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From Audition to Curtain Call: Directing Youth Theatre

by Steven Stack

Directing youth theatre can be one of the most thrilling, rewarding, and exhausting jobs there is – because it’s not just about staging a play. It’s about creating an environment that fosters hard work, dedication, trust, and the willingness to take chances, to “play without fear.”

As a writer/teacher/director of youth theatre for over 15 years, I have developed tools and strategies that enable my students and me to focus on the process of creating theatre while fostering an environment that leads to creative freedom and a cohesive groups that doesn't act as individual “stars,” but as a community of one.

In this course, I will share with you these tips and strategies, along with the ways to implement them in your theatre environment.

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Units

UNIT

Mock Audition

by Lindsay Price

In this Mock Audition Unit, students will start by discussing the audition process. They will make connections between their personal views and the process. Students will then apply the steps of auditioning from putting together a resume, to choosing a piece based on provided information, to audition etiquette, to the actual audition itself. A final reflection and rubric are provided for use at the end of this unit.

A short play is included that can be used as the source material. You can also choose your own play for this process.

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Lesson Plans

LESSON PLAN

Introduction to the Audition Process

by Lindsay Price

In order to partake in the audition process, students need to identify and comprehend the necessary steps in that process. What is the auditioning process? Why is it used? Is the process fair? Why or why not? The class ends with students playing director in the “Who Would You Cast?” Exercise.

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LESSON PLAN

The Acting Resume

by Todd Espeland

An actor needs two documents when they audition for a role: a resume and a headshot. What should go on an acting resume and what should stay off of it? What is an auditioner looking for? Students will discuss the purpose of an acting resume, review a model, and reflect on the process. Students will use this template when they create a resume for their mock audition.

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LESSON PLAN

Becoming a Professional Actor: Headshots

by Lindsay Price

While the Mock Audition does not require students to bring in a headshot, it is an essential document in the “real world” audition process. A good headshot will help a director remember an actor. A bad headshot can get an actor rejected before they step through the door.

Students will complete exercises that respond to the question What makes a good headshot?

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LESSON PLAN

Audition Etiquette

by Lindsay Price

Students will continue their journey toward the Mock Audition by exploring audition etiquette. How can an actor’s attitude and behaviour affect an audition?

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LESSON PLAN

Choosing a Monologue 1

by Lindsay Price

Students will continue their journey toward the Mock Audition by exploring what goes into choosing an appropriate audition monologue.

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LESSON PLAN

Choosing a Monologue 2

by Lindsay Price

Students will continue their journey toward the Mock Audition by reading and choosing a monologue for their mock audition.

Students will now have to think about the monologue they want to choose for the Mock Audition. You’ll have to decide what you’re going to provide for them as well - this unit includes 10 monologues you can give students as a packet, at this time. You could also use your own drama library, or require them to search online. Both of these options will require you to build more time into this unit.

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LESSON PLAN

Monologue Prep 1

by Lindsay Price

After students choose their monologues, the next step is to prepare. More often than not, students think that preparing means learning the lines and throwing in a few moves. When students do this in an audition, it shows. The character is one-dimensional and the movement looks out of place. You want to see three-dimensional characters. You want to see characters brought to life both physically and vocally. In this lesson, students are given time to practice their monologue and start working on the who, what, when, where, and why.

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LESSON PLAN

Monologue Prep 2

by Lindsay Price

Students will continue their journey toward the Mock Audition by exploring what they can do to prepare their monologue. Once students have completed the Character Profile, have them complete the Physical Profile. This will solidify how the character stands, gestures, and moves.

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LESSON PLAN

Monologue Prep 3

by Lindsay Price

Students will continue their journey toward the Mock Audition by exploring what they can do to prepare their monologue. The last profile students complete will be the Vocal Profile. This will solidify how the character communicates orally.

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LESSON PLAN

Monologue Prep 4

by Lindsay Price

Students will continue their journey toward the Mock Audition by exploring what they can do to prepare their monologue. They will practice their monologue and talk about dealing with nerves. This is the final lesson before the Mock Audition - you will review the audition procedure with the class and students will sign up for their audition slot.

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LESSON PLAN

The Mock Audition

by Lindsay Price

Today is the Mock Audition. In this lesson, you will play director and audition students for one of four roles in the play ‘Jealousy Jane.’ Use the Monologue Performance Rubric to assess their performance.

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LESSON PLAN

After the Audition

by Lindsay Price

How did students feel about their audition? Did they get a part? What is their response if they didn’t? This wrap up lesson allows students to unpack their experience with this unit and participate in a final reflection. This is not a full class lesson.

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LESSON PLAN

The Audition Slate

by Annie Dragoo

Making a first impression is the most important part of an audition. By learning to slate with confidence, students will learn how to introduce themselves in an musical theatre audition.

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LESSON PLAN

The Musical Theatre Audition Porfolio Project

by Annie Dragoo

Part of the audition process is preparation. And that is not just memorizing a single monologue or one song. It’s preparing a wide variety of material for a variety of situations. By preparing an audition portfolio, students will be ready for any type of audition that may arise. The portfolio will also help students explore different genres of musical theatre.

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Resources

RESOURCE

Be Amazing In Two Minutes Or Less

An audition guide for student actors. Covers choosing, preparing, and performing monologues. Plus - how to process feedback.

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Audition Advice

Four key steps to preparing for an audition are outlined in this guide that will help students prepare for auditions.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Character Warm-up

Use this exercise in the early days of rehearsal or even as part of your audition process. It allows students to get into the physical side of a character without having to worry about hitting the “thees” and “thous.” This works well with any Shakespeare play.

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Auditioning: The Pre-Audition Workshop

Todd Espeland shares his experience running pre-audition workshops, and demonstrates how they can help get your actors ready for the 'real thing'.

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Auditioning: In Front of the Table

Todd Espeland shares his tips for setting yourself up for success in the audition process.

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Auditioning: Behind the Table

Todd Espeland shares tips from behind the audition table, to help increase the quality of actors and the quality of the work that actors bring.

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Audition Toolkit

Auditions are more than just delivering that monologue: confidence, communication, active listening, flexibility, work ethic, and proper preparation all factor into the presentation. Use this toolkit to help your students present their best selves in an audition situation. The Audition Toolkit is divided into two sections:
1. Teachers
Articles on planning your own auditions and exercises to incorporate audition skill building into your program.
2. Students
Articles, tips, and technique sheets that you can print off and give directly to students for their own audition preparation. Most handouts come with a Reflection or exercise.

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PLCs

PLC

Awesome Auditions

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price, Claire Broome, Karen Loftus

How did your latest round of auditions go? Smooth sailing or full of choppy seas? This PLC will dive into best practices with the audition process whether it be for your spring musical or your next classroom production. Bring your best tips to share in the chat room.

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