Auditions

 
  1. Auditions are scheduled and conducted at the sole discretion of the director.
  2. No experience necessary.
  3. Not all events will have open auditions, and some parts may be precast.
  4. Advanced copies of scripts, lyrics or sides may be available. Contact the show director for more information.
  5. Unless noted, auditions will take place at HLT. If cast, you must be or become a member of the organization for insurance purposes. See membership info here: Membership/Volunteers page
  6. If a musical with dance numbers, the Choreographer will teach you a dance routine appropriate to the show. Wear comfortable clothes and dance shoes if you have them. Hard-soled rubber or tennis shoes are best if you don’t have dance shoes.
  7. Unless otherwise specified, it is not necessary to prepare audition material, i.e., a monologue or song. Most HLT auditions are “cold”.
  8. The age of the characters will determine how old you have to be to audition for each show.
  9. Auditions are usually scheduled on several dates. Attending as many sessions as possible will allow you to familiarize yourself with the material. It also gives the production team a chance to gauge how quickly you learn and how well you take direction.
  10. Although you may have your heart set on a particular part, be open to other roles. The more you go on stage, the more experience you gain.
  11. If after open auditions, the director believes that a particular role or roles cannot be satisfactorily cast, additional actors may be contacted for further auditions.
  12. Being invited to audition, either directly or indirectly, does not guarantee you a role.
  13. Callbacks will be held if necessary. Only those called back will be telephoned. NOTE: not being called back does NOT mean that you are not cast in the show. Likewise, being called back does not mean you will be cast.
  14. Be willing to take offstage positions, such as Stage Crew, dresser or assistant to the sound or light tech. The more you are involved, the more you will learn that will help you with future productions.
  15. Offer to be an understudy. Even if you don’t perform the part you will add to your experience and knowledge.
  16. Accept that you won’t get every part you go out for, even if you’re perfect for it. The director has a specific vision and has to fit all of the pieces together. That’s theatre – try not to take it personally.
  17. If cast, you will be obligating yourself to a significant rehearsal and performance schedule. Please be certain you are willing and able to make this commitment. Shows and dates are subject to change.
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