The Audition Process -
Your One-Minute Audition
(Karaoke Tracks listed below)
CORNERSTONE YOUTH THEATRE encourages every student ages 8 -18 to participate in auditions. Auditions are a wonderful way for students to gain confidence and experience in performing in front of people. We feel training is important, and with that comes the confidence and skills necessary to have a good audition. Unfortunately, we are sometimes unable to cast all who audition, but we feel that the experience of auditioning is something students won’t want to miss. Students not cast in the show are encouraged to participate in other ways such as serving on a backstage or technical crew, assistant ushering, special activities, or refreshments. More information regarding auditions will be given the first class day.
Do I Have To Be Enrolled In A Class To Audition To Be In A Show?
Yes, you do have to be enrolled in a class to audition to be in a show. Class tuition refunds will not be given to students who audition and are not cast in a show.
What Do I Bring To Auditions?
• A completed and signed Audition Form b/b with a Conflict Worksheet
• A headshot - this can be a school picture, or a picture printed on paper
• An instrumental only, cued accompaniment track (like Karaoke) for your one minute song.
• Cornerstone provides (for educational purposes) a few appropriate audition clips, available below..These clips will be Available on CD for use at auditions. Just mark on your audition form that you are using a Cornerstone Clip
We do not have internet access at the venue - so we cannot stream your audition track, or access it online. Please bring a DOWNLOADED track on an UNLOCKED device, or a CD, if you are auditioning with a track
What happens at Auditions?
Registration for your audition is simple. To secure a spot for your audition, simply arrive at the audition location between the stated times. For example, if your auditions are held between 4:00 and 7:00 pm and you sign in between those times, you are guaranteed an audition slot.
Upon submitting all the appropriate materials at the audition registration, auditioners are assigned a number. Auditions then take place in groups of 10. For example, numbers 1-10 sit in their designated spots in the audition room.
After this group is seated, no one will be allowed to enter or exit the room while the group of ten is performing their individual auditions. This helps to keep unnecessary distractions to a minimum during the auditions. After the group of ten completes their individual auditions, the doors will open up and audience members will be able to come and go as they wish. Then the next group of auditioners are called to be seated and the process repeats. This continues until all who have registered to audition have performed.
In order to make the audition process as fun and supportive as possible, parents and friends are invited to watch auditions to support those auditioning. You may choose to watch as many groups of auditions that day as you would like. This can be a great learning experience. Even those who aren’t auditioning are encouraged to watch.
For your audition, you will have one minute to shine on stage. Come prepared to sing a song or part of a song. Introduce yourself in a strong confident voice! "Hi, I am Betty Johnson, I am 12 years old, and I will be singing Les Poisson from Beauty and the Beast" Add movement and show us your personality! Whatever your strengths are, singing, dancing or acting, use them to make your audition shine.
Most CORNERSTONE YOUTH THEATRE auditioners bring their accompaniment with them on CD. Keep audition music to one minute in length (includiing musical introduction, if applicable), as the directors have a LOT of people they need to see in just a few hours. If your audition runs longer than a minute the directors may, at their discretion, stop you by thanking you. That doesn't mean you did anything wrong! It's only in the interest of saving time and getting all the auditioners in before the evening runs too late.
· Keep your music limited to one minute or less.
· In most cases an upbeat song is best. Show energy and enthusiasm.
· Make sure your song is within your vocal range, so you can sing it confidently.
· Make sure you are familiar and comfortable with the song you are going to sing.
· Even if you are not a singer, sell yourself and your song.
· Do not audition ACAPELLA (without music)
· Do not audition with a track that has lead vocals on it.
Don't forget to SMILE SMILE SMILE!!!!!
General Tips for Auditions
· Make sure you have an instrumental track. If you can’t find one for the song you want to sing - pick another song!
· Label your cd with your name and the track number
· Cut your song so that it is just 1 minute (you can use computer programs such as Garageband).
· Preparation and practice is essential. Directors CAN tell when your audition was selected at the last minute
· Rehearse your audition to the point the movements/dance are very natural and easy for you.
