FOR COMEDIES OR DRAMAS
Choose a one to two-minute monologue in the style of the play, and make certain it has a story arc (beginning, middle and ending) so you can show your range.
Note: Never memorize a monologue from the play being produced unless a director asks and avoid monologues requiring accents.
Next: Practice, practice, practice... and then follow the format below.
Paperwork: Whether auditioning by videotape or in-person, fill out the audition form carefully. You'd be surprised what details will catch a director's eye.
When Done (video or in-person): Lower your head, take a moment to come out of character, look up, smile and say, "Thank you."
Present a monologue as described above and then a song.
The audition may or may not require a monologue.
AT EVERY AUDITION
Assume the staff will like you. You're a living, breathing, willing theatre participant, and, for all they know (and hope), a star in the making. Learn to enjoy the audition process as a challenge, an education, an opportunity.
Why? Because, even if THIS show isn't a perfect fit for you, the next one might be, and directors never forget talent, a friendly face and a positive attitude,
These tips are provided by Meredith Bean McMath, Managing Director of Run Rabbit Run Productions, Inc., Loudoun County, Virginia. They are culled from professional actors, and the classes McMath taught through a professional acting program.