I found these pointers to be good–though you can find lots and lots of articles about this subject.
The audition process
Auditioning is the most nightmarish process imaginable for casting a project, but it’s the only one we have. Unless you’re already a hot commodity in the industry, you’re going to have to audition to keep working. No one can claim to be the expert on auditions. Every singer gets rejected. Every singer goes through times when no one wants to hire them. It’s part of the business. There are three main things to keep in mind when auditioning:
They want you to do well. The casting process is as exhausting and difficult for them as it is for you. They’re just waiting for the right person to walk in the room so they can all go home. Seeing them as the enemy doesn’t serve you. Don’t let the intimidating and often unfriendly situation keep you from doing your best work.
Have fun. When it comes down to it, getting the job is 1% what you do, 9% what you look like, and 90% dumb luck. Do your best to control that 1% by being prepared, but don’t beat yourself up over not getting the job. Sometimes the reason you don’t get hired can be totally ludicrous. You have a better chance of success if you just take the opportunity to perform and have a good time.
Have confidence in who you are and what you have to offer. Confidence sells, just like in any other industry. This in no way means “be arrogant”. Arrogant people aren’t confident, they’re just – well schmucks. Be yourself, and you’ll have more to bring to the table. Be prepared and you’ll have your best work to offer.
The rest you’ll learn through experience. Audition classes and workshops are available as well. Singing is one of the most rewarding professions in the entertainment industry. Work hard and stick with it, the world needs good singers and the stories they tell.
Preparing for auditions
If you ask a casting director what matters most when a singer shows up to an audition, most will tell you that the singer needs to “be prepared” Of course, being on time is usually a positive bonus as well.
It should be obvious, but it’s surprising how many singers make a bad impression with something as simple as inappropriate behavior. You have to keep in mind that casting directors already have the job, you don’t. So you need to prove yourself to them, not the other way around. Some suggestions from casting directors include things like avoid unnecessary chit-chat. Don’t linger in the room for too long after you sing.
A feeling of desperation is another sure way not to get a callback. Keep calm and collected, you don’t want to come off as if you’re begging or pleading. Consider each audition an opportunity or a chance to perform for an audience. Or walk into the audition saying, “No matter what happens, I’ll do the best I can today.” The casting director is not here to judge you harshly; he or she simply wants to find the perfect person for the job. Give yourself the best opportunity possible.
Sometimes singers will seek out singing coaches to prepare them for an audition. Don’t over prepare though, you want to retain a substantial amount of flexibility. The bottom line is that you don’t know exactly what the casting director is looking for unless is it very specific. The casting director will often ask you to sing differently, if you’ve become set in your ways about how you’re singing, it will be difficult to change. Be comfortable with what you’re doing, but be prepared to change.
We need volunteers to help with our production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast–this summer. If you have an interest in helping, please fill out the contact form below and submit it. We’ll be contacting a lot of you soon to answer questions and get everything lined up.
Dates you need to know: Auditions will be on Mon, Apr 27th, Tues, April 28th and Thurs, Apr 30th.
Rehearsals will begin Monday, May 4th and normally run Mon-Fri evenings from 7-10 PM.
If you are interested in more than one area on the form, just note that in your experience comments. Thank you for your desire. You may also use the form just to ask further questions.
The show will open on Monday, June 22nd and run through Friday, July 3rd – 8 PM nightly.
It’s official! The 2015 summer production of the Outlaw Trail Theater will be Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! We are very excited to welcome back Taunia Wheeler at the Director/Choreographer for this great show!
Now we can get going! It has been a long, tense wait–but here we go. All of the audition information is on the website at OutlawTrailTheater.com–so, let’s get to it!
The announcement of the Outlaw Trail Theater’s show for summer 2015 is going to be delayed. We plan to announce it tonight at the performance of BYU’s International Folk Dance Ensemble at the Vernal Middle School, 7:30 PM.
Everything is lining up to make the announcement at that time.
