It’s musical season once again, folks! A time of pure joy; whether you’re performing on stage at the Spiegel Theater or watching in the audience. Before rehearsals and performances can begin, there is a 1-3 day process that strikes fear into the souls of every drama-nerd out there: auditions. Standing alone in front of your peers while being evaluated on your ability will never be a pleasant experience; but there are ways to make it easier. These tips will bring you one step closer to achieving your dream role.

1. Know the show

The biggest mistake you can make is going into an audition without having a grasp on what you’re auditioning for. Not knowing the style and context of the show leaves room for poor song choices. For example, singing the highest note in “Think of Me” from Phantom of the Opera does not indicate to the casting directors that you’d be fit for a part in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

2. Practice, practice, and more practice

Once you decide on a song that mirrors the style of production you’re going for, memorize it. When you think you finally have it down, keep going! Live, breathe, and dream your song. Knowing it like the back of your hand will ensure fewer mess-ups, and will give you the confidence to put real emotion behind it.

3. Find an audience

It’s one thing to sing your heart out to the stuffed animals in your room, but you won’t truly be able to kill it at an audition until you get some experience performing in front of real, live people. So, once you’ve completed steps 1 and 2, find people to listen to you sing your song. It can be your roommate, friends, family, random people walking around campus, whoever you think will give you honest feedback.

4. Shake off the jitters

Being nervous is natural and bound to happen on the day of your audition, but you can’t let it get the best of you. In order to shake off your nerves, remind yourself how much you practiced. You know the song better than you know your own name. Drink LOTS of water. That way, you won’t have to worry about the dreaded voice crack. Finally, don’t talk to anyone about the role you want. Their opinions and predictions on casting will just get in your head. Only positive thoughts on audition day!

5. Have confidence in yourself

This is easier said than done, but it is imperative in the audition process. Remember, you are talented, you are prepared, you are doing what you love, and most importantly, this is supposed to be fun!

So, next time you feel the pre-audition butterflies in your belly, remember these tips. You’ll be sure to impress your peers with your talent and grace, and maybe even get the role you’ve been dreaming of. Break a leg!

Emily Fontanetta

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