· Make sure you learn all the words and the notes of the song.
· Practice in front of a mirror so you can see your facial expressions
· Don’t be afraid to ask former directors, teachers, voice teachers or other/older students for tips or suggestions.
This is a great resource for you.
· Creativity is encouraged! HOWEVER, generally- less is more. Don’t bring so many props or something so
complicated that it distracts from your audition.
· Your introduction is part of your audition. Speak loudly and clearly!
· !Become a character – become the person who is singing your song.
· If you are a dancer, try to add movement in your audition.
· If you mess up, forget words – keep going. Shake it off. Persevere, Directors will respect your ability to pull yourself through.
· Be respectful of those around you. This includes people running the CD player, directors, AC’s, adults processing your forms, and other auditioners. Directors see all of this.
· Pay attention to other auditions and take note of ones you enjoy. What makes them great? Learn from others.
· Directors know you are nervous. That’s OK! Even directors get nervous when they audition. Just breathe deep, focus and have FUN!
Some General Don’ts
· Don’t put your hands in your pockets
· Don’t throw anything.
· Don’t rock back in forth.
· Generally, handing things to the directors or going up to the director's table isn’t a good idea.
· Don’t show if you think you didn’t do your best/perfect… keep smiling and be confident.
· Don’t be surprised if you get cut off by clapping from the directors after 1 minute. Directors have a lot to hear!
· Don’t expect to be cast with a ton of conflicts.
· Don’t worry is someone in your audition group is doing the same song as you
Tips For Seasoned Students
· Your song selection is important. BE CREATIVE with it.
· Your audition should show us what characters in the show you could portray best.
Make sure you song is in the right key for you. Auditions are not the time to stretch out of your range. On the other hand- show off
nge! If you’re a soprano- show it off!
· Avoid songs that require you to sing through your “break”.
· Be careful about choosing a pop song, including songs from pop-musicals. They can be extraordinarily difficult to pull off well in an audition, especially when you're nervous.
SONGS SUITABLE FOR AUDITIONS - feel free to use one of these tracks for your Cornerstone Audition
There are a MILLION musical theater songs! These are just a few suggestions to get you thinking of songs and options. YOU DO NOT have to pick something from this list. Just because it’s on the list- does not mean it’s a good song choice for you. Also, not all these songs are best for all ages. BE CREATIVE!
· A Spoonful of Sugar from Mary Poppins
· A Bushel and a Peck from Guys and Dolls
· A New Life from Jekyll and Hyde
· A Whole New World from Aladdin
· All Good Gifts from Godspell
· All I Need is the Girl from Gypsy
· All that Jazz from Chicago
· Alone in the Universe from Seussical
· Another Opening of Another Show from Kiss me Kate
· Anything You Can Do from Annie Get Your Gun
· Astonishing from Little Women
· Be Back Soon from Oliver
· Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast
· Beethoven Day from Charlie Brown
· Beunos Aires from Evita
· Big Spender from Sweet Charity
· Bless the Lord from Godspell
· Candle on the Water from Pete's Dragon
· Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas
· Comedy Tonight from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
· Consider Yourself from Oliver
· Cruella DeVill from 101 Dalmations
· Dance of the Robe from Aida
· Different from Honk
· Ease on Down the Road from The Wiz
· Easy Street from Annie
· Edelweiss from Sound of Music
· Everything’s Comin Up Roses from Gypsy
· Fine White Horse from Secret Garden
· Footloose from Footloose
· Friend Like Me from Aladdin
· Gary, Indiana from The Music Man
· Get Me to the Church on Time from My Fair Lady
· Getting Married Today from Company
· Getting to Know You from The King and I
· Giants in the Sky from Into the Woods
· Go, Go, Go Joseph from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
· God Help the Outcast from Huntchback for Notre Dame
· Hakunna Matata from Lion King
· Happiness from Charlie Brown
· He Lives in You from Lion King
· High Flying Adored from Evita
· Hold On from Secret Garden
· I Can do That from A Chorus Line
· I Can’t Say No from Oklahoma
· I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady
· I Dreamed a Dream from Les Mis
· I Feel Pretty from West Side Story
· I Gotta Crow from Peter Pan
· I Have Confidence from Sound of Music
· I Know Things Know from Into the Woods
· I Speak Six Languages from 25th Annual Spelling Bee
· I Think I'm Gonna Like it Here from Annie
· I Whistle a Happy Tune from The King and I
· I Won't Grow Up from Peter Pan
· I'll Make a Man Out of You from Mulan
· I'm Not that Smart from 25th Annual Spelling Bee
· I've Got a Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka
· I've Got Not Strings from Pinocchio
· I’d Do Anything from Oliver
· If I Can't Love here from Beauty and the Beast
· If I Only Had a Brain from Wizard of Oz
· Impossible from Cinderella
· It Won't be Long Now from In the Heights
· It's Possible from Seussical
· Johnny One Note from Babes in Arms
· Joy of Motherhood from Honk!
