Thursday, February 11, 2016

Audition Tips for Monty Python's Spamalot

 Director Larry Johnson, has these Top 10 Tips for auditioning:
  1. BE PREPARED. This is an audition! Knowing your material shows us you are serious about the role/character you are singing for. It will definitely make you less nervous, and when you know your material, you perform better.
  1. HAVE CONFIDENCE. This isn’t always easy, but I want to see the “BEST YOU” I possibly can. Hold your head high, smile, and plant your feet. Most importantly, don’t forget to breathe. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so make it count! DO NOT FAIL, FIND YOUR GRAIL!
  1. SHOW US YOUR PERSONALITY. It’s always great to see who the person is in their audition. It gives me an idea of what it’s like to work with you and shows you have character. This does not however mean wearing a suit of armor to the audition should be your first choice of wardrobe.
  1. TRY NOT TO MAKE EXCUSES. I don’t need to know that you’re sick, tired, or that you ran a marathon to get to the audition. Mistakes are expected, so don’t focus on them. Instead, focus on showing off what you’re capable of. When it’s your time to shine, work through whatever is in your way and SPARKLE.
  1. BE HONEST ABOUT CONFLICTS. Come prepared to write down your schedule conflicts during the production period. If in doubt, put it down. Be honest and clear. Misunderstandings can cause trouble later.
  1. IF ASKED TO MAKE A CHOICE, MAKE ONE. Your ability to take direction, respond to change, and make strong, clear choices when put on the spot shows me you’re willing and capable to “PLAY.”
  1. DON”T BLOCK OR CHOREOGRAPH YOUR AUDITION. I really want to hear you sing and look at your face. I’m looking to see how engaged you are in the song and listening to your voice. Movement is often very distracting, so keep it simple. Showcase your ability to act through your voice. This is an audition, not Dance Dance Revolution.
  1. REMEMBER WE ARE ON YOUR SIDE. The production staff and I want you to succeed. Don’t fear us, embrace the fact you have an audience and PERFORM.
  1. DON”T GET OFFENDED. If you don’t get to sing your whole song and someone else does, if someone gets to sing two songs, or if you don’t get a call back, it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road. It simply means the production staff and I have seen and heard all we needed to.
  1. HAVE FUN! Yes, it’s an audition, yes, it’s serious, and yes, it’s stressful, but guys…it’s SPAMALOT! I can’t wait to see everyone at auditions….so ready, set, GO GET PREPARED!

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