At Broadway Bound, everyone gets to be in the final production, but there are programs that require placing students in the roles that best fit the production, director and student.
We want every student to feel successful in the process and in the production. Some are coming in for the first time and may just need to get their feet wet. We welcome that. Others are rarin’ to go for a “big” role. Many are somewhere in between. Wherever your student is on the performing spectrum, here are some basic tips that may help your student prepare:
Show up on time and ready to go. As much as your child is able, let them take the lead in preparing for their audition and showing up. Parents — please don’t come in and tell us that your child has a cold, didn’t prepare, is stressed/worried/anxious, etc. We’ve done this a lot and we will do everything we can to put your child at ease and to place your student where they fit best.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The 3 Cs
When you walk in the room, be C omfortable, C harismatic and C onfident.
Come in, behave, and look over your material. Use your manners. Give directors their space. If you make a good first impression, you’ll smile and they’ll think you’re relaxed and confident.
WAITING YOUR TURN
A lot can be determined by how a child waits. More than likely, you will have to wait your turn to sing, dance or read. Directors are looking to see how a student will behave during a rehearsal process. Students who behave are more than likely to get the stronger roles.
The best thing you can do to prepare is to know the script and the music. If you are looking for a lead role you will be asked to sing one of that character’s songs. Come in with it memorized and sing it confidently. Know all of the roles, though. Your director may see the potential you have but for a different role. Knowledge is power. Make specific choices when reading for roles. Instead of just “reading the lines”, act them out. While you are listening to other lines being said, react to those lines. Be bold. Doing something different than everyone else can get you noticed…within reason!
Your directors want to see if you can listen and follow directions in a way that will allow a show to get accomplished in a short amount of time. Even if the director asks you something that seems strange to you or not even related to the character, do what is asked. It’s more about your ability to take direction than anything else. Many students who have had the talent for roles have lost roles because they appeared to be arguing about the directions given to them.