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Audition Tips

Overview

Auditions are encouraged and are required for those desiring a lead role or bit part. Please call the BYT office to make an audition reservation.

Audition Preparation

  • Come prepared to sing 30-40 seconds of a song that "shows off your voice."
  • Do not choose a song from Frozen, Wicked or the show for which you are auditioning.
  • Bring the piano music with you and have the section you will be singing clearly marked. Only those with printed sheet music may audition.
  • Biola Youth Theatre will provide an accompanist for you. You may not sing to a tape or any other accompaniment. No a cappella singing.
  • Food or snack and plenty of water.

Dress Code

Shoes Black jazz shoes are best. Closed toe/heel tennis shoes are acceptable for the audition.
Pants Loose fitting jazz pants or sweat pants. Pants must have an elastic or drawstring waist. Girls, capri jazz pants are acceptable.
Shirts Loose fitting t-shirt with sleeves; the bottom of the shirt must reach the hips. Do not wear a shirt that shows your midriff when your hands are lifted over your head.
Shorts Long, loose fitting shorts may be worn. Girls must wear tights underneath.
Undergarments Appropriate undergarments must be worn.
Boys: Jockey shorts or tighter fitting undergarment shorts are required.
Girls: Sports bra and/or leotard.
Hair Girls: Pulled back and off the face using hairspray if necessary.
Boys: Off the face-use hairspray if necessary.

Audition Tips

  • Choose music to show off your voice and acting ability to your best advantage.

    Students should choose a song that is in their range and that sounds good in their voice - not a favorite song or the one they heard someone else sing really, really well. Remember that "I" is "me" and "they" are "they", and what's good for one doesn't necessarily mean the same for the other!
  • Comply with any information you are given.

    Select a song that reflects the age, character type, and temperament of the role the student wants to play. Be realistic; one should be believable as that character on some level.
  • Do not select a song with a flashy or difficult accompaniment.

    The accompanist should not receive more attention than the student! Also, the accompanist will likely be sight-reading, and if the song is difficult (or difficult to read) one could be in for some very disconcerting surprises as they are singing. Prepare the accompanist's music by taping pages together, if using sheets of paper (such as a downloaded song). Students will have a brief opportunity to speak to the accompanist before singing; providing the opportunity to communicate tempo(s), and explain any cuts that made in the music, as well as confirm starting and stopping points.

Song Recommendations

Need help finding music?

There are many published collections of music for theatre that can be purchased online or at your local sheet music store. Some good collections are (these are published by Hal Leonard Corporation):

  • The Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology (by voice type; at least 5 volumes available for each voice type)
  • Musical Theatre Anthology for Teens (available in Young Men's and Young Women's Editions)
  • Broadway for Teens
  • Kids' Musical Theatre Collection
  • Broadway Presents! Kids' Musical Theatre Anthology

For single pieces, as an alternative to your local store, a student may wish to download a legal copy of a song from an online sheet music store. Some of these websites offer transpositions of songs if you know what key you need. Here are a few websites to try:

Listed below are a few song recommendations. Students do not need to limit themselves to this list, but BYT does have some 'Forbidden Broadway songs' of our own. For example, there is an embargo on songs from Wicked.


Kids

Song Show Composer/Lyricist
Be Kind to Your Parents Fanny Harold Rome
Go Visit Your Grandmother (young girl) 70 Girls 70 Kander/Ebb
Little Lamb Gypsy Styne/Sondheim
The Girl I Mean to Be The Secret Garden Lucy Simon

Male

Song Show Composer/Lyricist
Isn't It a Pity Pardon My English Gershwin
That's for Me State Fair Rodgers/Hammerstein
All I Need Now Is the Girl (Bariton/Tenor) Gypsy Sondheim
Corner of the Sky Pippin Sondheim
You are Never Away (Tenor) Allegro Rodgers/Hammerstein
Maria West Side Story Leonard Bernstein

Female

Song Show Composer/Lyricist
One Promise Come True The Yearling Leanord/Martin
Much More The Fantasticks Schmidt/Jones
Many a New Day (low range) Oklahoma Rodgers/Hammerstein
What Did I Have That I don't Have? On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Lerner/Lane
In The Still of the Night (high range) Rosalie Cole Porter
The Next Time It Happens Pipe Dream Rodgers/Hammerstein

General

Song Show Composer/Lyricist
I've Got Beginner's Luck Shall We Dance Gershwin
What More Do I Need? Marry Me a Little Sondheim
A Trip to the Library She Loves Me Jerry Bock
I'm a Stranger Here Myself One Touch of Venus Weil/Nash
Ridin' on the Moon St. Louis Woman Harold Arlen
I Have Dreamed The King and I Rodgers/Hammerstein
No One is Alone Into the Woods Sondheim