How do I choose good monologues for my college auditions?
Selecting the right monologues can be tricky. It includes understanding you, your personality, your type, the current trends in monologues, and in the case of musical theatre auditions, how it compliments your song selections. This is the kind of personal service we offer at CALA.
Are there any monologues that I should not perform?
There is a fairly substantial list of monologues that are done entirely too much and should be avoided. We, as auditors, see hundreds, if not thousands, of auditions annually and there are many pieces that make the auditor cringe when they are performed, regardless of how well they are done. CALA will guide you to the right monologues for you!
How do I decide what to sing at my audition?
The songs should be appropriate for your age, vocal range, and type. We cannot stress enough the importance of knowing your type and understanding how you will be cast in a professional setting. Your vocal selections also need to meet certain dramatic criteria. Additionally, there are many overdone songs to avoid. CALA will help you select the songs that reflect an understanding of who you are and highlight you in your best light.
If I am auditioning for a musical theatre Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) how important is the acting portion of the audition?
It is incredibly important. Many people can sing, but not all can sing AND act. Any reputable BFA program places a great deal of value on the acting portion of your audition. It shows you are well rounded and willing to commit to all aspects of performance.
What can I do to stand out from the crowd?
Create an audition package that highlights your strengths and demonstrates an understanding of who you are. Don’t try to be someone you are not. Also, make sure that every aspect of your audition is confident, from headshots to taping to slating to performance. It all matters.
Can I have a friend or family member tape my audition for video submissions?
No, this is a common mistake. The audition tape is the first and sometimes only impression that a program’s faculty may have of you. If it appears amateurish, it will negatively affect you no matter how talented you are. CALA provides experienced audio and video producers, directors, engineers and camera operators all housed in a professional recording facilities. Sound, lighting, makeup, a backdrop, and the right camera will all provide you with a professional look – setting you apart from other applicants.
What is the difference in preparing for a video audition versus a live audition?
Each type of audition has its own challenges and advantages. Video can be controlled until you get the best “take,” but you only get one chance at a live audition. CALA specializes in both video and live audition preparation and performance and will guide you through the nuances and subtleties that each audition format demands.
What are schools looking for in a potential candidate?
You! Programs want your unique talent and perspective as an artist. They are seeking authenticity and passion in their students. CALA takes great pride in unlocking your potential as a performer. We will guide you in every step of your preparation and help present you in your best light.
What should I do to prepare for the college musical theatre dance audition?
Make sure that the foundation of your technique and training is ballet. Most auditors will want to watch you warm-up at the ballet barre, and they will know whether or not you have put in the training. Learn to pick up routines quickly and make sure you are connecting with your audience. It’s important to look like you are enjoying yourself, so SMILE!