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Audition Tips

Auditioning can be scary.  We know - especially if you haven't performed since high school! But honestly, our directors, musical directors, and choreographers will go out of their way to make the process as painless as possible for you. We know how much fun you will have if you are cast in one of our shows. Don't let stage fright stop you from attending tryouts!  We really try to cast as many people as we possibly can. This is a crucial part of our mission, as we believe developing theatrical skills is important, and those skills can be honed as actors participate in dramas, comedies, or musicals. You do not have to be a great singer, dancer, or actor to be in a Stampede Troupe show. There are often non-singing or non-dancing roles in musicals or times when we need really good dancers that don't need to act - of course, there is no singing or dancing in a play so there is truly a place for everyone!

Below are some tips to help you be as successful as possible.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

Is there a video of the play or musical?  Rent it, and watch it.  Are there clips on Youtube?  Check them out!  Google the play for the history, the plot summary, and the cast of characters.  If it's based on a true story (like "The Miracle Worker" or "The King and I"), do a bit of research on the real people and the period in which the play is set.  All of this will give you confidence.  You will be able to see how you might fit into the production a bit more readily.  And seeing clips or a video can help you grasp the story in a meaningful way. And if it is a musical, get hold of the songs (iTunes is great for this) and get familiar with them, especially if you want to play a lead.

SINGING AUDITION

Is there a video of the play or musical?  Rent it, and watch it.  Are there clips on Youtube?  Check them out!  Google the play for the history, the plot summary, and the cast of characters.  If it's based on a true story (like "The Miracle Worker" or "The King and I"), do a bit of research on the real people and the period in which the play is set.  All of this will give you confidence.  You will be able to see how you might fit into the production a bit more readily.  And seeing clips or a video can help you grasp the story in a meaningful way. And if it is a musical, get hold of the songs (iTunes is great for this) and get familiar with them, especially if you want to play a lead.