· Just Around the Riverbend from Pocahontas
· Just You Wait from My Fair Lady
· Kids from Bye Bye Birdie
· King of the World from Songs for a New World
· Kiss the Girl from The Little Mermaid
· Les Poissons from The Little Mermaid
· Let Me Entertain You from Gypsy
· Let's Go Fly a Kite from Mary Poppins
· Lily's Eyes from Secret Garden
· Little Girls from Annie
· Little People from Les Mis
· Look at Him from Honk
· Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee from Grease
· Luck be a Lady from Guys and Dolls
· Master of the House from Les Mis
· Maybe from Annie
· Miracle of Miracles from Fiddler on the Roof
· No One is Alone from Into the Woods
· Not Getting Married from Company
· Nothing from A Chorus Line
· Notice me Horton from Seussical
· On My Own from Les Mis
· Once Upon a December from Anastasia
· One Jump Ahead from Aladdin
· One More Angel in Heaven from Joseph and the Amazing...
· People Will Say from Oklahoma
· Poor Unfortunate Soul from The Little Mermaid
· Positoovity from The Little Mermaid
· Practically Perfect from Mary Poppins
· Put on a Happy Face from Bye Bye Birdie
· Putting it Together from Sunday in the Park with George
· Reviewing the Situation from Oliver
· Roxie from Chicago
· Save the People from Godpsell
· Seventy Six Trombones from The Music Man
· She's in Love from The Little Mermaid
· Show People from Curtains
· Silly Song from Snow White
· Sit Down You're Rockin the Boat from Guys and Dolls
· Sixteen Going on Seventeen from Sound of Music
· Some People from Gypsy
· Some Things Are Mean to Be from Little Women
· Someone to Watch Over Me from Crazy for You
· Somewhere Out There from An American Tail
· Stars and the Moon from Songs for a New World
· Step in Time from Mary Poppins
· Stepsisters Lament from Cinderella
· Supercali... from Mary Poppins
· Suppertime from Charlie Brown
· The Bare Necessities from Jungle Book
· The Beauty if from The Light in the Piazza
· The Girl I Mean to Be from Secret Garden
· The Kite from Charlie Brown
· The Letter from Frog and Toad
· The Light in the Piazza from The Light in the Piazza
· The Morning Report from Lion King
· The Music and the Mirror from a Chorus Line
· The Simple Joys of Maidenhood from Camelot
· There Must be Something More from Charlotte's Web
· This is the Moment from Jekyll and Hyde
· Tomorrow from Annie
· Tradition from Fiddler on the Roof
· Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid
· Warts and All from Honk
· We Beseech Thee from Godspell
· Whistle Why You Work from Snow White
· Who Will Buy from Oliver
· Wick from Secret Garden
· With a Little Bit of Luck from My Fair Lady
· Wouldn't it be Lovely from My Fair Lady
· Ya Gotta Have Heart from Damn Yankees
· You Can't Get a Man with Gun from Annie Get Your Gun
· You Could Driver a Person Crazy from Company
· You're Never Fully Dressed from Annie
· You've Got A Friend in Me from Toy Story