15 Quick Tips for Preparing for your Next Musical Theater Audition

15 Quick Tips for Preparing for your Next Musical Theater Audition

It would be best if you took time to prepare for your musical theater audition. It can be not easy to find the time when you have a full-time job and a busy schedule. It’s easy to become stressed and underprepared when auditions are so quick. This can make it difficult to be effective in the audition hall. These are five things you can do before your audition for musical theater so that you feel less stressed and more prepared.

Check that your book is prepared.

It is a great way to relax and have a variety of songs ready to go for auditions. Your book should reflect your personality, age and type.

  • Pick at least one standard song from the “Great American Songbook”, Rodgers and Hart or Harold Arlen. Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Johnny Mercer and Johnny Mercer are all examples.
  • Another song from the “Golden Age” includes Rodgers and Hammerstein or Irving Berlin, Lerner and Lowe, and so on. One song should be uptempo, and one should be a ballad.
  • This is true for songs from “contemporary musical theater”: Ahrens and Flaherty (Tom Kitt), Robert Lopez, David Yazbek and Stephen Schwartz (etc.). Start with at least one uptempo song and one ballad.
  • Also, you will need at least two “pop/rock” songs. CCM (current commercial music) is a popular choice for many shows. This trend is expected to continue. CCM can be described as non-classical music and includes pop, blues (and soul), country, folk, rock, and other styles.

It would be best if you choose the songs you are most passionate about singing, the ones that showcase your vocal range and will work well for the show you’re auditioning. If you are auditioning for pop/rock shows, I recommend choosing songs from the genre relevant to your role rather than one from another show. For example, if you audition for “Rock of Ages,” choose a classic rock tune instead of singing “Rent”. It’s better to do it in the real thing than with a musical theatre counterpart.

 You can choose your clothes the night before.

If you like your blood pressure to spike, it’s great to discover you don’t have anything to wear 30 minutes before the audition. It is better to pick your clothes the night before the audition so that you can put them on the next day.

Keep a diaper bag handy.

Moms knew long ago that if they wanted to take their baby on an outing with them, they needed to bring a bag. This was something I discovered the hard way after I took my baby along to run errands. It wasn’t pretty.

An “audition diaper bag” is a bag you can grab as you leave the audition hall. It contains everything you need to perform your role. Resumes, business cards and photos, audition logs, hairbrushes, makeup, hairbrushes, umbrellas, water, snacks, writing materials, and other items are all important. You get the idea. Don’t forget your book!

Create a morning list.

Make a list of all the tasks you will do from waking up until you go to sleep the night before your audition. Take, for example:

  • 8:00-8:30 stretch/workout
  • 8:30-8:45 Shower/shave
  • 8:45-9.15 for a light breakfast
  • 9:15 – 9:30 Vocal Warmup
  • 9:30-9:45 get dressed
  • Travel to the audition at 9:45-10.30
  • 11:00 AM audition time

Set two alarms.

It is smart to set the alarm. It is smarter to set a backup alarm. Power outages can happen. Phone chargers also die when cell phones go dead. It’s too risky!

Think ahead, and you will succeed. Before you step foot into the audition room, successful auditions will be done.