2013/14 TCR Production Audition Information
TCR strives toward choosing shows that offer a variety of opportunities for a variety of different volunteer ages, genders and ethnicities. While it is occasionally integral to a story that certain characters be certain things, we try to consider who is “best” for a role regardless of their age, gender or ethnicity. Character descriptions are a guide to help you find appropriate roles, but directors love to find the perfect unexpected performer!
Who May Audition?
- Anyone may audition for a Theatre Cedar Rapids production.
- All performers are volunteers.
- Some come to TCR with a lot of experience, others are first-timers. No experience is required. All roles are cast from the broadest ethnic spectrum.
When Are Auditions?
- Auditions are generally scheduled five to seven weeks prior to a show’s opening, at 7:00 pm Sunday and Monday evenings.
- You need only audition once, but are welcome to attend both evenings. Additional nights may be used for callbacks.
- We normally audition one show at a time, though occasionally we may audition multiple shows at once.
How Are Auditions Conducted?
- For non-musicals, you are usually asked to read scenes from the script. Depending on the nature of the production, the director may ask everyone to read the same scene or may have a number of scenes to read. Directors also utilize improv exercises in some auditions. Often, in the first audition, the director is looking for general characteristics, technique, and ability to work with others. In callbacks the director will be doing more role-specific readings.
- In musicals we often will break the auditions into separate dance and singing components. Depending on the nature of the show, the music director may specify certain audition pieces for individual roles and provide sheet music ahead of time for auditioners to prepare. Other times, the music director will teach the music at the auditions and therefore no preparation is needed. Acting or non-singing auditions are often held during callbacks.
How Should I Prepare?
- We strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with the script ahead of time. Scripts are available for checkout from the TCR Business Office.
- Feel free to talk with the director prior to auditions to ask about the play and what is being looked for in various roles.
- Bring personal calendars to auditions in order to share potential conflicts with the director in advance of casting.
- Keep an open mind and try not to “pre-cast” yourself. Be enthusiastic — when the director asks for volunteers, jump right in.
- Remember, perfection is not expected at auditions, so have fun!
When Are Rehearsals?
- A typical rehearsal schedule is 7:00 to 9:30 pm Monday through Friday and 2:00 to 5:00 pm Sundays.
- Non-musicals generally rehearse four or five weeks, musicals will rehearse 6 to 8 weeks.
- Depending on your role, you may not be required to attend every rehearsal the first few weeks.
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf – Ntozake Shange
Director: Angie Toomsen
Choreographer: Matthew R. Kerns
Audition Dates: December 8 & 9 @ 7 pm
- For Colored Girls presents a series of poems and movement performed by seven female characters, each known only by a color: Lady in Yellow, Lady in Purple, Lady in Brown, Lady in Red, Lady in Blue, Lady in Orange, and Lady in Green.
- Women of color are strongly encouraged to audition. Movement and dance experience a plus, but not required. One experienced dancer with acting ability is sought.
- Auditions will take place starting at 7:00 PM on December 8th and 9th. There will be a group warm up and movement activity, followed by individual readings. Actors may read from the script but may also bring pieces that help demonstrate emotional risk and range, including monologues under two minutes and brief literature/poetry readings.
Performance Dates: February 21-March 16, 2014
Director: Leslie Charipar
Music Director: Janelle Lauer
Choreographer: Matthew R. Kerns
Audition Dates – Kids: December 27 & 28 @ 3 pm
Audition Dates – Adults: December 28 & 29 @ 7 pm
- You are being asked to sing 16-32 measures of a song of your choice FROM LES MISERABLES. The vocal audition will be a cappella. If you sing longer than 32 measures, we will cut you off, as we are anticipating lots of people for this particular show and will not have time to listen to everyone sing an entire song. If you would like the music for the song that you have selected prior to your audition, please email email@example.com
- You will be asked to do simple, improvised movement for the “dance” audition. Please be open to trying new things and dress accordingly.
- Your vocal audition will be considered your acting audition, since this is essentially an opera. Please consider that as you prepare your song and understand that having a good voice will not be enough to land a role in this show. Your interpretation of the song will also be a part of your audition.
Please know that we are auditioning this show in December so that we might catch any college kids that are home on break. We will not begin formal rehearsals until April/May. If you have any further questions regarding this audition, please don’t hesitate to contact Leslie Charipar, Artistic Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Performance Dates: June 20-July 27, 2014
To Kill A Mockingbird
Director: Leslie Charipar
Audition Dates – Kids: January 4 & 5 @ 3 pm
Audition Dates – Adults: January 5 & 6 @ 7 pm
Performance Dates: March 21-April 13, 2014
God of Carnage – Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton
Director: J. David Carey
Audition Dates: February 9 & 10 @ 7 pm
Performance Dates: April 25-May 18, 2014