are also popular choices. Monologues can be found at websites like this.
Cold Reading / Repeat lines aloud
Almost all children’s auditions include a cold read. This is when the child is given a piece of dialogue from the script either to read or to repeat the line read by the director. This piece from the script is called a “side.”
Look confident and speak loudly, and you'll be more than halfway to a successful audition!
Be Open to Direction
The director is looking for someone who can take direction. The actor may have memorized the monologue in one way and the director may ask that they deliver the lines in a different way. Try to be flexible!
Focus and Confidence
While waiting to audition, please respect the person who is on stage. If there is talking while other kids are auditioning, that makes it less likely to cast an actor. Finally, I want to cast actors who are confident and speak loudly. Oh!, it's okay to be nervous too!
Attendance / Availability
When casting a play, the director's goal is a performance. This requires the actors to be in attendance. When given a choice between two actors, the role may go to the person who is more available.
Note: During after-school students must be present for the regular school day in order to attend drama club that day. During summer camp attendance is mandatory due to it being a 8 week program.
DO I HAVE TO BE A MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE?
To participate in the after school program you must be in grades K-5 and attend P.S. 200 The James McCune Smith School.