Target OccupationsDance, Performance, Actors, Dancers, Singers
WHAT: 2019 Ohio Theatre Alliance Auditions
WHEN: January 19 – 20, 2019
WHEN: California University of Pennsylvania
REGISTRATION: NOW OPEN
If you’re in college, looking for summer stock work, you’re SUMMER-ONLY.
If you’re graduating from college, or looking for full-time work, you’re YEAR-ROUND.
You must be at least 18 years old to audition.
Year-Round auditions will take place Saturday morning;
Summer-Only auditions will take place on Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday morning.
You only need to be in attendance on the day you’re scheduled to audition. If you are scheduled for Saturday, all your callbacks will take place that day.
You’ll need to arrive at the audition site in plenty of time to register and participate without feeling rushed. Please use the suggested schedule as a guide.
Based on 8:00 a.m. audition time:
- 7:00 a.m. Check in at registration desk; go to Green Room and wait for the usher
- 7:30 – 8:00 The usher takes you to the Warm-Up Room to practice with your accompanist
- 8:00 – 8:30 You, and your whole group, enter the Audition space to perform.
- 8:30 – 8:35 You, and your group, leave the Audition space and check for callbacks.
- 8:35 – 9:00 You, and your group, attend the optional feedback session.
- 9:30 – 10:00 You attend the dance training session.
- 12:00 – 1:00 You attend Dance Auditions.
- PM You schedule and attend your callbacks.
Everyone gets 90 seconds, whether you’re singing or not singing. Time starts when you begin acting or singing. Slates should be minimal; just your name and number.
Amazing accompanists will be provided. You will rehearse with your accompanist in the half-hour before you perform. The same accompanist will play when you perform for producers. You will have a limited amount of time to rehearse your piece with your accompanist. Most singers are able to go through their song only once, making sure the tempo is good.
Bring your sheet music in the proper key. Do not put your music in plastic sheets, in case the accompanist wants to pencil notes on the pages. If you are singing second (after performing your monologue), write the end-cue of your monologue on your music.
If you’re wondering how to improve your audition before callbacks, or if you didn’t get any callbacks and wonder why, we offer Immediate Feedback. Our responders will be watching auditions and taking notes, so you can get a specific, candid assessment on what went right (and wrong) with your audition. Responders will be available immediately following your audition.
Each producer determines what kind of callbacks they want to do. Some have group callbacks, some ask only for your headshot and resume, some do one-on-one callbacks. Several companies want to see a performer’s ability in the dance auditions and then determine additional callbacks. Even if you have no formal dance training, we encourage you to attend the Dance Auditions and do the “Mover” combination.
Dance Auditions take place at noon on Saturday, Saturday evening, and Sunday at noon. If you are called back to participate in Dance Auditions, it will take place on the same day as your audition.
WHAT TO BRING
- Your music, if you’re a singer
- Appropriate clothes and shoes for Dance Auditions
- Tap shoes, if you tap
- Multiple copies of your headshot and resume for callbacks
- A variety of songs, in case a producer asks for additional material in your callback
MOVERS, DANCERS, AND TAPPERS
Dance Auditions are divided into two groups: Movers and Dancers. You choose which group you belong in. You cannot perform both the mover and the dancer combination.
“Movers” have little/no formal dance training. The “mover” combination will include basic jazz and musical theatre dance moves such as jazz squares, chaines turns and pivots.
“Dancers” have dance training. This combination will include double pirouettes, leaps, saut-de-basques, and footwork.
Tappers will be invited to learn a short tap combination, which will be performed at the conclusion of each round of dance auditions.
The mover and dancer combinations will be taught throughout the day. Depending on your audition time, you may need to arrive early to learn the combination before your audition.
Dance Auditions will take place in the same place as your audition, outfitted with a marley dance floor. Dance training sessions take place on a hardwood floor.
If you have formal dance training and have not been called back by any companies, or not called back for dance auditions, you may still participate in the Dance Auditions.
PINK SLIP CALLBACKS
After each round of Dance Auditions, producers will have the opportunity to invite actors they have not previously called for additional callbacks. These “pink slip” callbacks will be posted within 10 minutes of the conclusion of the group’s dance audition.
WHAT TO WEAR
If you are a dancer, bring clothes you would wear to a dance class.
If you are not a dancer, bring something you would wear to work out. Ideally, this would be close-fitting attire that is not restrictive. No baggy clothes. If you don’t have jazz shoes or character shoes, wear sneakers or dress shoes.
Audition slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
This year’s audition forms MUST BE OPENED IN ADOBE READER TO BE FILLED OUT: OTA-Acting-Form-2019