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WHAT TO EXPECT AT AUDITIONS?


AT AUDITIONS
At Cornerstone Youth Theatre, auditions are an open casting call; nothing is precast. Any child, 8-18 yrs. old (must be the specified age by audition date), is eligible to audition. Auditioners have “1 minute to shine.” We recommend preparing a 1-minute song highlighting your vocals and acting through song. (Children who audition do not have to be enrolled in Cornerstone Studio classes)  However, children may choose to do a monologue or dance if they prefer.  Family members related to your group members will be able to watch the auditions of your group.

Students will be given a number and taken into the audition room in groups of approximately 10-12. [It’s very important you make a note of, and remember, this number for callback purposes.]    Hand your music device to the music tech, and take a seat in numerical order.  As each student’s number is called, the student will come in front of the directing team, introduce themselves and their song, and perform.  Students will then take their seat until the entire group is finished, then they will be dismissed.  There may be a dance audition in addition to their 1-minute audition, but no preparation is required.   If the directing team wishes to see your child for a specific role, they will be called back – usually the following day. Callback notification will generally be sent late that night or early the next day.

DANCE AUDITIONS
After your one-minute to shine in front of the Director and Musical Director, you will have a Dance Audition.  Your group will go to another room and a Choreographer will teach you a small dance routine, and then everyone will dance together.  After dance auditions, you remove your Number, and you are then free to leave with your family.


WHAT ARE CLOSED CALLBACKS and CLOSED DANCE AUDITIONS?
"Closed" Callbacks and "Closed Dance Auditions" means that the process is closed to onlookers.  There is no audience.




BESIDES PERFORMING PRACTICE, IS THERE ANY OTHER PRE-AUDITION PREPARATION NEEDED?
Please be prepared to provide a photo of your child that will be attached to the audition form. We suggest either a 4×6 or 5×7 photo.



WILL MY AUDITION BE RECORDED?
No. Audition groups are open for viewing by the directing team and priority is given to the families of those auditioning in that group.  Depending on the facility, if there is extra room, others may also watch.  There is no videotaping allowed in the audition hall.   (You may video your children at home - but not at auditions)



CAN I START OVER?
No.  Everyone makes mistakes onstage, and it's okay if you make a mistake in your audition.  Don't start over!  Just try to find your spot and start singing again....the Artistic Teams will be excited to see that you can handle making a bit of a mistake. 



WHAT TO WEAR TO AUDITIONS AND CALLBACKS?
For auditions, we recommend wearing comfortable but nice clothing. Comfortable shoes or dance shoes are also recommended but not required. Same dress is recommended for callbacks. However, if you are called back as dancer, and you have dance shoes, please wear them as well. Dressing up as a character is not encouraged.


SHOULD I DOWNLOAD AND BRING MY OWN MUSIC?
Yes. And in order to ensure auditions go smoothly, please either download your music onto your phone (don’t rely on trying to find it in your “cloud” as reception may be poor in the building), or bring music on a USB Thumb Drive. If using a phone, please make sure your phone is set to not accept calls or texts during that time — you don’t want to receive a call during your song! Also please have the music set to the exact time you want your song to start. We will not have time to search for the right time once your audition begins. If using a USB Drive, be sure to copy it starting at the time you want the song to begin for you. Give yourself at least a 4 second lead in!  Parents, please give the musical device that your child is using to them.  While you are allowed to be in the room, you will be sitting in the back and unable to help them.  They will need to hand the phone, iPod, or USB Drive to the music monitor themselves.  Please make sure that phones are unlocked and placed on Do Not Disturb.   When your group of 10 is called forward to get situated, you will have time to give your device to the Tech Director, and they will take notes about your clip.
 

WILL THERE BE A PIANO?  CAN I SING WITHOUT MUSIC/ACAPELLA?
There will not be a piano provided.   Some people bring a keyboard or a guitar and have an accompaniest.   We do not recommend that you accompany yourself, as you may be distracted.  We would rather you audition without music than not audition at all. If you audition without music, the Artistic Team will stop you early, and ask you to sing a song they are familiar with, with a track that Cornerstone has, such as Happy Birthday.  However, make every effort to bring music with you even if the song has voices on it. The ideal option, however, is a karaoke track.


WHAT ARE CALLBACKS?
Callbacks involve singing for a specific role(s) and/or reading for specific character(s) and/or for more advanced dancing roles. Songs from the actual show are featured at callbacks. Learn all the songs from the show for callbacks in advance, especially the ones you feel you could be called back for.  As a performer you should try to prepare in advance for roles whenever possible. Sometimes the music is not available in advance as with shows like Narnia or other lesser-known works. But often the songs are easy to access online, like Music Man or Peter Pan.

If your child is called back, you will receive notification sometime after auditions. The method of communication for this process will be given to you during the audition process. The number assigned to your student upon arrival will be the same number that callbacks will be referenced by; you will not see names on the callback sheet.




 


 


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