FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What is an Honors Project?

What do I put in my Play Review?

Where do I find my monologue or duet scene?

How do I choose an audition song?

What should I do to prepare for an audition?

How can I become a member of the technical staff?

I'm ready for my audition, now what?

I'm off to call backs! Help! What the heck is that?

What can I expect if I get cast in a show?

 


What is an Honors Project?   Back to The Top

An Honors Project can range anywhere from being a lead in a main stage play, designing lighting, being a show coordinator, or writing a one-act. Honors Students must prepare a write-up that details what their project was, the impact it had on the company or community, and what they learned from the experience. Each Honors project must be approved by Mrs. Sandoval before beginning.

What do I put in my Play Review?   Back to The Top

A play review is usually one page or longer. It should include a brief summary of the play and an overview of what you thought of the acting, blocking, lighting, sound/singing, costumes, and set. In the summary, make sure you include whether or not you would recommend the play or musical you saw. Include a ticket stub or playbill.

Where do I find my monologue or duet scene?   Back to The Top

Monologues and duet scenes can be found on the internet, however, using monologues from a monologue book or play is your best bet. Keep in mind that many online monologue resources have been used many times and have most likely been heard by your director at least once if not more. Movie monologues and duet scenes are great for class study, but they do not meet Lanaea requirements. Monologue and Duet Scene books, on the other hand, usually offer varieties of different material from comedic to dramatic that are from actual plays. They are usually not too overdone. If you are truly adventurous, look for monologues and duet scenes from actual scripts as you may find an undiscovered gem of a monologue or duet by searching. Most of all, always remember that in order to truly understand your character, you must read the WHOLE play that your monologue or duet scene came from. Judges at the Lanaea Festival not only expect this, but they expect that you understand the motivation behind the characters actions as well. Good Luck!

How do I choose an audition song?   Back to The Top

This is a difficult question as the answers are different for everyone. First of all, make sure it's a song you can sing. If your voice squeaks at the high note or you are croaking at the low note, it is not in your range. Make sure you can sing the song straight through without straining your voice. Second of all, pick a song that suggests the part you are auditioning for. If you are auditioning for the comedic next door neighbor, don't pick the song "Poor Judd is Dead," try "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" instead (both of those are from Oklahoma! by the way). Make sure it's a song you can move around to. You don't need an all-out dance routine - that might look a little ridiculous. But you do want to "act the song." This could mean clutching your heart during the emotional part of your love song, holding your arms up in a particularly joyful chorus, anything that feels natural. Even though you are singing, remember....you are still acting!

What should I do to prepare for an audition?   Back to The Top

Know the monologue and song like the back of your hand! We have seen many people come on stage and forget their whole monologue. Not only is it embarrassing, it is unprofessional. Test yourself before you audition by having a friend read any random line from the monologue and then you recite from there. Repeat this a few times using different sections of your song or monologue. Repetition is best. Also practice your blocking, know what you are going to do with your body when you say your lines. If you make a mistake, don't let it show. If you forget part of it, make it up. Chances are that no one will notice.

Bring the sheet music, CD, or tape for your song. Bring comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes if you are dancing. Don't wear your hair in your face. Wear deodorant. Wear a nice, simple outfit. Busy patterns or stripes distract from the main attraction - you! If in doubt, wearing black is always appropriate. Drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep. And don't forget, ALWAYS warm up before you sing or act. Your body and voice will be at their top performance if you do.

How can I become a member of the technical staff?   Back to The Top

There are tech application forms available online or from the stage manager. If you would like to be on tech for a particular show, come to the auditions and turn in your form there. There may or may not be an interview.

I'm ready for my audition, now what?   Back to The Top

When you arrive, make sure you turn in your audition form signed by a parent. These can be obtained from the stage manager or printed out on the website. When you give the form to the director, you will receive a number. This is the order in which everyone will be auditioning. While you are waiting for your turn, warm up your voice. Tempted as you may be to show off or talk to friends - don't, or at least keep it to a minimum - you need to focus and so do they. When your number is called at the singing audition you will go into a separate room to perform privately in front of a panel of judges. Wait until they give you the okay, then state your name, grade, the name of your song, and the musical it is from. If you don't have a song you will be asked to sing "Happy Birthday." Get into which ever position you start your song is, nod at the pianist, and begin. If you are at an acting audition, you will get a number, but this time you will be performing in front of everyone. When your number is called, go to the space marked by tape and wait for the director’s okay signal. State your name, grade, the title of your piece, the author, and the play it is from (if applicable). Feel free to use any part of the stage that is lighted. You may also request to use a chair. Just make sure the directors can see you and that your voice can be heard.

I'm off to call backs! Help! What the heck is that?   Back to The Top

A list will be posted after regular auditions have been completed. If your name is not on the list, don't worry. It doesn't necessarily mean you haven't been cast. As call backs vary from show to show, it is sometimes difficult to know what to expect. Usually, the director will break the actors into groups to read from the script, learn a song, or practice for an improv situation in which you make up things as you go. After some time to practice, you will be asked to perform what you have been working on in front of everyone. Later on in the call back, the director might have you do pantomime or tableaus just to see how well you think on your feet. The director may also look at heights. In other words, looking to see how people look together. For example, she might take one guy and have twelve different girls stand next to him doing different things - holding his hand, sitting on his knee, putting your arm around him, etc. This is to see how comfortable you are with being close to someone and if you look natural with another person. She may also do this with family groups as well. The best thing to do at a call back is relax. They are usually a little stressful but really fun. Do your best to focus on whatever character your director wants to see you as. Always project, and try not to break (get out of character by laughing, rolling your eyes, etc. if you make a mistake). The director wants to see you at your best.

What can I expect if I get cast in a show?   Back to The Top

Participants in an after school show are expected to attend rehearsal for every day they are called. A call board will usually be posted on the classroom wall. The first rehearsal is usually a read through unless lines were asked to be memorized in advance. Following this, regular blocking rehearsals will begin. During this time it is essential that you memorize your lines, otherwise you may be holding up the show. The director will give deadlines for when lines must be memorized. Rehearsals usually run until 5:30 or 6:00, depending on your role. Following blocking rehearsals, we have polishing rehearsals. These are the most difficult and time consuming rehearsals, where the director polishes the play scene by scene until it looks the way the director wants the scenes to present to the audience. Some of these rehearsals may last until 6:30. After polishing rehearsals, run-throughs begin. Run-throughs are usually done without grips and lighting, though they may be implemented later on. Instead the focus is on exits and entrances as well as line memorization and blocking. The purpose is to ensure that the show runs smoothly from beginning to end. These rehearsals can run up to 7:00 if the show is coming soon. Last of all, the most rigorous, exhausting, fun, and rewarding part of the experience is tech week. During this week you will be drilled every day to make sure you know every aspect of your responsibility in the show. Also, this is the time where we have dress rehearsals. Full costumes, make-up, and hair will be expected. Dinner is provided, but rehearsals last as long as it takes to run through the whole show. If things are moving quickly, it will end at 8:00. Sometimes (most of the time) rehearsals will run later. Luckily, there are usually only two dress rehearsals for a show. After the show's run begins there may be a brush up rehearsal. These are usually pretty fun as the director may ask for everything in fast motion or allow some hilarious improvisations. Once you are a part of a show, it is an experience you will never forget. From meeting new people and hanging out with your friends, to expanding your talent and abilities, being a part of a show is a blast!

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