Tips for Auditioning
CTL is a volunteer-run non-profit and, as such, is always looking for more people to audition, organize and just help out in general. To keep up with the details of each audition, check this website often, listen to the radio stations of Clear Channel Williamsport, check your local newspaper’s arts and entertainment section, email, or call the theatre at 327-1777, weekdays 11-4.
Check the rehearsal and performance schedules before you audition. Probably one of the worst things is to audition, get a great part and then find out that rehearsals interfere with classes or that you’ll be out of town during the 2 weeks the play goes on. Always err on the side of asking too many questions to make sure you can fulfill your obligations.
Read up on the play you’ll be auditioning for. This goes not only for the actual audition piece (if provided), but it’s good to check, especially in newer or independent works, for any subject matter that you may be uncomfortable with. Very little is sacred to some playwrights, so do your homework.
Practice the required audition piece (if available) until you know it by heart. Called “off book” in theater lingo, being able to speak the part freely shows professionalism and allows you to use your hands and body language during your scene. Practice alone in front of a mirror, as well as with others either as an audience or someone feeding you responses if the audition piece is interactive.
If the show is a musical, you will be required to sing a short song. The standard length of an audition piece is 16 measures, which would be roughly a verse or chorus of a tune. Each director is different and some may allow you to sing more than 16 bars or even all of the song so you should bring sheet music (in the correct key) for the accompanist. Unless specifically stated in the audition notice, CD’s and background tracks (karoke CDs) are allowed. The piece should be memorized, but if not, a second copy for yourself is best. Most auditions at CTL happen in large groups, which means you will likely be requested to sing in front of the group.
Be prepared to commit time to building sets and sewing costumes if necessary. Remember, many community theaters are volunteer run and funding comes either from grants or the success of the last performance. Pitching in may be expected, and even if it isn’t, if you have the time consider contributing anyway since it’ll only make the total experience that much better.
It may take up to two weeks for the directors to cast the show. Be patient. The directors are always looking for just the right combination of people to have a great show.
Best of luck!
In addition to putting on performances for the public throughout the year, the Community Theatre League hosts a variety of programs to promote and encourage local youth to get involved in musical theatre and drama. From our annual summer camps to our high school workshops and Oscar-like awards show, we strive to share our talent and passion for the performing arts with the community.