Erie Playhouse

Youtheatre Auditions

Auditions for Sleepy Hollow and Holiday Showstoppers

August 18 and 19, 2014, 4-6 PM. Sleepy Hollow open to ages 5-18 and Showstoppers open to ages 12-18. Please prepare a song with accompaniment (sheet music or CD with no lyrics) if auditioning for either, along with a short monologue or poem if auditioning for Sleepy Hollow. A dance audition will be held for both. Questions? Email Emily.


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How to Prepare

Find a monologue. If you have been in a play/musical before, you may use a selection from there. Otherwise, you should find an age-appropriate (i.e. a young character) monologue from a play, musical, movie, or even a short poem. Monologues can be found online or in collections at bookstores. You should try to memorize your monologue - but it is not necessary (although it does show dedication!).

Find a song. You should select a song you like to sing in a comfortable key. Sheet music is available online, or at a music or book store. Whatever song you choose should have accompaniment - sheet music or a CD with NO lyrics. Bring this with you to the audition. There will be a pianist at the auditions to play your music for you.

Practice, Practice, Practice! Rehearse ahead of time in front of familiar people - parents, friends, or a music teacher. Practice with someone playing the piano for you. This is very important because the piano accompaniment may not be exactly what you're used to hearing on a recording or video. Take time to sing with a piano.

Know the play/musical you are auditioning for. Perusal scripts are available for checkout (with a $10 deposit) at the Erie Playhouse Box Office 2-3 weeks before auditions.

The Process

When you arrive at auditions, you will be asked to fill out an audition form. This form includes: contact information and previous theatre experience, a place to list scheduling conflicts, performance dates and times, and other important information.

After you have filled out your audition form, you should keep it with you. When you audition, you will be called by the number on the top, right-hand corner of your audition form. Please take your audition form, the song with musical accompaniment and your monologue/poem with you.

There may also be a movement or dance audition. The choreographer will teach a dance or movement combination to small groups. Each group will then perform the combination for the director.

Important Things to Remember

Wear comfortable clothing to the audition and have a neat, physical appearance.

Be ON TIME!

Have a lot of energy when you audition.

Be polite to everyone, starting with the first person you see at the audition, all of the others who are there to audition, and those in the audition room.

Introduce yourself to the director, music director, choreographer, and piano player. These people will most likely be in your audition.

Say thank you when the audition is over.


If you have any other questions about auditioning, contact Emily for more details.

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