The auditions for this year's homecoming play, The Heiress, took place a week ago. There are numerous things to be remembered when auditioning for a play, and being part of last week's auditions reminded me of several of them. Here are just a few tips that could help improve the quality of your auditions:
-Know the play for which you're auditioning. It really helps to generally know who the characters are and what happens to them.
-Clear your head of everything else. Get your work and homework done before you go, eat a meal, and take care of personal conflicts. If you're going to be in the audition, BE IN the audition.
-Wear appropriate clothing. Do your clothes and shoes help you play the characters you might be asked to portray? If you're trying out for the Shakespearean role, you should probably leave your platform heels and flower-child skirt at home. Try something simple like a solid-colored top and hard-soled shoes.
-Use the critiques. Try to make a decision or a change in what you're doing based on the information the director has given you. Don't let it discourage you; the director wouldn't be trying to help you better play the character if he wasn't interested in what might become of it.
-Find the happy medium between nervous and confident. Loosen up, play the character as well as you can, and have fun with it. Be calm and confident, but remember that a compliment or a smile from the director doesn't mean you have a part. You never know what the final decision will be, so keep your expectations open.
Congratulations to the cast:
Maria -- Rachel Geiser
Dr. Austin Sloper -- Riley Bowers
Lavinia Penniman -- Becky Thompson
Catherine Sloper -- Akacyea Styer
Elizabeth Almond -- Alaina Smith
Arthur Townsend -- Casey Norris
Marian Almond -- Andie Godwin
Morris Townsend -- Steven Laden
Mrs. Montgomery -- Grace Gardner