Click here to see an example of a 16 Bar clearly marked cut of sheet music. Use tape to piece together your sheet music so it is all side-by-side. This makes it easier for the accompanist to play and read!
Click here to watch a video on how to properly tape together your sheet music. Find sheet music WITH CHORD MARKINGS. This is essential for the accompanist to play the piece the way you have been practicing it!
Click here to see an example of sheet music with chord markings. As a reminder, you will be singing with a live accompanist. Be prepared to not have it sound the way the pre-recorded track sounds like. A live piano is very different than a professional, fully orchestrated track. In order to have the best experience with your accompanist, you need to be able to clearly communicate how fast you will sing the song and how to navigate your cut of the music. Don't worry, you will be given time with the accompanist to communicate everything you need before singing :)
WHAT TO EXPECT
Expect to meet some new friends, and have a blast! You'll come into the studio and start off with a Welcome Circle. Then we will learn a fun dance combination. You'll get time to practice that combination and ask your directors questions about the movement. When everyone is ready, we will get to perform this combination in groups of about 6 students, and a teacher will side coach (help by demonstrating the movement or calling out helpful cues to remember what comes next!) if needed. While the class plays some fun acting games, each child will be called into the next room, meet the accompanist, and sing for your Director and Musical Director. We take care to make sure each child feels safe and comfortable in every part of our Mini POPs audition process!
WHAT TO WEAR
Comfortable, easy-to-move-in clothing: Leggings, shorts, T-Shirts, etc. Please, no jeans. Closed toe shoes are mandatory. No flip flops or sandals. Jazz shoes or sneakers are encouraged. Hair pulled back and out of the face.
WHAT TO BRING
You will need to provide sheet music for both yourself and the accompanist.
All students will learn a dance combination and be expected to perform it for the directors in small groups. All students will also be expected to sing 20-32 bars of a song in the style of the show. Dance Audition portion will be first.
WHAT TO WEAR
Typically those auditioning bring two outfits to their audition: A dance outfit, and a nice outfit for vocals.
For dance: Comfortable clothing such as leggings, shorts, T-Shirts (please not overly baggy shirts) are ok. Dance shoes such as jazz shoes, sneakers (if this fits into the style of show), character shoes, etc. No jeans. No booty shorts. Hair pulled out of face. No jewelry- stud earrings are ok.
For vocals: Please dress nicely- skirts, dresses, slacks and polo or button-down shirts for boys. No Jeans! No shorts!
WHAT TO BRING
You will need to provide sheet music for both yourself and the accompanist. Bring water and a snack for an energy boost!
Audition Tips for Dance:Don't talk while learning choreography! Wait until the choreographer asks if anyone has questions on the steps. Go over your routine while waiting to audition. Relax- no one expects you to get it perfect after just having learned it- just do your best, smile, have personality, and keep going even if you mess up!
1) Required Audition Song Picks for Vocals Audition:· Audition songs should fall in the more contemporary vein of musical theater. We also recommend something that is Fantasy or Fairytale in story (i.e. Tuck Everlasting, The Wiz, Wicked, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Once on This Island, Technicolor Dreamcoat)· We also encourage you to choose a song that fits for the character you most wish to be (i.e. sing something more soulful and comedic if you're gunning for Donkey).· Musical styles we will not accept: Golden Age/Traditional (i.e. Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein/Hart, etc...).· Your song MUST be from a musical theater show. We will not accept songs from movie-only musicals (ex: La La Land, Greatest Showman, etc...)· Please no Footloose, Aladdin, Into the Woods, Dear Edwina ;) · Please prepare TWO songs in different styles so we can have an option to hear your full stylistic range.· We could not list all the shows you could choose a song from. So, please do your homework. Research good auditions for roles you’d like to be considered for. And, show us your best! :)
2) Indicate to the accompanist whether or not you want them to rift at the beginning of your 16-24 bar song (repeat until you come in). Once you get through your first theater audition the rest should be a piece of cake. Just follow the same logical steps each time.
3) Show off Your Voice.
4) Try to tell a section of a "Story in the Song"
5) Try to end on the "Tonic", which is the first note of the key your song is in. 6) Prepare the Sheet Music for the 16-24 Bar Theater Audition
7) Though not required, it is extremely helpful for your directors if you have a second song in your book (in a different style- a balled, for example, as opposed to an uptempo song) ready to sing. This will show versatility and readiness for anything! 8) Indicate to the accompanist whether or not you want them to rift at the beginning of your 20-32 bar song (repeat until you come in). Once you get through your first theater audition the rest should be a piece of cake. Just follow the same logical steps each time. - Think things out and of course, go well prepared to the audition!
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