The good news is that the instant that the approval comes through–we’ll hit Facebook and the web with everything we’ve got to let everyone know. The other good thing is that auditions won’t happen until the end of April so a few days won’t make much of a difference.
We know that there are a lot of you that are anxious to find out–and we’re just as anxious to tell everyone! So–wish us luck, keep calm and hopefully it will happen very soon.
Thanks, everybody, for your support. We can’t wait to see you at Western Park!
Here’s wishing all of you Uintah High School students who are auditioning for Mary Poppins this week the best of luck! Arrive early, do your best and take the parts that are offered. Remember, you’re always auditioning… in the halls, at your locker, at work. The people who are responsible for casting the show see you everywhere you go. You’re going to have a lot of fun!
Follow the above link to learn about the proposition to renew Uintah County’s ZAP (Zoo, Arts & Parks Tax). This sales tax rate of 1/10 of 1 % has existed since 1996 and mainly keeps the Western Park complex in operation.
It must be renewed every ten years and will be on the ballot on Nov. 4, 2014
As a big part of that, to us (the Uintah Arts Council & Outlaw Trail Theater), it provides a venue for performances, rehearsal space, costume storage, dressing rooms and storage space for the Outlaw Trail Theater. If the ZAP tax is not renewed, the Outlaw Trail Theater could be essentially out of business.
Of course there is also the Ice Skating Arena, the Uintah County Fair, the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo, bull riding, many equestrian events and facilities, etc.. No, the new conference center that is under construction will not take over and replace everything that happens at Western Park… it will definitely provide some community benefits, but we still need Western Park for many, many activities.
Please vote “FOR” the proposition on November 4, 2014.
To put it in perspective, if you buy $300.00 worth of groceries at the grocery store, $.30 (30 cents) will go to the ZAP tax.
Please pass this on and encourage everyone to understand what the ZAP tax is and what it’s used for.
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday… that’s it! The Outlaw Trail Theater production of Les Misérables is going wonderfully! If you haven’t been to see it yet… there is still time, and there are still plenty of seats available. Rave reviews have been coming in about how fantastic the production is… and how wonderful the cast is. Don’t let this opportunity slip by… get online and get your tickets right now… either right here from this website, or go to http://lesmisvernal.brownpapertickets.com. If you buy online in advance (before 6 pm on the night of the show) or stop by the Uintah County Heritage Museum at 155 East Main in Vernal (again, before 6 pm) you will save $1 per ticket. Otherwise, you can get them right at the box office before the show. Outlaw Trail Amphitheater, 302 E 200 S, Vernal, UT 8 PM Call 888-240-2080 with questions. See you there!
As we’re getting down to the wire now, we’ll probably have daily posts.
Where else could you see a production of LES MISÉRABLES like this one? We have a cast of 67 fabulous singers, a staff of nearly 30 that helps put the show on every night… or helped get it on stage. We have fresh air, green grass, open skies and a wonderful play. LES MISÉRABLES has become the most popular play in the world… and you can see it right here in rural, Vernal, Utah. And a ticket for this show costs about 1/3 of what the gasoline would cost you to drive to SLC, one way.
The crowds have been good and very, very responsive and appreciative, but don’t let your chance to see it slip away. It will run tonight(Monday), Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday this week… and then it’s gone. There is NO show on Friday, July 4th. Tickets are very easy to get online, either through this website (OutlawTrailTheater.com) or go to http://lesmisvernal.brownpapertickets.com . If you really need to get your hands on a physical ticket, you can visit the Uintah County Heritage Museum in Vernal at 155 East Main Street, and they will help you get a ticket, especially if you’re not comfortable using the internet. As always, you can walk up to the box office in the amphitheater at Western Park and buy your tickets right there.
Right now, go get tickets, mark your calendar, set an alarm and make your plans to get to Western Park and see LES MISÉRABLES… before you miss it. You will be very, very glad you did!